Thursday, September 4, 2014

Featured Database: ImageQuest

The library is please to announce a new subscription database called ImageQuest.

Many students will often use the internet to find images for a project.
Google Image search and Bing are both search engines often used to find images.

But, using the open web to find images can be risky due to various copyright laws. Not many students will consider that when they are using images off the web.

That's where ImageQuest will come in handy.  All the images in ImageQuest have been rights cleared, which means you don't have to worry about copyright or about getting permission before you use an image for an assignment or project.

Below is a quick tutorial presenting ImageQuest and how to use it to search for images.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new semester and a new academic year! The campus has been buzzing with activity today as we kick-off for the much anticipated Cannoneer Weekend!

As you get a chance to tour the campus and share in the festivities, stop by for a visit!  You'll find us in Building 5 on the first floor, on the left just as you walk in!

Meet the library staff

The Melvil Dewey Library is here to support the research and learning needs of all our students, staff and faculty! In addition to our thousands of  print books, dvd's and audio books, we also of online resources you can access directly from our website. In addition to all the computer stations available for you to utilize, we also have laptops and iPads available for check-out.  Looking for a space to do some group work?  We have comfy seating on the first floor perfect for that purpose.  Need a really quiet area to do some independent study? We've got that too, right up the stairs on the second floor.


From the left: Connie Holberg (Library Director), John Thomas (Media Center/Local History/Systems Librarian), Carleen Huxley (Coordinator of Library Instruction/Reference Services), Brooke Hartle (Assistant Librarian/Reference Desk).

Library Clerks

From the left: Renee Elliott (Automation Coordinator/Technical Services), Robin Booth (Circulation Coordinator), Rose Hare (Interlibrary Loan Services), Cyndie Sloan (Media Center/Test Proctoring), Kenyon Wells (Library Clerk)

Scanlon Tutoring Staff

The Scanlon Tutoring Center has professional tutors for reading and study skills, writing and English, and math. Students have the option of one-to-one tutoring  by appointment for writing and English and both one-to-one appointments and labs for reading and math. For all other content areas, students may request a peer tutor by filling out a form in the Library or by going to The Scanlon Tutoring Center page on Blackboard. Tutoring times are published on Blackboard and in the Library at the entrance to the tutoring area. Tutoring services are FREE to Jefferson students!!! Call 315-786-2321 for assistance.

From the left: Drew Burgess (Learning Specialist/Math), Sheree Trainham (Learning Specialist/Writing), Nikki Heise (Learning Specialist/Writing), Shawna Spencer (Learning Specialist/Reading), Deborah Balch (Typist)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Library homepage is down

This is just a notice to let everyone know that the library homepage is currently down.  Our lovely IT department is busy working on the problem, but until then here are some direct links to some of the more important resources you would normally be able to access from the homepage.

To search for books and ebooks go here

To use our library databases go here.

To access our Citing Sources guide go here.

To use our Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat service go here.

 If you are a faculty member who needs to access the Faculty Resources Guide, go here.

Finally, to search our Search Almost Everything discovery tool use the widget below.

Search Almost Everything

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Last minute library resources

Hey there! Listen, we'll make this quick! Two weeks to graduation and last minute projects and papers to write, we know you're busy, so here's a few things to remember about the library and the resources we have that can help.

1) Citing Sources

Here's a research guide that has information about various citation formats.  There you will also find a link to our citation management tool, EasyBib
Many databases
will help you cite.
Just look for a link
similar to this. 

Also remember, when using our online databases look for a link that will help provide the citation for you. Not every database will have it, but many do.

 2) Laptops and iPads

If you've been in the library lately (especially today!) you probably noticed how busy this place is.  That's pretty typical for this time of year.  If you ever find that all our computer stations are in use, remember that you can always check-out a laptop or an iPad to work on instead.  Just remember to bring your JCC student card to check them out.  

 3) Meeting rooms for group work (one with a large screen to practice a group presentation)

Although there are tables and sitting areas on the first floor for study groups and other group work, we also have two small meeting rooms.  These are available on a first come, first serve basis.  However, one of the rooms does have a large screen for practicing a group presentation on PowerPoint.  If you would like to use the large screen then you would have to reserve the room ahead of time.  Call our circulation desk for more information. 315-786-2225

Finally, for those last minute questions at 2am the morning before the paper is due, there's always our Ask a Librarian 24/7 Chat Service.  This service is a collaborative effort between librarians all over, so you will likely be connected with someone at a different college.  However, they are still librarians and they will still be able to help you with some of the more general research questions you may have.