Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Library Week Survey

If you are a student, staff and faculty at Scott Community College please take a few minutes to answer these questions about services at Scott Community College Library. Your answers will remain anonymous  The results of the survey will be published on the library blog and our Facebook page next Monday. The answers you provide will help us determine how we can better serve you. Thank you! Click here to access the survey.


April is National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets in 1996 declared April as National Poetry Month. Libraries, publishers, schools and poets celebrate poetry during this month and attend some of the readings, workshops, and other events. Go to to see this year’s programs, sign up for a free newsletter, find poems, and much more.
The Scott Community College Library has a display of poetry books. In the display, include books like Poems by Elizabeth Bishop, The Apple Trees at Olema by Robert Hass, Dream Songs by John Berryman, Lines and Mounds by Dave Oliphant and many more.
National Poetry Month- – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion.

Advising Day at Scott Community College

Today is April 9, 2013. It is advising day and we are open 7:30 to 4:30.

April Database of the Month: Films on Demand

films on demand flyer

 Films on Demand are a quality collection of educational videos. The database contains more than 7500 videos that cover a wide range of  topics.

To find videos to help complete class assignments or to increase their knowledge in a certain subject, students can search by title, by keywords, or browse the titles alphabetically or by subject areas.

The video automatically adjusts the stream to bandwidth available to the student.

Some of the titles in the collection have closed-captioning.  To find them students can use the search function to limit their results to closed caption titles.

Scholarly/Popular/Trade Magazines & Journals

Periodicals include materials that are published on a regular basis such as  magazines, newspapers and journals. When you are looking for information, you will often use the SCC Library databases to find journal articles. Most instructors will require that you use  journal articles that are  peer-reviewed (or scholarly) articles.

What is a peer-reviewed article? After the first manuscript is submitted to a peer-reviewed publication, a panel of experts reviews the article to ensure that it meets rigorous standards of quality and accuracy and the research methodology used is sound.  The panel of experts also checks the documentation of sources to verify the facts and methods used to reach conclusions.

Journal articles report on new research or provide a review of existing research.  Magazine articles often report news stories and provide opinions. The following chart at the end of this post should be helpful to determine if you have a scholarly article.

SCC Library databases EBSCO and Academic Search Elite allow you to limit your results list to peer-reviewed articles.  by checking “peer-reviewed” as you set up your search.


Scholarly Journals, Trade Journals, and Popular Magazines Characteristics

Scholarly Journal Article Trade Journal Article Popular Magazine Article
Author Usually researcher in a specific field. Often a staff writer A journalist, but their name is not always given.
Purpose Share results of research and experiments. Share information with individuals with an interest in a particular field. To entertain or inform
Appearance Mostly text that includes charts & graphs. Often includes pictures and ads focused on the specific industry. Includes many pictures and advertisements geared toward the general public.
Language Uses technical or language related to a specific discipline. Includes articles about current news or practices in the industry. Casual language
Sources Always contains  References or Bibliographies. Contains an occasional list of references. Rarely cites sources.
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