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10 Things You Didnt Know about the Online Library

by South University
February 1, 2018

By now you probably know you can access South University's online library resources in the Campus Common, but did you know you can also access these same resources through any Brightspace course? If you haven’t taken the time to explore our library system, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to enhance your learning experience.

10 Things You Didnt Know about the Online Library

Ready to take advantage of all that the South University Libraries have to offer? Then you have excellent timing because February is Library Lovers Month! Learn 10 things you might not know about the campus and online libraries at South University.

1. We have full-time staff

All of our libraries have a full-time staff member who you can contact directly with questions. Feel free to call or email your library for assistance. If we miss your call, please leave us a message with your name and number so that we can call you back.

2. You can live chat with a librarian

Need a little help finding research material? If you're working on an assignment and don’t know where to start or where to go next, use the chat feature to ask our library staff. Our librarians can answer your questions and point you in the right direction, so you don’t have to worry about wasting time looking in the wrong place.

3. There's a Research Guide for that

Research Guides contain recommended articles, websites, books, and other information that can assist you with research, assignments, or general knowledge on a specific subject or area of study. To find them, simply click on Research Guides on the library homepage and select your campus location (or that you’re an online student). From there, you’ll be able to browse guides specific to the programs at your school.

4. We host live workshops

We regularly offer events for South University students, including live workshops online. Check with your librarian to see what kind of learning opportunities are available or coming soon!

5. You can arrange a one-on-one meeting with a librarian

Would you like some one-on-one help from a librarian? Just contact your librarian to arrange an appointment! All of their email and contact information is available by selecting your library location right from our main library homepage.

6. Thousands of eBooks are available to you

Did you know you literally have thousands of eBooks at your fingertips? We offer unlimited access to multiple databases of eBooks that you can use to complete assignments or simply read to further your knowledge in your field of choice.

7. Our Library Help Videos are a great place to start

If you haven't spent much time at the library, it can be a bit intimidating at first. That's why we created training videos to help you get acquainted. You’ll find videos on using the library search feature, finding an article from a citation, and more. To see the full video list, click on "Training Videos" from the library homepage.

8. We can help you improve your study skills

We strive to be as helpful as possible to students. That’s why we offer print books and eBooks that feature tips on how to improve your study habits. Visit or contact your librarian to find resources that can help you become a better learner.

9. You can access even more materials through interlibrary loans

An interlibrary loan is a service that provides access to materials not owned by South University Libraries. Through cooperative agreements, participating libraries share their collections with students and faculty from other institutions. You can access this service by clicking on "Interlibrary Loan Form" under "Services" from the main menu on the Library homepage.

10. The Online Library has a Job & Career Accelerator resource

Job & Career Accelerator™ combines everything you need for your job search—including a job search platform, tutorials, cover letter and resume builders, career path information, and quizzes that tell you what occupations match your skills and interests—all on one website.

Want to know more? Contact your librarian or start exploring the resources in your South University library today!

Not a student yet? Want to know more about South University? Request information today!

Note: This post was originally published April 16, 2015 and updated February 1st, 2018.

by South University
February 1, 2018
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Microsoft Office 365 Now Available to All Students

by South University
June 16, 2015

Office 365 banner

As of June 15, 2015, Office 365 is now available to every enrolled, full- or part-time South University student at no charge to you!

Office 365 provides you with a more robust and easily accessible suite of productivity offerings, ensuring that—as long as you’re a student—you’ll have online and offline access to the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook online and more.

With Office 365, you will be able to:

  • Install Office 365 software on up to 5 total compatible PCs, Macs and mobile devices
  • Access cloud-based versions of Office applications online
  • Use OneDrive for automatic syncing across all of your devices
  • Easily store class work and project documents– and recall them on any device

Get Office 365 today by clicking on the link on the right hand side of the student portal to access the download.

As of 6/15, student email service has also changed from Google to Microsoft. Most student email addresses have not changed, nor has the way you access your email. When you click on the email link on the portal, you will now see a screen allowing you to choose either Google or Microsoft. Select Microsoft if you want to send or receive e-mail. Select Google if you want to access your old Google data.

Google data is only available for a short time. Access to your Google emails and documents will no longer be available after July 10, 2015. For information on how to save emails and documents from your Google account, see this “How To Export Data From Gmail” guide.

Want more information?

See our FAQ document or contact Technical Support at 888-444-3404 or for fully online students or at 866-848-5515 or for campus-based or plus students.

by South University
June 16, 2015
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Exciting Changes in Store for the Online Classroom

by South University Online Programs
March 23, 2015

We’re excited to announce a few exciting new changes that will make your online classroom an even better place to learn! Starting on Thursday, March 26, for the majority of classes, a new, more detailed course syllabus page will replace the existing readings and assignments page. This change will be implemented for all classes by Thursday, April 16.

This update will make it easier for you to access and print your course details and requirements, weekly assignments, readings, due dates, and evaluation requirements.

Why the change?

In the 2014 Noel Levitz survey, our students ranked having a clearly defined syllabus as one of the top five most important factors in their experience. Improving this aspect of the classroom addresses this student-defined priority, by providing one place for you to access all of your course information. We’re constantly striving to improve your student experience and we truly appreciate your feedback.

Feature overview

Print feature: You now have the option to print all page information from top to bottom, excluding the overview information.

Print feature

Course overview: The course overview information is now embedded directly within the Syllabus page and can be easily printed separate from the syllabus.

Grading scale: This page also includes a grading scale with corresponding grades for all point values. (Ex: 90-100 = A)

Assignment table

Weekly assignment table: All weekly assignments are now displayed in a table with due dates and point values.

Evaluation requirements: This section of the page sets expectations regarding the time you can expect to spend on instructional engagement (like lectures, presentation, and discussions) as well as on completing assignments, reading, and research.

Wondering if online learning is right for you? Watch our classroom demo!

At South University, Online Programs, we offer you the flexibility to make your degree program fit your lifestyle. We provide you with more than just an online classroom, as we strive to present you with a variety of interactive experiences and support services to enhance your learning process, including advising, tutoring, an active student community, and career services.

Request more information about South University, Online Programs today!

by South University Online Programs
March 23, 2015
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Save the date for these upcoming events!

by South University, Online Programs
August 29, 2014

Don’t miss out on the full student experience at South University! Sign up for one of our upcoming September library workshops, webinars and other informative online events. Want to learn what’s going on with the Student Community? Interested in the library resources available to you? Not sure how to use Connections?

Events Calendar

After you review the list of events below, get more information and register using the events calendar in the Campus Common.

Library Workshops – 9/2/14-9/22/14

The South University Online Library is hosting a series of workshops designed to teach you about library resources that relate to your area of study.

• Business students: 9/2/14
• Information technology students: 9/8/14
• Legal studies students: 9/15/14
• Psychology Students: 9/22/14

How to Perform College Level Research – 9/29/14

In this workshop hosted by the South University Online Library, attendees will learn to create research questions, conduct background research, form thesis statements, and identify keywords.

Supreme Court Criminal Law Case Review – 9/11/14

This is a continuation of the Supreme Court series. This webinar concerns the Riley v. California, Plumhoff v. Rickard, Martinez v. Illinois, and Kaley v. U.S. All of these cases are recent United States Supreme Court cases related to criminal law. The Riley case addressed whether a cell phone be routinely searched incident to arrest. The Plumhoff case addressed whether using deadly force to end a dangerous, high speed pursuit, is Constitutional. The Martinez case addressed whether the swearing in of the jury signals the start of a trial, triggering the Double Jeopardy Clause. The Kaley case addressed whether a federal grand jury indictment also supports the seizure of assets connected to the crime.

How to Access & Navigate Connections – 9/19/14

If you’ve never used Connections, or it’s been awhile and you’re curious about what’s new, please join us for this informational webinar! In this session, you’ll learn:

• What Connections can do for you
• How to set up your profile
• How to join organizations
• How to set up your own lounge

Student Activities Night – 9/24/14

Attendees will learn:

• What the Student Community department is
• Which honor societies and organizations are available to online students
• What the benefits of membership are
• How to apply to student organizations

by South University, Online Programs
August 29, 2014
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Announcing the Online Library Workshop Series

by South University, Online Programs
July 1, 2014

In today’s digital age, knowing what information you need and then being able to find and evaluate this information is essential. As a student, it’s even more vital that you master these skills to ensure success on your academic journey.

Events Calendar

Whether you struggle with writing a thesis statement or locating credible resources for your assignments, the South University Online Library—and our staff—can help. Our Online Library staff has put together a series of training workshops that start this month and provide you with an opportunity to learn, develop and polish your research skills!

How to Perform College Level Research
Monday, July 7, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn to create research questions, conduct background research, form thesis statements and identify keywords.

Navigating the South University Online Library
Monday, July 14, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn how to use Library Search and other Online Library resources.

Finding Articles & Books Using Databases
Monday, July 21, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn how to use databases and eBooks in the Online Library.

Utilizing Research Guides
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Find out how to use our Research Guides for class-assignments and basic research.

Effectively Using the Internet to do Research
Monday, July 28, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn how to effectively use the internet to find credible resources outside the Online Library.

Evaluating Resources
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Discover how to evaluate scholarly and popular resources and assess information for credibility.

Learn more and register now!

Check out the Events Page in the Campus Common to learn more about each event. To visit the Events page, log in to the Campus Common, hover over the Campus Life dropdown menu and select Events.

by South University, Online Programs
July 1, 2014
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