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Assessment in Action








Assessment in Action is a program of the Association of College & Research Libraries, intended to teach assessment practices and leadership skills to academic librarians across the nation. GCC was selected to be a part of this program during its first year, the 2013-2014 academic year.

We chose to focus our project on the library’s collaboration with science faculty on scientific information literacy. Librarians and BIO 126 faculty, together, developed student learning outcomes, designed and implemented an information literacy program, and collected data to determine student abilities and attitudes on entering and exiting our introductory biology course. We discovered that, on the whole, students are gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence we had hoped. Several areas for improvement were also recognized.

To view our full report, including an outline of the instruction done and the assignments and rubrics used, download our pdf AiAReport.

Additionally, Amanda Hyde (science faculty) and Liza Harrington (librarian) traveled to the American Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference, to present a poster session of their results. Download the poster version of this report with this pdf AiAPoster.

This project is part of the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” which is undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost) Get help

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Academic Articles
Articles on the Arts

Provides indexing and some full text for thousands of articles in a variety of academic areas of study including the social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

American Nurse Today

American Nurse Today is the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Content focuses on how nurses can  enhance patient outcomes, develop their professional careers, and build their educational foundation of best practices.

American Sociological Review

American Sociological Review (ASR), the ASA’s flagship journal, was founded in 1936 with the mission to publish original works of interest to the discipline of sociology in general, new theoretical developments, results of research that advance understanding of fundamental social processes, and important methodological innovations. Peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, all areas of sociology are welcome, with emphasis on exceptional quality and general interest. Online access is available for the most current year; also available in print back to 1999.

American Women’s History Online

An authoritative reference database containing biographies, historical and topical subject entries, primary sources, maps and charts, images and videos, and general and subject specific timelines encompassing more than 500 years of American women’s history. More than 60 historical videos cover such topics as working women, women in politics, and changing women’s fashions. Users can search for entries by keyword or phrase, or they can browse by topic and by time period—from nine historical periods relevant specifically to women’s history.

Annals of American History (Britannica)

Speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials, images and more that bring American history to life from 1493 to the present. An excellent resource for locating primary sources.

Biography In Context Get help

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Biography Information

Includes biographies from Gale sources, including Contemporary Authors, and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.

Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides access to full text journals that cover clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the pre-clinical sciences.

Books and Authors Get help

An electronic readers’ advisory resource that assists both fiction and non-fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Includes book and award lists, reviews, materials for all ages, and fiction-related web sites.

Building Green

An independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings.

Business Insights: Essentials

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Company & Industry Information

Online resource for researchers who want to know more than just basic information on any given company, including SWOT analyses on hundreds of global companies. Also contains overviews of whole industries.

Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost) Get help

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Business Articles

Provides full text articles back to 1965 and searchable cited references back as far as 1998 in the fields of management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and more.

Chronicle of Higher Education

The complete online version of the premier weekly source of higher education news, including archives and job ads. An RSS feed is available.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text (EBSCOhost) Get help

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Nursing, Medical Terminology, A&P, or other Health Fields

The Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature is the primary index for nursing and provides citations and abstracts for nursing, allied health and health sciences journals. It includes the full text of more than 550 journals, some dating back to 1981.

Contemporary Literary Criticism – Select (InfoTrac)

Includes more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC–Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study.


Contexts, peer-reviewed and published quarterly, offers a smartly written, thought-provoking take on modern life in our communities—it’s an indispensable guide to understanding our dynamic society. It takes our favorite newspapers and magazines one step further, answering the “Why does that happen?” question with the research and experience of the best sociologists in the United States. Both the educated lay reader and those in sociology and its related fields find the articles captivating. An official publication of the ASA. Available online from the current issue back to 2002.

CQ Researcher

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History of Contemporary Issues
Legal History

CQ Researcher offers nonpartisan, in-depth reports on important contemporary issues. Each issue contains a chronology of the issue, bibliographies and a pro and con section.

Criminal Justice Collection

Hundreds of full-text journals dating back to 1980. Helpful for those studying to be a lawyer, law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security.

EBSCOhost Get help

A vendor offering 23 individual databases in a variety of subject areas.

Educator’s Reference Complete

This mainly full-text collection of over 1100 periodicals and 200 reports contains educational research from preschool to college. Every educational specialty can be found here including technology, health and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy.

Enciclopedia Moderna (Britannica)

A Spanish encyclopedia, suitable for grades 9-12 and beyond. Moderna will satisfy native Spanish speakers, and students that are bilingual or just learning Spanish.

Encyclopedia Britannica

This is a search and directory site featuring selections from the Encyclopædia Britannica, news, and their editors’ suggestions for the web’s best sites. Recommended for locating quality web sites.


Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development analyzes the problems, places, and people where environment and development come together, illuminating concerns from the local to the global. More readable than specialized journals and more timely than textbooks, Environment offers peer-reviewed articles and commentaries from researchers and practitioners who provide a broad range of international perspectives.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes magazines and academic journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

ERIC (EBSCOhost) Get help

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Education Articles

This primary index for education from the U.S. Department of Education Educational Resource Information Center contains citations and abstracts for educational and education-related journals and full text of ERIC digests, including math teaching.

Expanded Academic ASAP (InfoTrac)

Covers all academic disciplines and provides abstracts and some full text of articles from scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers.

Films on Demand Get help

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Academic Films
Math Concepts

A database of high-quality, streaming, educational videos on a variety of topics, including math and computer science.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOhost)

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference Center

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Background Information

Includes encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (InfoTrac)

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Reference Information

Includes encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

General Business File ASAP (InfoTrac)

Useful for analyzing company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics.

General OneFile (InfoTrac)

One-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

General Reference Center Gold (InfoTrac)

A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources (newspapers, reference books, and periodicals) in one interface.

Global Issues In Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.

Global Road Warrior Country Database

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International Business Information
Information on Foreign Countries and Cultures

A guide for companies and individuals traveling to or doing business in foreign countries. Covering 175 countries, it addresses 22 categories of interest to travelers, including business culture, communications, demographics, money and banking, points of interest, security, society and culture, tips for businesswomen, transportation, and travel essentials. Also includes maps and photographs.

GreenFILE (EBSCOhost)

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Environmental, Agriculture, and Renewable Energy Articles

A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment, including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, etc. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as full text for more than 4,700 records.

Health Reference Center Academic (InfoTrac)

Provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus personal health information sources.

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides consumer health information on topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Includes full text for nearly 150 journals.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also includes abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.

Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection

With current and relevant content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry—including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more. Provides access to a wide range of business information including news, financial information, company comparisons, SEC filings, and industry information.


A vendor offering 13 databases in a variety of subject areas.

JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing

For over 35 years the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) has been a premier resource for health care professionals committed to clinical scholarship that advances the health care of women and newborns. With a focus on nursing practice, JOGNN addresses the latest research, practice issues, policies, opinions, and trends in the care of women, childbearing families, and newborns.

Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning

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Outdoor Leadership

The peer-reviewed, official journal of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

An online, international, peer-reviewed publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals and scholars.

Journal of Environmental Education

Based on recent research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the journal details how best to present environmental issues and how to evaluate programs already in place for primary through university level and adult students. University researchers, park and recreation administrators, and teachers from the United States and abroad provide new analyses of the instruction, theory, methods, and practices of environmental communication and education in peer-reviewed articles.


JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. It includes over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles.

Junior Edition – K12 (InfoTrac)

Designed for students in junior high and middle school, this database provides citations and articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books.

Kids InfoBits (InfoTrac)

Designed for grades K-5, this database provides easy access to magazine, reference book, and newspaper citations and articles.

Lexis-Nexis Academic Get help

Provides access to a wide range of information: news (U.S. and the world, transcripts, arts & sports, non-English language); business information (news, financial information, company comparisons, SEC filings, industry information); legal information (news, federal and state case law, U.S. Supreme Court cases, topical law, federal and state codes, tax law, patents, legal directories); medical (news, abstracts); and general reference information (biographies, country profiles, polls & surveys, quotations, state profiles, world almanac).

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCOhost) Get help

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCOhost) Get help

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Literature Articles

Combines information from reference works, books, and literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Contains full text for plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, author interviews, classic texts and more. Good for author biographies.

Literature Resource Center Get help

Included in Literature Resource Center is biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors,more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines, more than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online, language-learning program for 65 different languages, including Spanish, French, Latin, and English specifically for speakers of other languages. This link will take you to a login page: you can create an individual login to save your progress, or you can choose “quick start” to immediately begin in any language.

MAS Ultra – School Edition (EBSCOhost) Get help

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ESOL Reading

Designed for high school students, this database provides full text for appropriate periodicals plus pamphlets, articles from reference books, biographies, primary source documents and an image collection including photos, maps, and flags. Find articles on a wide variety of topics. In the upper-right hand side of the screen, you can change the language of the search screen, to help make finding articles in English easier. You can also limit by Lexile Reading Level on the advanced search screen.

Massachusetts Ebook Project

Digital ebooks provided by the Massachusetts Library System.

Massachusetts History Online

Provides access to the full text of 50 Massachusetts and national newspapers.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides full text as far back as 1975 for general reference publications, and indexing with some full text for periodicals. Also includes full text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.

Media Education Foundation Collection

A complete database of every film produced by the Media Education Foundation.

MEDLINE (EBSCOhost) Get help

Created by the National Library of Medicine, this primary index for medicine provides citations and abstracts from authoritative medical journals in a variety of medical fields.

Military & Government Collection (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides abstracts and some full text coverage for periodicals pertaining to all branches of the military and government.

New York Times Online

Full-text articles from the New York Times since 1980.


Access to current and historical articles from ten western Massachusetts newspapers.

Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides full text for regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, news transcripts and more.


An electronic readers’ advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Includes book and award lists, reviews, materials for all ages, and fiction-related web sites.

Nursing for Women’s Health

Nursing for Women’s Health publishes the most recent and compelling health care information on women’s health, newborn care and professional nursing issues. As a refereed, clinical practice journal, it provides professionals involved in providing optimum nursing care for women and their newborns with health care trends and everyday issues in a concise, practical, and easy-to-read format.

Nursing Resource Center

Full text of nearly 3.5 million nursing articles.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context Get help

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Contemporary or Controversial Issues
Current Political Information

Provides information on a wide variety of social issues–including more than 14,000 pro/con essays and over 5,000 topic overviews. A great database to find a variety of information (reference sources, newspaper articles, academic journal articles) on contemporary issues with one easy search—and each article is labelled according to reading level. Using the advanced search, you can limit items by either content level or lexile reading level.

Ovid Nursing Journals

Full-text coverage of seven nursing journals including The American Journal of Nursing (AJN), Nursing, and Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Oxford Art Online

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Art Images

Oxford Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as links to over 45,000 images.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant, authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. Covering a wide spectrum of information, researchers will have access to a diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

Picture Book Database

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Finding Children’s Literature

An index that enables searchers to find listings of various picture books, based on many different search criteria, including artistic media and style, character education, literary devices, and literary tie-ins, categories, genres and formats, series and characters, original publisher/title/language (for titles published outside the U.S.), country of origin, and age ranges.

Primary Search (EBSCOhost)

Provides full text articles for elementary school research.

Professional Development Collection (EBSCOhost) Get help

Designed for professional educators. Provides abstracts and some full text of journal articles, as well as educational reports.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCOhost) Get help

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Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology Articles

Includes abstracts and some full text of articles on psychological aspects of business, nursing, and education.

PsycINFO (EBSCOhost) Get help

Created by the American Psychological Association, this primary database for psychology indexes and abstracts articles in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines (medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law).


On-campus only. The Greenfield, MA daily newspaper The Recorder covering news and events in Franklin County and beyond. Please note that full access is not available from off-campus. 

Regional Business News (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides full text coverage of business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCOhost) Get help

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Philosophy Articles

Provides full text coverage of world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, political and moral philosophy, and other philosophy topics.

Science In Context Get help

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Science Information

Delivers integrated content through 150+ comprehensive reference sets, with coverage of topics including technology and mathematics.

Science Online Get help

Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

Serials Directory (EBSCOhost) Get help

Provides current information on thousands of serial publications.

US History In Context Get help

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US History Information

Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Includes reference content, along with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Vocation and Careers Collection

Finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

World Data Analyst (Britannica)

Comprehensive current and historical statistics on the countries of the world for historical and cross-national comparisons and the creation of tables and charts or exporting for deeper analysis.

World History In Context Get help

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World History Information

Offers students and researchers access to a broad collection of scholarly analysis and award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents.

WorldCat: The World’s Largest Library Catalog

The WorldCat database searches the collections of libraries locally and around the world. Contains information for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items in libraries – as well as many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. It also contains article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren’t available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages. Once you find an item you are interested in, request it through interlibrary loan.

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