Monday, October 20, 2014

Research Tip: Course Reserves

What are they? Where are they? 

Course Reserves are library materials that check out for two hours and can only be used within the library building. They are available at the Circulation Desk and you'll need your student ID card to check out materials.

How can I find them? Does my professor have any course reserves?

You can find course reserves using the syllabus provided to you by your professors, or you can view the Searchable Course Reserves List in the Hewes Library Catalog. You can search by class, professor, or department.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

The following titles have been added to the ScotsRead Collection.  Find them on the main floor of the library:

  • The Glass Cage: automation and us by Nicholas Carr
  • Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall
  • Gone Girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn
  • How to build a girl by Caitlin Moran
  • Not that kind of girl: a young woman tells you what she's 'learned' by Lena Dunham
  • Brood by Chase Novak

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Periodical of the Month: Wired

Published by Conde Nast, Wired is a monthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print only for the current year.

Established in 1993 by American journalist Louis Rossetto and his partner Jane Metcalfe, Wired touts itself as the “Rolling Stone of technology.”  A great success at its launch at the Macworld conference, it was lauded for its vision, originality and cultural impact.

Wired reports on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy and politics.  Several spin-offs have been launched including: Wired UK, Wired Italia, Wired Japan and Wired Germany.  The print and online editions both offer multiple news categories; including Gear, Science, Entertainment, Security, Design and Business.  Regular features include product reviews, Great Ideas, InfoPorn and the Gadget Lab.

See more at: or on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Current Periodicals section.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Database of the Month: OAIster

Searchable via OCLC, OAIster is:
"OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors." -OCLC
A wide range of open access digital resources is included in the database including digital texts, audio files, video files, images, data sets, scanned books, journals and newspapers.  With a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2002, the University of Michigan developed OAIster and it was designed to act as a search engine to capture publicly available digital resources in a single location.  In 2009, OCLC partnered with the University of Michigan to continue to develop the resource that provides an access point to over 30 million records.  There are over 1,500 contributors to the database.  OAIster can be found on the Hewes Library's Databases: Find Articles page.

Access to databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library Collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Friends of the Court by Floyd Abrams
  • One Summer by David Baldacci
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines
  • Republicans: A History of the Grand Old Party by Lewis L. Gould
  • Funerary Sculpture by Janet Burnett Grossman
  • Discussions on Youth by Daisaku Ikeda
  • Ogre's Wife: Poems by Ron Koertge
  • Choke: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Break 2014 Library Hours

Hewes Library will be closed over part of Fall Break.  The library's hours will be:
  • Friday, October 10: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, October 11-12: Closed
  • Monday, October 13: 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 14: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, October 15: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
The library and Einstein Brothers Bagels will resume normal hours on Wednesday, October 15.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

More ScotsRead Titles added! Grab one before fall break

More ScotsRead titles are arriving almost daily.  Be sure to stop by and check a book out for fall break reading, including the following:
  • Rooms by Lauren Oliver
  • Killing Patton: the strange death of World War II's most audacious general by Bill O'Reilly
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • Neverhome by Laird Hunt
  • Angels Walking: a novel by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher stories by Hilary Mantel
  • A cool and lonely courage: the untold story of sister spies in occupied France by Susan Ottaway
  • Juliet's Nurse: a novel by Lois Leveen

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

The following book titles have just arrived and are available on the main floor of the library:

  • Dataclysm: who we are (when we think that no one's looking) by Christian Rudder
  • The Monogram Murders: the new Hercule Poirot mystery by Sophie Hannah
  • Lincoln's Gamble: the tumultuous six months that gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War by Todd Brewster
  • Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
  • The Poet and the Vampyre: the curse of Bryon and the birth of literature's greatest monsters by Andrew McConnell Stott
  • The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

Saturday, September 27, 2014

BBW: The Reasons for Challenges

The Office of Intellectual Freedom at the America Library Association compiles the lists of reasons for book challenges across the country.  Challenges vary, but the most common are: offensive language, sexually explicit, and materials unsuited to the age group.

You can find more statistics from the last twenty years at the American Library Association's website.

Friday, September 26, 2014

BBW: Frequently Challenged Books & Authors

Are you interested in learning a little more about Banned Books?  The American Library Association maintains plenty of web resources that provide you with the information for some of the most frequently challenged materials in libraries and how those lists are generated.  They include:

According to ALA, some of the most frequently challenged authors are:

2012: Dav Pilkey, Sherman Alexie, Jay Asher, E.L. James, Ellen Hopkins, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Patricia Polacco, John Green, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alvin Schwartz, Dagberto Glib

2011: Lauren Myracle, Kim Dong Hwa, Chris Crutcher, Carolyn Mackler, Robert Greene, Sonya Sones, Dori Hillestead Butler, Sherman Alexie, Suzanne Collins, Aldous Huxley, Harper Lee, Eric Jerome Dickey, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Dav Pilkey, Cecily von Ziegesar

2010: Ellen Hopkins, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, Sonya Sones, Judy Blume, Ann Brasheres, Suzanne Collins, Aldous Huxley, Sherman Alexie, Laurie Halse Anderson, Natasha Friend

2009: Lauren Myracle, Alex Sanchez, P.C. Cast, Robert Cormier, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, Stephen Chbosky, Chris Crutcher, Ellen Hopkins, Richelle Mead, John Steinbeck

2008: Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, Philip Pullman, Lauren Myracle, Jim Pipe, Alvin Schwartz, Chris Crutcher, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Rudolfo Anaya, Stephen Chbosky, Cecily Von Ziegesar