You’re looking for what? Electronic resources in the for-profit college library
It is almost our midterm. Our school operates on a quarter based terms so we have four twelve week long sessions each year. We are moving into week 6 of our winter quarter – midterm.
Midterm when I was in college was nuts. I remember having a few classes that had 2 exams; one at the end and one at midterm. Some sort of major project would be do or a paper needed to get written and then there was a test to study for. Ugh… It doesn’t seem to be quite so busy here, but maybe that is just because I’m not the one in class. hehehe
The library does get a little busier though for about a week and most students come in looking for a magic answer to their research question. It’s almost like they think they can Google what they subject is and the paper will write itself. I love every single time a student asks me a question about where to go to get answers after they have spent three days on Google. I know, I’m twisted but it really does make me giggle. Mostly because the library orientation (that every student in the school has to sit through) very clearly states that when they go to do class assignments they won’t find the answer on Google. Ahhh, makes me laugh.
At any rate I thought I would talk real quick about the electronic resources that our library subscribes to. This seems to be a regular question on the Librarianship in For-Profit Educational Institutions (LFPEI) listserv (discussion group) with the ACRL.
LIRN – this is our meat and potatoes database. This is where 85% of our questions get answered. If you have never heard about LIRN you MUST go check them out. Wonderful databases with this subscription including; Gale, ProQuest, CREDO reference and lots more. This membership was also discussed in a recent article about for-profit colleges in CR&L
eBrary – the electronic book database that we subscribe to is the career college one. It is very extensive. What I really love about this database, you can link out to the web to conduct even more reference options.
Those two do the heavy lifting for our library, at least 90% of our research/reference questions go through there. But we also have some others that students can use for studying or just learning something cool – which can happen.
Mango – foreign language database. I’ll be honest, this is so cheap I don’t know why everyone library doesn’t have it. Great database and it does get good use.
Primal Pictures and Anatomy TV – these two interactive databases discuss anatomy and phys for our medical and dental programs. It’s a bit expensive and hasn’t been getting a ton of use so I have been on the look out for a less expensive option (let me know if you have one). It is a cool subscription though.
Dia – similar to primal pictures this is for our vet tech students. This is actually even more expensive then the human counterpart but our faculty LOVE it and use it tons in the classroom. Webster owns it.
Westlaw – ah yes, our paralegal program. I haven’t figured out if I like West or not yet. Something I do, somethings I don’t. If you don’t have to purchase primary legal material consider yourself very lucky. It is SO expensive. Our contract is also a bit complicated but I’m very happy with our sales rep and again, our faculty love the database.
Whew… that’s it. Maybe in a future post I will actually go through each in a little more detail but there is an overview. What about you? What resources do you have available for your students to use? If anyone knows of a good A&P one let me know, I’ve got a list started. 🙂