Your success as a student at ACOM will be determined by the development of your study skills. In this section of our website you will find assistance in the areas of using Journals, EBSCO (ACOM Digital Library) and how to develop effective note taking and study skills.
Academic and Peer-review Journals are a vital means for staying current within any given discipline. It is important for you as a student to have an awareness of the various Journals that exist within the discipline you are studying and for you to understand their place in the academic spectrum.
Below is a summary of some of the more prominent journals you will come across in your studies, with an accompaning summary so you can begin to become familiar with them. You can visit each website for more information and search them using EBSCO.
How to use the ACOM Digital Library (EBSCO)
In addition to the targeted academic resources supplied for each unit, ACOM provides extensive library facilities to its students.
Students are able to access 20,000 ebooks and over 350,000 journal articles remotely through the ACOM electronic library. These resources allow students to access current scholarship conveniently from any location. The EBSCO search engine allows students to comprehensively explore the library.
The following collections make up the ACOM library:
• Religion & Philosophy Collection,
• ATLA Religion Database (ATLA RDB) with ATLASerial, (ATLAS),
• eBook Collection,
• eBook Religion Collection; and
• eBook Business Collection.
For guidelines on how to use ATLAS please watch the short video below.
Accordance Bible Software
Accordance is a Bible Software program that ACOM recommends.
Accordance has thousands of biblical and theological texts in electronic format including commentaries, original language tools and numerous Bible translations. The ‘Discover’ packages (English and Greek/Hebrew) as well as the ‘Triple Discover’ package is available to ACOM students at a 40% discount. This offer is available until 1 September 2017. Simply use the discount code APP-ACOM-17 during checkout to take advantage of this offer. Accordance is significantly cheaper than other competing Bible software packages and with the offered discount is particularly good value. Please note that this discount code is only open to current students.
To help with current and future improvements to this arrangement, please contact us with any feedback on this package.
How to Take Notes as your Study
Writing any kind of assessment not only requires copious reading and also effective note taking. The Fact Sheet below will help you establish your own system.
Endnote is bibliographical database software program that allows you to organise all your references, store your notes, insert footnotes in your papers, create bibliographies, search online library catalogues and databases, and keep track of all your reading. The following Fact Sheet explains how to use the full software program. Please note that there is also free online verison that is simpler to use but has limited features. This can be found at http://endnote.com/product-details/basic