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Resource Spotlight: READ IT! Database for ESL/ELL

EBSCO’s Read It! database “was created for anyone who has a good foundation in English grammar and reading skills. It is a place to find reading material about many subjects. Articles are short, and written to support your reading skills as you learn about topics in English that you need for school and everyday life.”

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Highlights include:

  • ELL reading level/lexile information available for each article.
  • Users can HIGHLIGHT and LISTEN to a term in context to enable better comprehension.
  • Comprehension tests are available at the end of many articles, with a mix of multiple choice and fill in the blank.  This helps students to test their level of understanding.
  • Users can use REFINE to choose a specific reading level.
  • In an Advanced Search, the user can choose a specific reading level.
  • Articles can be emailed, printed, saved, and cited.

The library has an ESL/ELL Research Guide with additional resources. Within this guide is a tab that provides more in-depth coverage of the READ IT! database.

If you have any questions about the database or using it as a faculty or a student, please contact the library.

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

 

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Resource Spotlight: HeinOnline Immigration Law and Policy

HeinOnlineThe Immigration Law and Policy database from HeinOnline offers a compilation of important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.

Containing 1,580 titles and over 2,100 volumes, this is a great place to send students working on sociology, political science, current events, law, hot topics in the news, and even for personal interest.

If you have questions about using the database, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL_PlusFT_Logo-04From EBSCO: CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. It includes full text of over 770 journals in the nursing and health sciences discipline.

CINAHL can be accessed through our Article Databases list or through EBSCO.

If you haven’t used CINAHL yet, this Help Sheet is a great place to start, or view this tutorial on basic searching:

For questions about using this database or researching, please contact the librarians in Building C or ask your instructor.

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—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Ebrary is now called Ebook Central

Looking for Ebrary? Ebrary has changed its name to Ebook Central!

With Ebook Central, you have the same links, resources, and functionality as with Ebrary.

Check out the video below on how to use Ebook Central. Ask a librarian if you need assistance in using this resource, or if you have any questions.

Resource Spotlight: Plunkett Research

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Logo image via Plunkett Research

If you are doing business research, we have several business-specific databases you can use.  One such resource is Plunkett Research.  Plunkett provides industry trends, statistics, and analysis on companies and industries. Plunkett’s database offers information on over 25,000 public companies and 4,000 private companies. Using Plunkett’s can help you determine industry trends and opportunities. Used in conjunctions with business article databases, this resource can help provide you with the “big picture” on a company, industry, or trend.

Want to learn more? Check out this video for an overview, see Plunkett’s FAQ or tutorials, or come see a librarian!

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: NEW! HeinOnline

HeinOnlineHeinOnline is a new database that includes 2,300 full text journals, comprehensive coverage of government documents, all United States treaties, constitutions from every country in the world, and several specialized collections.

In addition to the vast law collection, there is a specialized database called Slavery In America and the World: History, Culture, and Law.  This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including statutes, court cases, and other primary and secondary documents.

This new database collection covers many subject areas, including law, government, history, and sociology.  To access HeinOnline, go to the Article Databases list and choose H, or find it on the Subject listing Government & Law.

Resource Spotlight: Science in Context

scienceincontext2The Science in Context Database provides authoritative, credible sources in every major area of science, including individual articles and encyclopedias related to science.

As it states in the title, this database shows how science relates to real world issues and allows you to search millions of full text articles from journals, newspapers, and magazines worldwide. When you search, you will get an overview that will often also include audio, video, biographies, and more.

One of the great features of many of the Gale databases is the ability to sign into your Google account and highlight/save directly to your Google Drive, keeping your research organized. Gale will create a folder for you, saving your highlights and downloaded materials intact. You can also save links to videos in your Google bookmarks. Once in Science In Context, sign into your Google account as noted below. galegoogle

Contact the library if you need help with the database or have questions about saving your research.

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian