You may have heard the acronym OER, but what does it mean? OER is a relatively new term that has emerged to make education more open. OER is an acronym for “Open Educational Resources” and can be defined as resources such as textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material or technique that supports access to knowledge. OER can be remixed and revised, making it possible for instructors to create customized resources that fit into a specific course. Students benefit as well since OER materials are available usually for little or no cost. Open Educational Resources are part of a range of processes employed by researchers and educators to broaden access to scholarly and creative conversations.
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A New Reference Service: Virtual Meeting with a Librarian Now Available
The Bellevue University Library Reference Team is pleased to offer a new value-added service to students, faculty and staff. This new service is titled, “Virtual Meeting with a Librarian.” This up-and-coming service is available under the “Ask a Librarian” tab from the Bellevue University Library’s website.
The “Virtual Meeting with a Librarian” Service is primarily for students who wish to work one-on-one with a reference librarian. Some of the services that the reference librarians provide include the following:
- Guidance on APA Formatting
- Locating Research Articles for Assignments
- Assisting with Search Strategies
- Finding resources using the Bellevue University Library’s Subscription-Based Databases.
- Exploring Research Guides
While this is not an exhaustive list of services that the Reference Team provides, these are the most common questions that the Bellevue University Reference Librarians receive. Our primary focus is student success and we want students to be successful in their academic pursuits at Bellevue University.
Feel free to schedule a virtual meeting with a reference librarian by clicking here, or you might want to consider enrolling in the Research Assistance Program by clicking here. The Research Assistance Program (RAP) is a program where students are paired with a reference staff member and will receive monthly e-mails from their assigned librarian regarding new services and offerings.
We hope that you will consider enrolling in either the Research Assistance Program or scheduling a virtual meeting with a reference librarian in the near future. As always, thank you so much for entrusting the Bellevue University Library Staff with your research needs.
Wildlife Biology Journal Review
If you are interested in how animals interact with their environments, you are sure to enjoy the journal Wildlife Biology: A Journal for Wildlife Science. Wildlife Biology is a non-profit society that started in 1994 and is owned by the Nordic Society Oikos (NSO). Published by Wiley, the Wildlife Biology non-profit society publishes articles within the Wildlife Biology Journal that primarily consist of scientific studies of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and everything in between. This high-quality scientific periodical provides up-to-date knowledge to its readers on environmental topics that pertain to wildlife biologists, wildlife managers, conservationists, and administrators.
National Brownie Day
Each year on December 8th, brownie lovers across the nation enjoy a well-known popular treat – the brownie! There are many different kinds of brownies, such as the blonde brownie, the cheesecake brownie, the chocolate mint brownie, and the cherry swirl brownie, just to name a few. However, in the United States, the chocolate brownie is known to be the favorite, with the blonde brownie a close second.
National Cappuccino Day
With the dip in the outdoor temperatures, one is sure to enjoy a cappuccino on National Cappuccino Day which is celebrated on November 8th. Cappuccinos are one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make properly. However, a skilled barista may create artistic shapes while pouring milk on top of the espresso coffee. Cappuccinos are traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk and steamed milk foam. It is an Italian drink that has become extremely popular at coffee shops in the United States. Modified short-cut versions of the cappuccino are also served at fast-food chains. Continue reading
Open Educational Resources (OER)
You may have heard the acronym OER, but what does it mean? OER is a relatively new term that has emerged to make education more open. OER is an acronym for “Open Educational Resources” and can be defined as resources such as textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material or technique that supports access to knowledge. OER can be remixed and revised, making it possible for instructors to create customized resources that fit into a specific course. Students benefit as well since OER materials are available usually for little or no cost.
Mardi Gras Murder (PS3552.Y79 M37 2021) Book Review
Have you ever heard of the phrase a “cozy mystery?” If not, a cozy mystery is a mystery where the crime-solver is an amateur sleuth. Usually, the crime-solver is an educated female that has certain skills that she will utilize to solve a crime that comes her way. She usually works closely with the local police department and has an inside connection through her best friend, husband or significant other who is on the force. This conveniently helps her find out information about different cases that most in a close-knit community would not have access to.
World Candle Month
With the summer winding down and the cooler, darker, autumn taking over, September is the perfect time of year to use candles. Founded in 2013, World Candle Month is commemorated as a way to unite those who incorporate candles into their daily lives. While candles were once used to bring light into dark spaces, candles are now used for a variety of reasons. Lit candles can be a source of calm and relaxation, and can also be used to remember someone who has passed away.
How to Beat the Summer Heat
For those that might be new to living in the Midwest, you will quickly learn that the winter months can be very cold and the summers can be very hot. The scorching summer heat can be hard on our physical and mental well-being. Below are a few tips on keep cool during the dog days of summer.
Looking for Merkel Kanopy Video
“Looking for Merkel” is a documentary by Marion Van Renterghem which was released to commemorate Women’s History Month. The primary focus of the documentary is to follow the extraordinary story of Angela Merkel’s road to politics in Germany.