YouTube in the Classroom

downloadOver the past couple of years YouTube has experienced a massive boom in high-quality, well-researched educational content. Using YouTube as a supplement to instruction or as part of a flipped classroom has many benefits. Students have been shown to be more engaged and can more easily remember the content being taught. Whether shown in class or linked to in an online learning management system like Canvas, students have the ability to go back and re-watch content, pause, take notes, and learn at their own pace.

Is it legal to show YouTube videos in class? YouTube videos shown in a classroom setting or YouTube videos that are directly linked to in a LMS fall under Fair Use and are protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998). However, you should ensure that the content being shown is in compliance with YouTube’s Terms of Service. Mainly this requires ensuring that the video in question is not a blatant infringement of copyright (ex: a full movie), and you are not downloading the video and re-hosting it, unless you have been given express permission to do so from the copyright holder.

Below are some fantastic educational content providers to get you started with using YouTube in the classroom.

Do you have other educational YouTube channels that you’d like to recommend? Comment below – we love to hear from you!

Contributed by Michelle McLaughlin, Librarian, Corinth Campus

Art Appreciation and Art History

amorsciendi (1)Amor Sciendi : Amor Sciendi introduces viewers to art history and art appreciation by examining specific works of art including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture.

Popular videos include: Girl with a Pearl Earring, Physics of Seduction; The Alhambra, Divine Symmetry; and Prehistoric Cave Art from Font de Gaume Cave.

theartassignmentThe Art Assignment : The Art Assignment, produced by PBS Digital Studios, explores art and art history through a modern lens. Videos include museum visits, discussion of art movements, specific artists and/or works, and news about today’s art world. Hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green.

Popular videos include: I Could Do That; The Case for Minimalism; and How to Critique.

Astronomy

pbsspacetimePBS Space Time : PBS Space Time explores the outer limits of the universe. Always based in real research, Space Time looks at everything from our closest friends in the sky to speculative sci-fi possibilities. Hosted by astrophysicist Matthew O’Dowd.

Popular videos include: Is Gravity an Illusion?; How the Quantum Eraser Rewrites the Past; and Why Is the Earth Round and the Milky Way Flat?

scishowspaceSciShow Space : SciShow Space is a fascinating look at what lies beyond our atmosphere. Breaking astronomy and space travel news is shown alongside provoking viewer questions and explanations of the history of our universe.

Popular videos include: The First Star-Within-A-Star; The Oort Cloud: Believe It or Not; and The Gamma Ray Burst of 775.

Chemistry

periodicvideosPeriodic Videos : Coming to you from the University of Nottingham, Periodic Videos makes learning chemistry fun and explody. There are videos for every element on the periodic table, as well as videos about interesting molecules and chemistry news.

Popular videos include: Cheeseburger In Hydrochloric Acid; Can You Drink Heavy Water?; and Chemistry of Crème Eggs.

reactionsReactions : Reactions exposes the chemistry at work around us all the time. Part of the PBS Digital Studios family and produced by the American Chemical Society.

Popular videos include: The Chemistry of Sriracha: Hot Sauce Science; How Does Adderall™ Work?; and How Can You See an Atom?

Computer Science

computerphileComputerphile : Computerphile and its expert hosts present a massive database of MP4’s on just about everything. From programming and networking to neural networks and information theory, Computerphile has got you covered. Interviews and explanations come from some of computer science’s greatest thinkers, including the creator of the C programming language, Brian Kernighan.

Popular videos include: Just How Do Macs and PCs Differ?; Floating Point Numbers; and Hashing Algorithms and Security.

Engineering

realengineeringReal Engineering : Real Engineering explains the how and why of some of humanity’s greatest engineering feats in addition to addressing speculative engineering questions and exploring the history of engineering.

Popular videos include: Why the US Military Made GPS Free-To-Use; Stealth – How Does it Work (Northrop B-2 Spirit); and Transistors – The Invention That Changed the World.

Environmental Sciences

minuteearthMinuteEarth : Created with care, the highly qualified team at MinuteEarth provides viewers with an animated look at the science and stories of our amazing planet.

Popular videos include: Why Do Rivers Curve?; Tidal Locking – Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?; and Null Island: The Busiest Place That Doesn’t Exist.

Film & Television Analysis

screenprismScreenPrism : ScreenPrism provides careful in-depth analysis of films and television shows. Topics explored include an anatomy of a scene, symbolism, themes, historical context, deciphering cryptic endings, and character studies.

Popular videos include: Game of Thrones: Rhaegar Targaryen Character Study; “Get Out” Explained: Symbols, Satire & Social Horror; and Who Is Wonder Woman? Her Origins, History & Impact.

Game Design

extracreditsExtra Credits : Extra Credits explores the world of game design from all aspects imaginable. For developers and players alike, Extra Credits brings thought-provoking content to this relatively new area of study.

Popular videos include: Making Your First Game: Basics – How To Start Your Game Development; The Blue Shell – Why Mario Kart’s Most Hated Item Exists; and Video Game Music – How to Create a Timeless Theme.

*note, Extra Credits also creates the series “Extra History” with videos on a variety of historical topics.

Geography

geographynowGeography Now : Geography Now creates videos profiling individual countries. Each video includes information about physical geography, demographics, international relations, and more. Countries are presented in alphabetical order, and at the time of publication, Geography Now just published their video about Italy.

Popular videos include: Geography Now! Denmark; Geography Now! Bangladesh; and Geography Now! Botswana.

Healthcare

healthcaretriageHealthcare Triage : At Healthcare Triage everything from healthcare policy, breaking medical research, and viewer questions about health, nutrition, exercise, and medicine are discussed. Appropriate for experts and novices alike!

Popular videos include: Pregnancy Myths; Breakfast. Take it. Or Leave It.; and What We Know About Pot In 2017.

History

bazbattlesBaz Battles : From Ancient Rome to the Twentieth Century, Baz Battles explores historical battles, tactics, and politics using animated narration.

Popular videos include: First Crusade: Siege of Jerusalem 1099 AD; Alexander the Great: Battle of Gaugamela 331 BC; and The Battle of Teutoburg Forest 9 AD.

historiacivilisHistoria Civilis : Focused largely on Ancient Rome, Historia Civilis provides clearly animated and wildly entertaining narrative videos about the politics and military history of  the Roman Empire. Occasionally other topics are explored (Sparta, The Crusades, etc.).

Popular videos include: Roman Battle Tactics; The Battle of the Trebia River (218 B.C.E.); and His Year: Julius Caesar (59 B.C.E.).

militaryhistoryvisualizedMilitary History Visualized : Gorgeously illustrated, highly analytical, and always entertaining, Military History Visualized uses academic sources to bring you videos about logistics, weaponry, tactics, fortifications, and so much more. Covers a wide range of time periods and places, but does have an emphasis on WWII.

Popular videos include: Panzerfaust – How Effective Was It?; Urban Combat – Room Breaching & Clearing – US Army (2011); and [Winter War] Motti Tactics – How the Finns Destroyed Soviet Divisions.

thegreatwarThe Great War : The Great War explores World War I in painstaking detail, day by day, from numerous perspectives.

Popular videos include: What Happened After a Trench Was Captured?; Stormtrooper – German Special Forces of WW1; and The Best Sniper of World War 1 – Francis Pegahmaganow.

Languages & Linguistics

alliterativeAlliterative : Alliterative specializes in videos about etymology, using word origins as a jumping off point for examining history and culture more broadly.

Popular videos include: What’s the Earliest English Word?; Sublime: The Aesthetics & Origins of Romanticism; and Japan: Place Name Connections.

nativlangNativLang : From linguistic oddities and logic to sociolinguistics and the history of writing systems, NativLang brings both spoken and written language to life.

Popular videos include: What Montezuma’s Aztec Sounded Like – And How We Know; Kanji Story – How Japan Overloaded Chinese; and Does Time Work Differently in Different Languages? – Hopi Time.

Mathematics

3blue1brown3Blue1Brown : Explanations for difficult mathematical problems using animation. Using a change of perspective challenging material is made much simpler.

Popular videos include: Thinking Visually about Higher Dimensions; Linear Transformations and Matrices; and Music and Measure Theory.

numberphileNumberphile : An endless array of videos about numbers. From topology to statistics and everything in between, Numberphile will surprise you with the strange, mysterious, and, yes, even fun world of mathematics.

Popular videos include: Infinity Is Bigger than You Think; Problems With Zero; and Illegal Numbers.

pbsinfiniteseriesPBS Infinite Series : Hosted by mathematician Kelsey Houston-Edwards, this PBS Digital Studios production provides ambitious content for those seeking a deeper understanding of the world. Emphasis is on higher mathematical concepts, paradoxes, and the use of math in cutting edge technologies.

Popular videos include: The Mathematics of Quantum Computers; How Infinity Explains the Finite; and Voting Systems and the Condorcet Paradox.

Natural History & Museums

objectivityObjectivity : Hidden behind archive and museum doors are some of the world’s most fascinating objects. Objectivity brings these items direct to you with fascinating interviews providing historical context.

Popular videos include: Anna Atkins & the World’s First Photo Book; World’s Oldest Science Journal; and Ariel-1 and the Atomic Space Bomb.

thebrainscoopTheBrainScoop : TheBrainScoop highlights strange, beautiful, and curious museum collections. Curators are interviewed and seemingly inaccessible collections are brought to life.

Popular videos include: Why Did King Tut Have a Flat Head?; The Human Biology Collection; and The Gem Room.

Philosophy

academyofideasAcademy of Ideas : Academy of Ideas creates clear and concise videos focusing on well-known Western philosophical thinkers and on modern philosophical problems.

Popular videos include: Nietzsche and Psychology: How to Become Who You Are; Introduction to Existentialism; and The Ideas of Socrates.

wirelessphilosophyWireless Philosophy : Learn about philosophy with professors from MIT, Oxford, Yale, Stanford and more. Wireless Philosophy is an official Khan Academy Partner.

Popular videos include: Fundamentals: Introduction to Critical Thinking; Metaphysics: The Problem of Free Will; and Epistemology: The Problem of Skepticism.

Physics

lookingglassuniverseLooking Glass Universe : Using animated white board drawings, Looking Glass Universe focuses largely on presenting simple explanations in the fields of quantum mechanics and mathematics.

Popular videos include: What Is Spin? – Quantum Mechanics; What Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle Actually Means; and What Numbers Exist In the Real World?

minutephysicsMinutePhysics : Simple animated videos explaining physics concepts using everyday examples and the not-so-everyday.

Popular videos include: Immoveable Object vs. Unstoppable Force – Which Wins?; The True Science of Parallel Universes; and Is It Better to Walk or Run In the Rain?

physicsgirlPhysics Girl : Physics Girl, from PBS Digital Studios, explores the physics of our everyday lives as well as physics far beyond our planet.

Popular videos include: Are Perpetual Motion Machines Possible?; What Are Antibubbles?; and Special Relativity and the Twin Paradox.

Prehistory & Paleontology

pbseonsPBS Eons : PBS Eons explores the history of life on Earth. A collaboration with PBS Digital Studios, PBS Eons discusses life from the Archaean Eon to the Ice Age in the Cenozoic Era.

Popular videos include: The Extinction That Never Happened; The Age of Giant Insects; and When Did the First Flower Bloom?

Psychology & Neuroscience

braincraftBrainCraft : Another great channel from PBS Digital Studios, BrainCraft covers all aspects of human behavior.

Popular videos include: The Bizarre Ways Your Name Affects Your Behaviour; The Psychology of Accents; and Why Are Some People So Easily Fooled?

scishowpsychSciShow Psych : SciShow Psych provides viewers with engaging and entertaining information about the human brain and our interactions with the world. Both ground-breaking studies and historical psychological concepts in context are discussed.

Popular videos include: Does IQ Really Measure How Smart You Are?; Imposter Syndrome: You’re Doing Better Than You Think; and Are Fandoms Good or Unhealthy Obsessions?

Various Topics

crashcourseCrash Course : Crash Course is the mother of all educational YouTube channels. A PBS Digital Studios production, to date Crash Course has created lovingly animated videos for the following subject areas:

Anatomy and Physiology; Astronomy; Big History (history of the universe); Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; Ecology; Film: History, Production, and Criticism; Games; Intellectual Property; Literature; Philosophy; Physics; Psychology; Sociology; Study Skills; U.S. Government and Politics; U.S. History; World History; and World Mythology.

Popular videos include: The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1; Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30; and The Electron: Crash Course Chemistry #5.

itsokaytobesmartIt’s Okay to Be Smart : It’s Okay to Be Smart, hosted by biologist Joe Hanson, explores our mind, our world, and our universe through interesting and unusual questions. Part of the PBS Digital Studios family.

Popular videos include: The Science of Snowflakes; The Oldest Living Things In the World; and Why Do We Cook?

kurzgesagt-inanutshellKurzgesagt – In a Nutshell : In-depth explanations of scientific phenomena, futurist concepts, and philosophy using beautiful animation.

Popular videos include: Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology; The Last Star In the Universe – Red Dwarfs Explained; and The Death of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans.

scishowSciShow : SciShow presents content about unexpected, fun, and curious scientific questions. From earth sciences and medicine to computer science and the latest in science news, SciShow is always engaging, informative, and well-researched.

Popular videos include: 5 of the World’s Most Dangerous Chemicals; Why We Haven’t Cured Cancer; and 9 Futuristic Materials.

ted-edTED-Ed : TED-Ed videos cover a wide range of topics. All videos are animated and are scripted by educators.

Popular videos include: The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”; How Do Tornadoes Form?; and The Atlantic Slave Trade: What Too Few Textbooks Told You.

References

“Appendix B: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.” (n.d.) U.S. Copyright Office. Retrieved from: https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92appb.html

“Copyright & fair use: Media in the classroom.” (2017). University of Texas Arlington, UTA Libraries. Retrieved from: http://libguides.uta.edu/copyright/media#YouTube

Fleck, B. K. B., Beckman, L. M., Sterns, J. L., & Hussey, H. D. (2014). YouTube in the classroom: Helpful tips and student perceptions. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 14(3), 21-37. Retrieved from: http://www.uncw.edu/jet/articles/Vol14_3/Fleck.html

“Flipped classroom.” (2017). The University of Texas at Austin, Faculty Innovation Center. Retrieved from: https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/flipped-classroom

“More information on fair use.” (2017). U.S. Copyright Office. Retrieved from: https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html

“Terms of service.” (2010). YouTube. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms

 

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Change

change brings opportunityOne of the biggest things about starting a new school year is CHANGE. Students study new subjects with instructors they have never had before. Instructors teach subjects (sometimes new to them) to students they have never had before. Moms and dads send their children off to college while other moms and dads become college students. Whatever the change may be in your life, there is one thing that never changes: the NCTC libraries are here to help you.  We are adapting the way we serve you to accommodate a changing environment, but we are here!

Available in CANVAS to every NCTC student and instructor is the Library Tutorial. Please take advantage of this resource early in your semester. Instructors may want to make this a part of your class requirements. It is found in “courses.”

The NCTC Libraries have a YouTube channel! The link can be found on the Library home page at www.nctc.edu as well as the Library home page in MyNCTC.  It is full of short, informational videos that offer help with many things that apply to a wide variety of classes. From “Choosing a Topic” to “Accessing Databases 2.0” to “Basic Catalog Searching,” your NCTC Libraries can help.

Also found on those Library home pages are links to your NCTC Libraries’ Facebook, Twitter, and Blog.

As you take advantage of our ever-changing ways to serve you, please remember that a face-to-face visit is still the very best part of our day. NCTC librarians are available to conduct Library Information sessions in any class on any campus. Please call, email, or visit your local NCTC library to schedule that.

As instructors are tweaking their syllabi, now is the perfect time to make the NCTC Libraries a part of your students’ lives. Let us help you help them to CHANGE their lives.

–Contributed by Robin Studdard, Librarian, Bowie/Graham Campus

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Never Too Late for Pride

This past June was Pride Month for the LGBTQ community across the world. Pride flags were raised and diverse voices cried out in celebration of love. It was also a time of remembrance of those that came before, the hatred they faced, and the perseverance they displayed in the face of adversity.

It’s July now–but Pride is eternal, and so is the need to learn and, thus, to understand.

51fxs7+cmDL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram (PS153 .G38 B73 2012 — Gainesville Campus)

This multi-generational historical exploration weaves the stories of twentieth-century greats such as Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and James Baldwin with the next generation of gay writers such as Armistead Maupin, Edward Albee, and Tony Kushner. Setting these icons in context with the cultural events of their time is a brilliant achievement and one worthy of taking a second, even third, look.

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“Don’t Be So Gay!”: Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe by Donn Short (LB3013.34 .C3 S56 2013 — Gainesville Campus)

In a series of interviews with analysis, Donn Short explores the question of whether or not so-called “safe-schools” legislation actually results in making queer high school students more safe from the depredations of bullies. Short does an excellent job of displaying the differences between the actual day-to-day world of the “out” student and the policies designed to protect them. An insightful read.

fun homeFun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (PN6727 .B3757 Z46 2007 — Gainesville Graphic Novel Collection)

This highly-acclaimed “graphic memoir” highlights author Bechdel’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual. The book explorers Bechdel’s yearning for a relationship with her father and her own adolescent foibles. Both tragic and comic, this graphic novel appears on many “best of” lists.

gay historyA Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World by R. B. Parkinson (HQ76.25 .P376 2013  — Gainesville Campus)

A Little Gay History is a brief exploration of the British Museum’s collections of art and artifacts that seeks to illustrate that same-sex desire has been part and parcel of the human experience since time immemorial. Indeed, it is an integral part of human history. From the urns of Ancient Greece, to Elizabethan sonnets, to the modern novel, homosexuality is an undeniable facet of the human condition–as is its intolerance. This book is a small, but powerful gem with 80 pages of color photos that enhance it.

trans bodiesTrans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community by Laura Erickson-Schroth (HQ77.9 .T714 2014 — Corinth Campus)

This revolutionary resource for the transgender community is based upon the classic work Our Bodies, Ourselves, a well-regarded reference work centered on the lives and bodies of women. Trans Bodies has chapters devoted to a variety of issues of interest to the transgendered person, not only covering health issues but also social issues as well. With each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors, it is truly a work sensitive to the needs of the community for which it is targeted.

transportraitsTrans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities by Jackson Wright Schultz (HQ77.9 .S55 2015 — Gainesville Campus)

Trans/Portraits is a unique work in that it collects the first-hand accounts of over thirty transgender Americans–ranging in age from 15 to 72–from a wide variety of socioeconomic, political, racial, religious, and sexual identities. It is less academic study and more oral history and, thus, illuminates the authentic humanity of its subjects far more than any pedantic or clinical examination could do.

cromptonHomosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton ( HQ 76.25 .C76 2003 — Corinth Campus)

This impressive academic monograph attempts to chronicle the history of homosexuality in Europe and parts of Asia from the time of Homer until the Age of Enlightenment. Crompton (emeritus professor of English at the University of Nebraska) uses a series of short vignettes to effectively impart the story and to demonstrate just how strange the European Judeo-Christian aversion to the practice is when placed in global context. This work will surely become a seminal work in the field.

charityCharity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves (HQ1034 .U5 C54 2014 — Gainesville Campus)

Based on diaries, letters, and poetry, among other original documents, the forty-year union of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake is brought to life in vivid detail. In the process, what is illuminated is the fact that early 19th century America was far more accommodating and diverse than is generally believed.

battle over marriageThe Battle Over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism Through the Media by Leigh Moscowitz (HQ1034 .U5 M67 2013 — Corinth and Gainesville Campuses)

In this fascinating work, the author offers an analysis of the way prominent news networks and media outlets presented issues of interest to the LGBTQ community over the period of 2003 to 2012, as well as the way leaders in that community were able to use media to reform their public image. Along they way, she exposes the advantages, and pitfalls, to using modern media outlets to promote social change.

–Contributed by Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Associate Dean of Libraries

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Summer Research at the NCTC Libraries

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Due to NCTC’s limited schedule during the summer semesters, getting help with research may seem difficult. But, the NCTC Library does have several resources available for students on our Research Help page that can make summer research a little easier.

With limited hours that the campus libraries are open, students can use our “Ask a Librarian” form to ask questions that don’t require an immediate response. Before submitting a question, though, it can be a good idea to check out the Library FAQ page to see if your question has already been answered.

Students can also find a comprehensive selection of Subject Guides to guide them toward resources for different topics. Subject guides provide suggestions for databases and catalog searches, as well as links to useful websites that have been vetted by librarians.

Learning a new citation style? We have resources for those as well on the Research Help page, including updated handouts for MLA 8th edition.

The Research Help page also has links to other useful resources and tutorials for scholarly research. Just check out the menu on the right side of the page for more information.

Finally, the NCTC Library has the Library Instruction Tutorial on Canvas. Every student currently enrolled in a summer class at NCTC should have the tutorial listed under their Courses. If you do not have the tutorial, send an email with your NCTC user ID to dstokes@nctc.edu to be added.

The Canvas tutorial has 6 modules:

Introduction to the NCTC Libraries
Research Strategies & Authoritative Sources
Internet Research
Library Databases
Citing Sources
Skills Assessment

At the conclusion of the tutorial, complete the Skills Assessment and send a screenshot to any instructors that have assigned it to get credit.

And always remember, Off-campus access to the Library Databases is always available through MyNCTC.

–Contributed by Dax Stokes, Librarian, Flower Mound Campus

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Podcast: Summer 2017 Library Services

In this episode of the NCTC Libraries podcast, Flower Mound campus librarian Dax Stokes discusses some of NCTC’s summer library services.

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Non Greco-Roman Mythology Resources

A culture without mythology is not really a civilisation. — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran (https://www.brainyquote.com)

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We can all remember studying Greek and Roman mythology in school, but how many of us have expanded this study outside of our traditional western curriculum? Exploring the stories of other cultures can reignite the excitement we originally felt while reading the Greco-Roman myths of our childhood, deepen our appreciation of other cultures, and see ourselves in the heroic (and maybe the not so heroic) characters.

Examples of allusions to mythology are regularly seen in our daily lives through art and literature, even television shows and movies. Grace P. Smith notes that “the study of mythology quickens the artistic sense and judgement and increases the appreciation of art and literature”, and that “[b]oth art and literature take on a deeper meaning when revealed through mythology” (Smith, 129). Expanding our knowledge of the mythologies of other cultures can deepen this appreciation and aid in understanding their references in much of today’s pop culture.

In addition, many schools of psychology feel that understanding myths puts us in touch with ourselves and our place in society. Myths “are symbolic dramatizations of what is basic in the human personality” and “serve as portals to understanding the human condition in general, but they also touch each of us individually, and where we are touched opens the door to our self-understanding” (Mitchell, 268). Myths aid us on our journey of self-discovery as we learn from the characters and heroes in the old stories and benefit from their examples and from their mistakes.

Expand your knowledge of mythological allusions and journey further down your road of self-discovery! Learn more about the mythologies of other cultures by exploring these and other books at your NCTC campus library.

Norse MythologyNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Flower Mound): BL 860 .G35 2017

The great story teller Neil Gaiman turns his fantasy writing skills toward the original Norse pantheon. Staying true to the myths, he traces the great Norse legends from the beginning of the nine worlds through the adventures of dwarfs, giants, and gods, including Odin, Thor and Loki.

Celtic mythologyCeltic Mythology by John Arnott MacCulloch (Corinth): BL 900 .M385 2004

Scholar J. A. MacCulloch retells the ancient stories of Ireland and Wales in a narrative style that will thrill new readers of Celtic folklore and those more familiar with the old tales. In addition, the book is supplemented with illustrations from rare sources, and MacCulloch addresses a chapter to the coexistence of paganism and Christianity and how they are mutually influenced.

Hero 1000The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (Corinth, Flower Mound and Gainesville): BL 313 .C28 2008

No discussion of mythology is complete without the insight Campbell presents into the universal motifs of the world’s great stories. Originally released in 1949, this third edition totes more illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography and easily accessible sidebars. Multiple texts and videos by and about Campbell are available through the NCTC campus libraries.

texas indianTexas Indian Myths and Legends by Jane Archer (Available through EBSCO eBook Collection) : E78 .T4 A73 2000 eb

Archer relates the myths and history of five powerful nations who once roamed our great state: the Caddo, Lipan Apache, Wichita, Comanche and Alabama-Coushatta.

Middle East MythMiddle Eastern Mythology by S. H. (Samuel Henry) Hooke (Corinth): BL1060 .H66 2004

Hooke’s comparative presentation is based on firsthand sources and recounts the legends of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians and others. He also addresses mythological elements and parallels in the Hebrew, Jewish apocalyptic literature and New Testament texts.

Scandinavian MythScandinavian Mythology by Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson (Bowie): BL 860 .D384 1969

Davidson presents the world of warriors, giants, dwarfs, elves and other strange creatures from Scandinavian folklore. She also addresses the spread of Christianity and its overtaking of the Old Norse religion. Illustrations draw from many cultures and include archeological finds not previously published.

References

Mitchell, M. B. (2010). Learning about ourselves through fairy tales: Their psychological value. Psychological Perspectives, 53(3), 264-279. doi:10.1080/00332925.2010.501212

Smith, G. (1918). Vitalizing mythology. The Classical Journal, 14(2), 128-131. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/3288070

–Contributed by Janelle McCabe, Adjunct Librarian, Corinth Campus

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Be Prepared, Not Scared

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Probability of any mode of severe weather within 25 miles of a given point at the peak of North Texas severe weather season [source]

It is obvious that the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is booming. In 2015, twenty-one companies based in DFW snagged coveted spots on the Fortune 500 list. Jobs created directly and indirectly by these companies, coupled with the metro’s saturated higher education market, attract droves of people every year. Indeed, the metroplex’s population is projected to be 11 million by 2040. What might not be obvious to our newcomers are the threats that North Texas’ springs can bring.

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Lewisville Hailstone, March 27, 2017 [source]

DFW is located squarely in what is commonly known as “Tornado Alley.” However, tornadoes are not the only severe weather risk to this thriving community. It is not uncommon for DFW to see baseball sized hail, 60 to 90+ MPH straight-line winds and excessive cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. But while DFW’s weather can be extreme and dangerous, there is no need to panic. As local meteorologist Rick Mitchell says, “Be prepared, not scared.”

Rest assured, the North Central Texas College is prepared! As a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, NCTC is committed to mitigating weather-related harm, and loss of life by educating its community. The college is also in the final stages of being recognized as a StormReady institution. Some signs of being StormReady are hard to miss, such as the LionAlerts sent out via text, email and social media. Others, though very critical, go largely unnoticed. Each campus is fitted with a weather station that monitors meteorological conditions including rain amounts, temperature, wind speed, humidity and barometric pressure.

This information is relayed to the National Weather Service (NWS) via the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP), and is often used to produce infographics during significant weather events. Those curious about conditions at specific campuses are welcome to monitor them in real time on the Weather Underground website. Another condition for NCTC becoming StormReady is communication between our Office of Emergency Management, the NWS, storm spotters and other weather professionals, which takes place largely in a secure chatroom. While being part of a vigilant organization should bring peace of mind, it is imperative that all DFW residents arm themselves with the information they need to be weather-aware.

Know your risk level

MargRiskTornadoes

The SPC assigned the a level one, or marginal, risk for the dark green area on January 16, 2017 [source]. The red cluster indicates three confirmed tornadoes on January 16, 2017 [source].

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is based out of Norman, Oklahoma and is an extension of the NWS. The SPC is responsible for assigning severe weather risk levels, and issuing watches for severe weather events. There are several weather prediction models that attempt to predict future weather based on current conditions. The SPC assesses these models and assigns a severe threat level for the current day (day one), day two, and days four through eight. Threat levels range from green (1) to pink (5), and indicate the coverage of severe storms in an area; not necessarily their intensity. Tornadoes can and have occurred in marginal threat areas! Unfortunately prediction models can disagree widely up until 24 hours before an event begins. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you monitor your risk level periodically for any changes.

 

Stay posted to official local forecasts

CWAFWD

County Warning Area for the Fort Worth/Dallas Weather Forecast Office for the National Weather Service.

While the SPC publishes risk levels and watches for the United States, local forecasts and warnings are issued by local weather forecast offices. Cooke, Denton, Montague and Young counties fall within the Fort Worth/ Dallas Weather Forecast Office’s county warning area. This is a great resource for more detailed forecasts and information on weather impacting specific locations. Official forecasts from NWS weather forecast offices are indispensable as they are the product of intense calculations and are not subject to hype as is the case with many commercial outlets.

Have a plan!

Once you know severe weather is in your future, have an action plan in place for when it actually strikes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has excellent tips for what to do in case of severe weather such as…

Be a weather geek, not a weather wimp

EmersonVery often newcomers to this are will react to a severe weather event with either complete indifference, or immobilizing panic. Both responses are likely due to a lack of knowledge regarding the causes and impacts of severe weather. In the case of the latter, weather ignorance can paint even benign storms as hostile specters that appear quite literally out of thin air. Understanding the basic elements of storm development and evolution can help a great deal with cultivating a healthy attitude towards North Texas Weather. The NCTC Libraries have a multitude of resources to combat meteorological illiteracy.

encyclopedia of weatherThe Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change: A Complete Visual Guide by Juliane L. Fry (Gainesville) QC854 .E5258 2010

Fry teaches molecular and environmental chemistry at Reed College in Portland. Other contributing authors include climate scientist Richard Grotjahn, professor of earth and environmental sciences Dr. Clive Saunders from Machester, and independent meteorological consultant Richard Whitaker. Climate and weather terms are explained in easy to understand language and illustrated with vivid color photographs.

meteorology demystifiedMeteorology Demystified by Stan Gibilisco (eBook and Gainesville) QC 863.4 .G53 2006.

This title is available in both print and online through the EBSCOhost eBook Collection database. Gibilisco designed this book for those wishing to teach themselves about meteorology. It begins with foundational knowledge including the phases of matter, variables that commonly influence the atmosphere, and how forecasts are created. The formation and features of extreme weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes and tropical cyclones are highlighted. Gibilisco also explains concept related to abnormal weather and the future of our climate.

Texas weatherTexas Weather by George W. Bomar (Gainesville, Corinth, and Bowie) QC 984 .T4 B67 1995

Tornadoes, thundersleet, and dust storms are all typical of a weekly Texas forecast. Meteorologist George Bomar tackles all of them and explains what it is about the geography and topography of the region that makes it so prone to such erratic weather. As they say in Texas, this title is an oldie, but a goodie.

into the stormInto The Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-Defying Adventures in Extreme Weather by Reed Timmer and Andrew Tilin (Gainesville) QC 941.8 .T56 2011

Meteorologist Reed Timmer is largely credited with branding extreme weather as entertainment. He has inspired legions of amateurs and professionals alike to venture into dangerous territory to get the perfect shot of a severe storm, or possibly a tornado. His chase vehicle, the Dominator, has made regular appearances on I-35 as it makes its way to the next big severe weather outbreak. Timmer details his brushes with such systems and his sometimes contentious encounters with other storm chasers in this fascinating read.

weather of the futureThe Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet by Heidi Cullen (Flower Mound) QC 903 .C85 2010

As chief scientist for Climate Central, Cullen boasts an incredibly prestigious education and body of contributions to the field of climate and atmospheric research. She received her bachelors and Ph.D. from Columbia University, serves on various meteorological boards and councils and has previously worked as the first “on-air climate expert” for the Weather Channel. The Weather of the Future looks at significant events and subtle trends in earth’s climatological history to guide predictions of what can be expected in the coming years. Dr. Cullen has carefully chosen cities and regions of great interest to climatologists to paint a very telling picture. Areas tackled include the Great Barrier Reef on the coast of Australia, New York City, Dhaka, Bangladesh and points in the Arctic.

Climate of extremesClimate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know by Patrick J (Corinth) QC 981.8 G 56 M534 2009

The overwhelming majority of the scientific community agrees that the earth is warming, and professors Michaels and Balling concur. However the authors disagree with the “gloom-and-doom” this reality is typically delivered with. They attempt to temper this refrain of alarm-bell ringing and treat a wealth of scientific research with a more moderate tone that is arguably the minority in their field.

–Contributed by Sabrina McKethan, Librarian, Corinth Campus (with thanks to Chris McLaughlin, NCTC Director of Emergency Management)

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