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Federated Freedom Struggles: Library Resources

Honors Modern Western Civilizations Spring 2021

Reference Services

A librarian can help you find sources for your speeches, essays, and research assignments.

  • The library has over 94,000 items available for research and leisure.
  • Over 130 research databases are accessible from home.
  • Students can check out books from UCF, any VCC campus library, and all the Florida Community Colleges
  • The library provides research assistance, directions, maps, and citation support.
  • Study guides for NCTE, NCLEX-RN, CLEP, and many other exams are available.

Resources

Using The Library

Students, Faculty, & Staff:
Log in to Atlas to search the library on the My Atlas tab.

Visitors:
Search the Library without logging in. Use this link during Atlas outages.

During Atlas outages, follow these instructions to log in to the Library:

  1. Click the "Search the Library" link above.
  2. On the page that follows, click Log In in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. When prompted, enter your VID and PIN.
    • Include the V with your VID number.
    • The PIN is the last four digits of your VID number.
Your Valencia ID Card also serves as your Library Card.

Accessing Library Resources

The video below is a guide to accessing library resources using Atlas. Printed instructions are also available below that. If Atlas is down and you need access to the library please refer to the following LibGuide.

Note: For optimal viewing click the square in the lower right corner of the video.

Interlibrary Loan

Database Video Tutorials

Fake News

From the Valencia Library's LibGuide, Fake News: Separating Truth From Fiction, fake news is:

Fake news is false or misleading information intended to deceive readers into believing it is credible and true information. Regarding fake news,  Sapna Maheshwari of the New York Times states that while some fake news is spread with the intent of "Seeking to make money from advertising, false information can also arise from misinformed social media posts by regular people that are seized on and spread through a hyperpartisan blogosphere." 

Communications expert Barbara Alvarez warns that "Without the knowledge of appropriately identifying fake news, these websites can do an effective job of tricking the untrained eye into believing it’s a credible source. Indeed, its intention is deception."

 

As technology becomes more and more advanced, there are many ways fake sources are used to "trick" or "fool" people into believing something is true when it is not.  In addition, people have confirmational biases, which happens when someone seeks out certain information that supports the readers ideas, and therefore, more likely to be believed.