Monday, May 3, 2021

Flipster - Download Popular Magazines for FREE!

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Did you know that you have free digital access to hundreds of issues of popular magazines?
Flipster is a next-generation digital newsstand that allows people to browse and download digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines. 

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As part of the ACC community, you have access to:

Bloomberg Businessweek | Consumer Reports | Discover | Essence | Forbes | National Geographic | People | People en Espanol | Rolling Stone | Sports Illustrated  | Time | Vogue 


Issues can be browsed or downloaded to all Android and Apple phones and tablets and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.

You can access Flipster from the Library's homepage or from the Library's A to Z List of Databases. After logging in with your ACC eID and password, you can search for specific titles or browse new and past issues.

Have more questions? Check out the Flipster Guide for detailed instructions, FAQ's, and more!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Get Your Hands Dirty with ACC Agricultural Resources!

After our epic IceMaggedon, Spring's arrival is most welcome. Spending time outside may pique your interest in the natural world. Whether you are a beginning observer or a seasoned expert, ACC Library Services has electronic resources for all! 

Beginner: want an introduction to indigenous plants, animals, and agricultural practices?  Click on the following resources to begin your journey!

Texas Wildflowers Field Guide

A Naturalist's Guide to the Texas Hill Country

Butterfly Gardening for Texas


Food, Inc.




Intermediate: want to try your hand at gardening? Get some tips for successful gardening from ACC's own Marissa Lankes, Manager of the ACC Student Farm and Sustainable Agriculture faculty.

Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening

Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening

Urban Gardening for Dummies

Herbs in Bloom

Vegetable Gardening for Dummies

Open Sesame: the story of seeds

New Farms, Big Success, with Three Rock Star Farmers

Expert: maybe you already garden but are looking for advice on dealing with your freezer burned plants. Look no further!

Curiosity Quest Goes Green: Food Composting

Great Garden Sources for Texans

The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture

The Science of Propagation

Deep Down and Dirty: the science of soil

Fertilizers: essential plant nutrients

Continue your informal education with trips to local farms and farmer's markets (also a great way to support local farmers!). Or learn formally with a class from the Sustainable Agriculture program. 

Been inspired to go even further? Earn a degree through the Agricultural Sciences program!

Photos used with author's permission and are CC BY-SA.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Statista: Data and Stats You Can Use!

Looking for an interesting current topic to investigate? Need data and statistics to add precision and clarity to your project? Try Statista, an ACC subscription database that specializes in data and statistics from a wide variety of industries, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. 

 

Not only do credible numbers provide compelling evidence for your claims when you create a presentation, paper, video, or project, but they are a great starting point for generating ideas. 

 

Statista offers statistics, forecasts, surveys, infographics, studies, and reports in a number of easy-to-use formats. Investigate consumer markets, compare countries, and identify social and economic trends using current, comparative data from trusted sources. 

 

 

You can find the official ACC link to Statista on the Library’s A to Z List of Databases page. After logging in with your ACC eID and password, you can search Statista by keyword, or browse by industry, topic, or publication. 

 

Search results will be listed by type, with Statista’s editorial picks at the top. Each result will offer a topic overview, quick statistics, charts and graphs, and links to related information. Results can be downloaded in a range of convenient formats, including images, spreadsheets, and presentations. Try Statista today, and ask a librarian if you have any questions!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

It's Research Paper Time! ACC Library Citation Guides

Do you have a research paper due this semester?

Then it's likely you'll need to include a works cited page at the end of your paper.


Not sure how to do this?

Reach out to ACC Libraries for some assistance. We are here to help you! You can chat 24/7 with expert Faculty Librarians or Zoom a Librarian



There are several styles of documentation, but they more-or-less all have the same idea:

When you borrow another person's information or ideas, you need to explicitly say in your paper what is borrowed and where it is from.  


The documentation style you use depends on the disciplinary area of the course you are taking (i.e.: English or Nursing). Your professor will tell you which style to use.


For more information, check out our Citing Sources Styles page. 

- APA (American Psychological Association) Documentation 

- CSE (Council of Science Editors) Documentation (Name-Year System) and (Citation-Sequence System)

- MLA (Modern Language Association Documentation, 8th Edition

- Turabian Documentation




Also, be on the lookout for the upcoming MLA, 9th Edition update!


If you have further questions, please ask. We are always here to assist you!

Monday, March 8, 2021

ACC Libraries and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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"Artificial Intelligence & AI & Machine Learning" by mikemacmarketing is licensed under CC BY 2.0

While the concept of artificial intelligence, or AI, has been around for more than a century, it's a particularly hot topic these days with interest spreading to all fields including
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), art, business, health & medicine, law, and beyond.

ACC Library Services uses AI in a number of ways to support the college's mission as well as assist you in finding and accessing all sorts of great information. In fact, ACC librarians have been utilizing and providing assistance with various AI tools since the mid-1980s. Of course, nowadays a key area for AI use in Library Services is via the many online article and information databases we provide for your use. Some of our most heavily utilized electronic research tools are the more than 60 EBSCOhost databases available including Academic Search Complete, in addition to our many Gale databases such as Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints. Each of these resources employs several AI features including:
  • Autocomplete: this occurs when the database predicts words while you're typing in the search box and it's an excellent way to discover available information related to your search. To see this in action, just start typing a search in any EBSCO or Gale database
  • Boolean Logic: you may already be familiar with this type of AI as Boolean or propositional logic offers better precision and control of your searches via usage of the limiters AND, OR, or NOT
  • Concept Maps: these are a visual, interactive way to explore search topics. A good example of this is the Gale Topic Finder, which creates a clickable concept map that will take you directly to articles on a number of given topics related to your search
  • Limiters: these tools provide you with the opportunity to limit your search results to a specific type of information you select. Just some of the ways you can utilize limiters to gain more precise search results include limiting your search results to full text or scholarly/peer reviewed publications. You can locate and access these features near the top of any Gale database search results screen or on the side of any EBSCOhost search results screen
To see more AI tools and learn about the many advantages they can provide to you while using our online databases, just click the Help link whenever you're doing your research (hint: the Help link is located at the top of the screen in EBSCO and the bottom of the screen when using Gale resources).

As AI continues to grow and evolve, we'll witness many impactful benefits that it brings to our library resources and services. There's currently a lot happening as regards AI and the rate of change is often stunning; nevertheless, while it's difficult to predict which aspects of AI will grow and improve and at what rate, Library Services will continue to keep in mind not only the tremendous help AI can provide, but the importance of ensuring that any potential AI biases are recognized in order to support equity and inclusion.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Open Educational Resources & Open Education Week 2021


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Get ready for Open Education Week, coming up on March 1-5, 2021! Coordinated by Open Education Global, Open Education Week raises awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning. Institutions worldwide are joining in the celebration by offering local and online events to promote free and open educational opportunities.

 

ACC Library Services will be celebrating Open Education Week. Here’s what we will be offering!:

At the foundation of education is the concept of sharing - sharing information, insights, knowledge, and ideas. The Open Education Consortium describes Open Education as a combination of the, “traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources.” Terms like open access, open pedagogy, and open educational resources are each resources, tools, and practices which make up the larger movement of open education.

An evolving aspect of the open education movement is the increase in the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education. OER are freely available learning materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared to better serve all students. OER also provide a broad range of high quality resources, allow for greater academic freedom (faculty can revise and modify the content to better meet their learning outcomes and course structure), and lower cost for students (zero cost to access required course materials vs. $100 or more for a required course textbook). OER allow for the 5Rs - retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.


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Since 2017 and the large scale expansion in the use of OER at ACC, the college has saved students over $8.5 million in textbooks costs!  ACC Library Services is supporting faculty in their ability to discover, evaluate, adopt, and share OER in their discipline. Our online OER LibGuide is a comprehensive look at OER and a great place to start. It is also a place to celebrate our Textbook Heroes and Ambassadors! Faculty and staff who want to learn more about OER are encouraged to take the ACC Learn OER online course. This 10 module self-paced course (2 hours of PD credit) serves as an introduction to open educational resources and as an opportunity for further exploration and discovery of open education practices. 

Additional Resources:

  • ACC OERTX Hub - OER used at ACC featured in the statewide OER repository
  • Open Texas 2021 Conference - coming up on March 11-12, 2021, this free conference will convene librarians, faculty, administrators, and other open education practitioners and advocates in Texas.

Celebrate Open Education Week by exploring the resources highlighted in this article or perusing the OE Week list of activities to see what is happening worldwide!

#OEWeek 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Enjoy a DIY Film Festival with Swank Digital Campus

Many of you are already familiar with Kanopy, our popular streaming video platform, and its magnificent collection of award-winning feature films and documentaries. But how many of you know that we have another great resource to check when you’re in the mood for a movie at the end of a long day? 


Introducing Swank Digital Campus


I’m talking about Swank Digital Campus, which you can find on the library’s A-Z List of Databases. I like to think of Swank as a year-round film festival, programmed by your ACC professors. In fact, that personal touch is what sets Swank apart. All of the movies added to Swank were hand-selected by ACC faculty for their courses and syllabi. These are films they want their students to view, study, analyze, and appreciate. Since many of these films were selected for ACC cinema courses in the Radio Television Film department, they also tend to be major works by Hollywood studios and distributors, both classic and contemporary, movies that stand the test of time. 


Current Highlights


The Swank collection is relatively small, with just over a hundred titles right now, so a quick browse will reveal plenty of highlights. But I can also get you started with some recommendations. To view any of the films listed below, follow the link to the catalog, click “View Now,” and log in with your eID and password when prompted.

 


Black American Cinema 


Classic Movies


Cult Films


Streaming Swank


To make your virtual movie-going experience even better, you can download the Swank Media Player app for iOS or Android mobile devices, or even Chromecast or AirPlay to a smart TV. 


Let’s face it, sometimes finding a great movie to unwind with can make everything feel a little better. Swank supports ACC classes, but it also supports you.