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Friday, April 20, 2018

ACC Library Uses New Technology for Old Sources

ACC Library Uses New Technology for Old Sources

The Alvin Community College Library is implementing new technology to connect students with old sources.

ACC is now providing access to an electronic text collection that includes a variety of original sources going back as far as the 1600s. The primary sources are available through the Texshare/EBSCO database.

The database is one of many new original sources recently added at the ACC Library.

“The periodical content itself can serve as a primary source document in studying culture, an individual, or topics such as literature, journalism, publishing or advertising,” Head Librarian Rebecca McClain said.

The database includes works from fifty different subjects in the 17-19th Centuries.

Another e-book academic database includes more than 170,000 volumes of multidisciplinary titles on a broad range of subject matters including: Art, Business and economics, Education, Language Arts and discipline, Literary Criticism, Medical, Performing Arts, Poetry, Political science, Religion, Social science, Philosophy, Technology and more.

The publishers of the material include  Elsevier Ltd., Taylor & Francis Ltd., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Sage Publications, Ltd., Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press and more.

The new database is an invaluable tool for students who are seeking out primary sources for research projects, McClain said.

“With these tools, students can gain access to material from all over the world,” she said. “Adding these new databases will help them build new perspectives and developing their research.”

The database access is free of charge and available to ACC students, faculty and staff.

For more information, please e-mail rmcclain@alvincollege.edu or rbell@alvincollege.edu. Also call 281-756-3559.

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