Monday, September 24, 2012

Banned Books Week is coming!

What if you no longer had the right to express your opinion or the right to investigate and decide for yourself if you agree or disagree with a point of view? That sounds scary! It's a good thing we have Banned Books Week (September 30-October 6) to remind us to celebrate our freedom to read.

In support of this yearly observation, the Library has created a Banned Books Research Guide. The guide can help you find banned books in the library, as well as find books and articles about book banning and censorship. Learn how to fight censorship and maybe even read a banned book!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Research Tip of the Week: What to Do When You Can't Think of a Research Topic

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
The Thinker by  by Auguste Rodin

Is this you? Are you staring at a blank page not sure what to write about? Did your instructor give you a general topic such as Technology, and you have to figure out how to narrow it down?

Never fear! Try one of our databases that cover hot topics in the news. These databases will give you background information about your topic, statistics, and more.

You will find links to these research databases in the "Need a Topic?" box on the Introduction to Library Resources research guide. And if all else fails, Ask A Librarian!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Download Me Maybe? Check Out Our Awesome New Academic E-Book Collection

Lansing Community College students, faculty, and staff now have access to one of the most amazing collections of academic e-books available: SpringerLink E-books.

There are over 5,000 SpringerLink e-books that can be browsed in the LCC Library's catalog. Like most any e-book these titles can be viewed on a computer, but they can also be downloaded to a handheld device, can be copied, and shared, because unlike most collections of e-books, the SpringerLink collection has no digital rights management (DRM) limitations!

So, take advantage of the freedom to choose and use these titles in the way that works best for you.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Are You Ready For Some Football and Bowling? Monday Night Is Game Night

In need of a study break? Have time to kill between classes? Need a snack? Then you must be ready for some football and bowling!

The Library and LCC Student Life invite you to stop by the Library for Monday Night Football and Bowling beginning September 10. Take a break, have a snack, and choose between Madden 2013 and Wii Bowling, or play both.

 Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced gamer–you too can win! Each week all participants (those who play) will be entered into a random drawing for a $5 gift certificate to Gibson’s. No registration required–just stop by the Library’s 3rd floor on Monday “nights” from 3-6 p.m.

Event Dates 
September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17

Taking a Sociology Class? Check this out!

Not sure how to find current books, articles and videos to complete your sociology assignments? Confused about Social Sciences research? Want to learn more about social underpinnings of protests around the Globe (Egypt, Syria, Greece etc)?

The LCC Library now has a Sociology Research Guide. This guide will show you how to find, use, and assess information on your topic. If you are having any trouble using the guide or would like additional help finding the information you need, please contact our Librarians by phone, e-mail, chat, or better yet in person.

Gimmie' 5...Reasons to use LCC Library

Hi, my name is Lidiya and I am one of your friendly LCC Librarians. Below are five good reasons to “Please bother me” and my colleagues.

1. Grades 

The more questions you ask – the better grades you will get! Could you use help finding credible information and evaluating it? How about getting some help incorporating your research sources into your paper and properly citing materials you’ve used? You are not alone; you have access to a Librarian, who is an expert in all of these areas. In addition to helping you with your paper, presentation or personal research needs, Librarians will teach you how to become a well-versed researcher yourself. You will be gaining research abilities, one of the most important skills in information age, while improving your grades.

2. Job Search/Employment 

Most LCC students are taking classes in order to become a professional and find a great job. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Report, the ability to obtain and process information and to analyze data are two of the top ten skills employers are looking for in job candidates. The Library is a place where you can learn these skills and increase your chances of getting the job of your dreams. Just stop by and ask us a research question and then practice using tools that we show you. We also have a Career GuideCareer Collection and Research Databases to help you find background information on your chosen career, write resume(s) and cover letter(s), and develop interview skills.

3. Everyday Life

Whether you need to plan a party, deal with family illness, develop a fitness and nutrition plan for yourself, or create a family budget we have resources for you. We do not provide any medical or legal advice, but we will be happy to help you find relevant materials, so that you can make an informed and educated decision on your own. The materials you find in the library are more relevant, accurate, and objective than the materials you will find on the web. Just ask us - we're happy to help.

4. Time and Money 

When you visit, e-mail, IM or call LCC Library, we will guide you through the research process and make sure that you get the most credible and relevant information for your papers, presentations or speeches. Most LCC Library sources are unavailable on the web (at least not for free). With your TUID and password, you can access over 100 different research databases. Almost all of the articles in these databases went through an editorial or peer review process. That means that every article was read and checked by a professional editor or a group of experts in the field. Using sources found in a research database makes your papers more credible and acceptable to your professors. If you are researching just for fun or for personal growth you will be getting trustworthy and better quality information as well.

To further save you time, LCC Librarians developed dedicated Research Guides to guide you through your college experience. One guide you might want to check out right now is the Student Success Guide, which outlines free support services available on campus, as well as print and web resources you can use to improve your reading, writing, math, computer, and study skills.

5. Fun 

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. 
When you need a break the library is a great place to hang out. We have a Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii for your use. Enjoy the games by yourself or with a group of friends. If you don’t like video games you can check out our Leisure Reading section, borrow a Kindle with a number of popular titles, or join our Book Is Always Better book club. Check out our collection of popular magazines, such as Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, Prevention, Essence, and more. We offer many events, so check out the Library News page to see what is currently going on at the Library.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Makin' Copies!" Copy and Print Services For Students

While you can barely get a candy bar for a dollar these days, you're buck goes along way if you're making copies or printing in the Library. For just $1 you can get 20 black and white photocopies/prints OR 1 color print/photocopy. What a deal!

Need to send a FAX? Well, we can help with that too! 

Is that my age showing? Regardless if the reference is lost on you, enjoy some old school SNL...