Libraries are often in the middle of college campuses, a statement of their importance to their institutions. At GeorgiaCC, our library is important to our online students, but we have no library building in the center of the campus. Rather, our library is everywhere. Our students can access it wherever they have Internet access.
Get started using our library
Students can access e-books, databases and reference works through the library’s Web site. Resources available include the following:
- The links below may be used as library resources for GA-SC students. Llinks will open in a new window!
- section of Architectural Record’s Web site featuring green-related news stories.
- commercial site containing 24,000+ home designs from 350 of the most renowned residential architects and designers.
- objective, high-quality information about commercial and residential buildings.
- articles, technical reports, and other materials on moisture control, mold, durability, and energy-efficient construction.
- unique information resource that provides a community for the buildings industry, with the latest news, an articles archive, research, and an online buyers’ guide for facilities professionals.
- research reports design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings. Also includes full-text access to Centerline Magazine.
- Searchable database by the U.S. Department of Energy of data on various factors that affect a building’s performance, such as energy, materials, and land use.
- Includes up-to-date document library with articles on measured performance level of buildings, codes & policy, HVAC, lighting, advanced design, and more.
- information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a ‘whole buildings’ perspective.
Codes & Standards
- view the 2007 Florida Building Code online in PDF format.
Building Codes by State
- national Institute of Standards and Technology’s searchable website includes publications database, news, programs & projects and more.
- look here for codes and standards, training, government relations, jobs, and public safety information.
- Construction industry’s premier information source. Includes searchable databases for company listings & building materials and a free project communication network.
- Have a look at their free publications, as well as their directories, blogs, and an area for construction business owners to connect.
- Click Projects link to access the Statewide Construction Database.
- searchable collection of information on building materials based on manufacturer’s catalogs.
- browse back issues of magazine and newsletters dating back to 1995, take a NEC quiz, and more!
- U.S. Department of Energy’s site for commercial and residential building initiatives.
- clearinghouse for information on energy efficiency in the home.
- authoritative alternative energy information for contractors, builders, and utilities.
Green & Sustainable Construction
- Canadian based database of building-related, environmentally appropriate technologies.
- encyclopedia of nature’s solutions to common design problems such as structural support, adhesion, energy harvesting, and cleaning.
- green building news for the United Kingdom.
- overviews of the green building philosophy and products, a materials database, fact sheets about selected materials, green building guidelines for new construction and remodels, and more.
- the home of Environmental Building News, this site offers project files, information on LEEDS, and the Learn section is full of additional green information. Full content access available through library under heading DATABASE RESOURCES.
- Full text access to articles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment, including green building.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s site for green building resources.
- provides standards, links to additional resources, and certification courses.
- U.S. EPA site includes green building publications, green homes site, and more.
- includes sustainable building toolkit, a recycled-content products database, funding opportunities for green building, technical documents on indoor air quality, and links to green specifications.
- articles on green building, products, and industry news.
- nonprofit industry association working to promote the green roof industry throughout North America.
- National Green Building Program website with links and materials for builders, homeowners, verifiers, & manufacturers.
- current green building news and archives from the no-longer-published Energy Source Builder newsletter.
- Learning Center’s library contains full-text green building publications.
- provides non-commercial and objective information about sustainable building practices around the world.
- Sustainable building information, including the Green Building Professionals Directory.
- home of the LEED rating system, this site also offers research, project profiles, USGBC courses, and links to additional governmental resources.
- HVAC industry news.
Magazines & Journals
- the newsmagazine of mechanical contracting. Includes digital edition of Green Mechanical Contractor Magazine.
- the website for this journal offers articles from the current issue as well as archives, and has a special Features section.
- Magazine archives dating back to 1998. Site also includes white papers, case studies, and videos.
- this journal’s website offers all of their news and features, as well as a career center, videos, and more.
- this website offers links to lots of topics, which contain even more links!
- Open access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader "without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. Some are subsidized, and some require payment on behalf of the author.
Subsidized journals are financed by an academic institution or a government information center; those requiring payment are typically financed by money made available to researchers for the purpose from a public or private funding agency, as part of a research grant. There have also been several modifications of open access journals that have considerably different natures: hybrid open access journals and delayed open access journals.
ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. If available, links to full text are included.
Within the ERIC Collection, you will find records for:
- journal articles
- research syntheses
- conference papers
- technical reports
- policy papers
- other education-related materials
You may also search special collections from the
Who Uses ERIC
ERIC users include education researchers, teachers, librarians, administrators, education policymakers, instructors and
students in teacher-preparation programs, parents, the media and business communities, and the general public. The user
community conducts more than eight million searches each month through the ERIC Web site and commercial and non-commercial sites.
What's in ERIC
Journals in ERIC
ERIC indexes education , the majority of which are peer-reviewed. Most of these journals are
indexed comprehensively - that is, a record for every article in each issue is included in ERIC. Some journals are indexed
selectively - that is, only those articles that are education-related are selected for indexing.
Journal records typically include bibliographic data (author, title, date, journal citation, publisher) and an abstract, or
short description of the work. A small number of journal publishers also make the full text of an article available at no cost
directly through this Web site. The majority of journal articles need to be obtained through library print and electronic
holdings or directly from the publisher. To aid in the finding process, ERIC includes Find in a Library and/or Publisher's Web
site links at the end of every record with an ISSN number.
Other Materials in ERIC
In addition to the journal literature, ERIC indexes education-related materials from a variety of , including scholarly organizations,
professional associations, research centers, policy organizations, university presses, the U.S. Department of Education and
other federal agencies, and state and local agencies. Individual contributors submit conference papers, research papers,
dissertations, and theses.
Records for these materials typically include bibliographic data (author, title, date, source), an abstract, or short
description of the work, and a link to the full text in PDF format. ERIC appreciates the individuals and publishers who have
given ERIC permission to display the full text at no charge. For most materials from 2004 forward, if full text is not available
in ERIC, links to the publishers' Web sites and to libraries that may have the full text are provided.
Identifying and providing full-text access to this "grey literature" or "fugitive literature" is one of ERIC's signature
strengths. Grey literature provides searchers with a wide variety of important information about education. Diverse in format,
it ranges from informational materials to very substantive, rigorously researched and reviewed documents, including research
syntheses, conference papers, and policy reports. All materials are reviewed and selected in accordance with the
Getting Started with ERIC
The ERIC Web site allows you to search education-related bibliographic records any time at no charge.
A growing number of full-text materials are becoming available in the ERIC Collection as PDF documents in
ERIC or via links to library holdings and publishers' Web sites.
- Use the ERIC Web site's or tools to search the ERIC Collection.
- Use the to identify appropriate words and phrases from ERIC's controlled vocabulary for precision searching.
- Use to manage your search criteria and search results, save searches, and track your online submissions.
is an academic search engine accessing only trusted websites previously selected by librarians, teachers and library and educational consortia. Infotopia is recommended for students, teachers, and, especially, homeschoolers. Infotopia was created by, and is maintained by, Dr. Michael Bell, former chair, Texas Association of School Librarians.
is a free Web service aimed at students, teachers, and researchers in UK further education and higher education. Intute provides access to online resources, via a large database of resources. Each resource is reviewed by an academic specialist in the subject, who writes a short review of between 100 to 200 words, and describes via various metadata fields (such as which subject discipline(s) it will be useful to) what type of resource it is, who created it, who its intended audience is, what time-period or geographical area the resource covers, and so on. In July 2010 Intute provided 123,519 records.
So where can you go online to find solid, scholarly information? Why not try ? It’s the same Google that we know and love, but it only searches free articles that are published in journals, as well as theses, abstracts, books, and other scholarly literature.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.
- Search diverse sources from one convenient place
- Find articles, theses, books, abstracts or court opinions
- Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
- Learn about key scholarly literature in any area of research
How are documents ranked?
Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature.
Scirus states on there web site that they are the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 410 million science-specific Web pages, enabling you to quickly:
- Pinpoint scientific, scholarly, technical and medical data on the Web.
- Find the latest reports, peer-reviewed articles, patents, pre prints and journals that other search engines miss.
- Offer unique functionalities designed for scientists and researchers.
Scirus has proved so successful at locating science-specific results on the Web that the Search Engine Watch Awards voted Scirus 'Best Specialty Search Engine' in 2001 and 2002 and 'Best Directory or Search Engine Website' WebAward from Web Marketing Association in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Why Use Scirus?
Search engines are all different in the Web sites they cover, and the way they classify these Web sites. Scirus, the search engine for science, focuses only on Web pages containing scientific content.
Searching more than 410 million science-related pages, Scirus helps you quickly locate scientific information on the Web:
- Filters out non-scientific sites. For example, if you search on REM, Google finds the rock group - Scirus finds information on sleep, among other things
- Finds peer-reviewed articles such as PDF and PostScript files, which are often invisible to other search engines.
- Searches the most comprehensive combination of web information, preprint servers, digital archives, repositories and patent and journal databases. Scirus goes deeper than the first two levels of a Web site, thereby revealing much more relevant information.
- click Business Opportunities tab for invations to bid.
- information on architectural & decorative concrete, bridges, buildings, concrete homes, masonry, pavements, stucco, tansit & rail, waste treatment, and water resources.
- includes repository for relevant and reliable project management information.
- guide to waste reduction and recycling during construction.
- includes housing reports, introductions to major construction types, and more presented by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
- Construction industry news, directories, and glossary.
Safety & Health
- OSHA’s website contains compliance assistance, laws and regulation, enforcement, safety information, and statistics.
- Authoritative resource on fire, electrical, and building safety.
- articles on health issues related to building materials and indoor air quality.
- Offers information on jobs in the construction field, including information on salaries.
- This national association’s website offers content on government affairs, insurance, safety, legal issues, and more.
- construction Management Association of America’s website offers various publications for free, as well as other professional development resources.
- extensive website providing information on a variety of housing topics, as well as market indices and directories.
- contains educational videos on various components of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
- Wikipedia is increasingly used by people in the academic community, from first-year students to professors, as an easily accessible tertiary source for information about anything and everything. However, citation of Wikipedia in research papers may not be considered acceptable, because Wikipedia is not considered a credible source. Especially considering anyone can edit the information given at any time.
Do your research properly.
Remember that any encyclopedia is a starting point for research, not an ending point.
- An encyclopedia is great for getting a general understanding of a subject before you dive into it. But then you do have to dive into your subject; using books and articles and other appropriate sources will provide better research. Research from these sources will be more detailed, more precise, more carefully reasoned, and (in most cases) more broadly than the summary you found in an encyclopedia. These will be the sources you cite in your paper. There is no need to cite Wikipedia in this case.
- An encyclopedia is great for checking general knowledge that you have forgotten, like the starting date of the or the boiling point of . Citation is not needed for fact checking general knowledge.
- Slightly obscure details, such as the population of , can be found on Wikipedia, but it is best to verify the information using an authoritative source, such as the .
- A very obscure detail, such as the names of the founders of the , might be very hard to find without the aid of an encyclopedia like Wikipedia. Wikipedia is ideal in these situations because it will allow you to find the information, as well as sources which you can research to confirm that information. In any case, you should not cite Wikipedia, but the source provided; you should of course look up the source yourself before citing it. If there is no source cited, consider a different method of obtaining this information...