Resources for Pre-Engineering Students

See the electronic device right in front of you? Thank an engineer. That’s who designed it. If you’re not using an electronic device, how the heck are you reading this?!

Engineers also designed your car, your refrigerator, and your classroom. The point is, there are many, many different fields where your training as an engineer is needed. Our goal at the Scott Community College Library is to provide you with the tools to not only successfully complete that training, but also to find your career path.

Since our pre-engineering students tend to go on to further education, we strongly suggest that you learn and use effective research and study habits now. Know what is available to you as a student so you can focus on learning and make the most of your time in school. Besides, your tuition pays for this stuff whether you use it or not.

Traditional Media

You can find all of our traditional media listed in our catalog, which we share with area libraries in Iowa (such as Davenport Public, Bettendorf Public, etc.). Below, we’ve listed some in-house materials. That is, media owned by our library. Don’t see what you’re looking for here or in the catalog? Ask about our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service, which allows us to ship and share material with libraries all across the state.

You can check out our materials using any RiverShare library card. Don’t have a library card? No problem! We can make you one in less than ten minutes.

Print Books

We’ve stocked our shelves with a variety of engineering books, from road-building to rocketry.

A partial list of our in-house books is available for download as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. This list does not include our many math and physics books. For those, check out this post on those specific subjects. You may also want to explore our titles on design, manufacturing, engines, etc.

Periodicals

While we don’t subscribe to any periodicals about engineering in general, we have materials that would be of interest to certain specific fields.

For example, MOTOR and Motor Trend are both magazines that we’d recommend to anyone going into mechanical engineering.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) publishes its Technology Review monthly. It’s awesome, so everyone should read it, but electrical engineers especially should check it out.

More periodicals are available in digital format. See the section under Electronic Resources (below) about digital magazines.

DVDs

As with our periodicals, our DVD collection is useful for certain fields under the umbrella of engineering. Chemical, mechanical, and civil engineers will get the most out of our in-house collection. You can download a partial list of available titles as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. See the catalog to search all available DVDs.

Want more A/V options? See the section under Electronic Resources (below) about Films On Demand. You can also suggest titles to be added to our collection. Stop in and let us know what you’d like to see made available!

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Coursework Help and Practice

You probably already know that engineers use a lot of math. What you might not realize is that, as an engineer, you will also need good communication skills. Why? Because you’re going to spend most of your career explaining complex concepts in layman terms.

For example, do you understand the relationship between buoyancy and a floating foundation? Most people do not [Editor’s Note: we had to look up “buoyancy” to make sure we were even using the right term], so you’re going to have to explain it to the 40-year-old kid who inherited his mom’s construction company and wants to build his next condo complex on top of a swamp.

Below are the online tools we recommend to help you dominate ALL your classes.

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

Practice your written communication skills with this great digital learning assistant. Composed of multiple “centers,” The College Center is your best bet, with subsections that focus on reading, writing, science, and math skills. These sections feature video and/or walk-through tutorials, practice sets, test prep, and eBooks. Keep track of your progress by creating an account (which takes about 30 seconds).

While you’re there, take a look at some of the additional centers designed to help you navigate different stages on your life’s path. These include the Career Center, Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills Center, etc.. Check out our post about Learning Express Library to learn more.

ProQuest Research Companion proquest

This is a digital course that breaks down the paper-writing process into easy-to-follow steps. It’s a left-brained person’s dream. This blog has already covered how to use ProQuest. Remember! Always ask your instructor what their citation requirements are. Your instructor’s directions take precedence over ProQuest’s — meaning that if ProQuest tells you to do one thing but your instructor has given you another direction, do what your instructor told you to do.

eBooks and Digital Magazines

Science scienceonline

A peer-reviewed magazine from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this digital magazine is one of six that the society publishes. These publications focus on recent innovations and advances in technology, robotics, and more. You can access them all through this particular magazine’s landing page.

EBSCO Mobile ebscoebooksma_logo

EBSCO is one of our favorite electronic resources, and its mobile app includes almost 200 books devoted to Engineering and Technology. eBooks are great because you can browse the catalog AND check out your selections without ever leaving your couch! You can search for books under “Subject” or use the search bar to find specific titles or authors. Learn more about EBSCO in the section about its databases (below) or go ahead and check out our post about how to use the databases.

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Click “Search Options” to search by different categories.

Research Databases

Engineers should always operate using the most accurate, up-to-date information available. An ill-informed engineer risks losing more than a job. Depending on what field you go into, negligence on the job risks lives and could result in legal charges. The NASA engineers responsible for the Space Shuttle Colombia are likely still serving time.

How will you avoid the same fate? By becoming a research BOSS. Learn the difference between an academic resource and a popular resource. Know how to spot false or questionable information. Using our databases will help you practice these skills. Many of these databases are stocked with information you can’t find on Google, and some of them allow you to search exclusively for academic or peer-reviewed articles.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2

We’ve already mentioned EBSCO Mobile, where you can find eBooks nearly 200 eBooks under Engineering and Technology. The EBSCO research databases are chock full of peer-reviewed journals that you won’t find anywhere else. We’ve adjusted the settings so your search automatically returns full-text articles. If you can’t find the material you need, uncheck the box for Full Text. Some of the partial articles you find may be available through ILL (as the library staff about this if you are unfamiliar).

To learn more about how to use EBSCO, view our previous post on the topic.

Academic OneFile academiconefile

Engineering is not listed under the “Browse by Discipline” section, so you’re going to have to use the search bar. Luckily, you can search by subject or publication using the Basic Search. You can also use the Advanced Search to search by multiple keywords, publication dates, article types, etc.

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When using the Basic Search, click the “>” arrow to look at articles with titles that use the word “Engineering,” OR click “Subject Guide Search,” which will take you to this screen:

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Type a term into the top search bar and it will give you two things. First, it will suggest related search terms in a drop-down menu:

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The other thing it will do is, after you’ve clicked “search,” it will return a number of recommended keywords and subject terms as well as publication names for you to browse.

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Click through to find what you need, or use the search terms to inform an Advanced Search. Like with the EBSCO databases, searches in Academic OneFile default to results with full-text articles available. If you can’t find information on your topic, try unchecking the “Full Text” option. Articles that aren’t available in full text may be available through ILL.

To learn more about how to use Academic OneFile, check out this post.

Films On Demand filmsondemand

Throughout your education, you’ve performed experiments in math and science classes – experiments that anyone who has attended an American school in the past 75 years has had to walk through – designed to illustrate complex concepts. Ideas that seem endlessly complicated on paper are easily explained in about 15 seconds using a visual aid. That’s why the Scott Community College Library subscribes to Films On Demand – so you can see the concepts you’re currently learning in real-world scenarios.

Or maybe you’re just sick of reading and want to watch a video. That’s okay, too. With over 500 titles under the subject of engineering alone (you’ll find even more on physics, applied mathematics, etc.), prepare to become an expert on topics such as hydrokinetic turbines and photovoltaics. Perhaps once you’ve mastered these subjects, you can come visit us at the Belmont campus and explain to us what they are.

Videos range from feature-length to 2-minute clicks. View our post about this database to learn more.

Other Materials

Calculators

Yes, we have calculators for check out – standard and graphing – but beware:

We have six graphing calculators. Six. Each of these calculators can be checked out for one 24-hour period, with no renewal, and there is a $1-per-day late fee. That means you can’t rely on us to supply you with a calculator all semester long. Also, we absolutely will not allow these calculators to leave the library without checking them out to you on an active RiverShare library card.

Why all the rules? Graphing calculators are expensive. That’s why we have these on hand in the first place. If you leave yours at home on the day you have a test, we’ve got you covered. You can’t take the calculator out of the library, however, unless you have a RiverShare card. Therefore, we strongly recommend checking that your library card is active and accurate if you take any class that requires a graphing calculator.

Have any questions? See anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, or like us and comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

Resources for English Students: Reading, Writing, and Speaking Skills

In the comments of a local online newspaper, it’s common to find some out-of-touch fellow lamenting that “people don’t communicate anymore,” or “people don’t sit down and read like they used to.”

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Maybe people don’t read like they used to, but they certainly don’t read any less. If anything, people may read and write even more now than they did 50 years ago. The major difference is the length and depth of that reading and writing.

Over the past few years, cognitive scientists, such as Maryanne Wolf from Tufts University, have reported that our brains absorb information from a screen differently than we absorb information from paper, and spending so much time on screens may be hurting our ability to practice deep and immersive reading. It is during immersive reading that our reading comprehension is at its peak. In other words, screen time won’t make you stupid, but too much of it may be bad for your command of language and communication. If you’re a student, this is a major concern, since communication is the crux of education.

At Scott Community College, we know how challenging it can be for students to find time to practice the skills needed to succeed in college classes, so the Belmont campus library makes it a priority to assist students with reading and writing skills and practice. See below for a list of some of our available resources, or stop on in and visit us. We even offer workshops and tutoring.

Traditional Media

To check out any of our available media, all you need is a library card from ANY RiverShare library (such as Davenport Public, Bettendorf Public, etc.). Don’t have a library card? No problem. We can make you one in less than ten minutes.

Print Books

Our in-house selection of books that cover reading, writing, and rhetoric alone is way too large to list here, and our shared catalog is even larger. We’ve composted a partial list, however, which you can download as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet.

Periodicals

The best way to learn to write is to read good writing, and when it comes to good writing, there is no wrong way to consume it. We subscribe to several publications that publish the very best writing in a variety of topics and genres.

Writers dream of being published in The New Yorker like comedians dream of hosting SNL. It’s one of the best sources to find new, up-and-coming voices as well as works by veteran writers. They also feature book reviews and recommended reading lists.

Rolling Stone always features in-depth cover stories and news articles. Plus, everyone likes music (except people who suffer from melophobia), so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something you like in any given issue.

The Atlantic is another publication known for great writing, and it covers a number of topics from business and politics to art and culture.

Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, ArtNEWS, Consumer Reports, Motor Trend, Technology Review… whatever you’re interested in, see what’s new and what other people want to read about that topic. You may just find your next research paper topic.

BONUS! Scott Community College has its very own literary publication: Inkwell. Check out past issues and then prepare your own material for submission! Contact Dr. Amy Foley in the English department to ask questions or submit works – afoley [at] eicc [dot] edu.

DVDs

Our in-house DVD collection contains over 400 titles and is always growing. Classics like The Maltese FalconFargo, and The Thing offer examples of exceptional screenwriting and storytelling. A list of non-fiction and documentary films is available as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet.

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Coursework Help and Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

This digital learning assistant is composed of multiple “centers.” The College Center is your best bet, with its subsections on reading and writing. Spend just 20 minutes each day using their eBooks and practice sets, and over time you’ll notice a marked improvement.

It takes less than a minute to register. In addition to the College Center, registration also gives you access to The Career Center, Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills Center, and more. Each center features video and/or walk-through tutorials, practice sets, test prep, and eBooks. View our post about Learning Express Library to find out more.

ProQuest Research Companion proquest

Maybe it’s been a while since you did research. ProQuest’s Research Companion offers helpful tips and tricks on how to get started, how to identify useful resources, and how to make use of the information you find in a paper or speech. Create an account to use their video-based learning modules. They’re great practice and supplement what you learn in class from your instructors.

eBooks and Digital Magazines

EBSCO Mobile ebscoebooksma_logo

EBSCO is one of our favorite electronic resources, and its mobile app includes hundreds of eBooks devoted to the sciences. Search by author, title, or subject or just browse the 500+ titles listed under “Literature and Criticism.”

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Click “Search Options” to search by different categories.

eBooks are great because you can browse the catalog AND check out your selections without ever leaving your couch! Plus, you can read them on any mobile device. Stuck in line at the pharmacy? Pull out your phone and read a couple of chapters about literary criticism on the short works of Anton Chekhov. Learn more about EBSCO and its databases later in this post, or go ahead and check out our overview of how to use the databases.

Flipster flipster_logo

Through EBSCO, you also have access to Flipster and its mobile app. While this isn’t a good source for academic journals (we’ll go over those below), it does offer such quality publications as Vanity Fair and Elephant, as well as trade and craft magazines such as Poets and Writers and Writer. Need a break? Check out mental_floss or Urbis. There’s something for everyone on Flipster.

RiverShare eBooks, eBooks and Audio eicc-college-libraries

These eBooks and audio books are available to anyone holding a RiverShare library card. We love audio books because it’s the best way to “read” on your commute. With over 1,000 related titles to choose from, you won’t mind being trapped in a seat between a whiny kid and a guy playing his favorite Mariah Carey album at full blast.

Research Databases

If you take English classes at Scott, you’re definitely going to have to know how to research. There’s no getting around it. The good news is that knowing how to find information is a skill that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. People base entire careers on their ability to quickly locate accurate data, and knowing how to spot false information can literally save your life.

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WARNING: DO NOT DO THIS YOU WILL SERIOUSLY DIE

Learn to use our electronic databases and gain access to thousands upon thousands of reliable and peer-reviewed resources.

Credo credo-reference-cors-2014-purple-hor

This database is a great starting point when you’re writing a paper or speech, especially when it comes to narrowing your topic or thesis. Similar to an encyclopedia or a more reliable version of Wikipedia, it’s also a good starting point for people who aren’t yet comfortable using electronic databases. Our post on how to use Credo goes into further detail about its features, such as its lists of related books and its exclusive Mind Map.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2

We’ve already mentioned EBSCO Mobile, where you can find hundreds of eBooks, fiction and non-fiction. The EBSCO research databases are chock full of peer-reviewed journals that you won’t find on Google. We’ve adjusted the settings so your search automatically returns full-text articles. If you can’t find the material you need, uncheck the box for Full Text. Some of the partial articles you find may be available through interlibrary loan (ask the library staff for more information if you are unfamiliar with ILL).

To learn more about how to use EBSCO, view our previous post on the topic.

Academic OneFile academiconefile

This is another easy-to-use databases with plenty of features for exploring related topics or narrowing your thesis. Our previous post about this database goes into extensive detail about its Topic Finder – but it just barely touches on the 80 million available articles from popular as well as peer reviewed publications.

Opposing Viewpoints opposingviewpointscontext

Need to write a persuasive essay or research paper? Opposing Viewpoints – and its sibling database, CQ Researcher, which we’ll discuss more in a minute – is your digital Mecca. This aggregator collects arguments, pro and con, on every topic imaginable. Every controversial issue is here, and the more controversial it is, the more material Opposing Viewpoints has to collect. Read our post on how to use Opposing Viewpoints.

CQ Researcher cq-research-logo

CQ Researcher is like a jacked version of Opposing Viewpoints. Each topic section includes in-depth articles, further academic reading, and exclusive pro-con argument, and more. If you really want to do some serious research about your topic, this database is not only a great resource itself, it’s also a resource for finding still more awesome resources! Its interface is exactly like Opposing Viewpoints’ so if you’re familiar with that one, you already know how to use CQ Researcher. Click here to learn more.

Films on Demand filmsondemand

No one knows better than students how tiresome reading can become – even if you love it! Your eyes get tired and you lose the ability to focus on the text, your brain turns to mush, and all you can think about is the series finale of Golden Girls and how unlikely it was for Dorothy to marry Blanche’s uncle. Luckily for you, there are over 1,000 titles related to English studies, including American Literature, Speech & Communication, World Literature, and Elements of Language. Read more about this database and then check it out for yourself!

Other

Campus computers offer special software designed to help you write your papers. Read&Write Gold offers features and tips to help you write and edit your papers. There’s even a read-aloud option, where the computer will read your paper to you to help you isolate any grammatical or style issues. A pair of your own ear buds should plug into our computers, but we also have headphones available for in-house use.

In addition to specialty software, we have a writing tutor available four days per week, and our staff is always happy to help you with your research and citations. Don’t forget to stop by one of our citation workshops for more help!

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Resources for Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences

Most programs at Scott Community College include some sort of science requirement – generally in earth or life sciences. That’s why we’ve stocked our collection with materials related to these subjects. Whether you’re a science junkie or haven’t thought about the periodic table in 20 years, we’ve got what you covered. Just remember to breathe and repeat your mantra: “The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.”

Traditional Media

To check out any of our available media, all you need is a library card from ANY RiverShare library (such as Davenport Public, Bettendorf Public, etc.). Don’t have a library card? No problem. We can make you one in less than ten minutes.

Print Books

Our selection of science books is far too massive to list here, even if we just stuck to the materials available in-house. That is, if we only counted what we have on our shelves at Belmont and not everything available in our catalog, which we share with other libraries in our consortium, which is called RiverShare.

We did make up a partial list of our science books, however. This list is available for download as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet and includes such titles as Peter Daempfle’s Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference and Nathan Spielberg’s Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe.

Periodicals

Generally, the scientific periodicals we keep in the Belmont library are geared more toward health sciences, though you will find National Geographic and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review. For more general science magazines, scroll down to the section of this post that covers Electronic Resources.

DVDs

A significant percentage of our DVD collection is devoted to science, particularly environmental and life sciences. You can download a partial list of our available DVDs as a PDF or an Excel spreadsheet. Don’t see what you’re looking for? You may find the title in our catalog.

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Coursework Help and Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

This digital learning assistant is composed of multiple “centers.” The College Center is your best bet, with its subsection titled “Science Skills Review.” Spend just 20 minutes each day using their eBooks and practice sets in chemistry and biology.

It takes less than a minute to register. In addition to the College Center, registration also gives you access to The Career Center, Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills Center, and more. Each center features video and/or walk-through tutorials, practice sets, test prep, and eBooks. View our post about Learning Express Library to find out more.

eBooks and Digital Magazines

Science scienceonline

A peer-reviewed magazine from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this digital magazine is one of six that the society publishes. These publications focus on recent innovations and advances, medicine, technology, robotics, and more. Read about exciting new studies and opportunities in all scientific fields.

EBSCO Mobile ebscoebooksma_logo

EBSCO is one of our favorite electronic resources, and its mobile app includes hundreds of eBooks devoted to the sciences. eBooks are great because you can browse the catalog AND check out your selections without ever leaving your couch! Learn more about EBSCO in the section about its databases (below) or go ahead and check out our post about how to use the databases.

RiverShare eBooks, eBooks and Audio eicc-college-libraries

These eBooks and audiobooks are available to anyone holding a RiverShare library card. We love audiobooks because it’s the best way to “read” on your commute. With over 100 science books to choose from, you won’t mind being trapped in a seat between a whiney kid and a guy playing his favorite Mariah Carey album at full blast.

Research Databases

Scientists have to do research. Like, A LOT of research. How will you know if you’re the first person to perform an experiment if you don’t look into it first? The great thing about our databases is that you can opt to search only for academic and peer-reviewed resources, so you know you’re getting the best information available without having to wade through a bunch of material you can’t use.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2

We’ve already mentioned EBSCO Mobile, where you can find hundreds of eBooks on chemistry, biology, and related sciences. The EBSCO research databases are chock full of peer-reviewed journals that you won’t find on Google. We’ve adjusted the settings so your search automatically returns full-text articles. If you can’t find the material you need, uncheck the box for Full Text. Some of the partial articles you find may be available through interlibrary loan (ask the library staff for more information if you are unfamiliar with ILL).

To learn more about how to use EBSCO, view our previous post on the topic.

Academic OneFile academiconefile

It’s easy to browse articles within the umbrella topics of biology and chemistry, etc. They’re the very first subjects listed under “Browse by Discipline”. Like with the EBSCO databases, searches in Academic OneFile default to results with full-text articles available. If you can’t find information on your topic, try unchecking the “Full Text” option. Articles that aren’t available in full text may be available through ILL.

To learn how to use Academic OneFile, check out this post.

CQResearcher cq-research-logo

This database is full of original, in-depth articles, typically on controversial topics. Topic sections will often include a pro-con face-off. For example, scientists argue quite a bit over the range of damage caused by climate change, using studies conducted on various living organisms as evidence to support their conclusions. These pro-con arguments are a good opportunity to practice critical thinking and evidence-based argument. Fact lists and extended bibliography may also be part of a topic section. Start your exploration of CQResearcher here.

Films On Demand filmsondemand

“When I was in ninth grade, I asked my science teacher how an atom bomb worked,” says Melanie, our evening library staff person. “He couldn’t explain it to me to my satisfaction. I remained confused until I was in college, when I finally saw the old Disney documentary titled, ‘Our Friend the Atom.’ Their demonstration of the mouse trap experiment answered all of my questions. Imagine that: I’d wondered about this for years, only to discover there was a visual aid that could explain it to me in 15 seconds.”

Science is full of demonstrations similar to the mouse trap experiment – illustrations of concepts that seem endlessly complicated on paper, but when viewed in a real-world scenario, aren’t that difficult to grasp. For cases like this, Films On Demand is a great database, with videos ranging from feature-length to 2-minute clips. Click here to learn more.

Math and Physics Resources

“I wish I could go back and apologize to my high school math teacher – I had no idea I really would use math every day!”

The quote above comes from a local hairstylist, whose old cosmetology textbook is full of geometric graphics and equations. You might not expect math to be required knowledge for hair and nail technicians, which must make you wonder what other careers have secret math requirements.

Let’s put it this way: if you’re attending Scott Community College with the intention of earning a degree or certification, you’re most likely going to have to take some math classes. Even English and philosophy students work extensively with logic, which is a branch of mathematics.

Fortunately, we have all the tools you’ll ever need to engage your inner math nerd, whether you’re going into nursing, engineering, or the culinary arts. Check out the resources we offer below and let us know if anything’s missing. What would you like to see us add to the library to better serve your education?

Traditional Media

Our traditional is more convenient than you might realize. Anyone can come into our library at the Belmont campus and use our materials, and a library card from ANY RiverShare library makes our circulated items available to you for check out. Don’t have a library card? No problem. We can make you one in less than ten minutes.

Print Books

We have books for every level of math – from introduction and practice to real-life illustrations of complex concepts. Our favorite books are the ones that use cultural cornerstones and popular culture to explain mathematical ideas and theory, such as Michael Suk-Young Chwe’s Jane Austen, Game Theorist (823.7 CHW).

A partial list of math and physics books we carry in-house is available for download as PDF or Excel spreadsheet. Note that this list does not cover our entire catalog, which we share with other Rivershare libraries (i.e. Davenport Public, Bettendorf Public, etc.). Search our catalog for more titles.

Periodicals

While the Belmont library doesn’t subscribe to any periodicals exclusively devoted to math and/or physics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review is a great place to see applied mathematics and data analysis. MIT is kind of a mathematician’s holy land – just ask the guy from Good Will Hunting.

DVDs

A partial list of available math- and physics-related titles is available for download as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. The list includes A Beautiful Mind (DVD BEA), the fictional account of the life of Nobel Prize winner John Nash who, incidentally, developed game theory – the very same concept Michael Suk-Young Chwe illustrates using the works of Jane Austen in his book Jane Austen, Game Theorist.

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It sure is, Walt.

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Coursework Help and Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

This digital learning assistant is composed of multiple “centers.” The College Center is your best bet, with its subsection devoted entirely to mathematics – from basic math all the way up through calculus and logic:

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It takes less than a minute to register. In addition to the College Center, registration also gives you access to The Career Center, Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills Center, and more. Each center features video and/or walk-through tutorials, practice sets, test prep, and eBooks. Check out our post about Learning Express Library to learn more.

eBooks and Digital Magazines

eBooks and digital magazines are great because you can browse the catalog AND check out your selections without ever leaving your couch!

EBSCO Mobile ebscoebooksma_logo

EBSCO – the classic, the granddaddy of all databases, and one of our favorite electronic resources – has dozens of eBooks on mathematics and physics available through this app. Plus, these titles are all mobile-friendly, so you can carry your books with you virtually anywhere!

RiverShare eBooks and eBooks and Audio eicc-college-libraries

These eBooks and audiobooks are available to anyone holding a RiverShare library card. We love audiobooks because it’s the best way to “read” on your commute! Unfortunately, there are only about a dozen or so eBooks about math and/or physics available. It’s super easy to suggest new titles, though – and we encourage you to do so!

Research Databases

Math courses don’t require a great deal of research, BUT we do have one database our math students should definitely check out:

Films on Demand filmsondemand

As we’ve mentioned before, nothing solidifies a concept in your mind like seeing it in action. Films on Demand has over 800 videos on math and physics, including dozens upon dozens of instructional and demonstration videos.

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Because some of us need to see implicit differentiation a few times before attempting it ourselves.

This resource essentially offers you a classroom experience on any device, so you can review applied derivatives on your smartphone while you wait in line at the pharmacy.

Other Materials

Calculators

Yes, we have calculators for check out – standard and graphing – but beware:

We have six graphing calculators. Six. Each of these calculators can be checked out for one 24-hour period, with no renewal, and there is a $1-per-day late fee. That means you can’t rely on us to supply you with a calculator all semester long. Also, we absolutely will not allow these calculators to leave the library without checking them out to you on an active RiverShare library card.

Why all the rules? Graphing calculators are expensive. That’s why we have these on hand in the first place. If you leave yours at home on the day you have a test, we’ve got you covered. You can’t take the calculator out of the library, however, unless you have a RiverShare card. Therefore, we strongly recommend checking that your library card is active and accurate if you take any class that requires a graphing calculator.

Have any questions? See anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, or like us and comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

Resources for Information Technology Students

Information technology students and libraries go together like peas and carrots. We all love learning, innovations in technology and media, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

While demand for information technology specialists has risen over the past couple of decades, so have the number of IT degree holders. To stand out, you have to make the most of your time at Scott Community College and take advantage of every resource available to you as a student. If you haven’t already made the library your second home, what are you waiting for?

Traditional Media

Give your eyes a break and sit down with a book or a periodical made with real paper. In addition to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, we have many titles that are of particular interest to information technology specialists.

Print Books

A partial list of our books on information technology is available for download as a PDF or an Excel spreadsheet.

The list predominantly focuses on technology developed in the past 20 years or so. For additional material, check for titles listed under Dewey decimal numbers 020 and 600+. You may also browse our catalog by title, author, or subject. We share our catalog with about a dozen other local libraries, so you have access to books beyond our own shelves.

Periodicals

It’s exciting whenever the new issue of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review comes in. MIT is internationally known as the birthplace of countless modern technologies. Check out the next big thing that’s going to change the world.

QBits, the Quad Cities Computer Society‘s newsletter, features news and information about local events, conferences, and businesses as well as how-tos, commentary, and editorials from area professionals.

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Coursework Help

Want to disprove that tired old stereotype about IT professionals having no communication skills? Then crush it in your gen ed classes, such as Composition I and Public Speaking with help from our online resources.

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

This digital learning assistant is composed of multiple “centers.” The College Center is your best bet, with subsections focusing on reading, writing, science, and math skills. The Career Center, Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills Center, and more are included in this digital library. Each center features video and/or walk-through tutorials, practice sets, test prep, and eBooks. Check out our post about Learning Express Library to learn more.

Digital Magazines

Science scienceonline

A peer-reviewed magazine from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this is one of six magazines the society publishes. This online magazine has a section on robot technology, and the society even publishes and entire journal devoted exclusively to robotics.

Research Databases

CQResearcher cq-research-logo

Because technology is always changing, there’s always some new controversy surrounding it. Is cloud storage appropriate for a large business? How does one balance security/privacy and freedom of information? How responsible are companies when individuals use their online and digital services for criminal activity?

CQResearcher answers these questions and more with thorough reporting on a variety of topics. IT students and professionals will be most interested in browsing by topic: Science and Technology, which covers dozens of subjects, including Big Data, cyberbullying, transnational crime, the deep/dark web, identity theft, copyright infringement, and more.

Each topic page comes complete with an introduction and overview, additional articles, facts, pro-con arguments, further bibliography, and related topics. Basically, CQResearcher is like Wikipedia written by professionals – not by whichever random basement-dweller has the most time on his hands.

Films on Demand filmsondemand

This database is heavy with documentaries, interviews, lectures, and newsreels about breakthroughs in computing and modern technology, as well as what those breakthroughs mean for society. It’s a great option when you’re tired of reading but still want to study. Check out our post about Films on Demand for more information.

Resources for Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Students

As students in Scott Community College’s Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics programs, you’ll likely find that the most important features of the library are the 1) Automotive Service Excellence practice test books and 2) paper-writing materials and assistance for general education courses.

In addition, due to frequent use of online resources such as ShopKey and ALLDATA, you should be acquainted with the library’s combination computer terminal/study corrals that help you maintain focus.

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No distractions. All genius.

We also encourage you to practice other methods of research, whether you decide to make use of our specialized electronic resources, reacquaint yourself with the Dewey decimal system, or just fine-tune your GoogleFu with advanced search techniques.

No one knows everything, especially in an industry where the hardware is constantly evolving. Knowing how and where to find the information you need is invaluable to your career. Come visit us in the library and learn more about the resources available to all Scott students as well as those accessible to the general public.

Traditional Media

Print Books

Students seeking to earn a certification in Automotive Service Excellence should take every opportunity to practice for ASE tests. A list of books related exclusively to automotive service and including practice test books (of most of which we have 2-3 copies) is available for PDF and Excel spreadsheet download. You may also browse books with the Dewey number 629 in our Non-fiction section.

A list of additional print books related to transportation and logistics are available for PDF and Excel spreadsheet download. This list is more general and includes books about logistics, transportation history, air and water travel, and the robots you’ll work with when you manage space freighters on their way to the Martian colony.

For more titles, use our online catalog. We share our catalog with all RiverShare libraries, so anything you find in the online catalog may be on our shelves or in another local library. Click the “Find It” icon to see where the title is located, and then use your local library card to place a hold on the title and even have it sent to our campus free of charge. Transfers usually take about a week.

Periodicals

Our collection features multiple magazines and trade publications we subscribe to for the benefit of our TDL students as well as the rest of the college. We keep current issues of MOTOR, Motor Trend, Cycle World, Consumer Reports, and the Consumer Reports Buying Guide out. You can find back issues (we keep these titles for two-to-five years) in the rolling stacks.

MOTOR is an American periodical (not to be confused with the Australian publication of the same name) specializing in automotive data for professionals. Centered in Troy, Michigan – a.k.a. Motor City, USA – MOTOR currently keep the world’s largest database on all motor vehicles class 1 through 8, and many of their staff are ASE and/or I-CAR certified.

Motor Trend is a more popular periodical. That is, it is leveled more at the general public than at industry workers. As a tool, however, it can be quite useful. Knowing what vehicles will be popular with the public (as well as the pros and cons of those vehicles) can prepare you for the coming future. Some of you may be too young to remember when Ford released the Pinto. After reports of fuel tank fires and a subsequent public outcry, 1.5 million Pintos were recalled and modified. Some specialists likely spent weeks – or months – working exclusively on Pinto fuel systems.

Cycle World is the world’s most-read motorcycle magazine according to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. It covers racing, technology, equipment, trends, and more.

We recommend Consumer Reports and the Consumer Reports Buying Guide for reasons similar to our subscription to Motor Trend: it pays to anticipate industry demand. Both of these publications also cover a wide range of products, some of which you may need in practicing your specialty.

DVDs

Students in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics programs may be disappointed with the number of industry-related DVDs in our collection. Please feel free to suggest titles to us in the comments here, on our Facebook page, or just come into the library at Belmont and pay us a visit!

Current titles include:

Hybrid Auto Repair Series (DVD 629.287 HYB) – Hybrid Safety Issues, Hybrid Engines: History and Development, and Common Hybrid Components.

Who Killed the Electric Car? (DVD 629.22 WHO) – Is electricity the future of transportation? According to the makers of this film, the auto industry is part of a conspiracy to keep electric vehicles off the market. Is their argument valid?

Pinto Fires: The Living Case (DVD 371.91 PIN) – This documentary covers the aforementioned Pinto fires and focuses more on business ethics than mechanics. There is a great deal of discussion about the vehicle itself, however, and the process of a corporate recall.

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Learning Centers

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

Has it been a while since you’ve had general education classes, such as math and English? No problem! Learning Express Library has resources designed to assist learning at every stage in life, with multiple online “centers” that have something for everyone. Your best bet will be the College Center, which features tutorials, lectures, and practice tests in areas like writing, reading, and multi-level math, from the basics all the way up to calculus. See our post on Learning Express Library for more information.

Research Databases

Academic OneFile academiconefile

Speech and writing classes often require research as part of an assignment. Academic One File is a user-friendly database that collects articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed journals worldwide. It’s basically a one-stop shop for all of your research needs. See our post on Academic OneFile to learn more about how to make the best use of this amazing tool.

CQResearcher cq-research-logo

This database offers original reporting and analysis and features extensive article pages averaging about 12,000 words each. Browsing by topic takes you to reports on transportation, science and technology, and international trade and development.

These reports come with footnotes for further exploration and bibliography on a more specific topic. For example, a page on traffic congestion in the United States mentions the improvement of bicycle routes to decrease motor vehicle traffic among commuters and cites a report by the Federal Highway Administration.

Short features, timelines, quotes, and pro/con debates (ex., “Should the United States continue to build highways in order to ease traffic congestion?”) round out these pages, giving you a clear picture on the facts as well as the controversy regarding these issues.

Additional Resources and Services

There are classes you may take as part of your gen eds that will require certain academic skills. Keep an eye out for workshops in the library for things like research citation rules and paper-writing strategies. We also have a writing tutor in house at certain times. Stop by the circulation desk or swing into the Student Success Center in room 2101 for more information.

Resources for Business, Management and Supervision Students

Business classes at Scott Community College attract a high percentage of students. With entrepreneurs spearheading local and regional economies, we encourage our students to get ahead of the pack and stay there by learning how to navigate the multitude of information available to start-ups, small business owners, corporate managers, management consultants, client group supervisors, division section heads, etc.

We recently posted on our Facebook page this article about Elon Musk and the 8 books he credits with his success. Similar billionaire book lists appear on a near weekly basis. There’s a good reason for this. These wildly successful people place high value in education and reading. Visit the library to find out why. Here are some of the resources you should check out while you’re here:

Traditional Media

Print Books

The majority of our books on accounting and business studies are devoted to management and are found in the 650s in the Dewey decimal system. Our psychology (150s), ethics (170s), social science (300s), and business writing (808) sections also contain the portions of our collection most relevant to a business student.

You can download a partial list of some of our favorite business and accounting books as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. See our library catalog for more materials.

Remember: we share a catalog with other RiverShare libraries – that is, public libraries in and around Scott County that are members of the RiverShare consortium. You may use your card from a RiverShare library to check out books from our collection and vice versa.

Periodicals

“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” This modern adage is based on the tendency for business-owners and operators to buy products with a familiar brand name rather than researching which product is actually best for them and for their business. That’s why we love Consumer Reports, the monthly publication devoted to product research, testing, and reporting to inform the buying public.

DVDs

Our DVD collection features a few titles that cover business and economics. A list of these titles is available for download as a PDF or an Excel spreadsheet. If you would like to see our collection expand, we’d love to see your suggestions in the comments.

Electronic Resources

To use these resources, first log in to EICConnect, then go to the Electronic Resources under Library found under Menu. These are resources unaffiliated with SCC and some require creating a new username and login prior to use.

Digital Video Database

Films on Demand filmsondemand

Billionaires love books, but everyone needs a reading break once in a while. Fortunately, Films on Demand is chock full of brand new documentaries and newsreels dating back to 1900, lectures and interviews with industry leaders, independent and corporate documentary films, and more. You can view a full-length educational video, binge on a series like “Ethical Markets,” or snack on some 3-minute leadership training clips.

With thousands of results, it helps to narrow it down. Fortunately, you can search by multiple subjects using the Advanced Search option located underneath the search bar.

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Sign up to create your own free account and make use of the “My Films” feature to keep track of your favorites.

You can also use the sidebar on your list of returns to filter by video type, approximate copyright date, production companies, and languages. Full videos sometimes list segments in a drop-down menu, giving you a chapter list that tells you what to expect from that video.

Databases and Digital Journal Articles

Pro-tip: sometimes an article in one of these databases will come with an abstract. This is a summary of the article that tells you exactly what information you’ll find after a full reading. Always. Read. The. Abstract. Nothing’s worse than reading a 6500-word article only to discover it has nothing to do with your topic.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2    

EBSCO is the monster of all databases. Clicking the link under our Electronic Resources takes you to their general databases as well as some specialized databases, such as the Small Business Reference Center smallbusinessrefcenterebsco,which offers everything you need to start your own business from scratch. The Start-Up Kit and Business Plans link offers sample business plans, how-to guides (such as how to request a loan and write your own business plan), sales revenue forecast, and more. The SBRC also offers industry information and eBooks for every type of business imaginable, from major corporations to small non-profits. Should you start a corporation or stick with a limited liability company? Will you need to work with independent contractors? How should you market your business? Whatever you need to know is here.

Among the other EBSCO software packages, EBSCOhost is one of our favorite database aggregators because 1) we’ve stocked it with journals that are not available without subscription, so it’s full of information you can’t find for free via Google, and 2) there are so many search and filtering options. If used correctly, they vastly decrease wasted research time – no more slogging through unrelated articles for you!

For example, you may search for “leadership” AND “management”. If you only want peer reviewed results, select “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” located under the section labeled, “Limit your results.”

Additional forms and selections below involve each individual database. These are most useful if you’re going to look at one or two databases at a time. Remember, EBSCOhost searches several databases at a time. If you’d like to limit yourself to one or two, click on the link that reads “Choose Databases” located right above the search form. Some are very specific – such as the database of Civil War Primary Source Documents.

When you run a search in EBSCO, it is set to retrieve just the articles that we have available in full text.   Depending on your topic, you might want more choices.  If you need additional articles to select from, uncheck the box for Full Text to see articles that can be ordered through interlibrary loan. (Not familiar with this?  Just ask the library staff for help!)

To learn more about how to use these tools, check out our post about the EBSCO databases.

Academic OneFile academiconefile

Academic OneFile is another major database with a great collection of journals. Though its crawler doesn’t offer quite as many pre-search filtering options, you can perform an advanced search.

Most of the filtering options in Academic OneFile are available after it’s already retrieved articles on your search topic. Given that, this database may be most helpful to someone who isn’t quite sure what they’re looking for yet.

For example, after you’ve retrieved your search results, a side-bar titled, “Content Types” will appear on the side of your screen. At the bottom of this bar is the Topic Finder, next to a little color wheel icon. This tool finds the most common words and terms from the retrieved results and suggests related subjects. If we use “Accounting” as our search term, the Topic Finder tells us that articles containing this term also tend to contain the term “Financial Report.” Further still, articles that contain “Accounting” AND “Financial Report” also often contain terms such as “Quality,” “Proposal,” and “Cash Flow.”

See our post on how to use AcademicOneFile for more information about how to use these tools.

eBooks

eBooks and eAudio eicc-college-libraries

The best part about eBooks is that you can browse the extensive collection, then check out one or two (or 30) eBooks without ever leaving your couch.

(photo: screengrab of business book search. Caption: You never have to stop learning.)

RiverShare has two collections of eBooks:  academic and public library. The link to the academic eBook collection (through the link that just says eBooks). There are a few options through the public library collection as well (for this, click on the link that says eBooks and eAudio).  RiverShare eBooks are also searchable in the library catalog; limit to Electronic Resources or eBook after searching.

EBSCO eBooks Mobile App ebscoebooksma_logo

This app is designed to interface best with your smartphone and tablet. Accessible through the EBSCO link under the “Electronics Resource” tab, you’ll find it just below the Small Business Resource Center. Sleek, simple, and user-friendly, this library is heavy on social sciences and cultural studies, with 664 titles under the subject “Business and Economics.”

Gale Virtual Reference Library galevirtualreferencelibrary

The nice thing about the Gale Virtual Reference Library is that its interface is very similar to Academic OneFile’s, so if you’re familiar with one, you can quickly learn to use the other. The GVRL is comprised of a collection of eBooks, returning materials similar to what you may find in EBSCO’s collection of business and accounting-related material.

Credo Reference credo-reference-cors-2014-purple-hor

Credo Reference is best used as a starting place for general research.  This database is primarily comprised of eBooks in the fields of sociology, history, psychology, business, art, literature, and philosophy. There are also reference materials for mathematics.

Check out our post on how to use Credo to find out more about this resource.

Research and Paper-writing Help

ProQuest Research Companion proquest

In the business world, accurate information can be the difference between success and bankruptcy. The ability to find the information you need is an essential skill.

ProQuest helps you develop effective research strategies with an easy step-by-step process that covers finding information, evaluating information, and making use of information. It answers questions like, “How do I avoid plagiarism?” and “What do I look for when I revise?”

Test Prep and Skill Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

Improved math, writing, test-taking, and study skills are all a few clicks away. The Learning Express Library offers several online “centers” – such as the Career Center and the Computer Skills Center – designed to help us continue learning at every stage in life.

Other Electronic Resources

Country Watch countrywatch

Listen to a financial analyst talk long enough, and eventually he’ll use the term “globalization.” Every industry must deal with the international community on some level, even if your company is not multinational. If the price of coffee in Colombia skyrockets, the little coffee shop down the street may suffer. It is prudent, therefore, for business owners to keep an eye on global politics – especially in countries where a drought or an uprising may have repercussions on a business’ operations.

Have suggestions? We’d love to hear them! Stop in for a visit or write us a message in the comments!

Resources for Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Events Management Students

Scott Community College’s hospitality management, event management, and culinary arts programs were the first among Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. The culinary arts program has been so successful, in fact, that EICC has expanded to offer the culinary and hospitality programs in Muscatine Community College.

With so much excitement surrounding these programs, we’re making sure we provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information available, from the latest trends in style and taste to scientific discoveries in food borne illness to economic indicators in the agricultural market.

Traditional Media

Print Books

For students in these specific programs, the greatest selection of material comes from our print books collection.

Most of our print books related to food preparation are under located 641 in the Dewey Decimal System, while event management and planning books are typically found in 658 and 659. You can download a list of some of our available books as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet (see below). See our library catalog for more materials.

Remember: we share a catalog with other RiverShare libraries – that is, public libraries in and around Scott County that are members of the RiverShare consortium. You may use your card from a RiverShare library to check out books from our collection and vice versa.

Culinary Arts and Cook Books: PDF and Excel spreadsheet

Hospitality and Event Management Books: PDF and Excel spreadsheet

Books on the culture and politics of food: PDF and Excel spreadsheet

Don’t see what you’re looking for? That doesn’t mean we don’t have it. Stop in or check the catalog.

Periodicals

One of our favorite publications – which also happens to be a favorite of Wolfgang Puck – is Art Culinaire, a high quality hardbound magazine that focuses exclusively on food, food preparation, and its professionals. The most current issue is available for in-library use, and we maintain a collection of multi-year back issues for check out.

DVDs

Seeing strategy and method in action can be very effective. A list of our DVDs related to food and events are available for download in PDF or Excel spreadsheet. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for additions to our collection.

Electronic Resources

To use these resources, first log in to EICConnect, then go to the Electronic Resources under Library found under Menu. These are resources unaffiliated with SCC and some require creating a new username and login prior to use.

Digital Video Database

Films on Demand filmsondemand

Films on Demand features a tremendous number of videos on the subjects of event and hospitality management, as well as cooking videos for every skill level – from microwave dinners for one to instructional videos directed at catering professionals.

While available films include full lectures and demonstrations of usage, there are also bite-sized videos clocking in at under five minutes. From career planning to tips for experienced professionals, Films on Demand offers videos for every step on your career path.

To filter out unrelated results, look at the right side of the page. For example, a simple search for “event planning” yields related results as well as a couple of irrelevant videos, such an hour-long documentary about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. If you’re looking for something very specific, it may be prudent to use the “Advanced Search” option located just under the search bar.

eBooks

eBooks and eAudio eicc-college-libraries

The best part about eBooks is that you can browse the extensive collection, then check out one or two (or 30) eBooks without ever leaving your couch.

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So many possibilities…

RiverShare has two collections of eBooks:  academic and public library. The link to the academic eBook collection (through the link that just says eBooks) There are test prep books available here as well.  Search by subject or click on Subjects in the top left-hand corner and select Medical under Non-Fiction.  There are a few options through the public library collection as well (for this, click on the link that says eBooks and eAudio).  RiverShare eBooks are also searchable in the library catalog; limit to Electronic Resources or eBook after searching.

EBSCO eBooks Mobile App ebscoebooksma_logo

This app is designed to interface best with your smartphone and tablet. Accessible through the EBSCO link under the “Electronics Resource” tab, you’ll find it listed along with a half-dozen other services, (including Flipster, which we’ll get to in a minute). Sleek, simple, and user-friendly, this library is heavy on social sciences and cultural studies.

Gale Virtual Reference Library galevirtualreferencelibrary

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is comprised of a collection of eBooks and is strongest in the social sciences. This is where you go if you want to learn about the origin of French fries or why cakes are such a stalwart party staple.

Credo Reference credo-reference-cors-2014-purple-hor

Credo Reference is similar to The Gale Virtual Reference Library in that it best used as a starting place for general research.  This database is primarily comprised of eBooks in the fields of sociology, history, psychology, business, art, literature, and philosophy. There are also reference materials for mathematics.

Test Prep and Skill Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

Improved math, writing, test-taking, and study skills are all a few clicks away. The Learning Express Library offers several online “centers” – such as the Career Center and the Computer Skills Center – designed to help us continue learning at every stage in life.

Research and Paper-writing Help

ProQuest Research Companion proquest

There’s not much time to devote to academic writing in the culinary arts and hospitality programs, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to know how to research properly. The ability to find the information you need is an increasingly essential skill in any field.

ProQuest helps you develop effective research strategies with an easy step-by-step process that covers finding information, evaluating information, and making use of information. It answers questions like, “How do I avoid plagiarism?” and “What do I look for when I revise?”

Databases and Digital Journal Article

Pro-tip: sometimes an article in one of these databases will come with an abstract. This is a summary of the article that tells you exactly what information you’ll find after a full reading. Always. Read. The. Abstract. Nothing’s worse than reading a 6500-word article only to discover it has nothing to do with your topic.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2

EBSCO is an octuple-threat. In addition to the aforementioned eBooks mobile app, it also provides you with access to Flipster flipster_logo, a database of general interest magazines, and the Small Business Reference Center smallbusinessrefcenterebsco, which will come in handy when you’re ready to take what you’ve learned in school and conquer the world.

EBSCOhost in particular is one of our favorite database aggregators because 1) we’ve stocked it with journals that are not available without subscription, so it’s full of information you can’t find for free via Google, and 2) there are so many search and filtering options. If used correctly, they vastly decrease wasted research time – no more slogging through unrelated articles for you!

For example, you may search for catering AND food-borne illness. If you only want peer reviewed results, select “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” located under the section labeled, “Limit your results.”

Additional forms and selections below involve each individual database. These are most useful if you’re going to look at one or two databases at a time. Remember, EBSCOhost searches several databases at a time. If you’d like to limit yourself to one or two, click on the link that reads “Choose Databases” located right above the search form. Some are very specific – such as the database of Civil War Primary Source Documents.

When you run a search in EBSCO, it is set to retrieve just the articles that we have available in full text.   Depending on your topic, you might want more choices.  If you need additional articles to select from, uncheck the box for Full Text to see articles that can be ordered through interlibrary loan.  (Not familiar with this?  Just ask the library staff for help!)

Academic OneFile academiconefile

Academic OneFile is another major database with a great collection of journals. Though its crawler doesn’t offer quite as many pre-search filtering options, you can perform an advanced search.

Most of the filtering options in Academic OneFile are available after it’s already retrieved articles on your search topic. Given that, this database may be most helpful to someone who isn’t quite sure what they’re looking for yet.

For example, after you’ve retrieved your search results, a side-bar titled, “Content Types” will appear on the side of your screen. At the bottom of this bar is the Topic Finder, next to a little color wheel icon. This tool finds the most common words and terms from the retrieved results and suggests related subjects. For a search on famous chefs, suggested topics include “Celebrity Chefs” + “Michelin Star” and “Business” + “Restaurants Byline.”

Have questions or suggestions? We’d love to hear them!

Resources for American Sign Language-English Interpreter Students

Scott Community College’s American Sign Language/English Interpreter program debuted in 1995, offering a comprehensive curriculum and practicum unique to the state of Iowa. Because the program is so important to the college and the community at large, we’re constantly working to improve the quality and accessibility of our resources in this area.

In other words: do you have a suggestion for our collection? Please comment below!

Traditional Media Resources

DVDs

Because American Sign Language is a visual language, we encourage ASL/EI students to explore available titles. Our in-house DVD collection (that is, just what we have at Belmont and not including the rest of our shared catalog) isn’t as impressive as Blockbuster circa 2004, but it contains a larger percentage of relevant documentaries and feature films than the average library does. In addition to DVDs about ASL and deaf studies, we also carry films written, produced, and directed by deaf filmmakers.

You may download a list of our ASL/EI-related DVDs as a PDF or as an Excel spreadsheet.

Print Books

Our in-house collection has over 135 items cataloged under the subjects of sign language and deaf studies. From Patty Ladd’s Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood to Ken Glickman’s Deafinitions for Signlets : Any Word Pertaining to the World of the Deaf That Isn’t in the Dictionary, But Should Be.

Students tend to do most of their research online, but as long as you’re at Scott, take advantage of our collection.

To access our catalog, login to EICConnectMenu →  LibraryCatalog or through the library page of the EICC.edu website.  Our library catalog is connected to the RiverShare catalog, covering Iowa libraries in the Quad Cities, Scott County, and outlying areas.  To find books that are in the Scott Community College Library, be sure to limit your search to just our library.  If you prefer to look at books throughout the RiverShare system, you can have books sent to the Scott Community College Library to pick up.  For more information on using RiverShare, please ask the library staff.  To check books out, you need a library card from Scott Community College Library or one of the RiverShare libraries.

You may download a list of our ASL/EI-related print books as a PDF or as an Excel spreadsheet.

Electronic Resources

To use these resources, first log in to EICConnect, then go to the Electronic Resources under Library found under Menu. These are resources unaffiliated with SCC and some require creating a new username and login prior to use.

electronicresources

Here are just a few of them. See the descriptions below to learn what’s available and how it works.

Digital Video Database

Films on Demand filmsondemand

While available films include full lectures and demonstrations of usage, some of the best videos available are bite-sized examples of ASL communication in everyday scenarios. These videos make use of story-telling, which language instructors tend to agree is one of the best ways to learn a language.

In addition to demonstrative videos, news reels and documentaries about deaf culture are available. Students may need to make use of the filters on the right side of the page to find what they’re looking for. For example, to find a 1940 film about deaf soldiers, you would have to filter for videos more than 20 years old.

Research and Paper-writing Help

ProQuest Research Companion proquest

ASL/EI students must have strong communication skills demonstrated through papers and speeches. Writing a research paper or giving a ten-minute speech can be overwhelming. ProQuest helps you with an easy step-by-step process from finding information, evaluating information, and making use of information. It answers questions like, “How do I avoid plagiarism?” and “What do I look for when I revise?”

Databases and Digital Journal Articles

Pro-tip: sometimes an article in one of these databases will come with an abstract. This is a summary of the article that tells you exactly what information you’ll find after a full reading. Always. Read. The. Abstract. Nothing’s worse than reading a 6500-word article only to discover it has nothing to do with your topic.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2

EBSCOhost is one of our favorite database aggregators because 1) we’ve stocked it with journals that are not available without subscription, so it’s full of information you can’t find for free via Google, and 2) there are so many search and filtering options. If used correctly, they vastly decrease wasted research time – no more slogging through unrelated articles for you!

For example, you may search for American Sign Language AND education. If you only want peer reviewed results, select “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” located under the section labeled, “Limit your results.”

Additional forms and selections below involve each individual database. These are most useful if you’re going to look at one or two databases at a time. Remember, EBSCOhost searches several databases at a time. If you’d like to limit yourself to one or two, click on the link that reads “Choose Databases” located right above the search form. Some are very specific – such as the database of Civil War Primary Source Documents.

When you run a search in EBSCO, it is set to retrieve just the articles that we have available in full text.   Depending on your topic, you might want more choices.  If you need additional articles to select from, uncheck the box for Full Text to see articles that can be ordered through interlibrary loan.  (Not familiar with this?  Just ask the library staff for help!)

Academic OneFile academiconefile

Academic OneFile is another major database with a great collection of journals. Though its crawler doesn’t offer quite as many pre-search filtering options, you can perform an advanced search.

Most of the filtering options in Academic OneFile are available after it’s already retrieved articles on your search topic. Given that, this database may be most helpful to someone who isn’t quite sure what they’re looking for yet.

For example, after you’ve retrieved your search results, a side-bar titled, “Content Types” will appear on the side of your screen. At the bottom of this bar is the Topic Finder, next to a little color wheel icon. This tool finds the most common words and terms from the retrieved results and suggests related subjects. For American Sign Language, their suggested subjects include “Deaf Children” and “Linguistics.” This may inspire you to write about deaf children in public education or the linguistics of ASL and/or English.

Science Online scienceonline

A web site devoted to the six journals published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this digital collection features articles about scientific break-throughs, including in the fields of communication technology and neurology.

Interestingly, this database can also serve as a tool to study historical attitudes and treatments, as the journal and the AAAS date back to the early 19th century. Be sure to check the publication date on an article for the purpose of context.

eBooks

Credo Reference credo-reference-cors-2014-purple-hor

Credo Reference is best used as a starting place for general research.  This database is primarily comprised of eBooks in the fields of sociology, history, psychology, business, art, literature, and philosophy. There are also reference materials for mathematics.  Credo Reference does not contain journal articles.

EBSCO  and EBSCO eBooks Mobile App ebscoebooksma_logo

You can find eBooks from EBSCO through the same EBSCO link you use to access EBSCO journals!  Run a search in EBSCO, then limit to eBooks or try the EBSCO eBooks Mobile App. To access the eBooks Mobile App, click on the EBSCO link, then select the app from the list.

eBooks and eAudio eicc-college-libraries

RiverShare (the group of libraries in Iowa for the Quad Cities, Scott County, Clinton County and surrounding areas) has two collections of eBooks:  academic and public library. Unfortunately, relevant searches for ASL/EI students yield few results, BUT you may recommend a title yourself via a single click. We encourage you to do so and help make sure your local libraries better serve the community.

Opinion/Debate

CQ Researcher cq-research-logo

CQ Researcher is a different type of database, with articles written on controversial topics by top journalists, rather than journal articles or eBooks. This is an excellent choice for research for a position paper. It’s also a great way to keep up with current issues society deems important, such as disability rights.

Articles reference primarily online resources and open access journals, which do not require a paid subscription. If your subject requires scientific or peer-reviewed evidence, this is not the database for you.

Other Materials

Calculators

We have a limited number of graphing calculators (Texas Instruments TI-84+) available for single-day checkout, meaning they must be returned by the end of the day. College-level math courses require these calculators and each student should own one. Should yours temporarily go missing or run low on power, however, stop in and we’ll set you up. If your math class ends after the library is closed, go ahead and leave it in the book drop.

Test Prep and Skill Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

Improved math, writing, test-taking, and study skills are all a few clicks away. The Learning Express Library offers several online “centers” – such as the Career Center and the Computer Skills Center – designed to help us continue learning at every stage in life.

Want to learn a new skill? Learning Express Library is the best place to start.

Resources for Health Science Students

Students in the health science programs at Scott Community College, which include nursing, dental, health information, surgery technology, imaging, testing technology, transfer options and the many certification programs, have access to a wide range of resources at the library.  From electronic databases to books and journals to anatomical models, we provide a variety of tools to help our health science students succeed.

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Databases

Journal Articles

EBSCO   ebsco-logo2

Our EBSCO databases are our recommended resource for searching for health science topics.  EBSCO databases have a high percentage of peer reviewed journals among health and medicine journals.  Our collection of journals in EBSCO is stocked with journals that are not available without a subscription, so you get access to many journal articles that you can’t find for free by searching online through Google or other search engines.

When you run a search in EBSCO, it is set to retrieve just the articles that we have available in full text.   Depending on your topic, you might want more choices.  If you need additional articles to select from, uncheck the box for Full Text to see articles that can be ordered through interlibrary loan.  (Not familiar with this?  Just ask the library staff for help!)

Academic OneFile academiconefile

Academic OneFile is another major database with a great collection of health sciences journals.  Academic OneFile indexes quite a few high quality open access journals in addition to journals only available with a paid subscription.

Not sure which database to search first?  Sample searches in EBSCO databases and Academic OneFile showed that Academic OneFile returns more search results on health science topics, but EBSCO databases return more search results from journals that can only be accessed with a subscription.  They are both excellent for health sciences, but you will find more articles in EBSCO that you can’t find for free.embargoes

Like EBSCO databases, searches in Academic OneFile default to results with full-text articles available; if you want to see other articles, uncheck the Full Text box.  We can get many articles through interlibrary loan free of charge.

Ovid ovidsplogo-390x170

Through the Ovid platform, you can access nine of the top nursing journals in full text, including AJN (American Journal of Nursing), Nursing, and Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!  These subscriptions provide the latest issue as soon as it’s published (no embargo period).  If you’re in one of the nursing programs, get familiar with the Ovid collection—you’ll love it!

PubMed pubmed

In addition to the databases we subscribe to at Scott Community College, health science students should be familiar with PubMed, the world’s largest index of health science publications.  PubMed can be accessed on a variety of devices and is free to use, so it can be used throughout your career, even when you don’t have access to other library databases.  While there are limited full-text articles available through PubMed, it is one of the best resources available to those in the health sciences for learning about research in their field.  In fact, health professionals around the world consider this the standard resource for doing research.  Not all health science journals are fully indexed; the National Library of Medicine staff index a selection of approximately 5000 high-quality publications in a collection referred to as MEDLINE.  Inclusion in MEDLINE is generally a sign of a reputable journal, but not all journals that are excluded from MEDLINE are poor quality.

Video

Films on Demand filmsondemand

Films on Demand is a database of streaming videos, mostly educational.  For health science students, it’s particularly good for finding out more about specific specialties and career fields.  There are also professional education videos for health science staff, which can provide more in-depth understanding of concepts and procedures.  Also helpful are videos on foundational topics like anatomy and physiology.  If you’re struggling with learning a particular topic, Films on Demand’s educational videos can provide a different learning method from textbooks and help bring depth to your understanding.

Ebooks

eBooks/eBooks and eAudio eicc-college-libraries

RiverShare (the group of libraries in Iowa for the Quad Cities, Scott County, Clinton County and surrounding areas) has two collections of ebooks:  academic and public library.  The link to the academic ebook collection (through the link that just says eBooks) has an excellent assortment of health sciences books, especially for nursing students.  There are test prep books available here as well.  Search by subject or click on Subjects in the top left-hand corner and select Medical under Non-Fiction.  There are a few options through the public library collection as well (for this, click on the link that says eBooks and eAudio).  RiverShare ebooks are also searchable in the library catalog; limit to Electronic Resources or Ebook after searching.

Credo Reference credo-reference-cors-2014-purple-hor

Credo Reference is best used as a starting place for general research.  This database is primarily comprised of ebooks in the fields of sociology, history, psychology, business, art, literature, and philosophy.  It contains reference books on health and medicine, science, and math, which can be extremely useful for looking up concepts and terminology.  Credo Reference does not contain journal articles.

EBSCO  ebsco-logo2and EBSCO eBooks Mobile App ebscoebooksma_logo

You can find ebooks from EBSCO through the same EBSCO link you use to access EBSCO journals!  Run a search in EBSCO, then limit to ebooks or try the EBSCO eBooks Mobile App. To access the eBooks Mobile App, click on the EBSCO link, then select the app from the list.

Gale Virtual Reference Library galevirtualreferencelibrary

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is similar to Credo Reference in that it is comprised of a collection of ebooks and is strongest in the social sciences.  While it doesn’t have a wide variety of health sciences books, it does have some on nursing.

Opinion/Debate

CQ Researcher cq-research-logo

CQ Researcher is a different type of database, with articles written on controversial topics by top journalists, rather than journal articles or ebooks.  This is an excellent choice for research for a position paper.  Articles reference primarily online resources and open access journals.  Generally, CQ Researcher does not reference publications that require a paid subscription to access, so this is not a great database to use for finding scientific studies or evidence-based care support.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context opposingviewpointscontext

Similar to CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides articles on controversial topics.  However, it also draws from academic journals found in Academic OneFile.  It’s a good resource for researching contemporary issues in the health sciences, but will likely need to be supplemented with a search of the articles in the EBSCO databases for additional research studies when evaluating health science practices.

Print Books Books616.edited.jpg

To find books on your field, search the library catalog.  Access this through EICConnectMenu →  LibraryCatalog or through the library page of the EICC.edu website.  Our library catalog is connected to the RiverShare catalog, covering Iowa libraries in the Quad Cities and Scott County and outlying areas.  To find books that are in the Scott Community College Library, be sure to limit your search to just our library.  If you prefer to look at books throughout the RiverShare system, you can have books sent to the Scott Community College Library to pick up.  For more information on using RiverShare, please ask the library staff.  To check books out, you need a library card from Scott Community College Library or one of the RiverShare libraries.

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Print Journals

We receive print subscriptions to several health science journals, including:

  • JADA (Journal of the American Dental Association)
  • Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
  • Nursing Outlook
  • Clinical EEG and Neuroscience

There are no embargo periods with our print journals.  We keep an archive of several years in the rolling stacks in the library, and any issue except for the current one can be checked out.

Anatomical Models anatomicalmodelcollage-2

The library has 20 different models, including a full skeleton, individual bones, a muscled figure, and various organs, available for use in the library.  A library card from the Scott Community College Library or one of the RiverShare libraries (such as Davenport Public Library, Bettendorf Public Library, Scott County Libraries) is required for checking out these materials to use.  We have several study rooms for quiet individual study or group study of the models.

Calculators

The library has scientific calculators available for one-day checkout (Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus).  Like other library materials, you must have a library card to check these out.  They must be returned before the library closes that same day.

Test Prep

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

Learning Express Library is a great resource for students taking the TEAS, nursing, nursing assistant, dental assistant, surgical technologist, EMT, paramedic, and other exams.  To use this resource, first log in to EICConnect, then go to the Electronic Resources under Library found under Menu.  In order to access the test prep and practice modules, you will first need to create an account using an email address and password of your choice.  To search for tests, enter the name of the field you’re going into, such as nursing, dental, or surgical.

Books

Test prep books can be found using the library catalog.  They are shelved with other books about the specific health sciences field.

eBooks

See the RiverShare academic ebook collection described above.

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