PrepSTEP

Dickerson-Johnson Library Offers New Database for Growth in Basic Subject Areas

Through a partnership with Mississippi consortium MAGNOLIA, CCC’s Dickerson-Johnson Library now offers a new database, PrepSTEP, to ensure students are on their correct skill level of basic secondary school subjects.

Dickerson-Johnson Library Offers New Database for Growth in Basic Subject Areas

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Fri Sep 21, 2018

PrepSTEPThrough a partnership with Mississippi consortium MAGNOLIA, CCC’s Dickerson-Johnson Library now offers a new database, PrepSTEP, to ensure students are on their correct skill level of basic secondary school subjects.

MAGNOLIA, the Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities Through Library Information Access, is the means by which public schools and colleges are able to get informative databases in their libraries with funding from the Mississippi Legislature, as well as, the Library Services & Technology Act. The PrepSTEP database is a derivative of the EBSCO research platform.

According to CCC Library Services director Rose Lockett, it is most helpful to students taking developmental courses due to deficiencies in academic subject areas like science, English, and math, as reflected from ACT scores and TABE (the Test of Adult Basic Education) results.

“To help broaden students’ knowledge in those basic skill areas, the PrepSTEP database offers tutorials and resources in core math and science skills, core English skills, career and workplace preparation, basic computer skills, placement test preparation for the several practice tests, ACT and SAT preparation, and resources for Spanish,” said Lockett. “This will be helpful to students majoring in any area.”

The new learning resource joins a number of research databases already utilized. One major difference between PrepSTEP and the other library databases is that the others bring up abstracts and articles from academic journals in the fields of science and health. Up-to-date articles on politics and popular culture are also offered through the databases. PrepSTEP, on the other hand, is more of an intellect-builder.

“The high school students can benefit from the database as well because it has a high school equivalency center which tests their readiness skills for the TABE test and GED preparation,” says Lockett.

For the month of September, the library staff invites faculty and staff to set up an appointment using the extension, 4055 for an orientation touring all the impressive features of the Ebrary database. They are also welcome to check out the recently added PrepSTEP.