What does it take to succeed as a student at LCC? Check out the Library’s Student Success Guide for helpful tips and a multitude of resources.
Need to practice reading? The Student Success Guide is for you! From the Reading page, you can check the availability of textbooks for reading classes. You can browse our READ and Leisure collections to find fun and easy books. If you are required to use Ace Reader, you can access it here. Also, the Reading page includes a list of vocabulary games and tutorials.
Haven’t used your math skills in a long time and want a refresher? The Student Success Guide is for you! The Math page offers many helpful study materials. You can access tutorials from the Khan Academy and Learning Express Library. Also, you can find math textbooks, books, e-books and videos.
Are you in a writing class? The Student Success Guide is for you! On the Writing page, you can find websites and books that will help you with your citations. While checking your citation, you can go to the Plagiarism page of the Student Success Guide to review why citation is so important. Also, if you need to check your spelling or pick the correct word for your essay, you can access on-line dictionaries and the Visual Thesaurus.
Could you use some help managing your study habits? The Student Success Guide is for you! On the Study Skills page, you can use the Research Project Calculator to plan your schedule. Also, you can access books, databases, websites and more that will help you improve test taking skills and offer study tips to improve your grades.
Has computer technology left you behind and you want to catch up? The Student Success Guide is for you! On the Computer Skills page, you can access basic, intermediate and advanced tutorials from a variety of sources. You will also find lists of places to get computer assistance on campus and around the Lansing community.
Are you an on-line student or thinking about taking classes on-line? The Student Success Guide is for you! The On-line Learning pages helps you find out more about eLearning at LCC. You can even get live chat help from the eLearning Department. Also, you can complete training in D2L and print instructional documents. Don’t forget to look through the other websites and e-books available on this page.
Are you excited about the release of the Divergent movie? Do you want to reread it to prepare for the movie? Do you want to see what all the buzz is about? We have a copy of Divergent. Unfortunately, it is very popular, and there is a waiting list. While you’re waiting for Divergent to arrive, try these similar books:
1. House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
In a bleak future, human clones work for a vicious drug lord if they are lucky. If they are not lucky, they are killed. The teenage protagonist learns of his fate and after great hardship decides he must work to change this violent system. This young adult novel won multiple awards upon its release. You can find it in our Leisure Reading Collection under F.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid has no name other than Handmaid because the theocratic society in which she lives sees little value in her. She is used simply as a vessel to allow elite couples to procreate. Unhappy, The Handmaid seeks liberation. This book is a classic of feminist literature. Readers who like strong, young female protagonists will enjoy this book. You can find it with the call number PR 9199.3 .A8 H3 1986.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collin
Maybe this is too obvious. I’ll skip a long summary. In ten words: Katniss fights other teens to the death to win freedom. The Hunger Games was published before Divergent, therefore many readers were drawn to Divergent because they liked The Hunger Games—not the other way around. You should be able to find it in our Leisure Reading Collection C. (Right now we don’t have a paper copy. Both of our copies are overdue and billed. Boo!) It is available for check-out on the Kindles at the checkout desk. (Yay!)
4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Hailsham Boarding School seems like an idyllic educational environment, and Kathy enjoys her time at the school. As she grows, however, she leaves the school to find a world filled with dark secrets. These secrets send Kathy’s thoughts on her school and society into upheaval. Kazuo Ishiguro won the Booker Prize in 1989. You can find Never Let Me Go in our Leisure Reading Collection I.
5. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
When a person goes by the nondescript name of “John Smith,” you might suspect they have something to hide. John Smith in I Am Number Four has lots to hide. He is actually an alien with supernatural powers. He must balance the trials and tribulations of a normal human adolescent with the growing menace of the evil Mogadorians. To find I Am Number Four look in Leisure Reading Collection L.
6. Anthem by Ayn Rand
The future has become a dark age where humans are stripped of any individuality. They have no names and no professions. Instead they are numbered and stuck into groups. Not everyone, however, fits into a group, and they strive to have choices. This novel is filled with themes that occur repeatedly in Rand’s other books; plus it’s way shorter than Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead. You can find it with the call number PS 3535 .A547 A61 1953.
Café Scientifique, LCC’s science discussion group, meets monthly for informal discussions on controversial and/or timely scientific topics. Meetings take place at Schuler Books in Eastwood Towne Center.
February’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 pm. Presenter Dean Reinke will discuss dementia and Alzheimer’s. Although Reinke has no medical training, he has suffered from stroke which increases his risk of dementia. He writes the blog Deans’ Stroke Musings which includes over a hundred postings on dementia and Alzheimer’s.
To learn more about this month’s topic, check out these Library resources:
The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription by Vincent Fortanasce
This book begins with chapters that outline characteristic of individuals with increased risk of Alzheimer’s. The second part focuses on steps individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s can take to help mitigate the possible of Alzheimer’s. Overall, this title offers many suggestions for the prevention of Alzheimer’s.
After her parent was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Alanna Shaikh researched the disease and realized she could face a similar diagnoses later in life. In this video, Alanna outlines the steps she has taken to prepare for such a moment in her future.
The Memory Cure by Majid Fotuhi
Although this book covers Alzheimer’s as a whole, it includes informative chapters on prevention. First, it covers risk factors and steps to preserve memory into old age even in the face of Alzheimer’s. Subsequent chapters cover vitamins, herbs and drugs that may help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s. The author, Dr. Fotuhi has worked at Harvard Medical School and John Hopkins Hospital.
When the Brain Dies First by Margaret O. Hyde and John F. Setaro
Chapter Five of this easy to read survey of brain injuries and diseases is entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: The Mystery of the Vanishing Mind.” This short chapter does a straight forward job addressing risk factors. It also gives a quick overview of the disease as a whole. This chapter would serve as a nice review on issues surrounding Alzheimer’s.
Life After Stroke by Joel Stein, Julie Silver and Elizabeth Pegg Frates
Published by the John Hopkins Press, this book covers all aspects of the recovery process after a stroke. In addition to recovery, the book focuses on prevention of another stroke and other medical problems. These medical problem include short sections on dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention.