Showing posts with label Research Paper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Research Paper. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Featured Library Database: Ethnic NewsWatch

Image of a young woman reading a newspaper.

Ethnic NewsWatch contains full-text articles from more than 200 American ethnic, minority and native publications. 

There is no other periodical resource which so thoroughly covers ethnic studies as a whole and which presents unique ethnic presses and publications.

Ethnic NewsWatch comprehensively covers these ethnic categories:
  • African American/Caribbean/African
  • Arab/Middle Eastern
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • European/Eastern European
  • Hispanic
  • Jewish
  • Native People

A sampling of titles includes Kurdish Life, Minority Business Entrepreneur, Asian Week, Jewish Exponent, Seminole Tribune, Appalachian Heritage, Irish Voice, Chinese America, Islamic Horizons, The Filipino Express, Hmong Times, and Black Masks. A majority of this content is exclusive to the resource and is not available in any other database.

Another unique feature is the availability of Spanish language content. Of the more than 2.5 million articles contained in the collection, nearly a quarter are presented in Spanish, making Ethnic NewsWatch a useful bilingual resource of current periodicals.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Use Journal Finder to Find Periodicals

magazine rack with dozens of periodicals

Looking for the latest issue of your favorite magazine or journal? The Rio Salado library subscribes to thousands of periodicals that are freely available to registered students.

Use the “Journal Finder” feature on the library homepage to find electronic issues of a specific magazine or journal!



snapshot of library web page.  Journal Finder tab is highlighted.

For best results, use the pull-down menu to select “Title equals” and type in the name of the desired magazine or journal: 

snasphot of web search engine with drop down menu.


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Librarian House Calls 24/7!

Poster for Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat

Need a librarian-- when the rest of the world is asleep or on holiday? Ask a Librarian was made for you!

image of a student in a library, alone

Get help 24/7 with:
●  Starting your research
●  Searching smarter and faster
●  Finding articles, books, and media
●  Citing sources and more!

The librarians are quick to reply-- and available when you need them most. Ask a Librarian is designed to help you succeed!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Explore the Wonders of ScienceOnline

snapshot of ScienceOnline web page.  Headline: Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto.  Image of blue planet with text: "Planet X."


Students now have access to ScienceOnline via the Rio Salado Library!

This database contains articles from the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as enhanced online content from the publisher, including news, topics, multimedia presentations, and more!

Check it out today!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Need Help with Research? Ask A Librarian 24/7!

Text: Ask a Librarian Rio Salado College.  Available 24/7
Need a librarian during the winter break? Check out Ask a Librarian

Available 24/7!

Get help with:
  • Starting your research
  • Searching smarter and faster
  • Finding articles, books, and media
  • Citing sources and more!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

cover for book: The ADHD Advantage

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library. This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction

DVDs

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Anthropology Research Guide Now Available

Research doesn't have to HURT!  Use the librarian-selected, faculty supported resources to support your research projects!  Why use the ASB Research Guide:  Provides access to the best anthropology resources available.  Has an easy-to-navigate menu that instantly connects yu to the information you need.  Is perfect for students working at a distance who can’t come to the library.  Has a mobile friendly interface which can be accessed from anywhere.  Is connected to the 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat support in case you get stuck!

The Rio Salado Library is proud to introduce the Anthropology Research Guide. The guide provides links to key discipline-specific library and Web resources for Anthropology (ASB) students. 

Resources are arranged by topic so that students can instantly access the information they need the most:
  • One Search
  • eReference & Data
  • Books & eBooks
  • News Articles
  • Magazine Articles
  • Scholarly Journal Articles
  • Biographies
  • Countries, Cultures & Customs
  • Streaming Films & Images
  • Writing Help
  • Citation Help
  • ASB Web Resources
  • Web Searching Tips 
 
News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tips for Writing a Research Paper

As you progress through college, especially if you choose to transfer to a university, you will be required to write papers either solely based on research or a combination of research and opinion.
Here are some guidelines you may find useful for such a task:

Create a Schedule
Plan a daily schedule several weeks in advance to decide what components you will work on and when. Writing a research paper is a task that cannot be completed successfully in a few days.

Choose a Topic & Begin Research
  • Develop a research question or questions
  • Choose short phrases from your question to conduct your research
  • Brainstorm alternative phrases that relate to your topic to increase your research results.
  • Ask a librarian for help with using keywords associated with your topic: http://blog.riosalado.edu/2015/07/ask-librarian-online-anytime.html
Evaluate Research
Construct Your Outline
  • You can create a formal outline or a simple list of how you think you will organize your paper based on the research you found
  • Remember this outline may continuously change as you begin to write your paper, and this is ok as the outline is not going to be graded. Keep in mind it is merely a tool to help you structure your writing
Familiarize Yourself with Format Type
Begin Rough Draft, Edit, Submit
  • Use your outline to begin your rough draft. You can also refer to online resources such as: http://libguides.riosalado.edu/ and http://www.riosalado.edu/library/owl/Pages/default.aspx
  • Dedicate blocks of time each day to writing
  • Highlight or mark sentences in your paper you wish to cite using APA or MLA
  • Proofread your paper and ask at least two other people to review your writing for grammatical errors
  • Submit your paper on time


Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Featured Library Resource: EBSCO eBooks

screen shot of web interface for EBSCO EBook collection

Need a book for an assignment but don't have enough time to make a trip to the library? 

The EBSCO eBook collection contains more than 130,000 titles from leading university presses and academic publishers.

This collection is available to students 24/7 and has a built in-citation tool to help with your reference list or works cited page.

What are you waiting for? Check it out today!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Library Services Save the Day (and Night!)

Starting a research assignment can be intimidating. Formulating search strategies and finding relevant, reliable sources for a paper or other project can seem overwhelming to students who have never done it before.

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa County Community College District libraries offer several services to help students navigate the library systems, find information and properly cite sources. 

Ask a Librarian
The Ask a Librarian services provide students with 24 hour access to a live librarian who can answer questions about online and in-person research tools, provide links to additional information and direct students to the proper resources.
"Rio students don't always have a traditional schedule, so they love that there is a librarian on call 24/7," said Karen Docherty, Rio Salado College librarian. "The chat service is designed to be convenient and easy to use. It doesn't matter if it's six in the morning before they go to work or 11 at night after they get the kids to bed. All that's needed is a computer and Internet access to connect to the service and start chatting with a librarian."

Txt a Librarian
Students can also contact a librarian by SMS text message. The Txt a Librarian service uses a secure third party program to anonymously connect users with a Maricopa district librarian. When a student texts "RioLib" to 66746, their phone number is converted to a Rio Salado user ID that lets the librarian respond without viewing any personal information.

"Respecting the student's privacy is really important to us," said Rio Salado Librarian Janelle Underhill. "We want students to use these services with confidence. We want them to know that we aren't collecting phone numbers or anything like that. Our only goal is to help students find the information they need."

Online Writing Lab (OWL)
In addition to 24-hour research assistance, Rio Salado students can also take advantage of the library's online writing lab

OWL provides students with a wealth of information, tips and tricks to help them write at a college level. The "Writing Rubric" section covers basic elements such as sentence structure, organization and content. Other sections like "General Writing" and "Critical Thinking" cover topics such as evaluating and citing sources, paraphrasing and quoting, as well as more advanced topics like analysis, inference, and reasoning. 

How Do I? Video Series
There are also quite a few video tutorials available in the "How Do I...?" section of the Rio Salado College Library web pages. The tutorials cover everything from basics like logging in or accessing an e-book to using library databases.



"The tutorial videos are a great tool to help students who prefer to do things independently," Underhill said. "They walk the viewer step by step through each process. They're very easy to follow."

In-Class Visits
Many course instructors invite Rio Salado librarians to visit their classes and teach students how to formulate search strategies and to use library databases to find relevant and reliable journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, books, and media (such as images and streaming films).

District Library Services
All MCCCD libraries offer free in-person, phone, Txt a Librarian and Preg├║ntele al Bibliotecario (Chat en Espa├▒ol) services. These services are available to MCCCD students, faculty and staff. To get help from a librarian now, visit www.maricopa.edu/lts/ask.