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Special Ed Connection: Special education resources

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Special Ed Connection provides practitioners and researchers access to a vast array of legal, regulatory, administrative and advisory resources all centered on special education issues. Included are statutes, regulations, administrative decisions, court cases, state-specific pages, advisory tips and more. Clustered by topics and subtopics and intricately intertwined, the materials in Special Ed Connection are both browseable and searchable.

The home page contains links to the latest and most important general news and developments. Six additional topic pages do the same for specific areas of interest: Section 504, Early Childhood, Behavior & Discipline, Technology, Specific Disabilities, and Legal Research Center. The Stats/Regs link below the topic headings leads to the fundamental statutes and implementing regulations pertaining to special education.

Special features within Special Ed Connection include SmartStarts and Special Ed Roundups. SmartStarts are analyses of difficult situations involving Section 504. They include an overview of the issue and links to pertinent cases, policy letters, statutes, and so on. Special Ed Roundups provide the latest practical guidance on a number of broad topics of special interest to the busy practitioner.

The search options provide many point-and-click limiters which change based upon the category to be searched. The most complex limiting is in Interactive Search. Here the researcher can enter a search string and then select to a very granular degree where the results should come from, e.g., Federal Policy & Guidance | OCR Policy Memoranda. But more importantly, the researcher can change that selection on the fly enabling a very quick sorting by source.

Special Ed Connection is of great benefit to anyone with an interest in the legal and policy aspects of special education.

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By: Marilyn Scott, education research librarian 
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Fiction Connection: Fiction and select nonfiction resource

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Fiction Connection allows users to bring out their inner bookworm.

Fiction Connection allows users to search through works of fiction and select nonfiction books all around the United States. Discover books like Andree Cuenod’s “Awakening” and Nicholas Irving’s “The Reaper.”

Browse through some of the thousands of books that the database has to offer. Users can search through popular tags based on various topics, genres, characters, settings, time frames and locations. There are tags on mothers and daughters, satire and New Orleans. Use the popular tags to get introduced to new works that may not have been found otherwise.

Within a particular book result, there are overviews, publisher information and similar titles. Users can use the database to find the lowest price for a particular book that they are looking for.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Coloribus: Advertising archive from 1969 to today

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Coloribus Advertising Archive is the largest global archive of commercial advertising around. It contains over 2 million historic advertisements and continuously adds more than 1,000 in addition each day. Coloribus allows users to go through advertisements all around the world to reference.

Browse through advertisements released by companies ranging from Ikea to Adidas. You will find all media and advertising modes, from bill boards, print ads, TV, radio, cinema, public promotion, to viral social media and online. When matched with a specific ad, users are able to download high resolution media files with an unlimited number of views and downloads. Find and search the full credits and description for the advertisement.

It allows users to learn advertising brands and styles without having to sort through hundreds of thousands of ads. With one click, anyone can find a particular ad in just seconds. There are advertisements dating back to 1969.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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USA Counties: County data and statistics

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USA Counties allows users to collect information pertaining to a particular county in the United States from a variety of sources.

With more than 6,600 data items, researchers are given a vast amount of information about various topics. Find data on resident total population or school enrollment just by clicking on a particular state in the United States.

Use the database to select tables, such as age, manufacturers and retail trade. Users can discover personal income, civilian labor force and private housing units authorized by building permits by using USA Counties.

The information provided contains data from the U.S. Census Bureau and  other federal agencies, which include, but are not limited to the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Counseling and Therapy in Video: Therapeutic methods

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Learn the role therapy plays in people’s lives with Counseling and Therapy in Video.

Counseling and Therapy in Video provides users with more than 700 hours of video about the challenges and steps associated with working with various clients. Search through various titles, therapeutic approaches and therapists to figure out what methods work with particular people and why.

Get in-depth explanations on various topics from well-established therapists. The database offers insight into working with specific populations such as veterans or teens. There are videos for users to get a firsthand look into putting methods to use.

Watch videos from therapists like Jon Carlson, Kevin Nadal and Irvin Yalom. Learn from the best by watching videos such as “Poverty as Social Exclusion” or “Crisis Counseling: The ABC Model and Live Demonstration With Two PTSD Clients.”

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Gene: Known and predicted gene information

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Gene provides users with comprehensive information on known and predicted genes.

There is gene-specific information on species ranging from bees to orangutans. Within the results for a particular gene, users are given information on everything such as the lineage, gene type and scientific name of the organism. There are more than 14 million entries based on major taxonomic groups.

Use the search bar to browse by free text, chromosomes and symbols and much more. Within gene results, users are given the gene’s gene type, organism and brief summary of what it is and it’s affect on the species. Use Gene to find out how muscular dystrophy affects the human body of learn the official full name for breast cancer metastasis.

The database allows users to acquire more information from different databases such as PubMed and Map Viewer.

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Contemporary Women’s Issues: Topics on Women

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Research on women’s issues has never been so easy with Contemporary Women’s Issues that allows users to find in-depth, scholarly information on topics that pertain to various women’s issues from around the globe.

It allows users to read up on articles such as recipes from Haiti or beauty standards in Namibia. There are hundreds of thousands of scholarly resources to get information from.

Contemporary Women’s Issues allows users to refine their search by various subject areas, geographical regions and article types. Subjects focus on everything from activism to sex roles. Information provided dates back to the early 20th century and information is regularly updated for users to have informative and recent information for their research.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Music Online: Audio and video music reference

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Music Online is the best place for music lovers to get access to more than 7 million tracks from all over the world. From bluegrass to indie, Music Online makes all genres of music available for users everywhere.

Users can browse through various people, titles and instruments to find everything that they may be looking for. It contains notable works from artists such as Etta James and Jean-Philippe Rameau to stream through.

The database provides users with information on particular tracks, including the release date, catalog number and duration. Music Online also includes the appropriate citation for various formats.

With more than 1,000 videos and 20,000 books and documents to browse through, everyone’s music-related inquires can be answered right in one spot.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Engineering Research Database: Technological advancement

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The Engineering Research Database connects users with 11 different engineering databases and some 100,000 new records each year. There are more than 3,500 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journals, patents, books and press releases that the information is taken from. These databases contain information on civil engineering, biotechnology and much more. It contains subjects on aircraft design, magnetic levitation railways and many others to discover.

Information provided dates back to 1966. The platform tracks your recent searches and selected documents.

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HeinOnline: Legal materials from the colonies forward

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VCU Libraries subscribes to HeinOnline, a searchable image-based database of legal research materials. What makes acquisition of this database exciting is its depth and its application to so many different disciplines and areas of study. While HeinOnline is an excellent resource for researchers looking for articles on legal issues of any kind, the collections have applicability to anyone studying history, political science, public policy and administration, homeland security, criminal justice, international relations, or any topic which involves those subjects.

At the heart of the database is the law journal collection which includes more than 2,000 publications, each provided from its first issue to the latest, subject to moving-wall restrictions. The historical collection of state statutes provides superseded statutes for all 50 states, some dating as far back as 1717.

The same “from inception” coverage, with various cut-off dates, applies to the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Reports, and many other collections. Having older versions of laws and regulations is of great benefit for those researching the evolution of statutory and regulatory coverage of certain topics.

A few examples will provide an indication of how deep the collections are. The U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library contains not only all U.S. treaties, but also books and other texts such as Great European Treaties of the Nineteenth Century (1918), History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada (1755), and treaty guides and indexes such as Hertslet’s Commercial Treaties: A Complete Collection (Vols. 1-31). Foreign Relations of the United States covers every administration from Lincoln through Carter and also includes historical texts such as Trescot’s Diplomatic History of the Administration of Washington and Adams (1857) among many others. The U.S. Congressional Documents collection includes the Congressional Record (and its predecessors) from the 1st Congress to current, as well as Congressional Budget Office documents from 1976 to present, and what appears to be all of the unclassified Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. Finally,the Session Laws collection for Virginia covers 1661-2013, thus extending our access significantly backward from December, 1861, the date of the first print volume in our collection.

Each page of every document has a permanent link. Click on the link icon to display the permanent link that can then be placed anywhere.

Citations for journal articles only may be exported to RefWorks; instructions are linked from the RefWorks guide. The combination of WestlawNext and HeinOnline provides access to legal, regulatory, and Congressional information from colonial times to the present day.

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By Marilyn Scott, education research librarian

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Study Skills: Test preparations reads

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Books about study skills and test preparation are organized and shelved together on the first floor of Cabell Library. Use them as handy references as you prep for end-of-the-semester tests and projects.
These items are available only to VCU students, staff and faculty. No renewals are permitted. Faculty may put these materials on reserve.
Librarians have organized these books in a central location to make it easy to find titles and guides that aid with time management, basic and advanced organizational skills, the studying complex academic subjects, reading to learn, transition to college life and other themes related to studying and managing information. Also housed in this section are books about test prep for LSAT, GRE, MCAT and others. Books about job searching and career choices are also available.
In addition, two useful online guides are available:
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VCU Menorah Review: Judaic culture electronic journal

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VCU Menorah Review is an electronic journal that provides information on the Judaic culture. Issues are published biannually with winter/spring and summer/fall issues.

Browse the archives and look up issues from fall 2003 to the present. The search option matches various words or phrases with articles.

VCU Menorah Review allows users to access scholarly articles from a variety of sources that discuss Judaic beliefs and customs.

Information about the the database has been taken from the VCU Center for Judaic Studies.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Voice of Shuttle: Database of databases

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Voice of Shuttle is a database about databases. Established in 1994, it provides a brief annotated guide to online resources in the humanities.

Listed as Forbes Magazine’s 2002 “Best of the Web” in Academic Research, Voice of Shuttle continues to provide access to resources on various topics, including architecture, literary theory and media studies. With a brief description of the resource, users are able to be matched with the perfect resource for their particular area of study.

Get matched to publishers and booksellers like Harvard University Press or gain access to travel resources like Microsoft Expedia. Use Voice of Shuttle to gain access to a range of resources including “Eternal Egypt” and “Gregory Ulmer’s Homepage.”

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Birds of North America Online: Comprehensive index

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With Birds of North America Online, anyone can learn all there is to know about a particular bird from their beak to their flight. It provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716-plus species of birds breeding in the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada. Information on each bird includes images and videos of plumage, behaviors, habitat, nest and eggs.

Search through various birds by their common or scientific name or just type in a keyword and Birds of North America Online will link to that bird. Once matched to a particular bird, discover articles on breeding behaviors, measurements, migration and more. Listen to the various birds’ calls or songs. Bird lovers everywhere can be introduced to birds such as the Tufted Titmouse or even the Eastern Towhee.

The site is regularly updated with more photo, video and audio galleries and information is continuously revised.

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Knovel Library: Engineering research resources

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Knovel Library provides users  with technical information in engineering and applied science.

Information comes from books, conference proceedings, databases and other materials from more than 100 sources.

Interactive tables and graphs display data in clear ways.  Users can download materials in a PDF or an Excel spreadsheet.

Knovel also contains a feature called interactive equations, which solve various problems in the field of chemistry, engineering and more. Users can use and save sample equations or enter ones of their own for Knovel to solve.

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Directory of Published Proceedings: Paper database

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The Directory of Published Proceedings offers users access to research papers from all over the world. The site provides categories, ranging from science and technology to economics and finance.

Use the Directory of Published Proceedings to find articles on pollution control and ecology or science and technology. There are articles like “Energy, Power & Facility Management Strategies & Technologies 2014-2015” from the United States or “A Real-Time Testbed for Routing Network” from Bulgaria.

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Berg Fashion Library: World fashion index

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Fashion lovers everywhere can be in-tune with fashion statements throughout history with the Berg Fashion Library.

The resource provides integrated text and image content from the 1600s to today in the form of e-books, reference works and more. It provides in-depth information on various bodies, garments and styles of fashion. The database also allows users to be matched with references and articles.

Browse through various dress, individuals and textiles throughout history. Berg Fashion Library allows users to get matched with scholarly fashion articles on everything from “Afro Hairstyle” to “The Fabric of Fabrication.” Get lost in the world of silks and calico while browsing through the site. Whether one’s interest is new world or old school, Berg has options. Discover how Tibet influences fashion in  “Archaeological Evidence: Tibet” or turn up hundreds of hits on Christian Dior.

Berg Fashion Library allows users to explore by time and place. Search for fashion from Oceania to Central America. There are articles about some of the iconic fashion items in the world from the sari to the kimono.

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Blackbird: Online literature and arts journal

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Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts  contains poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art.

Get lost in the works of Joshua Bennett, David Wojahn and Louis Draper. Blackbird connects users to various works of art, but it gives users in-depth information on the writer. In some instances, it gives “Blackbird’s Notes” in which users can glean background information on the work. Users are also given the option to read reviews of particular works.

Discover works of art in galleries from people like, Sarah Eckhardt and Tony Langston. Blackbird offers scholarly looks into literary and artistic works for users to go through.

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Underground and Independent Comics and Graphic Novels

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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels is the first scholarly database that is focused on adult comic books and graphic novels.

Browse through one of the thousand of titles, including works like “Terrific Comics” and “Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories.” It includes more than 75,000 pages of original material dating back to the 1950’s.

Comic, comix and graphic novel enthusiasts are able to browse through a number of categories such as characters, genres, publishers and subjects. The advanced search option gives comic enthusiasts the ability to search for specific titles, art credits and colorings. The database also allows users to create themed collections of materials based on their choice of themes, authors and more. The help option gives useful tips on browsing through subjects, creating playlists and answers to frequently asked questions.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Anatomy.TV: Structures of the human body

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Anatomy.TV provides users with quality, in-depth information on the entire composition of the human body.

The database divides the body into nine sections for users to search through, including the head and neck, the foot and ankle and the thorax and abdomen. Along with the general structure, users are given the MRI, slides and movies on a particular section of the body.

To help users better understand the general workings of the body, Anatomy.TV offers interactive quizzes, 3D atlases and activities. The 3D atlas allows users to click on various arteries, bones and organs to more closely inspect their locations and functions. Users can access the interactive quizzes to test their knowledge on particular parts of the human body and to get an in-depth review of the body parts and their functions through a “review” button that links to that body part.

A catalog of videos is also available to help users comprehend what body parts allow humans to do certain movements. The VCU Libraries’ subscription to AnatomyTV now includes the Real Time feature. Real Time allows users to view three-dimensional images of human anatomy and capture images of selected views to later insert into emails and presentations. Real Time works best through Internet Explorer.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

Updated by Talicia TarverResearch and Education Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library

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