The summer semester at Mississippi College is well underway, and
the deadlines for class projects and papers will soon be here.
Do you know where to find the scholarly sources you need?
Well, we hope you are not relying on Google. Although it is certainly a powerful and free search engine, Google presents problems when it comes to finding authoritative and accurate information both efficiently and effectively.
For example, did you know that
There are additional issues that will complicate your research if you rely on Google for your information needs. Watch the following brief video to learn more about the problems with using Google for research and the solutions provided by your university's library.
Did you find this video helpful?
If so, we have more library instruction videos created by your reference team at Speed Library. They can be accessed from the library's website or the Library's YouTube channel, or simply click on one of the pictures in the following slideshow which will take you directly to the video!
If you have a question, you can always
ASK a Librarian!
Located on Speed Library's main floor, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides a variety of multi-modal materials to meet the diverse needs of MC students, faculty, and organizations in support of the university's academic programs.
The LRCs vast collections of CDs, records, musical scores, and videos are stored on wall-to-wall shelves. One of the most diverse areas in the library, almost every area of study offered at MC is reflected in these collections.
CDs and Records
The LRCs reserve section is a collection of items professors select
for their students to utilize outside of class.
It's important to note, however, that reserves often have shorter check-out periods and may be limited to library use only to ensure that the greatest number of students have access to these items.
The LRC Studio
A less-known element of the Learning Resources Center, the LRC Studio is stocked with a collection of twenty handheld cameras and tripods that are available to all MC students. To use the equipment simply complete a Camera Request Form.
Ryan Capell, supervisor and manager of the LRC Studio, recommends that students looking for a creative way to complete a project check out a camera and put together a short video. Cameras are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so reservations are best made in advance. The LRC also has a number of projectors and projector screens that are frequently used for groups on campus, and can be reserved by filling out the Equipment Request Form.
While the studio provides access to filming and viewing equipment, Capell states that the work that happens there goes beyond “just checking out cameras.”
Mr. Capell also mentioned MCTV, a biweekly Campus news program created entirely by students using equipment provided by the LRC studio.
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Do you know how to find
a database relevant for your class assignments?
The end of the semester is quickly approaching,
and final papers and research projects will soon be due.
This blog post is dedicated to helping you navigate the library's online databases. Speed library provides access to 50 databases for finding a variety of source material, such as: articles, books, bibliographies, pictures, conference proceedings, videos, citations, and more.
You can visit the library's website to search through our list of databases, which provides a tool for you to limit the list of databases by subject. However, if you'd rather not search through a long list, then check out one of our slideshows, located below, showcasing the library's databases by a specific discipline.
Click on one of the following pictures or its corresponding link
to view a slideshow of subject specific databases, including:
Best of luck on your final projects!
And Remember, You can always Ask a Librarian
if you need additional assistance.
Then be sure to participate in
Leland Speed Library's first annual
Edible Book Festival!
Prizes Will Be Awarded!
What is an Edible Book Festival?
The Edible Book Festival is an international event that celebrates the ingestion of culture and the birthday of the French gastronome, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. The festival is held around April 1st each year and offers participants a unique opportunity to share their wit, favorite book, and baking skills.
How can I participate?
Anyone can participate, including: students, faculty, staff, individuals, or groups.
To participate, you just create an "edible book," which can be:
Need Help with Ideas?
Visit Speed Library's libguide to learn more about the history of the Edible Book Festival, the rules for the festival, and to find several helpful links to past festivals that can inspire you to create your own Edible Book!
Thanks to the U.S. Presidential Election in 2016, Fake News has emerged as a hot topic among journalists, educators, and those concerned with the health of our democracy. Your Reference Team at Speed Library, however, is here to help and show you how to decipher between:
To further complicate matters, the problem we face today is not as simple as distinguishing between real and fake news. For example, news can be fake (see the satirical news sites The Borowitz Report or The Onion) or it can be a real news story that's just not credible. This is where your library Reference Team can help; that is, we have the requisite tools for evaluating information. In fact, our library libguides already highlight the criteria of source evaluation with the acronym TRAAP: Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
if you have any questions, you can always
ASK a Librarian!
Do you need something from the library
but don't know how to find it?
Research is difficult, and one can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of information available in the library's website. So, your Reference Team at Speed Library has developed an easy-to-use solution to help you identify and obtain library resources that are relevant to your needs.
We call it,
The Virtual Librarian
Let your Virtual Librarian assist you today!
Did you know that over 78,000 videos
available for streaming are only a few clicks away?
Leland Speed Library's Streaming Video Collection offers you access to a collection of videos, unmatched in its breadth, covering all disciplinines and major subject areas. View these videos on demand 24/7 by navigating from the home page of the library's website. You can even personalize a playlist by creating a free user account.
What are You Into?
Search one of our three video collections, to:
Ask A Librarian if you have any questions about the video collections.
Attention Faculty Members:
For information on how to link or embed videos into your Moodle course site, download our How-To Guide, or contact the Distance Learning Center at 601.925.7878 for assistance.
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Working the reference desk, we receive many directional questions, such as:
This is totally fine. We are more than happy to answer these questions; but, it got us thinking. How can we help students save time by visualizing the library's spaces and enable students to find their way through the building without needing to ask for directions?
Speed library's Interactive Map covers the building's three floors and includes pictures with descriptions of the different areas, resources, and offices. To see the map's descriptions and pictures, simply hover your mouse over a location or resource (if you are on a phone, tap an area on the map). We hope this tool will help those not familiar with all the nooks and crannies in Speed Library, so you can boldly explore the library on your own by using the Interactive Map, to:
But, don't worry. Your Reference Team is still here and
happy to point you in the right direction!
The SGA asked, and Dr. Royce listened and provided two new study rooms for Speed Library. The new rooms are located on the library's top floor across from the Help Desk and next to the periodicals.
Every October 20th, the NCTE celebrates your Right To Write with a TweetUp. MC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate by using the #WhyIWrite hashtag and share with the Twittersphere why you write. Last year, #WhyIWrite trended all day on Twitter with more than 60,000 tweets.
This year's National Day on Writing takes place Thursday, October 20. MC Writing faculty and the Writing Center are sponsoring two events: a letter writing project and a Twitter contest.
(1) Letters Home
Letter writing remains an important skill in our digital age.
Here's your chance to send a letter anywhere in the world, to whom will you write?
(2) Twitter Contest
Link-Up with the National Day on Writing!
1. George Orwell's original "Why I Write" statement in 1946.
2. Fifth-grade teacher, Katherine Sokolowski, blogs about "Why I Write."
3. Visit the NCTE's National Day on Writing website.
4. Watch a fun YouTube video offering reasons to write:
Video by Deanna Mascle, Writing instructor for the English Department at Morehead State University