America’s “Best Idea”

big_21712e44_usa-tours-national-parks-homepage-2These days it seems that we are bombarded by reports of what America is doing wrong. It is discouraging and exhausting. Well, the good news is…it’s February and that means that Spring Break is just around the corner! Have you made a plan yet? If not, you may want to get away from the news for a while and discover, or rediscover, just how great and beautiful and vast is this country of ours.


Grand Canyon National Park

In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday. After years of groups and individuals working for the preservation of our natural wonders, including the 1906 Antiquities Act signed by President Theodore Roosevelt which allowed presidents to protect national monuments, President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act” and The National Park Service was born. It has grown to include not only national parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Great Smoky Mountain, but also national heritage areas, forests, waterways and seashores, urban trails, and historic battlegrounds.


“Are we there yet?”


Big Bend National Park

If you do not have the time, energy, or resources to venture far afield, there are 16 national park sites in Texas and even more historic sites managed by the National Park Service: there are fossilized mammoths in Waco! You can go further and still be in Texas (I love Texas) and hike to the “top of Texas” or glory in the vast array of Texas wildflowers in beautiful Big Bend.


America’s national parks have something for everyone.

Visit and “Experience Your America.” (NPS)

Understand the words of historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Wallace Stegner:

“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”

All information taken from

National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, United States Government, 2017,

–Contributed by Robin Studdard, Librarian, Bowie and Graham Campuses

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Not Necessarily the News


By VOA News –, Public Domain,

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

The term “fake news” has been bandied about fairly liberally these days. In the glut that makes up our daily intake of information, it is often hard to separate what makes up good, verifiable information from bad, spurious information. Too many bad actors purposefully blur the lines between the two and attempt to fool the public and are all-too successful at pulling the wool over people’s eyes.

According to a recent study from Stanford University, students are all-too ready to accept so-called fake news. The study describes their ability to assess information sources as “dismaying,” “bleak,” and “[a] threat to democracy.”1 It is also believed that fake news played a role in our recent elections.2 Even weather forecasts are susceptible to the siren call of fake news and hype.3

But work is being done to stop its insidious spread.

In classrooms like this4, students are being taught the critical thinking skills necessary to discern truth from fiction. Google has disrupted its ability to “cash in” on ignorance.5 Groups such as JSTOR6 and Amy Pohler’s Smart Girls7 have stepped forward with ways to combat fake news with intelligence and forethought.

Finally, your library has developed some steps that you can take to help you determine what is real and what is fake in your daily news diet.

  1. Look at the URL of the website. If it has, then it is probably a fake news site.
  2. Look at who wrote the story. Is there an author? Has the author written other stories? Is the story from a governmental or educational institution? Is it from a reputable newswire or service? If not, it is probably fake.
  3. Is the story designed to make you angry? Does the author urge you to dox8 someone? If so, the story is probably fake.
  4. Is there an “About Us” page? Is it believable? Can you verify that information with a Google search? If not, then it is probably fake.
  5. Does the story match the headline? Does the photo match the story? If not, then it is probably fake.
  6. Can you find the same story in other sources? Can you find the same quotes in other sources? If not, then it is probably fake.
  7. Look out for satire sites! They often look very realistic, but are purposefully fake.
    1. The Onion
    2. Landover Baptist Church
    3. Weekly World News
    4. National Report
    5. The Daily Currant
    6. Christwire
    7. Clickhole

Determining what is fake news takes time and effort. Purveyors of fake news are counting on people not to take that time to propagate their lies. Even a little bit of effort often goes a long way toward casting dispersion on such stories and aiding in your healthy skepticism. Take anything that comes from the internet with a grain of salt and verify what is important. Finally, feel free to ask your campus librarian for any help in verifying sources of information.

–Contributed by Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Associate Dean of Libraries, Gainesville Campus (with thanks to Sabrina McKethan, Librarian, Corinth Campus)

1“Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability to Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds.”, 23 Nov. 2016,

2 Timberg, Craig. “Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread ‘Fake News’ During Election, Experts Say.” The Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2016,

3 Shepherd, Marshall. “Some Viral Weather Forecasts are Fake News—Two Reasons They Must Be Stopped Now.” Forbes. 3 Jan. 2017,

4”The Classroom Where Fake News Fails.” All Things Considered, NPR, 22 Dec. 2016,

5Nicas, Jack. “Google to Bar Fake-News Websites from Using Its Ad-Selling Software.” The Wall Street Journal, 14 Nov. 2016,

6Samuel, Alexandra. “To Fix Fake News, Look to Yellow Journalism.” JSTOR, 29 Nov. 2016,

7”Smart Girls Understand: How to Be a Savvy News Consumer.” Amy Pohler’s Smart Girls, 22 Nov. 2016,

8Dox = Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the internet, typically with malicious intent.

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Spotlight: Flower Mound’s Growing Graphic Novel Collection

img_2156In the August episode of the NCTC Libraries Podcast, Associate Dean of Libraries Shedrick Pittman-Hassett spoke about the Gainesville campus library’s new graphic novels, the nature of graphic novels, and plans for other campuses to start their own graphic novel collection. On the Flower Mound campus, we have already begun the process.

When it came to look at what graphic novels should constitute the first group of twenty books, we took two main approaches. First, what type of books might fit some of the curriculum here in Flower Mound. For that, we looked at some of the courses here, and found that horror was often used as a topic in English classes. That fits in well with graphic novels, as horror is a very popular genre for authors and artists. The second approach was to ask the students about graphic novels that they like to read. This was done by leaving a sign-up sheet out at the welcome back party and in the library for a few weeks. This list, with our course needs, and some general research on important graphic novels, led to the creation of a base list of graphic novels for the Flower Mound campus. As of December, this collection includes 28 individual books, including multiple volumes from four different series.

One thing that was obvious from the list made by students: people like Batman and author Alan Moore. In the world of graphic novels, Alan Moore has written some of the most popular books in the genre, including many that were adapted into films. Here in the Flower Mound library, we have several Moore titles, including V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Batman: the Killing Joke, and From Hell (a story about Jack the Ripper). Another important author in the world of comics and graphic novels is Frank Miller. Miller has written for both DC and Marvel, and one of his most important works is in the Flower Mound collection, 1986’s Batman: the Dark Knight Returns.

Our collection also includes several series, including six books from the Scott Pilgrim series; six books from Season 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; two volumes of author Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series; and two volumes of the Fables series by Bill Willingham, another favorite of our students. We also have several works of literature and non-fiction including the full original texts of Dracula; Frankenstein; and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, all in graphic novel form.  Non-fiction works include Max Brook’s take on The Harlem Hellfighters, and Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art. There is also the popular Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Other works from the pop culture realm include Marvel’s Civil War, Inhumans, and Secret Wars; the sequel to Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and film Fight Club, titled Fight Club 2: the Tranquility Gambit; and the complete Maus series by Art Spiegelman.

While many titles may duplicated in the various campus libraries, patrons are encouraged to explore the different collections, as each campus is responsible for choosing their titles, and there may hidden gems somewhere you may not have looked.

In the meantime, come check out the Flower Mound collection!

Submitted by Dax Stokes, Librarian, Flower Mound Campus

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Cookbook Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of November? Perhaps this year your answer may be Election Day, but then again perhaps it would be Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, or perhaps even that this is the month that we return to Standard Time and that, although you will need to remember to set your clocks back one hour, you are getting that hour back that you lost last spring.  Or maybe November makes you think of autumn leaves, cooler days, apples, cranberries, pears, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkins – and, yes, turkey or ham. Or perhaps you came up with an entirely different response, such as remembering a special occasion (a birthday or anniversary) or a deadline (such as finishing research papers, “a month until the fall semester is over,” or “a month to graduation”).

There is no one “right” answer. Your answer could be any or all of those or something entirely different. As for me, when I think of November, one of the first things that comes to my mind is Thanksgiving and being able to get together with friends and family. And not just the fellowship (and, yes, football), but the food!

And, of course, someone prepared that food, most likely using a recipe, whether from memory or from a book, which brings me to the topic for this month: cookbooks.

The libraries on each of the NCTC campuses are currently updating and adding to their collection of cookbooks. The remainder of this blog highlights some of the books from our cookbook collection.

1joy-of-cookingJoy of cooking by Irma von Starkloff Rombauer; Flower Mound Cookbook Collection; TX715 .R75 2006

The Flower Mound Campus Library has the 75th Anniversary edition, which is a revised and updated version of the previous revisions of the cookbook by a St. Louis widow named Irma Rombauer who took her life savings to self-publish the original book in 1931.  The book was a family affair as her daughter Marion Becker not only tested the recipes but made the illustrations for the book and they first sold copies from Irma Rombauer’s apartment. Ethan Becker, Marion’s son, continues the family business with this seventy-fifth anniversary edition which has brand-new recipes as well as some of the recipes from all previous eight editions, retested and modernized, as needed, to reflect how we cook today. Millions of people first learned how to cook using this classic cookbook. For those nostalgic for earlier times, this edition recalls the words of the original edition, whose beginning guidelines were “stand facing the stove.”

The everything healthy college cookbook by Nicole Cormier; Gainesville; TX715 .C6158 20102everything-healthy-college-cookbook

Written for college students, the book’s author asserts that her book “will help transform cooking from a chore into a creative, stress-free break from studying.” Her book includes “300 recipes for any occasion.” A registered dietitian, the author also includes tips on how to stay healthy. Although the book does not have any photos, it does provide step-by-step instructions for each of the recipes, a glossary of basic cooking terms, and nutritional information in an easy-to-understand format.

3the-healthy-college-cookbook-quick-cheap-easyThe healthy college cookbook: quick, cheap, easy by Alexandra Nimetz, Jason Stanley, and Emeline Starr (with Rachel Holcomb for the 2008 edition); copies in Cookbook Collection in Flower Mound, Gainesville, and EBSCO eBook Collection; TX715 .N683

The NCTC Libraries has three copies of this cookbook; two copies (Flower Mound and EBSCO eBook Collection) were published in 1999 and the third copy (Gainesville collection) was published in 2008.  All of the authors had been college students themselves and as they state in the introduction, “often had no idea of what to prepare for dinner and really didn’t have the time to whip up elaborate meals.” Therefore, they decided to write this cookbook to address the issue on “how to eat healthfully on a tight budget, with a busy schedule, and with little cooking experience.” In the revised 2008 edition, the authors, acknowledging that “things have changed a bit on college campuses since the original publication” have updated the original recipes when needed to “reflect the tastes and ideas of college students now.” One hundred new recipes have been added to the 2008 edition; these new recipes were “submitted from college student all over the country.” Scattered throughout the book, under the heading “Mom Says,” are short paragraphs of advice that your mother might have told you, such as how to steam any kind of fresh vegetable; these hints are really useful so you don’t have to stop and call your mother to ask about what to do next while cooking (but that still doesn’t excuse you from calling your mother; you just don’t have to use your valuable chat time with her asking about a recipe). You will also find additional useful information, such as how to eliminate odors from plastic food storage containers, the microwave, the refrigerator, or drains, under the “Kitchen Quick Tip” heading.

Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes written by staff of Martha 4meatless-more-than-200-of-the-very-best-vegetarian-recipesStewart Living; Corinth; TX837 .M473 2013

With easily-adjusted recipes, such as pizza with a variety of toppings or salads made from different whole grains, this cookbook covers basic recipes for a vegetable-based lifestyle. You’ll also find advice on supplying your pantry with vegetarian essentials such as dried beans, pasta, herbs and spices. The book is packed with color illustrations of the finished result of each recipe. The book is dedicated to “everyone who realizes that a balanced diet relying more heavily on vegetable than on animal can result in a longer and healthier life.”

5good-and-cheap-eat-well-on-4-dayGood and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown; Corinth; TX714 .B785 2015

The original version of this cookbook was posted online in a PDF format as a final project for the author’s master’s degree in food studies at New York University. Since the information was so popular, downloaded almost 100,000 times within the first few weeks (and downloaded almost 500,000 times within six months), Ms. Brown decided to self-publish the cookbook in a print book format; the 9,000 copies sold out within just a few months. The Corinth Campus Library’s copy is the second edition of the book. The author considers her book “a strategy guide, not a typical cookbook.” She goes on to say, “The ideas pages show just how much variety there is in simple things like oatmeal or popcorn. And the methods are meant to teach you a process that you can use over and over again.” Considering the recipes as a starting point she writes that her hope is “you’ll learn to cook without recipes and be empowered to cook for your own pleasure.” Designed “to fit the budgets of people living on SNAP, the US federal program that used to be called food stamps,” Although Ms. Brown wrote the book for those with limited financial resources, all readers of this book will be able to find useful information within the pages of this cookbook, such as tips on shopping for food items and the basic items for a well-stocked pantry.

Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Phyllis Good; Bowie; 6fix-it-and-forget-it-big-cookbookTX827 .G6324 2008

If you have a slow cooker, also known as a crockpot, and you like the convenience that a slow cooker provides you this just may be the cookbook for which you’ve been searching. Although you do need to be aware that many of the recipes use pre-prepared ingredients (think canned soups rather than made from scratch), all of the recipes provide step-by-step instructions and most of the recipes require only a short preparation time. The author also gives the ideal Crock Pot size for each recipe. In the introduction to the book the author states that “all of these recipes come from home cooks. These are their favorite dishes, loved by families and households across the country.” The book includes “helpful tips” about which the author says, “Think of them as the voices of your favorite aunt or grandmother, standing at your elbow with their cooking wisdom.”

7better-homes-and-garden-new-cook-bookBetter Homes and Gardens New Cook Book; Copies in Gainesville (2010 15th ed.) and Bowie (2014 16th ed.); TX714 .B4735

If you need a basic cookbook, this is it! According to a reviewer in The Midwest Book Review: “Now in a newly updated and expanded sixteenth edition, the “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book” continues to be one of the best “starter cookbooks” for personal and family cookbook collections. Every recipe, ranging from all-time favorites to modern classics, has been reviewed, revised, and revamped for today’s kitchen. Included is a new Holiday chapter, increased coverage of canning and grilling, and expanded information on fruits and vegetables. The ‘Secrets to Success’ feature focuses on teaching techniques, such as making artisanal bread, while the ‘8 Ways With’ feature shows how to add flavor to basic items like boneless chicken breasts. With a redesigned cover to give the book a fresh, new look, over 1,200 recipes and more than 1,000 photographs, this comprehensive edition of “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book” is the one reference every home cook needs…”

This is a small sampling of the cookbooks that we have available either within the print collections of the NCTC Libraries or in an electronic format through the EBSCO eBook Collection. Although the Bowie Campus Library has a very limited cookbook collection, cookbooks, including the last two cookbooks mentioned in this post, are being purchased for its collection and should be received and made available in the near future.

If you are a part of the North Central Texas College community, regardless of which campus you use or even if you are an online student only, you may request cookbooks from any of the campus libraries and have it sent to the campus you use or the one closest to you. And don’t forget that there are cookbooks which can be viewed online through the EBSCO eBook Collection database, whether it just is not convenient for you to go to one of the campus libraries or you want immediate online access.  We welcome you to visit any of our campus library locations, to call us, or to email for more information. Bon Appétit!

–Contributed by Diane Roether, Dean of Libraries, NCTC

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Podcast: Scary Books

Ever wonder what scares the faculty and staff at the Flower Mound campus? Listen to this month’s NCTC Libraries podcast to hear from Jessica DeRoche, Sara Kluth, Desire DeMange, Erica Thompson, and Dax Stokes, as they describe their favorite scary books for Halloween.

Submitted by Dax Stokes, Librarian, Flower Mound Campus

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What’s New with MLA Citations?

mla-handbookWhether you were ready for it or not, the Modern Language Association introduced the eighth edition of their style handbook in April 2016.

What’s different about this latest incarnation of MLA style? The eighth edition focuses less on citing by individual formats, and instead provides guidance on citing each individual element. Core elements of a container’s citation include the author, title of the source, title of the container, other contributors, version, number, publisher, publication date, and location. To truly grasp how the eighth edition differs from the seventh, we will look at each of these elements individually.


Books, DVDs, websites—all formats of information are now referred to as “containers” in the eighth edition (MLA 8th). There can even be sources within larger containers, such is the case of works in anthologies, or pages on a website.


MLA 8th asks its users to consider who the content creator is. In other words, who is responsible for the source in its current state, coming into existence? One could easily speculate that this advice is a direct response to the Internet culture of reuse, and transformative use. An excellent example of this is Internet sensation Sam Tsui’s mashup of “Let Her Go” by Passenger and the Frozen theme song “Let It Go” [video here]. In the citation below, Tsui is listed in the author element because he is responsible for arranging the two original songs into a new creation.


The Internet’s influence on MLA 8th is also apparent in its acceptance of pseudonym authors. Pseudonyms can include Twitter handles, screen names, user names and other identities.

Documenting authorship in MLA 8th also depends on what your focus of research is. For example, if your focus is a performer in a television show, the actor is listed in the author element.

Focus on Actor


No Focus


Title of the Source

If the work being cited can stand alone it is italicized. If it is one part of a larger work (essays, poems, short stories, etc.), the title is given in quotation marks. Standalone works that appear in a collection remain italicized.

A Novel from a Volume Containing Multiple Novels:


A Song from an Album


Title of the Container

No matter the format, this element requires you to list the name of what holds the source being cited. Is it the name of a website in which a webpage appears? Is it a streaming service such as Netflix where a movie being cited is hosted? List it in italics.

Other Coquovadisntributors

Those that were involved in creating a source, but are either not the focus of study, or are not responsible for its current state, may be listed in the “other contributors” element. Other contributors appear after the title of the container. You will also notice a lack of abbreviations with MLA 8th, “ed.” is now “editor” for example.

MLA 8th provides a list of how to describe the role of other contributors, but it is not an exhaustive list:


Original Author in the Author Element; Translator as Other Contributor:


Translator as Author; Original Author as Other Contributor:



A book might list an edition number, or that it is an abridgement. Software might have a version number. Movies might note if it is an extended edition or director’s cut. These are all listed in the version element.


theory-and-decisionSerialized works, periodicals, or lengthy works are often split amongst multiple volumes and issues. This information should be listed in the number element. Volumes and issues are now preceded by “vol.” and “no.” respectively.

Journal in an Online Database:



MLA 8th gives the simple definition of the publisher as the organization “primarily responsible for producing the source or making it available to the public.” For a book, the first source of this information should be the title page, followed by the copyright page. For TV and film there may be a group that distributed the work, but also a production company. MLA suggests you document the entity with the most responsibility for the item. For websites, look for the copyright holder or navigate to the “about” page to find the responsible party.




Publication Date

A source may have multiple dates associated with it such as the original publication date, reprint date, last updated date, etc. Use the date that is most applicable to your research, or context the source is used in.


Despite its name, the “location element” is not where the city of publication is listed. The location element describes where in the container the information appears. For a work in a book, MLA 8th now asks for “p.” or “pp.” to denote the page number or page range where the work appears. For an online source MLA 8th now asks that a URL* is provided. Other locations of or within a container might include disc numbers, physical locations like museums, and DOI* numbers for online articles.

Journal Article Retrieved from a Library Database:


Optional Elements

Some information considered mandatory in MLA 7th has been relegated to an “optional category” in MLA 8th. Including…


asteriskA Note about URLs and DOIs in the NCTC Library Databases

Not every article in a database will have a DOI, and using the URL as an alternative may cause some confusion for students and faculty. If a person copies the URL from the address bar above an article, that link will not work for any other person. It is a URL unique to that one instance, or “session” of accessing that article.


Most databases provide a permalink to articles. Permalinks are URLs that do not change over time and should ideally always direct Internet browsers to the article. However, because users must first go through MyNCTC to access the library databases from off campus, the permalink will only work if the article is being accessed from on campus.

Speaking of Library Databases…

As of publication, citation information provided by library database vendors is still formatted according to MLA 7th, including our largest vendor EBSCO. EBSCO’s response when asked when their database citations would be updated to MLA 8th? They’ll get back to us.


As for Gale databases (such as Opposing Viewpoints, InfoTrac Newsstand, and Literature Resource Center), they now include MLA 8th in their Citation Tool. It does, however, contain the optional element  of date of access.


Expect an updated citation guide from the NCTC Libraries before the end of the fall semester!

–Submitted by Sabrina McKethan, Librarian, Corinth Campus

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Education Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students

This month we’re taking a look at education and teaching resources. The NCTC Libraries offer a wide range of educational materials for administrators, staff, faculty, lifelong learning teachers, and students in our teaching program.  Below are a few highlights from our collection. Remember, we can always purchase titles for your classroom and for your professional development. Interlibrary Loan is also available free of charge to all students, staff, and faculty. Come in, call, or email us for more information.


A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teachers of Adults by Donald Greive (Gainesville, Corinth, and Bowie) LB 2331 .G72 2003

This handbook is an excellent guide to tackling the daily problems associated with adjunct teaching. Greive’s book is filled with practical advice and strategies on a variety of topics from teaching adult students to course planning.

More Than Title IX: How Equity in Education Has Shaped the Nation bymore-than-title-ix-book Katherine Hanson, Vivian Guilfoy, and Sarita Pillai (Corinth) LC 1752 .H39 2009

More Than Title IX documents the history of gender equality in education. In addition to historical analysis, the book includes interviews with the men and women who helped make Title IX happen. It also details how gender equality in education has made a marked improvement in the lives of many.

On Grades and Grading: Supporting Student Learning Through a More Transparent and on-grades-and-grading-bookPurposeful Use of Grades by Timothy Quinn (Corinth) LB 3051 .Q57 2013

This slim volume takes a look at the pedagogical purposes for grading and address specific and controversial grading issues, including grading collaborative work, grading behaviors, and the use of technology in grading. Quinn offers strategies for improving grading systems and policies, as well as strategies for improving student learning.

Teaching Young Children Mathematics by Sydney L. Schwartz (Corinth) QA 135.6 .S437 2005

In this volume, Schwartz presents a comprehensive overview of mathematics instruction in the early childhood classroom. Topics include developmental understanding of concepts in mathematics, making real-world connections, and using mathematics to make literacy connections. The author also considers special needs students, family differences, and language barriers.


Early Childhood Education Settings and Approaches (Gainesville and Corinth) LB 1139.25 .E2655 2006 DVD

This video presents eight short segments that highlight a variety of early childhood educational centers and schools. Each segment focuses on the teacher’s role in the classroom and on the interactions between the children and teacher. Unique issues associated with each setting or approach are discussed.

 art-and-science-of-teaching-dvds-1-and-2Art and Science of Teaching. Part One, Effective Instructional Strategies (Corinth) LB 3013 .A783 2008 V1 DVD

Part one of Art and Science of Teaching introduces teachers to instructional strategies that are proven to be effective in raising student achievement.

Art and Science of Teaching. Part Two, Effective Classroom Management Strategies (Corinth) LB 3013 .A783 2008 V2 DVD

In part two of Art and Science of Teaching, classroom scenes are presented that show teachers how to combine the instructional strategies shown in part one with classroom management and curriculum design in order to create a better learning environment for the student.

Online Databases

Education Administration Abstracts 

This database covers topics in educational administration, including, but not limited to, educational leadership, educational management, and educational research. Despite the name, Education Administration Abstracts includes linked full text to many articles. When searching, be sure to click the box for ‘Linked Full Text’ in order to obtain these results.


ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)

ERIC is a database of education research and information, providing access to academic journals, governmental reports, conference papers, policy papers, and other education-related materials from 1966 to the present.

Professional Development Collection

Professional Development Collection is a highly specialized database for educators, librarians, and researchers. Topics included range from children’s health and school lunches to the cutting-edge of pedagogical theory and practice. Publications available in full text include “Chronicle of Higher Education,” “Community College Review,” and “New Directions for Community Colleges.”


Teacher Reference Center

Teacher Reference Center covers a variety of topics all the way from pre-K to higher education. Some of the areas covered include instructional media, school administration, best practices, and literacy standards. Teacher Reference Center does not include full text articles. However, your librarian can obtain articles for you at no cost with InterLibrary Loan. is a vast resource for teaching materials related to fiction and nonfiction books used in the K-12 environment. For individual titles you can find detailed quantitative and qualitative measures, guides and lesson plans, and interviews with authors and illustrators.



NCTC is a participant in Starlink, a consortium of Texas community colleges. Starlink offers professional development in higher education via online courses and videos. Faculty and staff can participate in Starlink free of charge. Professional development opportunities available through Starlink include courses on proactive advising, campus safety, student retention, hybrid instruction, and dual credit. For more information on using Starlink, see their FAQ at


–Contributed by Michelle McLaughlin, Librarian, Corinth Campus

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