Databases help students with learning, research

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By Emily Rodriguez 

Using resources and databases that the library in Moody Learning Center offers can help students boost grades, save money and form good study habits.

Librarians are available to help students with research.

“There are usually two librarians to help students with their research projects,” Librarian Stephen Dingman said.

“A lot of times students find OK stuff, but with a quick consultation with a friendly librarian, they can find just what they need.”

The library has 131 databases and indexes, over 24,000 periodicals and newspapers and hundreds of guides for student use.

There are approximately 29,000 e-books available for access.

“We are negotiating with a vendor to purchase thousands of new electronic books, but that probably won’t happen until the summer. That will be thousands of up-to-date books,” Dingman said.

Students also can log into databases off-campus by using their ACES username and Banner ID.

Not all databases are accessible to all students; some may only be accessed by students of a particular college.

“Some of these are universal, like Academic Search Complete can be accessed by everyone,” Dingman said.

“But the nursing databases, you have to be a student at St. Philip’s or SAC because we pay by the number of full-time students. So a student at Northwest Vista wouldn’t be able to access it.”

Dingman said students and members of the community can go to a campus that subscribes to a particular database to access it.

Students have an option to use a TexShare card, which grants access to libraries at the other colleges and universities around the state.

TexShare cards are available from librarians if requested.

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