Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Media Research Guides

Are you taking art or English; education or Spanish? If you are, then this blog’s for you. There are some new Research Guides in the library. The typical Guide is something you’re introduced to in library instruction. It fast tracks your research. These Guides are different. No databases or e-books. Instead, they introduce you to the library’s DVDs and young adult novels and children’s books and puppets (yes, puppets!). On the library’s home page, simple clicks of the mouse on the Research Guides’ “Subject” tab and then on the subject “Media Collection” get you to your destination.

So, if you’re taking English 102, the Literature DVDs Guide’s pages highlight the biographies of authors, as well as the novels, plays, poetry and short stories on DVD that are available for checkout. You’ll find everything from Oedipus the King to Hamlet to Death of a Salesman. And that’s just the drama! All DVDs are especially valuable to visual learners.

And speaking of visual learners…. With the Art DVDs Guide you’ll learn about artists , mediums, movements, periods and techniques. You’ll view the art of Dali and Lichtenstein, as well as the crafts of tattooing and quilting. The Guide also includes titles on long term loan from the National Gallery of Art, like The Art of Romare Bearden.

Are you taking Spanish? Do you need some extra credit? A source just might be found in one of the largest collections of Latin American and Spanish cinema in the Southeast. Watch Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in their first movie together, Jamon, Jamon. Discover the films of Luis Bunuel, one of the most celebrated avant-garde directors of the twentieth century. Find these and hundreds of more DVDs and videotapes ready of extra credit viewing listed in the Spanish Language DVDs Guide.

If you’re an educator in the making, not one, not two, but three guides are for you. The Education DVDs Guide offers “hot topics” titles about bullying and literacy stations and corridors of shame, as well as additional pages featuring Movies about Teachers for EDUC 111 students; Diversity for EDUC 215 students, and Movies about People with Disabilities for EDLD 370 students. Are you looking for a good book (for an eight-year-old, that is)? The Juvenile Book Lists Guide includes everything that’s sure to please from fairy tales to chapter books. Oh, and if you’re in the market for a puppet to help you tell the tale, check out the Puppets page in the Resources for Education Majors Guide. When it’s time for a practicum or internship, select your teacher’s edition of a K-12 textbook from our Horry County’s Adopted Textbooks Guide.

So,…classes are done for the day and you’re in the mood for a good read that’s not from a textbook. Check out the library’s award-winning young adult titles listed by subject in the YA & Children’s Lit Book Lists Guide. Curl up with a book by Laurie Halse Anderson or Neil Gaiman or Jon Krakauer or Stephenie Meyer.

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