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 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 :).

Getting what you pay for

Have you ever purchased that expensive ticket to a brand new movie that you’ve been dying to see, only to have it ruined by another patron sitting in front–or even behind– of you, talking loudly, or texting the entire time? It makes me feel like I threw away money, because honestly I was so busy thinking about how rude they were, it took away from my enjoyment of the show.

Well, I have been experiencing this in a couple classes lately too. I feel like we are in class to learn, not text or facebook, but apparently others don’t agree. I may be ranting so to speak, but I feel that it’s just rude to text in class.

Not only does it show a very large amount of disrespect to the professor, but when you are texting your bestie, you aren’t paying attention to what’s going on in the class. (Or even on the road!!) I can understand an emergency, that’s totally fine. But non-stop for an hour? Not only are you, the student who is paying to be there, not paying attention, but you are distracting others who are trying to.

My reason for this rant, is because I cannot think of a nice way to ask students who feel compelled to do everything in the classroom except learn, to stop or at least relocate to another area to limit from distracting others. Obviously the professor doesn’t want to waste time addressing the issue, so how can the students who are bothered by this say something in a polite manner? I feel like since I am paying for the class, I should have the right to learning, not have a student sitting in the desk in front of me browse their facebook the entire time. It just seems to me to be a Lose-Lose-Lose scenario, yet it happens every day.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Am I the only student who feels the urge to ask the texters to cease doing so during class? If enough of us have similar views, I’m sure there’s something we can do to get it worked out. studentblog@scf.edu.

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.