Zotero Research Assistant

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Chances are you have at least one research assignment to do this semester. Have you ever wished there was a tool to help keep all your research together? Well, there is, and it’s called Zotero. Not only will Zotero save all your sources together in one place, but it can also connect to Microsoft Word and Google Docs to create citations and bibliographies for you. Best of all, it’s free and easy to use! For more information and instructions on how to use it, you can go to our Zotero Research Guide.

https://www.zotero.org/

What To Read — After Class

Do you ever find yourself looking for something good to read that is not related to your studies, but just for fun? Check out the After Class collection in the library. The After Class collection is located on the main level, in the lounge area at the front of the library. Here you’ll find a mixture of current fiction and non-fiction books, many of them bestsellers. It’s a great place to browse when you’re just looking for something entertaining to read. Relax with your book in the library, or check it out with your MVCC ID card. A few titles from the current collection are shown above. To find out more about these titles, or to see all the books in the collection click here.

Examining the War in Ukraine at 6 months (event video)

Faculty members will examine the current status and global implications of the War in Ukraine. This talk features faculty members: Josh Fulton (History), Jim McIntyre (History), Jason King (Geography), and Kevin Navratil (Political Science & Democracy Commitment). This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

RESOLVED — EBSCO Database Access Issues

The issue has been resolved. Access has been restored to EBSCO databases. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

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The library has received reports that students are unable to access EBSCO databases off-campus. The library is aware of this issue and actively investigating. In the interim, these databases can be accessed on-campus. When there is an update or resolution to this issue, this post will be updated. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

Looking 13 Billion Years into the Past is Just the Beginning

On July 12th 2022, NASA released the first five images taken by the powerful James Webb Space Telescope.

A photo of the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA. A frontal view of the large, gold, hexagonal mirrors held aloft in a large room. Underneath the mirrors stand a crew of NASA workers in white protective suits. Some workers are viewing the telescope, others are holding cables and instruments.
The James Webb Space Telescope in 2017. Image credit: NASA/Desiree Stover (https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/james-webb-space-telescope-mirror-seen-in-full-bloom)

After 17 years of construction and testing, Webb was launched into orbit in 2021 as a successor to the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. Built to create high-resolution images by detecting infrared light, scientists expect that Webb will be able to look farther and deeper into space than we’ve ever seen before.

Looking Into the Deep Past

Telescopes allow us to look into the past, rather than see objects as they are now. The further an object is from the telescope, the longer it takes light emitted from the object to reach us. It takes about 8 minutes for light to travel to Earth from the Sun, so on sunny days, you’re seeing the sun 8 minutes in the past.

Now imagine you’re looking at an object one billion light years away. Light from that object has been traveling towards us for one billion years! So when we look at that object in the telescope we’re seeing what it looked like when that light first left the object a billion years ago.

One of first images Webb has taken is a deep field image. This image looks towards a very small, distant part of the cosmos and took 12.5 hours for the telescope to capture. Webb is able to look so far, we can view some of these galaxies as they were about a billion years after the big bang! The farthest galaxy appears to be 13.1 billion years old. Some of the galaxies in the image appear stretched or distorted. Those galaxies are much further away from us and the light they emit is distorted by the immense gravitational pull of galaxies in the foreground.

Thousands of small galaxies appear across this view. Their colors vary. Some are shades of orange, while others are white. Most appear as fuzzy ovals, but a few have distinct spiral arms. In front of the galaxies are several foreground stars. Most appear blue, and the bright stars have diffraction spikes, forming an eight-pointed star shape. There are also many thin, long, orange arcs that curve around the center of the image. For more details, download the Text Description.
Webb’s First Deep Field. Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI. (https://webbtelescope.org/contents/media/images/2022/035/01G7DCWB7137MYJ05CSH1Q5Z1Z)

What’s Next for Webb?

Webb will continue to look deep into the history of our universe, looking for some of the earliest star formation, but will also look at places closer to home, like the outer planets and other structures in our solar system. We may even learn more about exoplanets, planets in other solar systems!

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Hiking & Local Nature

Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) is located near beautiful forest preserves. Throughout the year, students see the seasons change through the colors of local flora, the sounds of migrating birds, and the occasional encounters with local wildlife. It is magical.

The following resources vary from beginners to must-read books. They are intended to help students and visitors experience nature near the campus and throughout Illinois. Along with the nearby forest preserves, MVCC’s campus has a vibrant Nature Study Area and Observatory, a 40-acre reconstructed tall grass prairie which is home to coyotes, great blue herons, colorful mallards, schools of bass and bluegill, hundreds of plants, and grasses. Visit the Nature Study Area and all the Forest Preserves of Cook County around the campus and Illinois!

 Click on the image below to visit our virtual display! Want to learn more about nature in Illinois? Revisit our Explore Wild Illinois virtual display!

LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels

June is Pride Month and we celebrate it with the diverse stories found in the following beautifully illustrated graphic novels. From relationships to self discovery to overcoming life’s challenges, we hope you discover a story that connects with you! Click on the image to explore our LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels virtual display!

AAPI Heritage Month Isn’t Over!

May is AAPI Heritage Month, celebrating the cultural and historic contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US. This curated list highlights just a few of the thousands of books and ebooks available that are authored by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that can be found physically in the MVCC Library or digitally through one of our databases. Check out the list by clicking on the image below!

AAPI Heritage Month

Finals Week in the Library

Student asking librarian for help

With finals starting tomorrow, I wanted to wish you all good luck and remind you that the library is here to help.

Do you need a quiet place to study? The library is the perfect place for that. We have many different spaces to study in including a small silent study area on the first floor of the library (which is pretty quiet to begin with). If you prefer to study with a group, you can book one of our study rooms for up to 4 people. You can also book a virtual study room.

Do you need to review your textbook? We have many of the books used on campus; search the library textbook collection to see if we have what you need. Most check out for 3 hours.

Do you need help researching for your final paper? You can ask for help at the library information desk, or you can call, email, text, or chat with us on the Ask a Librarian page. Do you need help citing sources? The librarians can help you with that too, or you can use our citing sources guide.

Do you need to print a paper? The library has black and white printers (10-15 cents a page) and a color printer (50 cents a page). We also have a scanner if you need it.

Do you need to know when your finals are? You can check the final exam schedule.

When in doubt, Ask a Librarian!

Washington Post’s Capitol Coverage Wins Pulitzer

From the Guardian (Washington Post wins public service Pulitzer for Capitol attack coverage)
“The Washington Post has won the 2022 Pulitzer prize for public service journalism, for The Attack, its account of the deadly assault on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on 6 January 2021…”read more

This reporting involved 75 journalists including 25 reporters who were on the scene. You can watch some of the Post’s video coverage here:

Here is the reaction by the WP reporters when the Pulitzer’s were announced.

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