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2020/2021 Newsletter: Issue #4


FALL 2020  |  ISSUE #4


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eBook Highlights


By Marko Packard, Reference & Collection Development Librarian

2020 Election Resources

By Chelsea Contrada, OER & Outreach Librarian

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As we get closer to November 3rd, everyone is sharing their views on the election. The information shared on the news, social media, and from friends, family and acquaintances is overwhelming to say the least. Wouldn't it be great if there were reliable, unbiased resources you could turn to for election information? Well, we've got you covered. Check out the resources below to help guide your decisions on election day! These sources are not affiliated with any political party unless otherwise noted.


Vote Smart: The Voter's Self Defense System:
Vote Smart is a free resource created by a group of volunteers from all sides of the political spectrum. The site offers powerful information about political candidates including biographies, voting records, public statements, campaign finance reports, and the famous Political Courage Test.


AllSides Election Resource Center:
AllSides is a news service that identifies bias within various news outlets. The website shares top new stories and notifies readers which political side the original source leans toward. The site does not push any side and serves only to help readers identify bias in our news sources. Their Election Resource Center does the same and offers other features such as sample ballots for your state and district.
Fact Check is a non-profit project that verifies or debunks claims made by political candidates and news sources. The organization fact-checks political campaign ads, debates, news, and public statements made by political players.


Massachusetts Voting and Election Info from the Secretary of the Commonwealth:
Identify your state and local representatives, find your polling location, see who's running, and see a sample ballot for your district. Voting & Elections:
Find answers to common questions about voting in the United States including how and where to vote, common voting and election terms, and information about the election process.


By Chelsea Contrada, OER & Outreach Librarian

An image of stacks of money and a mortarboard (graduation) cap.

The STCC Library website offers hundreds of resources to help students. Among these resources is a collection of research guides - pages curated to help with research for specific courses or topics. Among the most popular of these guides is the one about Financial Aid and Scholarships:

This guide offers tips and strategies for applying for scholarships and highlights books and websites that offer advice about paying for college. You'll find information about the scholarships offered by STCC and resources for finding outside scholarships and grants.

Available awards include the STCC Foundation Scholarships. The application for those awards is open until October 30th. There's still time to apply! Learn more by visiting our guide or the Foundation website:

In addition to this  guide, STCC has a wonderful Student Financial Services (SFS) office. SFS can also help you to find scholarships and other ways to pay for college like student loans and grants. They will even help you to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Figuring out how to pay for college can be intimidating. That's why you should take advantage of all the fabulous resources available at STCC and beyond. Check out our guide today!

Who should I contact?

By Chelsea Contrada, OER & Outreach Librarian

A colorful assortment of question marks.

You may have noticed that everyone at STCC is excited about helping students succeed. But sometimes, you need an answer quick and you might not be sure who to ask. Use the following information to help guide you to the right department or person.

I need to register for classes.
If you are a current student, the best place to get help with registration is your faculty advisor. If you do not know who your advisor is or you do not have one, you can contact the awesome folks at the Academic Advising and Transfer Center. They can be reached by calling 413-755-4857 or emailing

If you are new to STCC, you can sign up for classes by contacting the Registrar's office. The registrar can also answer questions about course prerequisites, course schedules, and students' access to their educational records. Contact them by calling 413-755-4321 or emailing

I need help buying a textbook OR I have not received a textbook I ordered.
All questions about buying or renting textbooks or previous textbook orders should be directed to the fabulous folks at the STCC Bookstore. The physical bookstore is not currently open, but you can call them at 413-755-4833. Leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as they can!

I need a Chromebook and/or a WiFi Hotspot.
The library is loaning out devices for students in need, but supplies are limited. Please contact us by emailing You can also chat with us on our website! Go to for more information.

I need help with research and/or citing sources for a research project.
The STCC library is your go-to spot for all research related needs. We can help you find reliable sources for your research assignments, and we can assist you with MLA, APA, or AMA citation. You can contact us by email:; call or text: 413-200-8429; or by the chat feature on our website:

I know which department I need, but I can't find their phone number.
The STCC website has a directory of all department phone numbers. To view the directory, please visit