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
Books, Records, tapes, movies, and. . .
Book sale proceeds are invested back in the library to enhance services and resources for students, faculty, and staff. In recent years, the book sale has enabled the library to purchase new computer monitors, expand its collection of fiction, and provide snacks and games during exam week.
The American Library Association (ALA) sponsors a national initiative each fall to fight censorship and support the freedom to read. Banned Books Week “brings together the entire book community to support the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular” (ALA, 2012).
This year, Speed Library joined the effort with events and contests for students, faculty, and staff to get involved. On Tuesday, September 27th, the library celebrated Banned Books Week with a selfie booth for attendees to take pictures while reading a banned book, a video display of faculty & staff reading banned books, as well as free cupcakes!
MC Freedom Fighters
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These faculty and students were booked and set on display for valuing free and open access to information.
Be sure to follow the example they've set, and read a banned book today!
Don't Miss Out on the Celebration!
Students, faculty, and staff can celebrate Banned Books Week for the rest of this week. If you'd like to participate, consider one of the following opportunities:
Create a Virtual Read-Out Video
for Banned Books Week:
Record a video of yourself reading a banned book, which will be hosted on the library's YouTube channel and submitted to the ALA. For instructions on submitting a video, please email Shane Hand, reference and instruction librarian.
There are displays in the library featuring Banned Books that students, faculty, and staff can view all week. There are plenty of ways to support Banned Books Week this week however you choose to get involved. So support your Freedom to Read, and go read a banned book today!
Why was that Book Banned?
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Have an argumentative research paper to write?
Giving a persuasive speech this semester?
Need assistance finding a topic on a current event?
A useful resource for any discipline, "Opposing Viewpoints" can help you lay the ground work for a successful project. Each topic provides links to rivaling positions as well as featured viewpoints for current hot topics.
This database also offers sources in several formats, including: academic journals, audio, video, images, websites, magazines, reference works, news articles, and links to related topics.
"Don't raise your voice, improve your argument."
- Desmond Tutu
CREDO Reference is a collection of 95 reference books, spanning subjects from the Arts to Business, Psychology, Medicine and many others. CREDO offers encyclopedia-type entries, as well as images and topic pages with even more in-depth information.
"Search for anything”
“Gun control” Mind Map. CREDO Reference. http://search.credoreference.com/search/visual?concepts=290232
Type a term in CREDO’s search box for a basic search or limit by image or topic. The “Mind Map” option allows you to view different facets of a topic to suggest subtopics of interest. Terms in the mind map link to a CREDO reference book entry that appears in a list to the right of your mind map. You can move terms around to make another term the main topic. As you do so, the entries move to mirror your changes.
The Image Collection
The image collection comes from The Bridgeman Images’ Art Library. Bridgeman partners with museums and galleries globally to provide images to users for educational use. Although images in CREDO are mostly free of copyright restrictions, they must be properly cited when used. Fortunately, CREDO provides you with citations formatted in a variety of styles with each image and reference entry.
That’s not all!
The “Tools” option provides additional searching, including pronunciations, a dictionary, a crossword solver and more. Take a look today! You’ll find CREDO Reference in our database collection on the Speed Library website.
In Bridgeman images: The bridgeman art library. London, United Kingdom: Bridgeman. Model reconstruction of Da Vinci's design for a tank (Wood). Retrieved from: search.credoreference.com/content/entry/bridgeart/model_