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2019 Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

IRSC Coronavirus Updates

Visit IRSC's page for the latest updates in response to the pandemic. Classes and most services are online for the summer semesters.

IRSC Libraries During the Pandemic

Library Hours

All libraries are closed until further notice. Please continue to monitor your email and the library homepage (http://irsc.libguides.com) for more information. IRSC Librarians and library staff are working and ready to help you! Chat live with a librarian (widget on the left side of this page - staffed 9:00-8:00 M-Th) or email library@irsc.edu for immediate assistance. A list of some of our current remote services follows.


Reference Resources

Connect with a Librarian

Students, faculty, and staff can schedule a remote session with a librarian by filling out this form. A librarian will contact you during regular business hours to schedule an appointment. 

 

IRSC Librarians can also connect with students (and faculty!) in a number of different ways during business hours:

 

Student Research Lab:

The library will also offer Research Labs for students to ask questions and get research help in real time. 

  • Tuesdays at 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 9-10 a.m. 

 

Students from any class can join these sessions by clicking on this link. Faculty can also add this link to their blackboard messages or course: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/AC212991250171D0EBAED5828367DF87 

 


Online Library Services 

 

Students, faculty and staff can access all online resources with the following login information:

Borrower ID: Student ID Number or PID (Employee) Number

Pin/Password: MMDD of your birthday

 

Can’t log in? Email library@irsc.edu and a librarian will reset your account. 

 

eBooks

The library provides access to over 160,000 eBooks on topics your students are studying this semester, and can be used to supplement course readings or for research-based projects. You can see the collection under the Digital Books subject in our database list. eBook Collection (EBSCO) is our largest collection, and great for browsing. 

 

eJournal and Newspaper Collections

The library provides digital access to thousands of academic journal articles, magazines, and newspapers. Journal databases are organized by subject, and can be limited by date range, subject, and geography in most collections Check out the Databases by Subject list to search in your discipline. IRSC Libraries also provides current access to publications like the Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times, and a number of Florida’s Newspapers, so you can stay up-to-date with news without subscription fees. 

 

Films on Demand

Films on Demand provides access to thousands of videos that you can embed in your course shell to supplement course materials. Check out the Faculty Resources page for help with adding videos to Blackboard, or contact a librarian at library@irsc.edu

 

Testing Resources

Testing and Education Reference Center can help students prepare for upcoming exams like the NCLEX, ACT, and SAT, among many others. Basic skills resources can also help students practice math, reading, and writing skills at their own pace. Check out the Testing LibGuide for more resources. 

 

Interlibrary Loan:

Library staff will continue to fill requests for journal articles through interlibrary loan whenever possible, but other school closures may impact delivery of materials. 

 

Book Checkouts: 

All loan items from IRSC Libraries will have their due dates extended until further notice, with no late fees. 

 


Instruction 

 

Virtual Sessions

Librarians are happy to host virtual instruction sessions during your regular scheduled class time. These instruction sessions can help students navigate library resources, use any citation style, and identity and evaluate resources. If you’d like to schedule a new virtual session for your students, fill out the instruction request form and a librarian will connect with you. 

 

Embedded Librarians

Through our embedded librarian program you can have a real, live librarian available to your students within your course shell. Librarians can provide research assistance within Blackboard through course messages, discussion board, and one-on-one student consultations. Email library@irsc.edu to arrange for an embedded librarian. 

 


On Demand Resources

 

Instruction Videos

The library has a number of on-demand videos that you can add to your classes. Some are included below, but reach out to the library at library@irsc.edu if you would like us to make a specific video for your students. 

 

Subject Guides

The Librarians have created a number of Subject Guides for your classes. Students can use the guides to find database suggestions, recommended websites, and many more resources. 

 

Citation Guides

Students can find information about citing in APA, MLA, CSE, and Chicago styles by visiting the LibGuide devoted to each. APA and MLA papers may be submitted for review by an IRSC librarian.

 

Questions regarding citing appropriately in any writing style may also be directed to the IRSC Librarian team at library@irsc.edu