Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BoardVitals: the NCLEX Prep Exam

In short, BoardVitals is a one-stop shopping place for NCLEX prep questions.  Thousands of questions comprise a question bank accessible to DCC students.  In order to access these questions, click on the link http://marketing.statref.com/lp/suny_nursing.html and create an account by hitting the Register button.  To register, enter your name and email address.  The email address you use MUST be a sunydutchess one.  For instance, your.name@email.sunydutchess.edu.   Once you register, you will get a verification email that you must respond to.  Once this occurs, you're in.

Our purchased subscriptions allow you to access either the NCLEX-RN or the NCLEX-PN question bank.  There are also a myriad of sample questions from other banks that can be played with.  The beauty of BoardVitals is that you create your own review test by selecting how many questions and the topics you'd like to be quizzed on at any given moment.   There are no restrictions on how long / short a quiz can be. 

Log onto BoardVitals today and start making use of this test-prep resource!  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New mobile app for ebrary

The Ritz's largest electronic book collection, ebrary, is in the process of enhancing mobile access to their over 100,000 titles. Part of that enhancement is the retirement of the current ebrary app, which is scheduled to occur of August 4.

If you have that app, or just want to access ebrary from your mobile device, it's time to change over to BlueFire app, the ebook reader that ebrary will be using from now on. As with the ebrary app, BlueFire allows you to download an entire book to read when Internet access is unavailable.  Instructions on the entire process of using mobile devices and ebrary is here

More information on accessing the Ritz's resources from mobile devices is posted on the Mobile Access Ritz Research Guide.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ScienceDirect enhances mobile access

ScienceDirect, a collection of over 2,000 peer reviewed journals covering all aspects of the sciences, recently released  a mobile version of its Web site that offers streamlined page layouts which significantly improves the readability of articles. And given the in-depth nature of the 11 million documents in ScienceDirect, this enhancement will make the database much more usable for those using mobile technology.

In conjunction with the roll-out of the enhanced Web site, ScienceDirect is retiring the mobile app that previously acted a a gateway to the database. To see the new Science Direct mobile site, take a look at this demo.

More information on accessing ScienceDirect from your tablet or smartphone is at the Ritz Mobile Guide.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lookiing for videos on business or economics topics? Try this!

For the next month, the Ritz has a trial to Global Business & Economics in Video a streaming service that uses videos to illustrate practical, real-life applications of business  topics and skills. This service covers the following areas:
  • Corporate training
  • Case studies
  • Executive interviews
  • Expert lectures
  • Instructional films
  • Documentaries
Emphasizing video as a tool to support classroom presentations, as well as  students' research needs, Global Business includes segment clips, many of which range from 2 to 10 minutes, as well as longer programs.

Try the service by clicking on the title link above. If prompted for a login, use your MyDCC username and password. The trial will end on May 25, and please send us your Feedback 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GPO - US Government Printing Office : Keeping America Informed

As defined on their website, "The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government." As part of this initiative, there are a number of e-book titles that are available for download in 3 different formats: pdf, epub and mobi. To access the current electronic books supplied by the GPO, click here. To actually read the book, click on the URL on the right hand side and select the format that you want to access.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Streaming video trials from the Ritz

The DCC Library is trying out a couple of video streaming services put out by Alexander Street Press, a major academic multimedia producer. The trial products are:
  • American History in Video Containing more than 2,000 hours of streaming video, this service offers footage from as far back as the 1890's. It contains newsreels, documentaries & dramatic recreations that cover all aspects of the American experience. Producers of programs include PBS, the History Channel & CBS.
  • Filmmakers Online Contains more than 1,000 documentaries that present points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions worldwide.Among the topics covered are race and gender studies, human rights, globalization, the environment, and the arts
Take a look at these service by clicking on the links above. If prompted for a login, use your MyDCC username and password. The trial will end on February 21, so be sure to try them soon. Send your feedback to Reference

Friday, January 10, 2014

Hunting for literary criticism? Let Artemis be your guide!

When researching literature the Gale family of databases is probably the best place to start, since Gale has the largest and most comprehensive collection of  literary criticism out there. And now you can search all of the Gale databases the Ritz  has using a single interface: Artemis Literary Sources.

Artemis allows you to search across many of Gale's secondary literature sources, including Short Story Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism & Scribner's Writers Online. The system's subject searching allows you to identify and search on such concepts as setting, characters & symbolism. As with all the library's databases, full citations for all documents are aavailable in PAP & MLA format. Questions? Contact the Refdesk!