Monday, November 12, 2012

STAT!Ref: Healthcare Ebooks

STAT!Ref is an online e-book service offering full-text access to over 70 essential titles in the health sciences. Each book is listed separately in the catalog and can be accessed separately. According to our statistics, the most popular STAT!Ref ebook titles in FY 12, with over 1000 uses each, were:
But the real strength of STAT!Ref lies in being able to search topics across the entire platform. Searches on terms go to specific sections and chapters for easy access. Double-clicking on medical terms in the results provides definitions. Results can be filtered by point of care, or by books in particular disciplines, such as nursing or pharmacology. Other features include hundreds of medical calculators, and links from search results to federal health resources like the CDC and PubMed.

The following video briefly describes many of the useful features of STAT!Ref:

STAT!Ref is also available on-the-go. There are both a mobile site, available on the ACC Libraries Mobile site (just click Articles & More on the site), and apps available for iPhone/iPad, Android  and Blackberry. Be aware that you may have to set up an account with STAT!Ref in order to authorize these apps for use on your device.

Sample screens of STAT!Ref mobile page and iPhone App

Do take advantage of this helpful resource. If you would like to integrate STAT!Ref or any of it's titles into your course, we can help you create permanent links that can be emailed to students or posted in Blackboard. Contact Eastview librarian Steve Self for more information.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Election 2012 Information

Election 2012

On November 6th, Americans will have the opportunity to exercise the most important responsibility we have in a democracy – our right to vote. Please take some time to review the resources and information listed below. And get out there and VOTE!

Government Subject Guide

Books and eBooks in your ACC Library!

Important Dates
  • October 22nd: First day of early voting
  • October 30th: Last day to apply for ballot by mail(Received, not Postmarked)
  • November 2nd: Last day of early voting
  • November 6th: Election Day

Election and Polling Information

News Sources

Monday, October 15, 2012

Using Other Libraries

 We in Austin are fortunate to have a wealth of libraries. 
ACC students have access to almost all of them.

TexShare is a state-funded service that allows you to use almost every library in the state. Get a free TexShare card by filling out a form at any ACC library. Rules may vary some at individual libraries as to which materials may be borrowed. The TexShare card allows you to check out books from the University of Texas and Texas State University, among others.

Austin Public Library ( -With over two dozen branches, APL is a convenient source. In addition to books, they have many videos, audiobooks, music CDs, and a collection of online databases that can be accessed by those with a library card. If you don't live in Austin, you can get a TexShare card (see above) and use the library. The Round Rock Public Library ( also participates in TexShare.

University of Texas at Austin Library ( - UT has 13 libraries on campus with over 5 million books. A TexShare card (see above) allows ACC students and staff to check out most material. Their huge collection of e-books and databases is only available by visiting the libraries in person and obtaining a temporary EID ("electronic ID").

Texas State University, St. Edward's University, Huston-Tillotson University are other area libraries that participate in TexShare.

Interlibrary Loan
If you need a specific book or article that isn't available nearby, you can request it through interlibrary loan. The ACC Library Services can borrow from a libraries all over the nation. Fill out the online form. (This service does NOT work for textbooks.) Expect it to take 10 or more days for an interlibrary loan to arrive.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

ACC Libraries Can Help

ACC Libraries have resources for Math PLUS.  You can search for this book and similar books in the Library Catalog.
Type keyword(s) in the box below then press Enter or click the Search button.  Keywords can be any combination of words from the author, title, or subject fields. For example:
algebra and bittinger (algebra, titles or subjects, by Bittinger)
math* and history (retrieves math, mathematics, mathew, mathias, and so on combined with history)
Isaac Newton (by or about Isaac Newton)
Use the drop down box to limit your search by campus or item format.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Library's Support of ACC Classroom Faculty

Since August, 2011, The Library Services Information Literacy Team has been busy improving faculty’s experience of the ways in which the Library continues to support the learning outcomes YOU have identified for your students. As a part of that work, we have developed a new Library Instruction Request Form.

With two weeks notice, a librarian on your campus can work with you to plan an instruction session covering the student learning outcomes (SLOs) you specify, and can join you in the classroom to instruct your students in those SLOs.

Have questions or need help with the Library Instruction Request Form? Contact Terry Barksdale, tbarksda at or Ashley Carr, acarr at, for assistance.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Films on Demand

 (used with permission from Films Media Group)

Films on Demand is a web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view any of the thousands of streaming videos that are available from the Films Media Group, 24/7, from any location. ACC subscribes to the whole collection. About 600 titles are added annually. You can get to this collection by going to the Library Home page  and search for "Films on Demand" in the “Quickly Find Books, Videos and More” search box in the middle of the library home page. If you are off campus or on campus using your own computer, tablet or smart phone, you will have to sign in using your eID and password to view the videos.

Are you a visual learner?

You may be able to find a video in this collection that will enhance the material covered in your class.  If so watching it could improve your learning retention on the topic.

If you need to document the video as a source in a paper, you can view the citation in MLA or APA format (also Chicago Manual of Style)

These videos are in various subject-areas including: Anthropology, Area Studies, Art & Architecture, Biology, Business & Economics, Careers & Job Search, Communication, Computers & Technology, Criminal Justice, Earth Science, Education, English & Language Arts, Environmental Science, Family & Consumer Sciences, Geography, Guidance & Counseling, Health & Medicine, History, Mathematics, Music & Dance, Philosophy & Religion, Physical Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and World Languages.

There is a Technical Education subject area also that includes videos on Automotive Technology, Building Construction, Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning, Welding, Electronics, Photography, Engineering Technology and Technical Communication.

You can search for videos by title, by keywords in segments, by browsing the subject areas listed above, or look through the titles alphabetically.  Most of the titles in this collection have records in the ACC Library Catalog and can be located through it as well.  You will find that each video is broken into segments, and you can watch the segment(s) of most interest to you, without having to watch the whole video.
About half of the titles in the collection have closed-captioning. Toggle on/off closed captioning in the upper right corner of the video player window. Use the Advanced Search function to limit search results to titles with closed-captioning.  Many have transcripts available too on the right side of the screen, where you can follow along as the video plays.

Faculty may link these videos or individual segments of videos in their Blackboard class, their online syllabi or other web pages.  Use the title url (or segment url) located below the video to create the link.  The url that shows up in the address window at the top of the page does not have the proxy string in front of it and will not link back to the video.  You must use the url below the video player window.

Suppose you are taking Western Civilization here at ACC.  Here is an example of a useful film you can find in the History subject section:

Because ACC has purchased the content in Films On Demand, as an ACC student, faculty or staff member, you can create a free User Account to take advantage of the powerful tools that the service has to offer. Once you setup your User Account, you will be able to create and share customized playlists, save your favorite videos for quick access, and set your default preferences. To experience the full benefit of Films On Demand, simply click on 'Create Account'. If you already have a User Account, log in now to get started.