Library Resources News

Library Resources News

In an effort to keep everyone up-to-date with ongoing changes to our online resources we have created this Library Resources News page.

This is a developing situation and content will be updated as information is made available.

Remote Reference Assistance

Librarians are available by phone, email, and chat to assist with your research questions.

  • Phone

    August 2020
    Remote Reference Assistance Hours

    Our Remote Reference Assistance Hours will change during the month of August. Please see the schedule below:

    August 1 - 13

    • Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    August 14 - 17

    • Remote Reference Unavailable

    August 18 - 23

    • Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: Remote Reference Unavailable

    August 24 - 31

    • Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


    Please call (361) 698-1311 to speak with a DMC librarian by phone during the hours above. For after hours questions, call the same number and leave a message.  A  DMC librarian will return your call or email you back as soon as possible.

  • Chat

    You can also access AskAcademic chat assistance by clicking the button below.

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  • E-mail

    Librarians are also available by email. Send an email to or to your librarian liaison.


Streaming Media

  • Films on Demand

    Film streaming subscription service Films on Demand is providing upgraded features including an app for iPhones ad Android for students to easily view films on their phones as well as information on how to add your chosen films to a YouTube channel. Please see below for additional information.  Steps on how to add Films on Demand videos into Canvas can be found on the Canvas Integration of Library eResources LibGuides page.

    For additional help using Films on Demand or any other library resources, please email your designated librarian liaison.

  • Kanopy

    Kanopy is offering free resources for the next three weeks, including access to The Great Courses from The Teaching Company. Please see the message from Kanopy below.

    Message from Kanopy

    COVID-19 Update
    We understand that a large number of our partnering libraries have made the difficult decision to move their classes to an online format in light of health and safety concerns.

    Films available for free

    With the support of select content partners like First Run Features, Samuel Goldwyn, Collective Eye Films, FilmRise, Films We Like, Media Education Foundation and NYX and more we’ve put together a collection of films that your campus can watch at no cost for the next 30 days. You can find a full list of titles here, and in our guide. This list will continue to grow as we connect with our content partners in the coming days. We will send regular updates as necessary.


    Free Access to the Great Courses

    Starting Monday, March 16th, 2020 all selections in our catalog from The Great Courses will be available to use at no additional cost for the next 4 weeks.


  • E-Books

    DMC Libraries has nearly 500,000 eBooks within various databases. Through EBSCOhost, DMC users have access to their Academic, Community College, and General eBook Collections.

    EBSCO eBooks combined collections - Titles range from academic to trade books. During COVID-19 closures, EBSCOhost is providing unlimited users access to all of the eBooks in their collections.


  • LibGuides

    What are LibGuides?

    LibGuides are research guides to assist students with research and reference questions created by librarians for specific courses, topics, or assignments with suggested databases, webpages, books, and other resources.  If you are interested in having a LibGuide made to accompany your courses, please speak with your library liaison.

    Online Library Instruction

    We are also available to make online library instruction tutorials to guide your students through the research process. Currently, Librarians are researching Microsoft Teams and Canvas to conduct library instruction. Please email the Reference Department to be connected with an instruction librarian.

    Highlighted Subscription Resources

    A full listing of all the DMC Libraries Databases can be found on our A - Z Databases Page, accessible from DMC Libraries homepage Please remember, off-campus library databases require you to enter your WebDMC Username and Password for access. For more information on any of our databases, please reach out to your library liaison. For  step-by-step instruction, see our Canvas Integration of Library eResources LibGuide. For help embedding the library database content into Canvas, please email the eResources/Public Services Librarian - Jennifer Jimenez.

    DMC Libraries has created a list of free eResources for your courses that have been made available during COVID-19.  You can find this list as a new tab on the DMC Libraries COVID-19 Academic Resource Guide. We will continue to add new resources on the page as they are made available.

Digital Magazines

  • National Geographic Magazine

    To help you and your families better understand COVID-19—and learn how to protect yourselves—National Geographic is providing  free access to their coronavirus coverage. 

    To take a break from coronavirus coverage and see some beautiful and fantastic things in the world, you can view the National Geographic magazine through Flipster, provided through DMC Libraries.

    For more magazine options, visit the Del Mar College Libraries homepage and scroll through the carousel.

Digital Newspapers & News Articles

Health & Wellness Resources

Other Resources

  • Alternative Approaches for Assessment

    In response to the current COVID-19 situation, the DMC Office of eLearning has assembled some alternative approaches to using the Quizzes tool in Canvas. Because these types of assessments are usually not submitted using the Quizzes tool (except for low stakes quizzes), Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor in Canvas is not used. These ideas are for your consideration for use as may be appropriate in your courses.

    Examples of Assessments


    • Graded responses from class discussions (provide a rubric for grading)
    • Student self-assessment from journaling
    • Observation- view a recorded demonstration of a student, different videos over time for observation of development/growth of skill
    • Essay responses (compare pre instruction responses to post instruction responses)
    • Matching quizzes
    • Low-stake, multiple choice quizzes for each module
    • Interviews
    • Presentation Story Boards/Posters (PowerPoint)
    • Team Projects
    • Problem solving scenarios applicable to subject area
    • Online Scavenger Hunt- search out literature on select topic- report back to group



    • Final Exam
    • eFolios: Creative assignment- artwork, music, or completed project
    • Recorded presentation of content knowledge
    • Portfolio- student selects top three items that demonstration acquired learning
    • Written Reports
    • eGallery or eRecital: creative works are uploaded via JPEG image (art) or video (music), and graded/ peer-reviewed (surveyed)


    Helpful Links on Assessment Strategies


    The instructional designers in the DMC Office of eLearning can be reached at the following addresses:

Citation Style Assistance

Stone Writing Center

  • Ask a Writing Tutor

    Kate Kennedy, SWC Assistant Instructor, is available to answer quick questions about writing and submitting assignments to SWC Online!

    Stone Writing Center: 361-698-1364

    Academic Learning Center: 361-698-1860

    Hours of Availability

    Monday – Thursday: 10 AM – 4PM

    Saturday:  12 PM – 4PM

  • Handouts

    Helpful handouts on Documentation and Research are available at 
  • Online Writing Tutorials

    Online Writing Tutorials: Professional writing tutors can answer students' questions about documentation and citation formats. 
    • Go to and select Online Tutoring
    • Use Canvas username and password to log in.
    • Students can access the Online Tutoring Program 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Del Mar College Libraries

  • Reference Assistance

    • Reference Assistance- DMC reference librarians continue to provide one-on-one reference assistance to students during this time via:
  • LibGuides

    LibGuidesReference librarians maintain professional currency on the MLA 8th edition (2016) and APA 7th edition (2019) and have created LibGuides for MLA and APA resources:

     When conducting library instruction and one-on-one reference help, the DMC reference librarians explain the elements of citations for electronic and print material. The majority of the library subscription databases provide researchers with a computer-generated citation. Because computer-generated citations may have errors, reference librarians point out where these errors may be as well as the correct format.

    DMC Libraries works collaboratively with the Stone Writing Center to ensure students become information literate and overall better researchers.

Page last updated September 22, 2020.