SCF Databases

Ok, it’s been way too long since I made a new post, but my brain has been in “school’s almost out” mode. Today, I’m going to briefly overview the SCF databases.

The SCF databases are basically online libraries filled with information from articles, journals, books and much more. They really come in handy when you are doing research papers or speeches. All the sources on the databases are legitimate and you can find tons of useful information. The best thing about them is that they are completely free to use for SCF students.

To use the databases, you must first go to the SCF

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main page. Then, you click on library. Once you are on the library page, you can click on one of two things “Databases A-Z” or “Databases by Subject.” I tend to prefer the alphabetical style, but whatever floats your boat. Once you click on either one of those links, you will be asked to log in. Your username is going to be your G00 number, and your password will be the last four digits of your G00 number. After being logged in, you will be able to see the wonderful array of databases at you disposal. You can explore them and see which one you find most useful. The ones I tend to favor are Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) and Virtual Reference Library (Gale). I also like using CQ Researche Plus Archive if I’m looking for more specific articles.

After picking a database, you can type your topic and/or any keywords into the search engine and a list of different articles and texts will appear. Some articles are not full text, and they only have a summarized version on the databases. Most databases give you the choice of looking at only full text articles.

I personally love using the SCF databases for research projects. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth looking into. They’re very convenient and there’s SO much information on them. Anyway, I’m off! Hope you all are having a nice day :).

Buying Your Books

It’s almost the end of the spring semester, which also means it is almost the beginning of the first summer semester. New semester=New Books. Textbooks can be expensive, so here’s a few tips to help you save money on them.

1. Check with your teacher to make sure he/she uses the book
Some teachers do not use the textbook, and buying the book would be a waste of money. Shoot an e-mail their way and ask if and how often they use the book.

2. Try finding used books at specialized stores
The value of a used book is much less than that of a new one. There are stores that buy and sell used textbooks, so check those out (there’s one right by the SCF Bradenton campus).

3. Look at the announcement boards around campus
A lot of people sell the textbooks they no longer need and advertise on the bulletin boards around campus. People usually sell their books for a much cheaper price than the bookstores, so this is a great option.

4. The SCF wellness program
I’m not a part of this, but from what I’ve heard, this is an awesome program. You get wellness points by attending events on campus, such as yoga. Some events are free, while others have an affordable attendance fee. Wellness points add up and you can use them to buy textbooks at the SCF bookstore. How neat is that?!

5. My Secret Weapon
Slugbooks. It’s a website that compares the cost of textbooks among different websites and lists the best price. A lot of the time, you can even get new books for cheap. They compare the prices on e-books, as well as on textbook rentals. Unless you’re weary of online shopping, definitely check this out.

Those are my tips for saving money on books! I hope you all are having a great day :).

Enroll for Summer

Hi everyone!

Today’s post will be a quick one. I wanted to remind you all that yesterday course registration for summer opened. If you haven’t picked out your courses yet, get on the ball and get it done! If you don’t do it soon, you may not end up taking the classes you want or getting a schedule that works well for you.

If you haven’t ever taken summer courses and are nervous that it’ll be too much work, don’t be. It’s just like taking a regular course, just over a shorter period of time. I’d recommend taking at least two courses and no more than four courses over the summer. The reason why I say no more than four courses is that you don’t want to overload yourself with homework, since you will have to get it done in a shorter period of time. ¬†Luckily, most teachers understand the time constraint, and they plan their curriculum accordingly. I took two courses last summer, and the workload was not hard to manage at all.

Taking courses over the summer is a great way to be productive and get ahead of the game.¬† You should definitely consider it as an option if you haven’t already.