Jenks Library has a lot of resources. From the over 100,000 books, to the 50,000 online journals, 150+ library databases, and over 140,000 ebooks it can be a little overwhelming at times to know what the Library has and what's useful.
The Resource Spotlight page is intended to showcase key and maybe at times obscure resources available for all students, staff, and faculty to use. It is also the space where you can learn about any current trials of resources.
NEW & TRIAL RESOURCES
Check out the resources we currently have on trial or recently added and tell us what you think! Go to the Library Database page and look for the "New/Trial" column on the right.
A useful strategy for research is to identify an organization method that works for you as you gather your research. Keeping yourself organized as a research will help you better make connections between sources and help further your ideas. One tool you can use to help keep yourself organized is Zotero. Zotero is a reference management software that helps you store, organize, and cite information.
The Zotero tool is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux users. You can choose to download "Zotero for Firefox" which will link with your Firefox browser or download the "Zotero Standalone" option which will allow you to use the web browser of your choice. If you are using the Standalone client, first download Zotero and then add the appropriate browser extension for your prefered web browser.
Are you ready for this year's Social Venture Challenge by CEL? So are we with our database Small Business Resource Center. This is a great resource for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit who needs key information on how to start a business, write a business plan, craft a marketing campaign, launch a product or business, and more. This resource features business and trade journals, handbooks, encyclopedias, podcasts, and over 700 business plan templates.
From restaurants, to online shops, to consulting firms, Small Business Resource Center has the information you need to start your own business.
Top features include:
Topic Finder helps make visual relationships between concepts and terms, and supports basic and more advanced researchers. This tool takes the titles, subjects, and approximately the first 100 words from a subset of your top results and feeds them into an algorithm. Keywords shown in the graphics are those found most often in the text within your search term.
The topic for "Illinois" might bring up expected connections from the text like "Chicago," along with unexpected but commonly related terms like "water," "steel," and the names of people who appear frequently in documents about Illinois.
The challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of history's notables can be educational and inspiring to researchers and Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and a vast array of images. The research tool covers more 400,000 international figures and is continuously updated to ensure that researchers have access to the very latest information on everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Dr. Dre.
For those who are more visual learners, Biography In Context offers images on the homepage that have hot spots that when scrolled-over show additional content and details associated with that image. This is a feature exclusive to this research tool.
Biography In Context allows you to take on your research with the support of the most highly respected sources including millions of full-text articles drawn from hundreds of periodical and newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, Daily Mail (London), and Globe and Mail (Canada).
With Global Issues In Context, users can examine issues as reported through the news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics and more in a single search. Authoritative content is updated daily through more than 660 geographically diverse full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals for a truly global view. This brings essential, balanced information to everyday researchers, as well as to those across academic disciplines.
Some of the content available through the resource includes:
What are you doing this summer? Why not visit so Mass State Parks? Jenks Library has recently acquired two MassParks passes which can be checked out for use by Gordon faculty, staff, and students. Each pass admits one vehicle and covers day use parking fees for over 50 facilities where parking fees are charged. Passes circulate for a three day period.
The MassParks system has 450,000 acres of beaches, forests, parkways, historical sites, and reservoirs. Many of the parks offer special events including nature activities and educational programs for all ages. Some of the parks near Gordon where you can enjoy the pass are:
Search for more Massachusetts state parks by either name or region from the MassParks website. Also available from their site is a recreational activity search engine where you can search for parks that offer your favorite activity. Swimming, hiking, fishing, birdwatching, MassParks has a little something for everyone!
Ever notice when your searching for books in the NOBLE Catalog how many options there are for eBooks? Well there's a reason for that. Jenks Library has a subscription to two ebook collections both offered through EBSCO. Together these collections offer more than 142,000 ebooks available in our catalog. That's a lot of books.
Accessing ebooks hosted by EBSCO is easy. Run your search in NOBLE Catalog. Scan the search results to find books of interest and take special note of the format of the book (print or ebooks). If you choose an ebook option, the link to access the book will be available under the basic information about the book. Links to eBooks available through EBSCO will say "Access for Gordon College via EBSCOhost." Click on that link and the eBook will open in a web browser. You can start reading anywhere in the book by selecting a section in the table of contents. The book will open in the EBSCO eReader and you can skip through the book, browse, search and more!
The EBSCO eReader also has additional tools that can help you cite, save, and take notes while you're reading.
Search NOBLE Catalog today and check out one of our EBSCO eBooks.
Other eBook options that you may encounter while searching are direct links to PDFs from the book's record or links to eBooks from Overdrive.