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Expand Your EBSCO Knowledge: Setting Up and Using My EBSCOhost Folder

March 23, 2015

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.  – Zora Neale Hurston, author

The feasibility study, the information report, the literature review, and the research paper may come from different areas, but the process feels the same. I write ‘feels’ as gathering information tends to overwhelm people trying to management their time at school. EBSCO can look daunting with thousands of results, or redoing search terms to get to the items needed for a project.

EBSCOhost provides a way to personalize the experience called My EBSCOhost Folder.I began using mine two years ago to keep tracks of articles of interest relating to college programs, or professional development:

My EBSCO Screen Shot

Before searching in EBSCO, I sign into my account. It’s best to create an account, or sign in, soon after logging into EBSCO from the library homepage.

For details about My EBSCOhost Folders, this YouTube video outlines the process:

https://youtu.be/JmmYIbiUZ34

Still not sure? Want some one-on-one assistance? Come to the library and we can connect you with My Folder, and much more.

Research Guides: Sources Tailored for You

January 14, 2015

creative-108545_640Written assignments can seem like a chore. Getting started is the hardest part, though eventually you select a topic and decide on the kinds of sources you will use to conduct your research.

The Internet offers more than a galaxy of information, and you may not have the time or expertise to filter out which information is both relevant and reliable. Plus, there are valuable print and media resources that are available.

RRC Library Research Guides

Here at RRC Library, we have done some of this filtering and gathering for you. You will find of all kinds of sources conveniently organized in the RRC Library Research Guides.

Here’s what the Research Guides can do for you:

  • Get the ball rolling and guide your research
  • Help you pinpoint your topic
  • Lead you to relevant, reliable, and authoritative resources
  • Present a balance of print, media and online materials

Visit the guides at http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Subject-Guides.aspx.


Credit: We are indebted to Norman Beattie, coordinator of Public Services at RRC Library, for his enormous contribution to the production and management of the RRC Library Research Guides. Thank you, Norman!

Making the grade, meeting deadlines, and other great dilemmas

March 20, 2014

It’s a push to get to the end of the term. The stress is mounting as you face a pile of assignments and tests, accompanied by anxiety about how to get everything done and actually attain your goals for success. See below for some short videos geared toward students like you. A few small changes in how you study and handle your time can make a big difference!

VIDEO SERIES FEATURE:
Academic success: smart tips for serious students

This video series features five videos, each about 10 minutes long and divided into bite-sized segments. It’s so easy to get a little inspiration on the go! Just click on the image, go the Library web page, click the play link, and log in with your RRC username and password to view. The series is also available on DVD.

Studying and test-taking

Studying and test-taking

Studying and test-taking

Researching, reading, and writing

Researching, reading, and writing

Researching, reading, and writing

Time management

Time management

Time management

 Active listening and note-taking

Active listening and note-taking

Active listening and note-taking

 Values and goals

Values and goals

Values and goals

RRC Library is here to help you

Red River College Library staff want to help you succeed. Come by for a visit or contact us by phone or email with any questions you have to ask us.

8 Simple Solutions to Ease Your Stress

February 5, 2014

Stressed studentThe assignments are piling high, money is tight, and the deadlines just keep coming. When things get overwhelming, there are small things you can do to counteract the stress in your life. Below are eight simple suggestions taken from Deborah Davis’s book, Adult learner’s companion (pages 28, 29), which can be borrowed from Red River College Library by presenting a valid RRC ID card.

 

 

1. Take deep breaths

Deep breathing calms you and helps you think more clearly.

Look further:

6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

2. Think before you speak

Listening and thinking before speaking allows you to respond to others calmly and appropriately, which results in better feelings all around.

3. Find some physical activity

Any form of exercise is a stress-reliever. Even a ten-minute walk during break is beneficial. Exercise also tires you and helps you sleep better.

Look further:

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

4. Make a date

Connect with others, get out of yourself and have a few laughs.

5. Eat slowly

It is better for digestion, you will enjoy your food more, and it may help you lose weight.

Look further:

Eating slower may help trim your waistline, study suggests

6. Turn off the TV

Some people use TV to zone out, as a way to avoid dealing with their stress. This may make you feel better temporarily, but in the long run it actually adds to your stress.

7. Eat stress-reducing foods

The right foods have the power to calm you, lower stress hormones, build up the immune system, and lower blood pressure. Sunflower seeds and oatmeal are among foods that can help fight stress.

Look further:

Foods That Help Relieve Stress

8. Change your perception

Changing how you look at something can completely change your experience of it. Taking control of your thoughts is a powerful stress reliever.

Look further:

Reframing and Stress Management

For more information…

For more information on stress management and other resources at RRC Library, stop by the Library desk or contact our reference staff at:

Also check out Red River College’s Student Success Website for various student supports and additional info on managing stress.

Looking for a job? Here are some RRC Job Search Resources

January 27, 2014

dream-job-sign

With the 2014 RRC Career Fair about to get underway and with our Winter Convocation occurring next week, we thought it was a good time to point out some great RRC job search resources.

RRC Student Employment Services

This has to be your first stop in your job search! Student Employment Services provides a full range of employment services and supports targeted at RRC students, recent graduates, and employers.  If you are not aware of what RRC Student Employment Services can do for you, then you should definitely get familiar!

Check out the web page: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/

Student Employment Services posts employment opportunities exclusively for Red River College students and alumni on jobcentral.rrc.ca. To register as an RRC student on Job Central log on to jobcentral.rrc.ca and follow the instructions.

RRC’s Student Employment Services also provides a link between businesses and their future employees found in the College’s student body through job postings and job alerts, on-campus presentations and recruitment initiatives.

Would you like to know more about these opportunities? Student Employment Services has offices at both the Notre Dame Campus and also at the Exchange District Campus. (Look here: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/)

RRC Career Fair: 29-30 Jan 14

CAREER-FAIR-PSTER_web-696x1024Presented by the RRC Students’ Association, the Career Fair is not to be missed!  This year it is being held at the Notre Dame Campus on 29-30 January from 9am-2pm.

Some helpful tips for the career fair: Bring your resume, ask lots of questions, look presentable and take your time.

Also, you should be aware that there are different employers on each day, so you might want to attend both days.  Just check out the list of employers to map out your plan: http://rrcsa.ca/career-fair-2014/

Library Resources

We have many great resources in our collection, including online videos.

We have many great resources in our collection, including this video series available online!

The Red River College Library maintains many “Job Search” resources in our collection.

A particularly useful group of items may be the videos in the “Complete Job Search System” series.  These are available to current RRC students both on DVD and via streaming video.

Check out the list of titles below.

Complete Job Search System Video Series:

Evaluating different careers
On Demand:  http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111213

Finding a job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111216

Interviewing for a Job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111220

Right Job for your personality
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=110076

Succeeding on the job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111222

Other Online Resources

The Library web site maintains a selection of “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning” resources in a category on our online resources page: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Online-Resources.aspx

Just scroll down to “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning”.

Good Luck!

The RRC Library would like to wish good luck to all of our current and future graduates.  We know that your dream job is just around the corner!

Do you want to get on wireless?

September 24, 2013

Wireless at RRCThe Red River College Library receives plenty of inquiries about the wireless networks here on our campuses.  As usual we try to answer all of our Patron’s questions, though it must be said that we do not control or manage the wireless networks here at RRC.  At the Library we are users, just like you!

In fact, it is the Information Technology Department that manages the wireless networks at the Notre Dame Campus and throughout the Exchange District Campus.   However, though we do not control the system,  the Library can still provide some assistance in this matter.

Lesson #1: If you can’t connect, make sure you are in an area where there is coverage

First of all, users should know where the wireless access points are located. Wireless is fully available throughout the Roblin Centre and the Patterson Global Institute at the Exchange District Campus.  In the Notre Dame Campus full wireless coverage is available in Buildings A, C, D, E, F and Z and certain common areas, such as the Library, the cafeterias (Buffalo, Voyageur, Otto’s, Hard Drive ), the Cave Lounge, and the North and South Gyms.  There is only partial wireless coverage in buildings M, J and B.

Lesson #2: Make sure you use your correct username and password

Windows 8 allows you to store your username and password

Windows 8 allows you to store your username and password

Additionally, Staff and students should connect through the Wireless Network named RRCWireless.  You should take note that this network does not operate like an open wireless, such as the wireless at “Starbucks” or “McDonald’s”. A user needs to enter their credentials to obtain a connection. When challenged, use your normal RRC network username and password to login.  If you are having troubles, please review more detailed instructions on our web page, as connections may sometimes be tricky.

As for devices, iPhones and iPads usually connect very easily.  Just enter your RRC username and password and you are usually connected in seconds.  Other operating systems, such as Android, may require additional settings.  Further, devices such as Kobo may have trouble connecting as they normally do not have the correct WPA2 protocol required for a connection.  Please refer to our webpage for more detailed info and instructions.

Lesson #3: Don’t use RRCGUEST!

Staff and students should connect through the Wireless Network named RRCWireless.  Do not connect to RRCGUEST.

A common problem that occurs is users try to connect to the network named “RRCGUEST”.  This network is for guests to the college and is not meant to be used by students and/or staff.

Connections to “RRCGUEST” require a special username and a password that must be obtained  in advance, by making a CASELOG request to Information Technology Solutions.  The Library does not know any of the usernames and/or passwords and we cannot issue you with one.

Conclusion

Please note, those staff and students that have College-issued laptops and devices, should submit a Caselog if they have troubles connecting to the Wireless network.  However, the RRC IT Department cannot support those that have personal devices.  If you have a personal device and you just can’t seem to get it connected to the RRCWIreless then come to our Helpdesk in the Lower Learning Commons of the Roblin Centre, or to the Help Desk in the Library Computer Lab at the Notre Dame Campus.  Our staff is available from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM and they are great at helping students with these types of problems.

Reference: Library Help and Guides – Red River College Wireless