Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Got the Winter Blues?

It's tempting to surf the Web all day and build snowmen when the College is closed due to inclement weather. But is your homework backing up? Are you running behind on papers because you cannot get to the library? We're sure many of you need the resources available at the library to complete your assignments, and if you do, just remember you have options.

All of the library's resources can be accessed from off campus, including databases like EBSCO or Literature Resource Center. (See our remote access instructions for assistance.). The best way to access these resources is to log in to Blackboard first. If you click on the "Research" tab in the upper, right hand corner, you'll notice there is a link to the Jessup Library home page. Simply open the library's home page from there and you'll be good to go.

The Jessup Library Catalog may also be used off campus--and you don't have to sign in. You'll be able to find books, both print and electronic, and government documents through the catalog. If you need to use a NetLibrary book from off campus, you'll have to create a log in while on campus first. Since that can be a problem right now, we suggest you e-mail your request for a username and password to reference@pvcc.edu. We'll set you up with an account as soon as possible, i.e. when we actually get to the College ourselves. Many electronic books found through the catalog relate to information technology. These books will only require you to sign in with your MyPVCC username and password. (These books are from our Safari collection.)

If you're not sure which resource would be best, try using our subject guides for direction. Also, don't forget, we have tutorials on how to use all of our databases as well. Also, feel free to e-mail reference@pvcc.edu for assistance. We'll answer your question as soon as we're able, which hopefully should be soon!