National Bicycle Month

May is National Bicycle Month, with several events observed in Fort Wayne, including National Bike to Work Day and the Ride of Silence honoring those killed and injured while bicycling.

Bicycle safety awareness is emphasized during this month. Have you heard of the Dutch Reach?

Government agencies provide excellent resources for bicycle safety. At the sites listed, you can find best practices for cyclists and motorists, initiatives to make bicycling safer, tools for educating children in bike safety, and statistics on injuries.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists
Federal Highway Administration https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/
The Medline database is a great resource for any public safety topic. Medline uses Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for targeted searching. The Ivy Tech Library provides a user-friendly interface: find Medline (EBSCO) in our A-Z List. When you enter your search term bicycle safety also select suggest subject terms. This shows you the correct terms to use, how the topic relates to other topics, and allows you to target statistics, trends, injuries and other data sets.

Congratulations – now get a job!

Spring Semester is over! You did it!! Graduates may be wondering about job prospects in your field, whether to transfer to a Bachelor program, or go to work with your Associates degree. If you’re not graduating, you may be considering or re-considering your major.

A resource from our library gives you access to industry growth predictions – by state – drawn from the latest government data in an easy-to-read format. I looked at automotive repair. With only 266 automotive repair shops, Alaska could use some good mechanics!

From our A-Z listof databases, select Business Source Complete. The easiest way to search is to put in the NAICS number for your industry, which can be found with an easy keyword search at: https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html

In the Business Source Complete search window, enter Barnes Reports in the first box. Then scroll down to Limit your results. Choose Industry Profile, then enter the six-digit NAICS Industry Code. For automotive repair it is 811111. Click the Search button at the bottom of the page, and a list of results will be generated. Choose the 2017 Industry and Market Outlook. This Barnes Report document reports the number of employers and employees nationwide and by state, and gives predictions of industry growth.

Have a job offer from a company? See if there is a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) of it in Business Source Complete by entering the company name in the top search box, scrolling down to Limit your results and under Publication Type selecting SWOT Analysis. I tried Frontier Communications, a local employer.

The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades! 

STUDY AND WRITING HELPS

As everyone gears up for final papers and exams, here are some helpful tools for studying and writing. Remember we will have free snacks in the library during finals week, and therapy dogs in the mornings to boost your oxytocin.
Flashcards are a proven study aid that work best when presented randomly. This is hard to do yourself, so try one of these apps that let you create your own deck or use already created decks. For IOS or Android phones, try Quizlet. You can use Quizlet from a browser (laptop/desktop) as well. For iPhones, Tinycards is an award-winning flashcard app.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, so check your papers and reports before handing them in. Two of the best free tools you can use are: Dupli Checker which allows you to copy and paste in 1000-word passages of text; and Plagiarism Checker which allows you to search two phrases of text at a time from different parts of your document. It only works with the Google Chrome browser. These tools do not require uploading files or any particular format – just copy and paste your text passages. Your professor may have turned on a plagiarism checker in Blackboard, so look for this when you are about to upload your paper.
The library offers links to a citation creator called Noodletools that creates both in-text citations and sources lists in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. It can be easier to use than MSWord’s built-in citation tool. Access Noodletools from the Library home page http://library.ivytech.edu/northeast You must create a free account with username and password, and then you can add sources directly from search results in the library databases! Even better, it offers a browser plug-in called “Archive This” that allows you to keep your sources organized for quick reference. It also has a smartphone app that will generate citations by scanning the ISBN on a book jacket with your phone camera!! It’s easiest if you set up your project first before using the App. When you create a sources list, choose your style (MLA, APA, Chicago) and ADVANCED which includes almost any source type: books, journals, websites, emails …
We wish everyone GOOD LUCK and remind you we are here to answer your questions!