Sunday, February 16, 2014

E-readers & Tablets

Interested in downloading e-books?
Want to learn more about e-readers and tablets?

Nexus 7
Nook Simple Touch

Check-out an e-reader or tablet today! This semester, three ACC Libraries -- CYP, RGC, RVS -- have a limited number of Nook e-readers and Google Nexus tablets available for checkout as part of a pilot project!

You'll be able to download e-books, apps, and more!  Contact a participating library for more information.  Devices are available for a 2-week check-out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Call: 
  • CYP Library 512-223-2037
  • RGC Library 512-223-3068
  • RVS Library 512-223-6005

Q & A's.... (also see the E-Reader/Tablet Pilot Information Guide for more details).

What is an e-reader/tablet?
An e-reader is a portable device used to read electronic versions of books (e-books). A tablet is a mobile computing device that works with applications that can be downloaded to the device.
What type of e-reader/tablet is available at Austin Community College libraries?
The Cypress Creek, Rio Grande, and Riverside Libraries have a limited number of Nook Simple Touch e-readers as well as Google Nexus tablets.
How do I reserve an e-reader/tablet?
E-readers and tablets are available on a first come-first serve basis.
How will I know when the e-reader/tablet is available?
You can check the ACC Library Catalog for availability status.
How long can I keep an e-reader/tablet?
E-readers and tablets can be checked out for two weeks with no renewals.
Where do I pick-up/return the e-reader?
The e-reader or tablet must be checked out from and returned to the same library. Participating libraries include the Cypress Creek, Rio Grande, and Riverside Libraries.
What happens if the e-reader is damaged or lost?
Library staff will determine the extent of the damage and will assess repair/replacement costs as well as any other fees. 
What can I read on the e-readers/tablets?
Both e-readers and tablets can be used to read e-books, e-textbooks, as well as magazines and other digitized media.
How do I use the e-readers/tablets?
Instructions are available on how to download e-books and get started with both the e-reader and tablet. 
What if the battery runs down while I have the e-reader/tablet checked out?
Both a wall plug and USB cable are provided at check-out to ensure that the device can be charged if needed.
Can I load my own e-books on the e-reader/tablet?
Yes, you are welcome to load your own e-books on either the e-reader or tablet.
Can I read the library’s e-books on my own personal device?
Yes, you can download and read ACC Library e-books on your own e-reader/tablet. Some devices may not be compatible.
Where do I find more information on using an e-reader/tablet?
The E-reader/Tablet Pilot Information Guide is your best source of information on using our e-readers and tablets. Library reference staffs at the Cypress Creek, Rio Grande, and Riverside Libraries are also available to assist you with the devices.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Need Stats?

Writing an argument or a persuasive paper?  Need “the numbers” for an item reported on the evening news?  Numbers and statistics are powerful pieces of evidence.  They are strong visuals that can strengthen an argument if they are from reliable sources and if they are used correctly.

State Stats is a database from CQ Press that provides comprehensive data coverage of each state in several subject areas. You will find more than 15 years of data from more than 80 different sources.
Search the library catalog for State Stats, then click on the resource link to open the database.  If searching off campus, you will need to enter your ACCeID and password to get to the database.

Information in State Stats has been published in print volumes, such as State Rankings books, or taken from private or government online sources, such as U.S. Census Bureau databases like American FactFinder.

Like most databases, State Stats offers both general and advanced search features. You can also browse by state, by topic, or by State Rankings books. Browsing by topic is a useful way to explore the database. You can refine your results after searching or browsing.

Information will first be presented as a map. Each state will be shaded according to its rank for whatever topic you have chosen. While there is no key to indicate what various the shades mean, you can mouse over each state to view a pop-up description. A time line at the bottom of the image lets you zoom through multiple years of statistics. Press the "Play" button to animate your data. Many graphics can be animated to show changes over a period of time from 1995 to 2010 or later.

Comparing data
When you find data that interests you, explore it! Use the power of the database to compare multiple sets, add multiple states, data series, and years, and use the mapping and graphing tools. You can create a trend line chart of up to 6 states for any data series.  Compare any two data series to see if there is a correlation. On the Compare tab, choose Data Series and then use the drop down list to select the data series you would like to compare to the one you are viewing.

Creating Output
You can display results as a map (state view), table, scatter plot, or line chart. View any data series as a table by selecting the second tab just below the data series title. You can scroll through all available years on the table view page and sort data alphabetically or numerically.

Download your data to use it in reports

To export data, go to the data series page and choose the export option above the panel. All results can be shared by e-mail or hyperlink, saved, or exported as PNG, JPEG, CSV, or Excel files. Exported data files in Excel format will include the date of download, descriptions of the data, and, most importantly, original source information.

Maps and graphs can be downloaded as PNG files, which will look exactly like the screen image.


State Stats features CQ Press’s CiteNow!® function for generating source citations in APA, MLA, Chicago (Turabian), and other styles.

Take a tour

View the video tour of State Stats to see its features in use.