- MasterFILE Premier Covers most every topic, a great starting place for your research
- Academic Search Complete Scholarly and peer reviewed, comprehensive and full-text
- CQ Researcher In depth reports on social issues
- Factiva The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and much more
- Issues and Controversies Investigations of today’s top issues
- Learning Express Practice Tests Math, Reading, Job, Career preparation and more
- Opposing Viewpoints Pros and Cons of many social issues
- eBook Collections Links to electronic book collections
- EBSCOhost Databases A link to our list of databases from EBSCOhost
- WorldCat FirstSearch (VIVA) Search books, films, journal and newspaper articles for up to date bibliographic information, including where in the world they’re housed
- MORE DATABASES An alphabetical list of all RCC databases
Here you will find tools to help you utilize the great resources located at your library.
- Faculty Request for Information Literacy Session
- iSmart Assignment – Introduction to Research
- iSmart Assignment Answer Sheet – Introduction to Research
CONNECT for Success: The goal of CONNECT For Success is to introduce students to the services and collections in their college library and to teach students basic information-seeking skills. An information literacy tool adapted by VCCS librarians for students in Virginia Community Colleges. Based on Go For the Gold by JMU’s Carrier Library.
Assignment Alert (Have an assignment coming up that we should know about? Send it to the librarian.)
- Teaching and Assessment Resources
- Faculty Course Reserves Request Form
- Complete List of Reserve Shelf Material
- Faculty Book Request Form
- Faculty Reserve FAQs
- RCC Library Collection Development Policy
Faculty Reserve FAQs
What are reserve materials?
Materials faculty have identified as required or supplemental in support of the course work.
What kinds of materials can I place on the faculty course reserves shelf in the library?
Materials such as textbooks, articles, DVDs, and even test tubes may be placed on the faculty course reserves shelf.
Where is the faculty course reserves shelf located?
Behind the academic service desk at both libraries.
How long can reserve items be checked out ?
Faculty may request the loan period be overnight, two hour, three day, one week, or semester long.
Do items automatically remain on the reserve shelf each semester?
No. When you place an item on reserve, you will indicate the length of time the item should remain on the reserve shelf. The library staff will automatically remove an item from the shelf unless you choose to renew the time period. If the materials belong to you personally, they will be returned. If the library has purchased them, they may be added to the regular circulating collection.
How do I place an item on reserve?
Go to the Library’s Faculty Resources page and fill out the Faculty Reserves Request Form. Print the form out and bring it with you when you submit the item to the library. Please submit items 2 weeks before you need them on your reserve shelf.
Is there a complete list of all items currently on reserve?
Yes! Check out the Library’s Faculty Resources page and click on the Complete List of Reserve Items.
If you have any ideas/suggestions on how to make this process better, please share with us.
Teaching and Assessment Resources
Look for these call numbers in the stacks:
- L: General Education
- LA: Education History
- LB: Education, Theory and Practice
- LC: Aspects of Education
- LD: Institutions of Education, U.S.
Keywords: education, education type, education requirements, education licensure requirements, education program name, education testing, education testing prep guides, assessment.
Student Outcomes Assessment Reserve Shelf: Click here for a complete list of items on reserve.
Journal Articles and Electronic Journals:
For a complete collection of electronic journals, click here, and search by title for your education or assessment journal.
- Chronicle of Higher Education (RCC) Prominent Higher Education resource
- Education Research Complete (VIVA) All things to do with the field of education.
- ERIC (VIVA) Education Resources
- Learning Express (RCC) Gain knowledge in a variety of areas while taking skills assessments along the way! Designed for everyone including GED students, those seeking naturalization, and college students seeking job skills. Set up an account one time on campus then access anywhere.
Research Guide Template
Scope: To find books, articles, images, and other resources pertinent in research on the topic of Biology
Citing Sources: Owl & Purdue
Browse RCC shelves in these areas:
QH: Biology (General)
QM: Human Anatomy
Keywords: biology, type of biology, biological terms, name of biologist
Books and Encyclopedias
- Environment Complete (Ebscohost, VIVA, Full Text) Search for articles about environmental science.
- Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (VIVA) Search for abstracts about environmental sciences as collected by Cambridge University.
- Greenfile (VIVA) covers all aspects of human impact on the environment.
- Today’s Science (VCCS) Facts on File database designed specifically for students and classroom work.
- Science Magazine AAS (VIVA) Provides News, access to Science Journals, Blogs & Communities, as well as multimedia.
- Science Resource Center Gale Group (VCCS, Full Text) All things Science
Biomedia Galleries: Photo galleries of pond-water microorganisms, and photos of classic organisms in biology.
Glossary of Genetic Terms: an easy to navigate glossary of genetic terms. Audio explanations available.
DNA Interactive: A comprehensive source for learnings all things about DNA, and the happenings in the field of genetics.
Biology Online: Select the “subject” button to search a comprehensive list of categories within the field of biology. Find articles, graphs and images to help you grasp vital information, even discuss biology in a forum, or simply utilize the dictionary.
Virtual Cell Tour: all you need to read and see to learn the anatomy and physiology of a cell.
The Virtual Library of Virginia is a consortium and a collaboration between colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It provides access to a large array of academic research tools for students at colleges throughout Virginia.
Learning Resources encompasses the libraries, success labs (located within the libraries), and the tutoring and collaborative learning lab at the Warsaw Campus. Warsaw Library is also the public library for Richmond County.
Mission Statement – The mission of Learning Resources is to support the mission of the College by:
- enhancing the teaching/learning process by promoting the development of critical thinking skills and lifelong information literacy.
- serving as an access point in the provision of student support services.
- providing quality customer service and information resources to members of the college and community.
The Success Labs provide students with access to computers and software applications in support of college coursework. Printing is available through the WEPA kiosks. Set up an account and print wirelessly, black & white (10 cents a page), color (50 cents a page). Scanning applications are also available.
- Many Software applications are available in the success labs to support college course work to include Microsoft Office Applications
Current registered students can also check out laptop computers, notebooks and TI graphing calculators to be used on campus premises only. Students must present a current Photo ID. Ask a library staff member for assistance.
WEPA: Printing at RCC
Rappahannock Community College utilizes a campus print system called WEPA (pronounced “Wee-Pah”) , Wireless Everywhere Print Anywhere. WEPA offers the ability to load/send documents from any location (i.e. personal computers, labs, libraries) and print documents at any WEPA Printing Kiosk on campus. Users can also print documents directly from their USB at any WEPA station. The WEPA kiosks can be found in the campus libraries, success lab and student lounges.
Following are options to print to a Kiosk
If you are a current RCC student, you already have an account. You can login with your myRCC email address (not just the username) and password at the WEPA website. You will need to add funds to your account with a debit or credit card.
- Note *A WEPA account is not required if using a USB drive to print directly from a WEPA kiosk.
How to Print to a WEPA Kiosk
Printing from an RCC success lab computer
RCC success lab computers have WEPA print drivers installed, which allows you to select WEPA as the printer. In the success labs, click the Print button in your application, select the WEPA printer (WEPA B/W or WEPA Color), enter your WEPA username and password. Then go to a WEPA kiosk to pick up and pay.
Printing using a USB drive at a WEPA kiosk
Insert a USB drive containing your files into the WEPA print kiosk and follow the on-screen instructions.
Printing from your personal computer
Download the WEPA print drivers from the WEPA website. Then, click the Print button in your application, select the WEPA printer (WEPA B/W or WEPA Color), and go to a WEPA kiosk to pick up and pay. All WEPA printing on your computer goes to your WEPA account – keep this in mind if a friend uses your computer.
Printing from anywhere else
Lets say you’re using a friend’s computer that is set to use his/her WEPA account, or a public computer that isn’t set up for WEPA printing. You can still print by uploading documents into your online WEPA account. This option works with a limited number of file types including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF. File size cannot exceed 20 MB.
- If you prefer, a WEPA pay for print card can be purchased from the business offices or in the libraries in $2 or $5 denominations. A charge of 30 cents will be added for the cost of the card.
- Black and white print jobs will be 10 cents per page and color print jobs will be 50 cents per page.