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  • The Reference Shelf update

    If you’re looking for extensive, unbiased coverage of social issues and topics in the news, check out the Reference Shelf series. You’ll find print copies on our shelves and most are also online at Salem Online. The latest three titles are:


    Get the facts and have an informed opinion!

    October 28, 2020 • Collection Updates • Views: 1376

  • DB Tuesday: Gale Health & Wellness

    Welcome to our new weekly series, Database Tuesday! We’ll take a test-drive through a different database each week. This week we’re exploring Gale’s “Health and Wellness” database, a very timely resource!

    Browse subjects easily (including coronavirus resources) or search for specific resources. You’ll find videos, news articles, academic journal articles, reference resources, and more! Content covers everything from specific diseases to testing to treatments and surgeries, and runs from 1984 to the present.  

    Here’s just a sample of the topics you can research: 

    • Aging 
    • Medical marijuana 
    • Coronavirus
    • Food allergies 
    • Cancer 
    • Hypertension 
    • Tai chi 

    Tips for searching: 

    • Start typing a keyword in the basic search box to get suggestions on existing topic pages and subject headings. 
    • Use advanced search to combine search terms. For example, if you wanted to see research on the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating back pain, you could search each keyword in advanced search, using the “AND” combiner.  
    • Click on ‘Browse Topics’ to scroll through available topic pages. 

    Here’s what it looks like in action, running a basic journal article search:

    Let us know how this database works for you! Email library@dctc.edu with feedback and questions.  

    October 27, 2020 • DB Tuesday • Views: 622

  • Cybersecurity Awareness

    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Help spread cybersecurity awareness and encourage everyone to own their role in protecting Internet-connected devices.

    What can you do to help?

    • Keep software up to date
    • Consider what personal information you share online
    • Use multi-factor authentication when offered
    • Set long, different passwords with multiple types of characters for each account
    • Use a password manager to help you remember complicated passwords
    • Avoid using free, unsecured wi-fi, especially for sensitive activities like banking
    • Always assume someone has seen your posts, even if you delete them (act like there is no delete button)

    Want to know more? The Library has a great book titled “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar“, both in print and online. Check it out today! We also have numerous online resources to research cybersecurity; search the catalog here. You can also visit cisa.gov/ncsam for more information.

    October 19, 2020 • Topical • Views: 799