Adjunct Professional Day
|What I'm supposed to do: NOVA libraries provide a multitude of online resources in addition to
what’s out there on the world-wide-web. Find out how to access
the library’s resources, and hear how Charlie and Diane incorporate
online materials into their courses.
What I'll try to do: Describe a few of the assignments that I have in both my campus and online courses that make use of library resources.
Where is the library?
There is no longer the easy-to-find-and-use campus-library web
page. So, you must now use the college library page which is at www.nvcc.edu/library/ (but just try and find that link from the college home page at www.nvcc.edu/)
In all of my history courses
Wikipedia Analysis assignment
Resource that I use: In this case I use the online Encyclopedia Britannica through VIVA.
Directions for the assignment: You must compare the contents of
the wiki article with the same article in Encyclopedia Britannica (See
How to Access Britannica) or another reference source such as Encarta
--There are many other acceptable encyclopedias and topical reference
sources that you could also consult. I would advise you to check
with a campus reference librarian--You can do this comparison at any
time with the three months of your project.
In my his 135 course (history of the contemporary world)
Current events paper
- Resource that I use: There are a number of library databases,
such as Proquest, that you can use to find relevant articles for this
assignment. As a starting point for research, check the Loudoun
campus library. For this assignment, some students have
used Google Alerts to have articles that appear in online daily
newspapers for a topic emailed to them. Whenever that topic
appears in the news it is mailed to your email. Click on the News
Alerts link at news.google.com.
Directions for the assignment: Students are required to follow the
events in one country of the world throughout their enrollment in this
course; it is easiest to do this "online" instead of reading the
daily newspaper, but you can certainly do that too.
- Contemporary history paper
Resource that I use: “You should use web-based sources, including
newspapers. The online databases available through the Loudoun campus
library web page will give you a lot of possible sources that you can
Directions for the assignment are at one of two locations:
Of course, students are able to do research for any other course assignments on the web using library resources.
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