Research More with JSTOR

Research More with JSTOR

ACU students and faculty now have access to over 1.7 million articles from top journals through two new JSTOR collections. The ACU Library recently added JSTOR’s Arts & Sciences I and Arts & Sciences II collections, providing full-text access to older issues of journals in various subjects. These complement our other journals and databases to support research at ACU. JSTOR picks up where our EBSCO databases leave off. For example, EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier offers the full text of the Journal of Biblical Literature from 1973 to the current issue; and JSTOR offers the full text of that journal from 1890 to three years ago. Also, sometimes JSTOR provides full-text access to journals that are merely searchable as citations in EBSCO databases. So it’s best to search JSTOR along with our other databases. JSTOR has tutorials for its search tools and resources. But ACU’s Head Librarian, Rob Oliverio, is happy to help with research, too. Find his contact information...
The Cycle of Test Preparation: A Better Way to Better Grades

The Cycle of Test Preparation: A Better Way to Better Grades

Have you ever studied really hard for a test, only to find that you still didn’t do well on it? There’s a better a way to prepare for tests: the cycle of test preparation. Tests show what you don’t know yet; and the five-step cycle of test preparation takes advantage of that fact. Keep reading to find out how. First, “plan to study.”1 Set aside some time each day to study for an upcoming test. Start studying as soon as possible. Do not wait until the day before the test. Second, “identify weak areas.”2 Think about what you don’t know very well yet. Make a note of what you need to study. Third, “do focused study.”3 Concentrate on studying those weak areas. Keep reviewing. Fourth, “check for knowledge gaps.”4 Create your own test and take it. Make questions from lecture notes, past assignments and quizzes, and your textbook. Include review questions from your textbook; or turn chapter headings and learning objectives into questions for your test. By taking your own test and grading it, you will find out what you don’t know yet — before your professor finds out what you don’t know through the real test! Fifth, “fill knowledge gaps.”5 Study what you got wrong on your own test. Repeat the cycle of test preparation if you can. By following it, you will be ready for the real test; and you may even find questions like yours on it. For more study tips, see the resources on the “How to Study Effectively” Pathfinder and “like” the Arizona Christian University Library on Facebook.         1. Kyoko Olson and Rob Oliverio, “Test-Taking Strategies” (PowerPoint...
Final Tips for Finals Week

Final Tips for Finals Week

Finals week is in sight! These last-minute tips can help you successfully finish your classes. First, remember that the ACU Library is open until midnight most days until Wednesday, December 9. (Detailed hours and exceptions can be found here.) Stay up late with us as you do research, write papers, and finish final projects! We have eye-opening, practical resources on how to write in college and how to avoid plagiarism that can help you improve your writing and citing of sources. Second, break up your large projects and papers into smaller, more doable “chunks” and tasks. Set goals to accomplish these by specific times between now and the assignments’ due dates. Doing so can help you avoid procrastination and stress. Third, consider having a writing tutor give you feedback on your papers. But don’t wait too long to see a writing tutor! Give yourself enough time to revise your paper. Cody Schuler is available for drop-in tutoring at the ACU Library on Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information on tutoring services at ACU, contact Brenda Spear ([email protected]) or visit the Academic Center. Fourth, test your knowledge before you take your final exams. Create a pre-test of questions likely to be on the actual final exam. Take your pre-test; grade it; and see what you don’t know yet. Then go back and study especially what you got wrong. For more study tips, take a look at the resources on the “How to Study Effectively” Pathfinder. Fifth, keep yourself healthy! Eat well. Drink plenty of water. Sleep 7-8 hours each night (especially before an...
ACU Library: Making Research Easier

ACU Library: Making Research Easier

Research has never been easier through the ACU Library. With redesigned spaces and new databases, the Library now provides an even greater variety of physical and online places for students, faculty, and staff to find and share information. Visit the physical Library for open, comfortable study areas great for group projects or individual work. Natural light, soft chairs, and better access to power outlets — these and other features make the Library a top choice in where to study and do research on campus. Visit the Library’s website for more high-quality, academic resources than ever before. New databases make online research easier and more fruitful with more full text so that anyone can do research anytime, even if the Library is closed. These databases include Academic Search Premier, a large, leading database great for finding journal articles on almost any subject; Business Source Premier, a database of journal articles on Business, company information, market research reports, and more; eBook Academic Collection, perhaps the best place to go for up-to-date, book-length resources, as it has over 135,000 eBooks from academic publishers on almost any subject; ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), a gigantic EBSCO database of Education resources now enhanced with links to full-text articles from Academic Search Premier and other databases provided by ACU; JSTOR: Religion & Theology Collection, a full-text database of over 80 leading scholarly journals covering biblical studies, theology, church history, religious studies, Judaic studies, Islamic studies, philosophy of religion, and more; and Regional Business News, which provides full-text access to over 100 business news publications. Off-campus access to these databases is possible through an institutional username and a password; contact...
How to Get a Job and Start a Career

How to Get a Job and Start a Career

Unmodified image courtesy of www.flazingo.com per these terms: www.flazingo.com/creativecommons The ACU Library has just what you need to get a job and start a career. Click here to see our newest Pathfinder — a research guide bringing together some of the best resources on career development, job hunting, networking, personal branding, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and business relations. Self-discovery is key to choosing a career that you will love. Check out the book What Color Is Your Parachute? or CareerOneStop to take an interest assessment to find careers that match what you like to do. Then start researching those careers in the Occupational Outlook Handbook or O*NET OnLine to learn about the work those careers involve, the path to get into them, average salaries, and job prospects. After choosing a career, start developing your skills and gaining experience to make yourself a better candidate for jobs. Choose a major that can get you there. Do paid or volunteer work (especially an internship) that relates to your favored career. Build your resume. Next, search for jobs or get your resume on job-hunting websites like CollegeGrad, CareerBuilder, Monster, and Jobing.com or find a job through your professional network (like LinkedIn or even people you know). Be sure to customize your resume to address each job you for which you apply; and write a cover letter that highlights important parts of your resume and demonstrates why you’re the best person for the job. Finally, improve your interviewing skills by reading further in What Color Is Your Parachute? or some of the eBooks and websites listed in the new Pathfinder; and do mock interviews at a career fair or a career...
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