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2020/2021 Newsletter: Issue #7 *NEW*

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STCC LIBRARY NEWS

2020/2021  |  ISSUE #7


 

Table of Contents

IN THIS ISSUE

RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: RESEARCH TOPIC STARTER

POETRY RESOURCES

PRO TIP FOR CHROMEBOOK USERS: APPSTREAM

WAYS TO CONTACT THE LIBRARY

Resource Spotlight: Research Topic Starter

RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: RESEARCH TOPIC STARTER
By Dot Moore, Reference Librarian

A man using a laptop and taking notes on a notepad

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Need to write a research paper for a class on a current topic but aren’t sure how to get started?  The STCC Library can help!  Our Research Topic Starters guide is the perfect place to begin. The home page includes links to databases and research organizations that cover a wide range of current issues and trends that can provide ideas and inspiration for choosing a topic.

Or choose one of our topics. We have selected some timely popular issues and added high quality, curated content to get you started on your research. We’ve included key resources with background information, journal articles, websites, ebooks, statistics and more, as well as definitions and search terms to help you explore the selected topic.

Examples of some topics in this guide include: 

  • Gun control
  • Marijuana
  • Depression, post-partum depression and psychological disorders
  • e-Cigarettes and vaping
  • Systemic racism
  • And 6 other hot topics!

The Research Topic Starter Guide can be found on the library’s homepage under Popular Resources, or visit https://libguides.stcc.edu/ResearchStarter. If you need help using the library's resources, want some research tips, or have suggestions for topics to include in this guide, please contact us at stcclibrary@stcc.edu or call/text (413) 200-8429.

APPSTREAM

A PRO TIP FOR CHROMEBOOK USERS: APPSTREAM

By Dan Paquette, Systems Librarian

Attention Chromebook users! There is a resource available to STCC students (for free) that greatly expands the capacity of your Chromebook.

All students have access to AppStream, an Amazon service that allows a Chromebook to connect with a Windows Virtual Desktop, enabling use of Windows software and browsers from your off campus Chromebook.

The AppStream virtual desktop allows students to use Microsoft products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access from a Chromebook.

It can also help with Cengage/MindTap. Sometimes Cengage resources like MindTap can present problems when used on a Chromebook. Using AppStream virtual desktop, you'll log into a campus desktop computer remotely. From there you'll be able to use MindTap, Word, and other programs as if you were on a full Windows computer - all from your off-campus Chromebook!

This is an amazing and free resource for students that greatly enhances a Chromebook's computing power!

Access information: Appstream Documentation

More Chromebook support resources: libguides.stcc.edu/Tech2GoFAQ

Dan Paquette, Systems Librarian: djpaquette@stcc.edu

 

CONTACTING THE LIBRARY

WAYS TO CONTACT THE LIBRARY
By Emily Butler, Reference Librarian

Need help from the library? Just ask! There are a variety of ways you can contact the library remotely, including email, phone, text, or live chat. Regardless of how you contact us, someone will respond to your query during the library's hours of operation.

Reference Department

If you have a question about accessing the library's databases, conducting research, or citing sources, please contact the reference department. You can call or text 413-200-8429, or email us at stcclibrary@stcc.edu. Alternatively, you can chat with us by visiting our website and clicking the "Chat Now" button. You can find more information about using the chat feature by visiting our website: https://libguides.stcc.edu, or give us a call. We will be happy to walk you through the process.

Circulation Department

If you have a question about checking out or returning materials, or a question regarding your library account, please contact our circulation department. You can leave a voicemail for circulation by calling 413-755-4532, or by emailing library_circ@stcc.edu

General Assistance

If you are unsure which department to contact, that's okay! You are welcome to email a librarian through the address stcclibrary@stcc.edu, or contact us via Chat Now, and your question will be directed to the appropriate department or individual. Thank you for adjusting to these new modes of communication. We look forward to staying connected with students and the STCC community through remote avenues.

 

POETRY RESOURCES

POETRY RESOURCES

By Emily Butler, Reference Librarian

April is the 25th annual celebration of National Poetry Month! The STCC Library has tons of resources for people who want to read, listen to, analyze, or write poetry. First, we have our Poetry resource guide, with links to relevant websites, databases, articles, and more. 

The Library’s eBook collection features thousands of books related to poetry, whether you want to read a collection of poems by a single poet, an anthology of poems by different authors, or critical analysis of poetry. Our literature databases can help you to contextualize poets and poetry. These databases house not only excerpts of poems, but biographies of poets, book reviews, news articles, and multimedia resources.

Poetry has a long oral tradition. In fact, spoken poetry predates the written word! Check out the Library’s film databases- Films on Demand, and Kanopy- to watch footage of poets performing their work aloud.

Below you will find a list of selected eBooks which you can read right now! To find more or look for a specific book, search the Library’s eBook collection