Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester @ TCI! - last update: October 19, 2020, 4:03 am


TCI's Fall Semester began on October 18.  Fall 2020-2021 Course Schedules are posted which you can find here.  In order to register, you must fill out this registration packet (click to download to access the fillable forms) and email back to TCI Registrar, Mrs. Tammi Schwartz at Tammi.Schwartz13@touro.edu.    For advisement, please contact Professor Jerry Koller, TCI Academic Advisor at Jerry.Koller@touro.edu or Dr. Chana Sosevsky, TCI Advisor and Director of TCIO at Chana.Sosevsky@touro.edu 

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Israel, courses are all taking place via Zoom for the time being.  After hours and for urgent matters you may contact a TCI rep at 058-687-3783 also via WhatsApp. For general inquiries please contact Elisheva.Stadler@touro.edu   

  • If you are planning to graduate in January, your application is due by November 15th.  Please contact Dr. Sosevsky for assistance.  Chana.sosevsky@touro.edu




Touro College Israel Library

To limit the spread of Covid-19, TCI Library is temporarily closed.

Aviva is available 9AM-3PM Israel time, or by appointment.



Ask  AVIVA !

via email  |  phone




E-Books (Ebsco)                                                 

E-Book Central (ProQuest)             

Academic Videos Online 


InterLibrary Loan (ILL)  (not available @ TCI Summer 2020)

Resources for Students 

Resources for Faculty              

Tutorials - Short Videos! (scroll down for links)

Digital Collections - for Fun! (scroll down for links)


E-Books (Ebsco)   

195,000 eBooks in all areas of academic study.                           

Search by Keyword, Author, Title, Subject, ISBN, Publication Year, or Publisher, or Browse by Subject: Arts & Architecture, Biographies & Memoirs, Body-Mind-Spirit, Business & Economics, Children’s and Young Adult Non-Fiction, Computer Science, Cooking, Education, Engineering & Technology, Health & Medicine, History, Law, Literature & Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Reference, Religion, Sciences, Self Help & Family, Social Sciences, Study Aids and Language Learning. Includes the Oxford American College Dictionary to look up words while reading. Read Online or Download, Create Notes, Save Pages to Print/Email, Cite Passages.


E-Book Central (ProQuest)

163,000 eBooks in all areas of academic study.

Search by Keyword, Author, Title, Series Title, Subject, ISBN, LC or DDC Call Numbers, Publication Year, Publisher, Number of Copies (useful for faculty assigning reading). Browse by over 50 Subjects in the Arts, Business, Education, Health & Medicine, History, Political Science, Law, Literature & Language, Religion & Philosophy, Social Sciences, Sciences and Technology. Read Online or Download; Annotations Pane: highlight, bookmark, and write (exportable) notes. Use E-Book Central’s reader to get Citations; use Bookshelf to continue reading where you left off. No built-in dictionary.


Academic Videos Online

Over 67,000 videos covering a wide range of topics in business, counseling and therapy, education, health, and nursing. Video types include 360VR, animations, archival footage, biographies, cartoons and comics, case studies, conference materials, corporate training, counseling sessions, diaries and memoirs, documentaries, dramatized scenes, ethnographies, field recordings (raw and edited), instructional and reference materials, interviews, lectures, presentations, music recordings, newsreels, panel discussions, performances, speeches, teaching strategies, video transcripts, and workshops. Search by any keyword, subject heading, company or organization name, person (director, cast), author, or video title. Embed videos into your presentations! Sample: https://search.proquest.com/embed/sound-and-fury-the-communication-wars-of-the-deaf



The TC Libraries A-Z Databases page is a little confusing:

*Note Ignore the Quick Search bar at the top of the page

*Note Ignore the eJournals link to the right of the Catalog link

*Note Ebsco Multi-search comprises 20 different subject-specific databases

*Note ProQuest One Academic comprises 47 different subject-specific databases

*Note Besides Ebsco (20) and ProQuest (47), try Credo Reference, JSTOR, and others!


Why I don’t recommend using database aggregators with multiple databases:

*Each database has its own subject headings / thesaurus terms which must be used, if searching by subject. Depending on the database, the assigned subject heading/thesaurus term might be cellphone, cell phone, or wireless communications. You can always search by keyword, but if searching by subject, you need to look up the assigned subject heading or thesaurus term (from the Advanced Search page), and use the term indicated.


SELECT A DATABASE – OPTION 1 (recommended)

Use the alphabetical list to select the most appropriate subject-specific database for your research.



Expand All Subjects with the drop-down menu to find appropriate subject databases. There are 8 databases covering business and economics, 10 databases covering education, five covering history, three covering literature, etc.  


InterLibrary Loan (ILL) -- NOTE: This service is temporarily unavailable to TC-Israel (Summer 2020)

Complete the InterLibrary Loan (ILL ) form as completely as possible, so that the librarian looking for the article you want will be able to find it and send it to you quickly. Write the author(s) name(s), the full title of the article, the full journal name, volume and issue numbers, publication date, publisher (if you know it), where you found the citation, and add any DOI numbers in the Additional Comments section. Request articles by email to location Anywhere and include your student registration name, Touro ID #, and email. Articles will be sent to you within three days to three weeks (depends on whether or not TC-NY has the journal in its collections, or has to request it from another library). Alternatively, feel free to ask me to process the ILL request for you.



All new Fall Term students are required to take MCO 519 - Information Literacy Seminar. This is a self-paced, video-based seminar comprising short videos, totaling three hours. The Syllabus -- with links to all the videos -- is here, for anyone for whom this information might be new, and for those who just want to refresh their research skills.

Selected videos from this seminar are presented below, and here's a link to the full Syllabus:

MCO 519 Information Literacy Seminar Syllabus

Short videos (5-10 minutes) teaching basic library skills, research strategies, website evaluation, database usage, and citation styles, curated from TC-NY and external sources. If you need a tutorial on a specific subject, ask me!

Why Can't I Just Search Google?  (2:28)

Using the C.R.A.P. Test to Evaluate Websites  (4:40)

Academic Research   (6:56)

Academic Integrity   (5:33)

Database Searching  (5:20)

Understanding Databases   (1:42)

Database Search Tips  (3:44)

What is a Periodical or Journal?  (2:30)

Finding Full-Text Articles   (00:56)

Reading Scholarly Articles  (5:10)

Formulating Search Strategies  (2:36)

Combining Search Terms  (4:49)

Searching Phrases in Quotes  (2:08)

Keyword vs. Subject Heading  (4:58)

Finding Books and eBooks  (4:59)

Style Guides, Citation Formats (MLA, APA)  (10:09)

ProQuest Research Companion https://www.tourolib.org/help/pqrc


DIGITAL COLLECTIONS – Fun! Free! Take a Break From Your Studies!

NYPL eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos


Use your public library card (if you don’t have one, apply for one online, too), to access eBooks, Audiobooks, and Videos. Public libraries in every state have Overdrive or a similar service – enjoy!


Google Arts and Culture


Explore international museums from your living room, see exotic sites from your sofa, go out for an evening at the theater – in another country, and much more.




Learn a new skill, from creative writing to animations, film and video, fine art, flower arranging, graphic design, illustrations, interior design, music, photography, or web design. Or learn study skills, productivity and time management skills, and a  lot more!


TED Talks  and TED-X Talks – Ideas Worth Spreading

https://www.ted.com/talks   and   https://www.ted.com/watch/tedx-talks

The most intriguing, interesting, entertaining, educational, and inspiring coffee break you can take from your studies! Technology, Education, and Design (TED) Talks are short (not more than 20 minutes) presentations by the world’s leading thinkers, designers, researchers, and educators. TED-X talks are organized locally to address local issues. Sample: https://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_the_transformative_power_of_classical_music 

Sample: https://www.ted.com/talks/lera_boroditsky_how_language_shapes_the_way_we_think?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare


What Was There


Historical photos tied to Google Maps, allowing you to see how familiar streets looked in the past. Users upload their photos tagged with Location and Year. Check out how Shlomo HaMelech Street, Jerusalem, Israel, looked in 1970 and again today: https://tinyurl.com/WhatWasThere-Jerusalem


English-language bookstores in the Jerusalem area:

Sefer ve Sefel (https://www.sefervesefel.com/

Pomeranz (http://pomeranzbooks.com/


Please email or call me -- I'm here to help you!

Aviva Adler, MLIS – Librarian
02-651-0090, Ext. 6  |  +972-54-9499763






All new Fall Term students are required to take the MCO 519 Information Literacy Seminar, a self-paced, video-based tutorial comprising short videos, totaling three hours. The Syllabus is available here, for anyone who wants to review research skills. Enjoy!

The Syllabus contains links to all the videos and handouts.


Section 1:            Library Research 101                  (38:33)

Section 2:            Using Touro Libraries                  (11:31)

Section 3:            Information on the Internet       (12:11)

Section 4:            Citing Sources                              (22:20)

Section 5:            Research Basics                            (46:36)

Section 6:            Databases                                      (46:36)

Section 7:            Media Literacy                               (19.62)

                                                                     TOTAL = 180.45


SECTION 1:  Library Research 101 – TC Libraries Orientation

Better Searching, Finding Books, Academic Research, Information  Ethics, Citations

Internet Search Tips      http://www.screencast.com/t/b7PAeqfn                (04:59)

Database Searching       http://www.screencast.com/t/0LAiEx0KTR            (05:20)

Finding Books, E‑books   https://www.screencast.com/t/61Z58yCnlZM        (04:59)

Academic Research        https://www.screencast.com/t/MeeGSjij                (06:56)

Academic Integrity         http://www.screencast.com/t/6Gb2xg67uEJR         (05:33)

Copyright Basics            http://www.screencast.com/t/ewJydP5yxS              (03:29)

 APA Citations               http://www.screencast.com/t/e2X20h7tytL              (04:54)

 MLA Citations               http://www.screencast.com/t/r3ZB5cwPqY              (04:23) = 38:33



 Finding Out More About Books, E‑books, Journal Articles, Databases

 Library Resources                  http://libguides.tourolib.org/forstudents           (02:54)

 Understanding Databases       http://www.screencast.com/t/61g1ZlYp3           (01:42)

 Database Search Tips             http://www.screencast.com/t/UfbMvap68           (03:44)

 Finding E-Books                     http://www.screencast.com/t/rsnE5Nrd              (01:05)

 Finding Full-Text Articles         http://www.screencast.com/t/puMqnWR8P4Xs     (00:56)

 What is a Periodical/Journal?   http://www.screencast.com/t/gxPYN4Y05t           (02:30) = 11:31



Search Engines, Website Evaluation

Google Search Tips                   http://www.screencast.com/t/iFw9teMyIpBM       (03:21)

Website Evaluation, Part I          http://www.screencast.com/t/msY6rpBwip          (04:00)

Website Evaluation, Part II         http://www.screencast.com/t/2IBvtpc3               (04:50) = 12:11



Avoiding Plagiarism, Understanding Bibliographies (References, Works Cited)

Academic Integrity at TC           http://www.screencast.com/t/qrMP6cSu                (05:21)

Cite It Right                              http://www.screencast.com/t/IoBZDq3rtjO            (04:43)

Style Guides, Citation Formats   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al5yO4pmF00  (10:09)

NoodleTools Citation Creator      http://www.screencast.com/t/3pic7S6w                  (02:47) = 22:20



Content Curated from External Sources

Picking Your Topic IS Research    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0B3Gjlu-1o     (03:10)

Peer Review in Three Minutes      http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/peerreview/           (03:00)

WikiPedia Beneath the Surface    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY8otRh1QPc      (06:41)

Why Can’t I Just Google?            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yclxb46XVcg        (02:28)

Google Scholar                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ3FlcMbmRM      (03:01)

Search Strategies                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXWyZPWPHwU   (02:36)

Search Engine vs. Database        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa9Plg_7gdg       (02:47)

Books vs. Journals                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yom7GgIlE3A      (01:25)

Finding Books on the Shelves       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsEfB6xxnVY       (02:51)

Reading Scholarly Articles           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEVftUdfKtQ          (05:10)

Formulating Search Strategies     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXWyZPWPHwU    (02:36)

Combining Search Terms             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tm-sDKCnO4       (04:49)

Searching Phrases in Quotes        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl0dG1APj-Y           (02:08)

Keyword vs. Subject Heading       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ReOTKZezZg         (04:58)

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4sbFuLe8YU          (01:36) = 46:36    



Highlighting the Most Popular of TCI’s 70 Databases



List of 47 subject-specific db’s   https://tinyurl.com/ProQuest-47dbs   

ProQuest – Basic Search             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPbAsS41bRA           (02:11)

ProQuest – Advanced                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p2eJqJT0SI            (02:13)

ProQuest – Search Results            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOx2c-5YLog           (03:43)

ProQuest – How to Search            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW_evk_zIf8           (03:43) = 11:34



List of 20 subject-specific db’s   https://tinyurl.com/Ebsco-20dbs

EBSCO – Introduction                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im52V1A8p04         (04:04)

EBSCO – Advanced Searching        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT1kzWfWxiE          (02:12)

EBSCO – Using the Results List      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsZ5Zvj7dqg           (03:37) = 9:53



Overview of this database           https://vimeo.com/jstorvideo

JSTOR in a minute                      https://vimeo.com/95770663                                          (01:37)

JSTOR Using E-Books                  https://vimeo.com/105789568                                         (01:15) = 2:52



Almost 1,000 scholarly reference works – encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks

CREDO Basic Searching            https://credoreference-2.wistia.com/medias/fxtthdmluv       (03:49)

CREDO Finding Books               https://credoreference-2.wistia.com/medias/6fe45ids29       (03:24) = 7:13



Fake News, False Statistics

Identifying Fake News                https://youtu.be/xf8mjbVRqao                                     (02:55)

How False News Spreads            https://youtu.be/cSKGa_7XJkg                                     (03:41)

How Statistics Can Mislead          https://youtu.be/sxYrzzy3cq8                                       (04:18)

Problematic Headlines                 https://youtu.be/w1CeRpfByG8                                     (05:00)

How to Choose Your News           https://youtu.be/q-Y-z6HmRgI                                      (04:48) = 19:62


TOTAL VIEWING TIME FOR ALL VIDEOS (3 hours)                           3 HOURS TOTAL         =   180.45


CRAAP Test to Evaluate Websites:



 NOTE: For the full Syllabus, with handouts specific to TC Israel Library resources, email aviva.adler4@touro.edu