Writing Lab: The COS Writing Lab "" page offers MLA guides and general information needed to do research.

Counseling Help: If you would like to have help in selecting the course best suited for you, or if you would like to have help in formulating an
educational plan anytime during the semester, you can receive online counseling by emailing . If you want
general information on advising, transferring, or careers, visit the COS Counseling Office site.

Doing Research:  You should plan on using the COS Library's On-line resources below:

NewsBank NewsFile provides full-test articles covering social, economic, environmental,
government, sports, health and science issues and events from more than 500 U.S. regional and
national newspapers, wire services, and broadcasts. A College of the Siskiyous library card is required to access the database from off-campus.
After clicking on the above link, enter the first five numbers of your library card barcode as both a Username and Password.

EBSCOhost link provides an index and abstracts for more than 3,000 periodicals. Provides full text
articles from 1,800 periodicals. A College of the Siskiyous library card is required to access the
database from off-campus. After clicking on the above link, enter the library card barcode number.
COS Library Catalog is available on-line. You can do a search of the catalog by author, title, subject or keyword. Find out if the COS Library has
the book before you drive to campus.

COS Services: COS provides many useful services to students, and I have linked to a few important services below.

Financial Aid

COS Bookstore

Disabled Student Programs and Services

Distance Learning

Surviving On-line Education:  Taking an on-line course is certainly not for everyone. Some students truly need the face-to-face
interaction with instructor and peers. Other students find that they lack the high level of responsibility it takes to tackle an on-line class.
At a minimum, an on-line course requires the student to use their time wisely, be organized, be self-directed, and be willing to try new
modes of communication and learning. Successful students often use the weekly assignment sheets to create a course calendar so that
they have an overview of all assignments. I have also noted that students doing well in English are willing to put in the needed time, read
the text carefully (even the dull sections), and participate in the discussion boards as best they can. As you will not be in the classroom,
you will need to be much more self-directed than it might seem. If other words, you have to take responsibility for your own learning.
You will be expected to check your email frequently, get all assignments in on-time, do not allow yourself to fall behind at all, discuss your
concerns and questions with instructor and classmates, perhaps arrange to swap email addresses with other students in the class, and
participate fully each week. Still, there are some benefits to taking such a course on-line. For those of you unable to attend a regularly
scheduled course, you will not be restricted by time and place--you get to do the weekly coursework when and where you want to do it.
Also, the discussion board allows everyone to have his/her say on the issues, and students can take the time to form thoughtful and clear
opinions before sharing them with the rest of the class. Lastly, if you are really motivated by a specific weekly topic or link, you are free to
explore the topic or link at your pace and at whatever depth you wish to. You might even enjoy reading a short
article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about seven students and their reaction/experiences in taking on-line courses.


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