Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Global Issues in Context

Interested in world issues and events?  Need to write a paper that has a global focus?  Just want to know what's going on in other countries?  If so, then check out our new trial database, Global Issues in Context provided by Gale / Cengage Learning.  Similar in concept to Opposing Viewpoints, Global Issues is designed to cover a broad range of social issues in detail and provide students and academics with accessible multimedia research resoures - video, audio and print. This pdf gives further information on the database. 

For access to the database itself, click below the image. 
Click here to access
For a video tour of Global Issues in Context, http://www.gale.cengage.com/media/training/GlobalIssues/HomeScreen/GlobalIssues_HomeScreen.htm

Feel free to send feedback to Tina Kiernan

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Playaways Hit the Ritz!

Everybody's favorite audio players are back at the Ritz.  With over 50 new titles, Playaways are a big hit. Portable and easy to use, these pocket size devices make listening fun!  From history to comedy, there's something for everyone.  If you've been thinking about learning a language, here's your chance to listen with Berlitz language programs. 

Here are the latest titles purchased:

101 Secrets of Highly Effective Speakers
77 Love Sonnets
A Hustler's Wife
Adventures of Sam Spade Detective, The - Volume One
Affirmations for Change, Confidence and Success
All Joy and No Fun
Art Forger
Berlitz French Guaranteed
Berlitz German Guaranteed
Berlitz Italian Guaranteed
Berlitz Spanish Guaranteed
Black Lotus
Blogging for Business
Brilliant Blunders
Cancer Is Not a Disease
Celtic Poets
Change Your Words, Change Your Life
Chilling Ghost Stories
Crucial Conversations
Dave Barry's Money Secrets
Destroyer Angel
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
From Missouri
Grain Brain
Great Poets, The - William Wordsworth
Guided Mindfulness Meditation
How to Become a Rainmaker
Keep Quiet
Louis L'Amour's Desert Tales
New Yorkers: Short Stories
Seven Classic Plays, Vol. 1
Short Stories Volume I
The 10 Commandments of Money
The 250 Job Interview Questions You'll Most Likely Be Asked
The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown
The Astronaut Wives Club
The Collector
The Complete Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Funny Thing Is...
The Man Who Would be King & Other Stories
The Neil Simon Collection
The Power of Now
The Target
Tips For The Savvy Traveler
Twelve Angry Men
Voices of Poetry - Volume 1
Yoga Stretch for Fitness
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Stop in the Ritz Library today and pick up a title to listen to on your ride home!

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.