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

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!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rio Gets 2.6 Million First in the World Grant!

monument of rio wave logo

Rio Salado College is one of 17 schools nationwide to be awarded a First in the World (FITW) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The $2.6 million grant will be dispersed over the next four years and will be used to support innovation and improve student outcomes.

President Bustamante with 2015 workplace training graduates.
“I am excited about the opportunities this funding brings to the college and the support it will provide to our students,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “This recognition validates our innovative practices and reflects our commitment to help underserved students achieve their educational goals.”

Michael Medlock photosAccording to Michael Medlock, interim dean of instructional technology at Rio Salado, the grant award will be used to design and implement an innovative model to improve teaching and learning for at-need students.

“The grant will allow Rio Salado College to pursue new research-supported initiatives that will help students by using three strategies: creating a clear course pathway, personalizing the learning, and providing a success coach to meet student needs along the way,” Medlock said.
Shannon McCarty photo
Shannon McCarty, dean of instruction and academic affairs at Rio Salado, said the target population will be new students pursuing an associate degree or transferring to a four-year institution.

“Rio Salado is known for being an innovator in higher education,” McCarty said. “We look forward to continuing that tradition and redesigning the college experience for our students.”


image of three female students working at computers.
The new model joins other notable student success initiatives at Rio Salado College: RioCompass, a completion portal that allows students to monitor progress toward degree completion, and RioPACE, a predictive analytics system that tracks student login frequency, site engagement, and course progress to increase student awareness and accountability.


Image of a Rio instructor offering guidance to students in a student lab About FITW grant and program
The FITW grant program was created in 2014 by the Obama Administration to drive innovation and keep a higher education within reach for all Americans. Of the Rio Salado College grant award, 100% of the $2.6M project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

Friday, September 4, 2015

24/7 Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat Rio Salado

Ask a Librarian is a free, online service that provides Rio Salado students with 24/7 access to a live librarian who can help you start your research, find resources, answer questions about citing sources and more!

Go ahead, give it a try. Ask a Librarian now!

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.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Rio Salado Library eBooks on Business

Image of CRiSP 50, one-minute tips to better communications cover.

The Rio Salado Library provides students with access to the CRISP 50-Minute Series, available via the EBSCO eBook collection

These short, easy-to-read books cover the most critical aspects of business topics in a minimum amount of time. 

Please note, you must be logged into RioLearn to access.

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!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Here are the latest additions in fiction, non-fiction and DVDs from the Rio Salado College Library.

Fiction



Nonfiction

DVDs

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.

Friday, April 3, 2015

April is National Poetry Month!

Image of an abandoned building, a still from the film Poet of Poverty.

The Rio Salado Library features Filmakers Library Online, a great resource for documentaries on a variety of cultural and historical issues. 

Included is the tragic and inspirational film Poet of Poverty, a Rio Salado Library recommendation to help you awaken your poet’s heart in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rio Salado Adaptive Learning Experiment

Campus Technology Magazine writer John K. Waters explores the Renaissance taking place in adaptive learning at higher learning institutions funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant program in an article called The Great Adaptive Learning Experiment.

Included is an interview with Julie Stiak, associate dean of instruction and community development at Rio Salado College.

Rio Salado College is one of the 14 schools chosen by the Foundation to develop adaptive learning courses. Rio's first pilot program launched in January with two online writing courses that are being developed in collaboration with Pearson.

What is adaptive learning? In a nutshell, it’s a high-tech way of collecting and processing data that will help instructors determine what students know, how they learn and how to customize coursework that meets their unique needs.

Learn more in the April issue of CT Magazine.

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 PregĂșntele al Bibliotecario (Chat en Español) services. These services are available to MCCCD students, faculty and staff. To get help from a librarian now, visit www.maricopa.edu/lts/ask.