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The Virtual Child: Guide to JSCC Library Resources  

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Finding Journal Articles dealing with aspects of the Virtual Child

  • Masterfile Premier
    Good source for articles dealing with children
  • Psychology Collection
    This database provides access to many journals in the field of psychology.
  • Wilson Omnifile
    Wilson OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition contains full-text periodical articles from a tremendous variety of journals. Can be good for finding scholarly artlcles dealing with LifeSpan Development

Print Journals in the JSCC Library that could be used for the Virtual Child assignment

The JSCC Library features several magazines and journals in print which could be helpful in making decisions regarding the Virtual Child:


Working Mother

YC: Young Children

Finding books and audio-visual material in the JSCC Library

  • JSCC Library Online Catalog
    The JSCC Library features over 57,000 books in print and over 145,000 electronic books. Some of these could be helpful in determining how you will make decisions related to your virtual child.

    Use the JSCC online catalog to find the books and DVDs. Go to the JSCC Library web site and choose "Find Resources" above the photograph. Then choose "Find a Book/DVD"

Reference Materials

APA Style

  • APA Style
    This is an overview of how to cite various items in APA style based on the new edition of the APA Publication Manual.

Scholarly (Peer Reviewed Journals)vs Non-Scholarly periodicals

Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are useful for serious scholastic research; often, instructors will insist that students use only scholastic periodicals for their research work. 


Scholarly periodicals are also referred to as Academic Journals or Academic Newspapers, Journals, or Refereed Journals.  "Refereed" means that not only is the journal edited, but that every article included in the journal is reviewed by authorities in the subject field of the journal, to decide whether or not the article should be published.


Some criteria of a scholarly journal or other scholarly periodical is:


   •     The journal is  mostly read by people

            involved in or interested in the field

            of study covered by the journal

     •     Articles are often lengthy, and include

           footnotes or endnotes and works cited


     •     Graphs, charts, statistical information,

           and tables are often used to support

           the text or research

     •     The vocabulary is geared to the field

           of study covered by the journal 

     •     The articles are very often peer

            reviewed (refereed)


 Non-Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are not considered or meant to be of a highly serious, scholastic nature. 


This is not to say that the articles in any given non-scholastic magazine or newspaper are false or badly written.  It only means that, for scholarly research purposes, non-scholarly periodicals do not have the recognized level of authority that a scholastic journal usually has.


 Some criteria of a magazine or other non-scholarly periodical is:


      •     The periodical appeals to a general

             audience; the vocabulary is geared

             to all readers

     •     Graphs, tables, and research studies

            are seldom included

     •     The articles usually do not have

            footnotes, endnotes, or

            bibliographies (works cited)

     •     The articles tend to be short in length,

            usually under 10 pages


Accessing JSCC Library resources from home

To access the JSCC Library resources (electronic books, electronic databases, etc.) from off-campus, you will be asked for your Netlogon. 

 This is the username and password you use to access computers on campus,  JWEB or your Elearn classes.

Getting help from the JSCC Library staff

Get help from the JSCC Library staff by clicking on the Ask the Librarian tab above the photograph on the JSCC Library home page.  You can also call the library at 425-2609.


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