Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spend Christmas with a Good Book

Curl up with some egg nog and one of these Christmas-themed electronic books from the Cannon Memorial Library.

Just click on the book image to open and enjoy!

Contact us if you have any questions trying to locate other holiday books.

Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Thursday, December 11, 2014

LibGuides to the Rescue

Do you need a starting point with your research?  If so, use a Subject Research LibGuide!

Watch this short video on what Subject Research LibGuides are and how to use them to assist you with your research.

If you have any questions on Subject Research LibGuides, please contact us.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Monday, December 8, 2014

Enjoy safe online shopping
this holiday season

Online shopping! It’s so easy, right?  

Here are a few online shopping tips to help you shop safely online this holiday season.

(Zone Alarm, 2014)

The editors at Zone Alarm's Security Blog posted “Stay Safe This Shopping Season with These Security Tips” on Nov. 19 (graphic right).

Here's a short list of sites with suggestions for safe online shopping:

Then, dive deeper into the subject by reading:

   Scams, Safe Shopping, and Online Banking” (pp. 57-74) in Net Crimes & Misdemeanors:Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are Targeting You Online (Hitchcock, Jayne A. and Loraine Page, Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2002) 


Online Shopping” (pp. 181-192) in our eBook Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World (Jacobson, Douglas and Joseph Idziorek, Hoboken: CRC Press, 2012)   

All of which is simply to say: “Hey, let's be careful out there” (Sergeant Phil Esterhaus, Hill Street Blues TV series, 1981-1987).

--Sandy Hawes, Online Services Librarian

Monday, November 24, 2014

Become a Writing Pro: Use a Writing Instructor

You may already know and love them, but if not, let me shine a light on our fantastic writing instructors within the Cannon Memorial Library.

Meet Angel Jimenez and John David Harding, who are both here to assist you with how to properly write your research papers. 

   John David Harding      Angel Jimenez    
Both writing instructors have extensive writing knowledge. Angel earned his BA and MA degrees in English Literature from the University of South Florida. John David earned his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University.

Do you have a problem with your writing? Don't fret because our writing instructors have a solution!

Students' Main Problems
  • Questions about the assignment
  • Thesis statement
  • Transitions
  • Citations
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
Writing Instructors' Solutions
  • Review the assignment guidelines 
  • Communicate with student on their background knowledge
  • Share and review learning materials
  • Provide rules and give practice exercises

·  Start early for reflection and revision 
·  Use academic sources as models for your writing.
·  Talk about your writing with your peers to help ideas flourish 
·  Write in a natural way. John David states "Many writers feel pressure to sound smart, which can lead to imprecise word choice and awkward phrasing."

·   Sign up at the Circulation Desk
·   Email the writing instructor
·   Call the writing instructor
·   Complete a request form 
·   Walk-in appointment if available

·  Meet in person
·  Communicate through email
·  Talk on the phone
·  Blackboard Collaborate 
·  Skype 

Angel Jimenez
(352) 588-8269

Sunday: 11-8pm
Monday: 9-6pm
Tuesday: 9-6pm
Wednesday: 11-8pm
Thursday: 9-6pm
Friday: OFF
Saturday: OFF
John David Harding
(352) 588-7576

Sunday: OFF
Monday: OFF
Tuesday: 11-8pm
Wednesday: 8-5pm
Thursday: 11-8pm
Friday: 8-5pm
Saturday: 10-7pm

If you feel lost or overwhelmed with your writing, make sure to make an appointment with either John David or Angel. They will help to put you on the right path and improve your writing for future papers to come! 

Also, check out the Writing and Research Support LibGuide and the Writing (Formatting, Templates, and Writing Samples) Help LibGuide for additional writing support.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Monday, November 17, 2014

Attention Business Majors and Business Enthusiasts

The Cannon Memorial Library has many business resources which can assist you with your studies, as well as provide you with business-related entertainment.

Electronic Books
  • Here is a sample at the types of business-related books we offer. If you want to read any of these electronic books, just click on the image to open the book within our library catalog.

Business, Finance, and Marketing Recommended Websites

  • Watch informative videos which will help you locate a great number of business resources.
LexisNexis: Introduction video on how to search for news, business, and legal research.

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage Database: Learn how to search for company information.

SWOT Analysis: How to find a SWOT analysis on EBSCO, ProQuest, and Standar and Poor's NetAdvantage Database.

  • View this libguide for further information and links within the following categories: Online Databases/Articles; Ebooks; Selected Websites; Print Books; and Print Periodicals
Business Subject Guide LibGuide

Please contact us if you need further assistance on how to locate business-related books, information, or resources.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Reliable Websites at Your Fingertips

Did you know that the library compiled an extensive list of reputable websites within a variety of subjects? If not, you should take a look at the Recommended Websites page.

Save yourself the time of endlessly searching the web for something that may not even be reliable and use the recommended websites that faculty and librarians found for you.

If you have any questions regarding finding reliable websites for any of your courses, contact the reference desk.

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Phrase Searching for Precision

When searching online, do you find yourself locating way too many unrelated articles and feel overwhelmed by the number of results? If so, you may need to narrow your results with the use of phrase searching.  

Phrase Searching:
  • Put quotation marks around phrases
  • Keeps phrase together within search results
  • Retrieves articles with phrase rather than individual words = precise results
You can use phrase searching with any type of phrase:
  • Titles: "The Wizard of Oz" 
  • Commonly used phrases: "close but no cigar" 
  • Topics: "global warming"
Phrase Search 1
  • No quotation marks around working mothers
  • Retrieved 118,942 articles
  • Many of the articles have nothing to do with the topic even if they contain the words - working and mothers

Phrase Search 2
  • Quotation marks around working mothers
  • Retrieved 2,873 articles
  • Only found articles that contain the words working mothers together and in that order

For your next research paper, remember to use phrase searching to narrow your search results for retrieval precision. If you have any questions on phrase searching, contact the reference desk

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian