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Fall 2020 Newsletter: Issue #5 *NEW*

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STCC LIBRARY NEWS
FALL 2020  |  ISSUE #5


 

Table of Contents

IN THIS ISSUE

LIBRARY DEVICE RETURNS

FEATURED RESOURCE: DISCOVERY SEARCH

NEW  ADDITIONS TO E-BOOK COLLECTION

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON TEXTBOOKS

Save the Date - Returns

eBook Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NEW EBSCO EBOOKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLECTION

By Marko Packard, Reference & Collection Development Librarian

RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: DISCOVERY SEARCH

RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: DISCOVERY SEARCH
By Dan Paquette, Systems and E-Resources Librarian

Our featured resource in this issue is the Discovery Search tool. Why search one database for your topic when you can scan over eighty that are credible and librarian approved? Discovery Search finds full text academic articles and multimedia content and covers all library content, across all subjects. It is the library version of Google and is the most powerful and time saving way to find reliable research content using one or more topic keywords. Search results can be sorted by date or type of publication and this tool can also generate citations for the items found!

Last year, the STCC community searched Discovery over 30,000 times. Mirroring recent issues impacting the country, it is no surprise that gun control was the most frequently searched topic. The Discovery Search tool is found on the center of the library homepage at stcc.edu/library and is mobile friendly for searching with your devices.

When you access Discovery Search from off campus, you will need to login using your student ID number. Help with Discovery is always available from librarians via email, chat, or phone. You can also check out our YouTube page for great tutorials about using Discovery. For more info, visit: libguides.stcc.edu/searchdiscovery or email us: stcclibrary@stcc.edu

SAVE ON TEXTBOOKS

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON TEXTBOOKS
By Chelsea Contrada, OER & Outreach Librarian

We all know that textbooks can be very expensive. But did you know there are courses you can take that offer FREE textbooks? Many STCC faculty have heard the pleas of students and are more frequently considering the cost of their required course materials. The result is a selection of courses that use open educational resources (OER). These resources are licensed in a way that allows them to be used and shared for free. They can be digital or in print, and are available for a wide variety of course subjects.

STCC’s OER options include developmental courses like Algebra 1 & 2, gen-ed courses like Statistics and English Composition 1, and even include more advanced courses in subjects like physical therapy, management, and biology. To see a full list of courses, visit libguides.stcc.edu/oer/courses-for-students. You can also learn more about open educational resources by visiting libguides.stcc.edu/oer.

If you don’t see a course listed, there may be other ways to save money on textbooks. Ask your professor if they will allow an older edition of the textbook. Older editions are often not much different from the newest edition, but they can sometimes be found in the library or purchased online at a discount. The STCC bookstore often provides rental options and used textbooks that cost less than a new copy. You can also check third-party sellers like those found on Amazon and eBay to find used copies of books at a discount.