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Summer 2020 Edition: Humanities

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Welcome to the General Education Student Newsletter

In each issue, we are excited to bring you content from various general education disciplines so that you can keep up with the latest events and newest resources. Each issue will feature an in-depth spotlight on a general education topic as well as brief pieces for the What's New? and Did You Know? columns. Be sure to check out all of the great information in each issue!

From 2010-2014, the Rasmussen College St. Cloud Campus hosted the publication of The RasMuse Student Anthology as an expression of the campus’ creative spirit and the college journey.  St. Cloud students from many programs shared poetry, short stories, essays and digital design work for the anthology.

After a five year hiatus, Rasmussen College is once again publishing the RasMuse Student Anthology, this time as a college-wide co-curricular, digital publication.  On an annual basis, all students are invited to submit personal or course-based creative work for consideration in the NEW RasMuse Student Anthology.  We invite you to share your creative spirit!

Summer Quarter is the time to Transition to APA 7th Edition

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, was published earlier this year.  The College will be transitioning to the 7th edition rules in the Summer 2020 quarter.  All APA resources, including the APA Guide, the APA paper template, APA FAQs, and citation tools (NoodleTools and Academic Writer) have been updated to reflect the new rules.

The new edition provides a simplified student title page, simplified in-text citations, as well as consistency among reference formats. 

Below are some of the major changes:

  • Simplified Title Page
  • Six accepted Type Fonts
  • Streamlined in-text citations for works by three or more authors
  • Active links in references
  • "Rasmussen Rule": Inclide permalink for resources found in the Online Library that do not have a DOI

Watch the helpful video below for an introduction to the changes in APA 7th edition.

Student Success Guide: Personal Development and Growth

The Student Success Guide has added a new section that focuses on personal development and growth.  

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There are pages of resources and tips on the following topics:

Spring 2020 Edition: Natural Science

Welcome to the General Education Student Newsletter

In each issue, we are excited to bring you content from various general education disciplines so that you can keep up with the latest events and newest resources. Each issue will feature an in-depth spotlight on a general education topic as well as brief pieces for the What's New? and Did You Know? columns. Be sure to check out all of the great information in each issue!

Featured Library Resource:  Visible Body

Visible Body, an interactive visual database, provides accurate illustrations of both male and female human anatomy and physiology.  You can rotate, zoom, and dissect the thousands of 3-D anatomy illustrations and models to better understand spatial relationship in anatomical structures.  The database also includes a collection of physiology animations.  Consider supplementing your understanding of human anatomy and physiology by exploring this informative visual database.

Stress Management Strategies for You and Your Family

Selections from the Online Library

Looking for recreational reading? Check out Cloud Library 

Are you looking for recreational reading including adult fiction, audio books, cook books, and children's picture books?  Check out Cloud Library!


Using ebooks in this collection is similar to using a public library.  First, you need to identify your library:

  • Country: United States
  • State: Minnesota (even if you are accessing from a different state)
  • Library: Rasmussen College

After logging in, you can view shelves of many of the titles we own in the collection.  Books must be "checked out" using the Cloud Library app to read. 
This FAQ provides detailed instructions.

 

Winter 2020 Edition - English Composition, Literature, and Communication

Welcome to the General Education Student Newsletter

In each issue, we are excited to bring you content from various general education disciplines so that you can keep up with the latest events and newest resources. Each issue will feature an in-depth spotlight on a general education topic as well as brief pieces for the What's New? and Did You Know? columns. Be sure to check out all of the great information in each issue!

Sharpen your Information Literacy Skills

          It seems as though the term, "fake news," is heard or read on a daily basis.  Perhaps a better term for this is false news or misleading news.  What can you do to become a  better consumer of news and information. What tools are available to help you make better judgments about the quality and accuracy of information in the media?  Consider using either the SCRAAP test or the PROVEN method to help you evaluate the quality of information you find in the media:

The infographic and article provided below also offer strategies you can use when you consume information.

 

APA 7th Edition is Here!

     The latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association was published in late 2019. The Library and Learning Services team is in the process of updating APA resources to reflect the changes presented in the 7th edition.  

NOTE: A transition to the 7th edition is scheduled for the Summer 2020 quarter.

Significant Changes include:

  • Simplified title page for student papers
  • Six fonts, including Calibri-11 pt., allowed
  • Modified rules governing headings
  • Single space following period at end of sentence
  • Simplified in-text citations for works by multiple authors
  • References for print publications and resources retrieved from library databases are identical
  • Links can remain active in references     

‚ÄčWatch your student email for announcements about webinars, new resources and other important information about the changes presented in the latest edition.

The American Psychological Association has created a wonderful tool that you can use to master the APA Citation Style.  Academic Writer is organized into three sections:

  • Learn Access video tutorials, examples of references, and sample papers here
  • Reference Use this citation generation tool to create, manage, and store APA references
  • Write - Use this tool to compose your research paper in the APA Style

View the video below for an introduction to APA Academic Writer:

Interested in learning more about Academic Writer?

Check out the Academic Writer Guide at https://guides.rasmussen.edu/AcademicWriter

Fall 2019 Edition: Social Sciences

Welcome to the General Education Student Newsletter

In each issue, we are excited to bring you content from various general education disciplines so that you can keep up with the latest events and newest resources. Each issue will feature an in-depth spotlight on a general education topic as well as brief pieces for the What's New? and Did You Know? columns. Be sure to check out all of the great information in each issue!

Newly Revised Social Sciences Course

AMH 2030 - United States History: 1900-Present

 

The 1900s to the present is such an engaging period to study. You will learn about the dynamic growth of industrialization, the explosion of new inventions, and how this growth impacted society. You will analyze the worst economic downturn in the history of our Country and appreciate the importance of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's words when he helped the Nation understand that, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." You will understand how our Nation endured World War I, World War II, the Cold War and managed to survive an unpopular war in Vietnam. You will learn about the Age of Camelot, hippies, and break-in at the Watergate Hotel that led to the resignation of one of our Presidents. You will study inflation, stagnation, and a crisis that involved American citizens being held hostage for 444 days in Iran. Just when we thought we were down, Ronald Reagan reminded us that America is a "shining city upon a hill" and brought a renewed sense of optimism and patriotism to a beleaguered nation. Please enjoy the class.

The new APA Paper Template and companion video are available in the APA Quick Start Tool Kit.

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Summer 2019 Edition: Humanities

Welcome to the General Education Student Newsletter

In each issue, we are excited to bring you content from various general education disciplines so that you can keep up with the latest events and newest resources. Each issue will feature an in-depth spotlight on a general education topic as well as brief pieces for the What's New? and Did You Know? columns. Be sure to check out all of the great information in each issue!

New Humanities Course:

FIL2000 - Film Appreciaton

A new humanities course will be available to Rasmussen students beginning in the Fall, 2019 quarter: FILM APPRECIATION.  This course will explore the history of film and the art filmmaking.  Students enrolled in this course will study the different forms, techniques, and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry.  Students will critique films and filmmaking through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.

New Instructional Video Series

Two new instructional video series are now available!  Each series is composed of three-minute videos providing visual demonstrations of how to use library and learning resources efficiently and effectively.  Check these out here:

Did you know that you can meet with a Rasmussen College librarian for research help?

Library Live Chat

Are you not sure where to find academic articles for your research project?  Are you losing points on your APA references and citations?  Get immediate help with these and other questions through the Library's Live Chat service.  The services is offered Monday through Thursday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm (Central), and Sunday evenings from 4:00-8:00 pm (Central).

Research Appointments

Get personalized assistance with your research project by scheduling a Research Appointment with a Rasmussen College librarian.  Appointments are offered throughout the week and last from 20 to 30 minutes.  Sessions are recorded so that you can go back and review the information shared.  Students find this service particularly helpful to learn how to use the Online Library effectively in addition to getting tips on focusing a research topic and best databases to use to find articles and information.  Consider scheduling a research appointment for your next research project.

Past Issues

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