Monday, December 22, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

Several new ScotsRead titles were delivered and have been added to the shelves.  Stop by the library to check out:

  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Boston Girl: a novel by Anita Diamant
  • The secret life of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
  • The greatest knight: the remarkable life of William Marshall, the power behind five English Thrones by Thomas Asbridge
  • Tom Clancy full force and effect by Mark Greaney
  • Genocide of one: a thriller by Kazuaki Takano
  • Carbide tipped pens: seventeen tales of hard science fiction edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Break Hours

Hewes Library is currently on Winter Break hours.  The library will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm.

Hewes Library and the entire Monmouth College campus will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for the holidays.  Campus will reopen on January 2 and the library will return to its Winter Break hours that day.

Monday, December 8, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

The following just arrived and are now available on the main floor:

  • Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Flesh and blood: a Scarpetta novel by Patricia Cornwell
  • New York Christmas: a novel by Anne Perry
  • Revival: a novel by Stephen King

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Finals Library Hours

For Finals week, Hewes Library will be open the following hours:
  • Sunday, December 7: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Thursday, December 8 - 11: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 12: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Items at Hewes Library

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


  • Yucatecans in Dallas, Texas by Rachel H. Adler
  • Climate of Crisis by Patrick Allitt
  • Buddhist Biology by David P. Barash
  • Economics: The User's Guide by Ha-Joon Chang
  • Imperial Rome AD 284 to 363 by Jill Harries
  • Poverty in America by John Iceland
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
  • Theory and Technique of Electronic Music by Miller Puckette
  • Women's Rights by Aimee D. Shouse
  • Emily Dickinson: A Literary Life by Linda Wagner-Martin

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pre-finals & Finals Library Hours

For the Pre-Finals and Finals weeks, Hewes Library will be open the following hours:
  • Monday - Thursday, December 1-4: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Friday, December 5: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday, December 6: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Sunday, December 7: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Thursday, December 8 - 11: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 12: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Hewes Library will have special hours over Thanksgiving Break 2014, which runs November 25 through November 30.  The library will be open:

  • Tuesday, November 25: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 26: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - Saturday, November 27 - 29: Closed
  • Sunday, November 30: 6:00 p.m. - Midnight
Normal hours will resume on Monday, December 1.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014-2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition

Currently in Gallery 204, you will find the 2014-2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition featuring the work of Monmouth College students.  The exhibition will run through December 5, 2014 so be sure to stop by and view the excellent student work.  Stopping by the galleries is a nice break for a few minutes!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Don't forget! Renew your Library Materials

It's a busy time of the semester with the end of classes and finals approaching!  Don't forgot to renew your library materials to avoid late fines.

To renew items that you have checked out, please visit your account - which is accessible from the Hewes Library Catalog and the library's homepage - to login and renew materials.

If you have any interlibrary loans that you requested via your ILLiad Account, don't worry - you can renew those items online in your ILLiad Account by selecting the transaction number if you need to keep resources a little longer.

If you have questions or problems, please call the library's circulation desk at 309-457-2190.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Current Art Selections in Gallery 203

A wide variety of art is currently on exhibit in Gallery 203 and the lobbies of Hewes Library.  Under the direction of Curator Mary Philips, students assist with selecting and exhibiting materials from the Monmouth College Permanent Collections and the James Christie Shields Collection.  You can find the following exhibits around the library:

Currently on exhibit in Gallery 203:
The Year of the Horse: An Exploration of East Asian Culture
An exhibit of works from the Monmouth College Permanent Art Collections
Curated by Tia Graham with the assistance of Carina Moschello and Kyle Dickson under the direction of Prof. Mary E. Phillips
Selections from the Monmouth College Permanent Collections, Part One
We are proud to exhibit a number of 20th Century works from our Permanent Collections not previously exhibited in Gallery 203. This first installation is of paintings done by Monmouth College alumni, graciously given to our collections. Subsequent exhibits in this series will highlight other recent works.
Currently on exhibit in the Main Floor Lobby:
“Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World”
Selected works from the James Christie Shields Collection highlighting art from the ancient Mediterranean world are now on view in display cases in the main floor and upstairs floor lobbies of The Hewes Library. These works encompass several cultures, including ancient Egypt and Greece, and include a variety of media.
Currently on exhibit in the East Side Upper Floor Lobby of Hewes Library:

Selected works from The James Christie Shields Collection of Monmouth College, highlighting medieval works.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

New ScotsRead titles were just added to the collection on the main floor of the library.  Stop by and check out:
  • Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  • Pegasus: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  • Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Research Tip: Off Campus Database Access

All of the databases provided by Hewes Library can be accessed from off campus. To do so, follow these directions:
  • Select the database you wish to use off campus. (You must select it from the library's web page instead of doing a web search for it.)
  • You will be prompted at a MC log in screen to enter a user name and password. Enter your MC user name and password - which is the same one you use to access your MC email.
  • Once logged in, you can use the resource as if you were on campus.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Database of the Month: Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center, provided by Gale Group, is one of the core databases that supports research in English, World Literatures, Film, Theater, and subjects across the Humanities.  LRC contains biographical information, peer-reviewed journal articles, and more.  The content includes:
  • More than 145,000 complete entries from Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography that deliver in-depth biographical information on authors’ lives and works
  • More than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews from Gale titles — like Contemporary Literary Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism and Children’s Literature Review — which are also known on campus as the "Brown Books".  LRC makes the print editions of these titles more accessible and cross-searchable.
  • More than 1 million full-text articles from more than 450 scholarly journals and literary magazines.
Literature Resource Center also contains access to contemporary poems, short stories and plays as well as more than 10,000 interviews with authors.  Offering both basic and advanced searches, the database also allows researchers the opportunity to search resources by author or work - grouping information effectively and quickly for students.  

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

The following titles arrived recently and were added to the ScotsRead collection.  Find them on the main floor of the library:
  • Shopaholic to the Stars: a novel by Sophie Kinsella
  • Tinseltown: murder, morphine, and madness at the dawn of Hollywood by William Mann
  • Play On: now, then, and Fleetwood Mac: the autbiography by Mick Fleetwood and Anthony Bozza
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
  • Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words by Laeve Binchy
  • Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth by V. C. Andrews

Monday, November 3, 2014

Periodical of the Month: Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition

Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition

Published by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition is a biannual refereed journal which Hewes Library subscribes to in print and online.  It is available online from 1998 to the present.

Established in 1998 by the University of South Carolina, the JFYE was born out of the success of the University’s much-honored University101 course and a series of annual conferences focused on the first-year experience.  Its mission is to advance and support efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.

JFYE reports on current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions including:

  • Explorations into the academic, personal and social experiences of students at a range of transition points throughout the college years.
  • Transition issues unique to specific populations (e.g., non-traditional, historically underrepresented students, transfer students, commuters, part-time students.)
  • Explorations of faculty development, curriculum, and instructional innovations connected to any of the transitions students’ experience.

See more at: www.sc.edu/fye/journal or on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Current Periodicals section.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Simple Scan Station

Just a reminder that the easy to use BookScan Station is available for all of your scanning needs!  Whether you need to scan notes, photographs, or your research, the scanning station will allow you to scan efficiently.  


The BookScan Station will allow users to scan books or documents quickly and convert them into .PDF documents, Word Files, text files, and more.  Files can be sent directly to your email address, USB flash drive, or uploaded to your Google Docs account.


The BookScan Station is located near the Public Workstations computers and printer on the Main Floor of the library.  If you have questions, stop by the Reference or Circulation Desks.

Friday, October 24, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles Arrived

New ScotsRead titles continue to arrive weekly.  Be sure to stop by and check them out near the study tables on the main floor.  You can now find these on the shelves:

  • Leaving Time: a novel by Jodi Picoult
  • Boy on Ice: the life and death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch
  • Rocks: my life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry with David Ritz
  • Lila  by Marilynne Robinson
  • Some Luck by Jane Smiley
  • America Farm to Table: simple, delicious recipes celebrating local farmers by Mario Batali

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gallery Reception: Stacy Lotz

This Friday, October 24, join artist and professor Stacy Lotz for a Gallery Reception for her new work, "The Process Portfolio," currently being exhibited in Gallery 204.  The reception will be from 3:00-4:00pm and held in the library's upstairs lobby.

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: www.wired.com 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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BBW: Virtual Read Out

Banned Books Week hosts a Virtual Read Out each year on it's YouTube Channel, where you can view authors, library staff, and concerned patrons reading from their favorite banned books and discussing issues of censorship.

One of the videos features Little Brother author Cory Doctorow discussing the importance of Banned Books Week and issues of censorship:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BBW: Top Ten Challenged Books in 2013

Each year, the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the most frequently challenged books in the previous year.

According to ALA, a challenge is defined as:
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. Therefore, we do not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges.

With this in mind, 2013 saw 307 challenges that were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The previous year's top ten most challenged books were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    • Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    • Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    • Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    • Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    • Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    • Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    • Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    • Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    • Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    • Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Monday, September 22, 2014

BBW: What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

Banned Book Week (BBW) 2014: What is the difference between a challenge and a banning?

According to the American Library Association:
"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection." ~American Library Association's About Banned & Challenged Books
Looking to learn more on Banned Books Week?  Visit the American Library Association's Banned Book Week Website for information on Banned Book Week and the history of the event.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Book Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept 21-27, 2014


Banned Books Week this year will run from September 21-27, 2014.  From the American Library Association:

"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society."

Check out the displays and most frequently challenged book lists throughout the library and take home a challenged book today!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

The following titles were just added to the ScotsRead Collection.  ScotsRead titles are part of a collection of best-selling and popular books located on the main floor of the library.  They are near the main study tables and have green labels on their spine.  Stop by to check out:
  • Her Last Whisper: a novel by Karen Robards
  • Daring: My Passages: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy

Monday, September 15, 2014

Research Tip: Research Process Guide

The Research Process guide, which is accessible from the Research Process tab on the library's homepage, will walk students through the steps required to complete a successful research project or paper.

You will find information on:
  • Developing a Topic
    • Selecting a Topic
    • Develop Research Questions
    • Identify Keywords
    • Find Background Information
    • Refine a Topic
  • Locating Information
    • Find Books
    • Find Videos
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
    • Search Strategies
  • Evaluating Information
    • Evaluate Sources
    • Primary v Secondary Sources
    • Types of Periodicals
  • Using Information Correctly
    • Notetaking
    • Paraphrasing
  • Legal/Ethical Information Issues
    • Plagiarism
    • Citation Styles
    • Works Cited Examples
    • Copyright

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Items at Hewes Library

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


  • Arsenal of Democracy by A.J. Baime
  • One Summer by David Baldacci
  • Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Gandhi and Beyond by David Cortright
  • Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand
  • Funerary Sculpture by Janet Burnett Grossman
  • Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys by Dean King
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • Do Fathers Matter? by Paul Raeburn
  • Dignity of Difference by Jonathan Sacks

Periodical of the Month: The Economist

Published by The Economist Newspaper Limited, The Economist is a weekly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print and online. 

Established in 1843 to campaign on one of the great political issues of the day, The Economist remains, in the second half of its second century, true to the principles of its founder. James Wilson, a hat maker from the small Scottish town of Hawick, believed in free trade, internationalism and minimum interference by government, especially in the affairs of the market.

What, besides free trade and free markets, does The Economist believe in? "It is to the Radicals that The Economist still likes to think of itself as belonging. The extreme center is the paper's historical position." The Economist considers itself the enemy of privilege and predictability. It has backed conservatives such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. But it has also endorsed Harold Wilson and Bill Clinton, and espoused a variety of liberal causes: opposing capital punishment from its earliest days, while favoring penal reform and decolonization, as well as—more recently—gun control and gay marriage.

The Economist reports on and offers analysis of international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology.  The print and online editions both offer sixteen news categories; including summaries on politics and business, surveys of countries and regions, obituaries, and reviews of literature and the arts.  Regular features include Economic and Financial Indicators, Leaders, and Science & Technology.


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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hewes Library on Facebook and Twitter

Don't forget that you can follow Hewes Library on Facebook and follow Hewes Library on Twitter for the latest news, announcements, and hours updates.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Research Tip: Learn more about your Library Accounts

Want to learn more about your Library User Accounts? Each Monmouth College students, staff, or faculty member has two Hewes Library accounts.
  1. Library / I-Share Account: Allows patrons to renew items currently checked out and to place requests for books through the I-Share Catalog. You can also maintain a list of favorites in the system.
  2. ILLiad Account: Allows patrons to place interlibrary loan requests for articles and print materials that are not available in the I-Share catalog. Electronically received interlibrary loans requests can also be retrieved in a patron's ILLiad account.
Learn more about the differences between the two accounts and how to locate your username and passwords for each account.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Database of the Month: Business Source Elite

For the month of September, Hewes Library selected Business Source Elite as the database of the month.  Provided by EBSCO Host, BSE is one of the premier resources for journals and magazines in business, economics, and management.  Topics covered in the database include marketing, sales, international business, finance, banking, accounting, industry & trade, labor, public policy & administration, and more.  


Full text information is available for more than 1,110 business publications and more than 10,000 company profiles are available from MarketLine via BSE.  To compliment access to Business Source Elite, students and staff can find local and regional business news in Regional Business News, an additional database available on the Database A to Z page of the library's website.   Access to the database is available to current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.
Some of the titles included in the database are:
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Accounting Forum
  • Advances in Consumer Research
  • American Economist
  • Columbia Journal of World Business 
  • Contemporary Economic Policy 
  • Economic Affairs
  • Economic Review
  • Global Management Review
  • Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • International Business: Strategies for the Global Marketplace
  • Journal of Accounting Research 
  • Journal of Management & Public Policy 
  • National Tax Journal 
  • Review of International Economics
  • Studies in Comparative International Development 



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Faculty: Don't forget your Course Reserves

If you are a MC faculty member and plan to place items on course reserve, remember that all of our course reserve information is available on our website along with the necessary forms.

Please allow 48 hours for processing. At times of high volume, especially at semester's beginning, processing may take longer. For this reason, we recommend that reserve forms be submitted well in advance of their anticipated date of first use.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome Back to Campus!

Welcome back to all of our returning students, staff, and faculty and hello to all of MC's first year students!  We hope that your first week of classes went well.  If you need to learn more about your library accounts, please visit the Hewes Library homepage or read through the library's help documentation to learn more.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

The following ScotsRead titles have just arrived and are available on the main floor:

  • The Nixon Tapes, 1971-1972 edited and annotated by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter.
  • Lucky Us: A novel  by Amy Bloom
  • A Perfect Life: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  • The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
  • The Heist: A Novel by Daniel Silva

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Craft of Scientific Presentations by Michael Alley
  • Being Good: An Introduction to Ethics by Simon Blackburn
  • Qualitative Interviewing by Svend Brinkmann
  • Liberalism: The Life of an Idea by Edmund Fawcett
  • Violence and Nonviolence by Barry L. Gan
  • New Music Therapist's Handbook by Suzanne B. Hanser
  • Donald Judd: 1955-1968 by Thomas Kellein
  • History, Literature, Critical Theory by Dominick LaCapra
  • Ecovillages by Karen T. Litfin
  • Oil and Honey by Bill McKibben

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

More New ScotsRead Titles

They've just arrived and available for check out.  Stop by and pick up:

  • The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
  • Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  • American Catch: the Fight for our Local Seafood by Paul Greenberg
  • The Care and Management of Lies: a novel of the Great War by Jacqueline Winspear
  • The Sweet Spot: a novel by Stephanie Evanovich
  • How to tell Toledo from the night sky by Lydia Netzer
  • The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses
  • Close your eyes, hold hands: a novel by Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Reading - New ScotsRead Titles

Plenty of new ScotsRead titles are arriving if you're looking for summer reading.  Just added to the collection:

  • Liberty's Torch: the great adventure to build the Statue of Liberty by Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Abroad by Katie Crouch
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne ascendancy: a new Jason Bourne novel by Eric Lustbader
  • The Secret Club that runs the world: inside the fraternity of commodity traders by Kate Kelly
  • The Heiresses: a novel by Sara Shepard
  • Mr. Mercedes: a novel by Stephen King
  • The Zhivago Affair: the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
  • Rouges edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

Looking for some new summer reading?  Check out these recently arrived ScotsRead titles available on the main floor of the library:
  • The Skin Collector: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver
  • 1954: the year Willie Mays and the first generation of Black superstars changed Major League Baseball forever by Bill Madden
  • The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel by Steve Berry
  • The One & Only: A Novel by Emily Giffin

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Hours

Starting today, Hewes Library will be operating on Summer Hours.  The library is open Monday - Friday from 8am until 4:30pm each day.  Hewes Library will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day (May 26), and Fourth of July (July 4).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

EBL eBook Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) Pilot Project: More eBooks!

Through a consortial project, the EBL eBook Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) Pilot Project is now available to Monmouth College students, faculty and staff.  Hewes Library patrons may now access any of over 29,000 Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) E-Books through the Hewes Library Catalog or the I-Share Catalog.

MC users will be prompted to authenticate using your MC network username/password the first time an EBL eBook record is selected.

The pilot project is funded by the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).  Hewes Library, Monmouth College, is a Governing Member institution of the CARLI consortium.

Monday, May 12, 2014

ScotsRead titles added to the shelves

More ScotsRead titles continue to be added to the shelves.  Be sure to stop by and check out:
  • The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
  • The VB6 Cookbook: more than 350 recipes for healthy vegan meals all day and delicious flexitarian dinners at night by Mark Bittman
  • Field of Prey by John Sandford
  • Wish Granted: 25 stories of strength and resilience from America's favorite athletes by Make-a-Wish Foundation with Don Yaeger
Find all of the ScotsRead titles on the Main Floor of the library near the study table or you can search the collection in the catalog.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Twilight of Abundance by David Archibald
  • Regulating Alcohol Around the World by Tiffany Bergin
  • Masculinities and Culture by John Beynon
  • Detroit by Lisa D'Amour
  • Second Coming of Joan of Arc by Carolyn Gage
  • 4000 miles by Amy Herzog
  • Marriage Customs of the World by George P. Monger
  • Spirit of the Hive by Robert Page
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry by Dieter Rehder
  • Art Without Compromise by Wendy Richmond

From the Archives: The Naval Flight School


The Naval Flight School Collection was added to the Monmouth College Digital Collections and contains photographs and materials related to the US Naval Flight Preparatory School and the US Navy Academic Refresher Unit.


Student Karrah Kuykendall worked under the direction of Lynn Daw, Technical Services Librarian and Archivist, to complete her HIST 390 course preserving and digitizing the Naval Flight School Collection.


During WWII, Monmouth College served as one of seventeen institutions selected by the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Preparatory School. In 1944, the NFPS transitioned to a Naval Academic Refresher Unit. This collection reflects on the important role of MC in the war effort and is a unique glimpse into life on the Monmouth College campus during the war.


A large portion of the collection is the Wing Tips Newsletter, which was written by the cadets and features information on WWII, maintaining grades, and social events on Monmouth College's campus.

Don't forget: return your library materials!


As the spring semester winds down, don't forget to return your Hewes Library, I-Share, and Interlibrary Loan materials once you are done with them. 

You can return materials to the library's circulation desk or drop boxes are available inside the library and outside, on the west terrace.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Quiet Hours!


Please remember that during finals, Hewes Library will be observing quiet hours as everyone prepares for their final exams.

Please be courteous to your fellow students!

Good luck on your finals!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Finals Extended Hours

On Thursday, Hewes Library will be open extended hours for Finals Week.  The hours schedule will be:
  • Thursday - Friday, May 8 - 9: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, May 10 - 11: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Tuesday, May 12 - 13: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pre-finals Extended Hours begin Friday night!

Pre-finals extended library hours will begin on Friday night.  Hewes Library will be open late on Friday and Saturday night until 9pm and open early at 9am on Sunday morning.  The full schedule can also be found online:

Pre-Finals & Finals Week, Spring 2014 (May 2 - May 14)

  • Friday, May 2: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 4: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Wednesday, May 5 - 7: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Thursday - Friday, May 8 - 9: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, May 10 - 11: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Tuesday, May 12 - 13: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 25, 2014

More ScotsRead titles added

Several more ScotsRead titles arrived and were added to the collection, including:
  • Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Frog Music: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
  • I've got you under my skin by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Collector by Nora Roberts
  • Transhuman by Ben Bova
Find them on the Main Level of the library next to the study tables.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Return to Regular Hours

Welcome back from Easter Break!  Hewes Library and Einstein Brothers Bagels return to regular hours today.  Good luck on your classes during the last few weeks of the semester!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Muslim Journeys: Islamic Art Film Screening

As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library will be hosting a film screening of the movie Islamic Art.  The film screening will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7pm. It will be held in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, Hewes Library Room 03, on the lower level of the library.

The Let's Talk About It and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Funded with a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association. Our local partners include the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Monmouth Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Break Hours

Hewes Library will observe shortened hours over the Easter Break weekend, April 17 - April 21, like the rest of Monmouth College.  Hewes Library and Einstein Brothers will resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 22.

  • Thursday, April 17: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday - Sunday, April 18 - 20: Closed
  • Monday, April 21: 8:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Tuesday, April 22: 7:30 a.m. - midnight (Regular Hours)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014: Lives change @ your library

National Library Week will be celebrated this year from April 13-19 and the theme is "Lives Change @ York Library." First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country every April. The time is a celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year's Honorary Chair is famed author Judy Blume.


With the advent of televisions in the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less money and time on books and reading. ALA helped form the National Book Committee in 1954 and three years later, the committee developed the plan for National Library Week. The first National Library Week was celebrated in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” as assembled by ALA and the Advertising Council.

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Age of the Image by Stephen Apkon
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
  • Ubiquity by Mark Buchanan
  • E. E. Cummings: A Life by Susan Cheever
  • Understanding Fandom by Mark Duffett
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  • Bach by John Eliot Gardiner
  • Children of Henry VIII by John Guy
  • Lebanon: A History, 600 - 2011 by William Harris
  • Writing the Gettysburg Address by Martin P. Johnson

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Periodical of the Month: Game Informer

Published by Sunrise Publications, Game Informer is a monthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print only.

Over the course of 21 years, Game Informer has earned a strong reputation for being trustworthy and has evolved its brand power beyond "the Final Word on Computer & Video Games" and into "the World's #1 Computer & Video Games Resource".  Filled with screenshots of popular games, it provides a place where gamers, programmers, and graphic designers can come to discover and be inspired by the latest releases. With over 8 million paid monthly subscribers, the popularity of the magazine has grown to become the 3rd largest consumer print publication in the United States and the largest digital publication in the world.

Fun features include a Game of the Year, Previews of upcoming games, Game Reviews, and a Games Index allowing readers to easily find the game they want to read about.  Features of the magazine’s website include editor and user blogs/podcasts and links to their Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube pages.  An interactive app is also available for iPhone and Android devices.

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

Research Tip: Locating the Full Text of Articles

Found the perfect article, but can’t find the full-text anywhere?  Sometimes a search in a database like Academic Search Premier shows you an article that looks like it would be perfect for your research only the complete article isn’t found in the database.  If this happens to you the first thing to do is click on the Article linker button found at the bottom of the listing.



This will tell you if the article can be found in either another database or in one of the journals found in Hewes Library.


If the clicking the “Article Linker” button returns the words “no holdings found for this title”, don’t despair, you can still request the article by logging on to your ILLiad account and filling out an Article Request Form.  The circulation staff will find a library that has the journal and request them to send a copy to Monmouth.  Please be sure to fill in as much information as possible on the request and you will be notified by the library when the article has arrived.  This process can take up to a week, so do your research early!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Don't Forget: Renew Your Library Materials

It's a busy time of the semester with the end of classes and finals approaching!  Don't forgot to renew your library materials to avoid late fines.

To renew items that you have checked out, please visit your account - which is accessible from the Hewes Library Catalog - to login and renew materials.  If you have any interlibrary loans that you requested via your ILLiad Account, don't worry - you can renew those items online in your ILLiad Account by selecting the transaction number if you need to keep resources a little longer.

If you have questions or problems, please call the library's circulation desk at 309-457-2190.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Database of the Month: Communication and Mass Media Complete

For the month of April, Hewes Library selected Communication and Mass Media Complete as the database of the month.  Provided by EBSCO Host, CMMC is one of the premier resources for journals in the media, telecommunications, language & linguistics, communication, mass media, communication theory, and allied health fields.  Access to the database is available to current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Communication and Mass Media Complete provides access to the abstracts for over 820 top journals in the fields, including full text for over 500 of those periodicals.  With some journals extending back to 1915, CMMC allows for comprehensive searching of the entire article text as well as references and citations.  The database features core titles such as:
  • Advertising Age
  • American Journalism
  • American Speech
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Consumption, Markets & Culture
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Film & History
  • Free Speech Yearbook
  • Global Media & Communication
  • Index on Censorship
  • Information, Communication & Society
  • International Journal of Speech Technology
  • Journal of Brand Management
  • Journal of Mass Media Ethics
  • Journal of Media & Religion
  • Language & Education: An International Journal
  • Linguistic Inquiry
  • Mass Communication & Society
  • Mind & Language
  • New Media & Society
  • Philosophy & Rhetoric
  • Public Opinion Quarterly
  • Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media
  • Science Communication
  • Technical Communication Quarterly
  • Urban Affairs Review
  • Women's Studies in Communication

Monday, March 31, 2014

Muslim Journeys: Azizah al-Hibri, Samuel Thompson Lecture Series

As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library, in conjunction with the Samuel Thompson Lecture Series, will be welcoming Azizah al-Hibri to present a lecture on Monmouth College's campus.  Azizah al-Hibri is a Professor Emerita of Law at the University of Richmond's School of Law and the Founder and Chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.  Her areas of expertise are Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Family Law and Constitutional Law, Women's Rights, and Freedom of Religion.

Her lecture will take place on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7pm. It will be held at the Morgan Room, located on the top floor of Poling Hall on Monmouth College's campus.

The Let's Talk About It and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Funded with a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association. Our local partners include the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Monmouth Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles Arrived

The following ScotsRead titles arrived and are available on the Main Level of the library.  Be sure to check out:
  • Power Play: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  • Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  • Death on Blackheath: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry
  • Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber
  • Tempting Fate by Jane Green
  • A nice little place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at one hundred by George Will

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MC Archives ...and the rest is history!


Each week, be sure to stop by the West Lobby of the Hewes Library to view a selection of materials from the Monmouth College Archives.  In addition to photographs over the years, "...and the rest is history" will feature campus events, student life, and more.



Monday, March 24, 2014

Muslim Journeys: The Butterfly Mosque Book Discussion

As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library will be hosting a book discussion of the book The Butterfly Mosque.  The book discussion will be lead by Petra Kuppinger, PhD, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Monmouth College.  Prof. Kuppinger’s sociological field work has focused on Cairo, Egypt, and on Muslim immigrant communities in Stuttgart, Germany. She has also done scholarly work on the role of Islam in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The book discussion will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7pm. It will be held at the Buchanan Center for the Arts located at 64 Public Square, Monmouth, Illinois.

The Let's Talk About It and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Funded with a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association. Our local partners include the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Monmouth Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Faculty Reminder: Book Orders

Monmouth College Faculty - just a reminder that the final deadline for your Departmental Library Allocations for Fiscal Year 2014 is approaching on April 1.

Departmental Allocations:
            Dec. 1, 2012      First 40% of allocation should be encumbered
            Feb. 1, 2013     Second 40% of allocation should be encumbered
            April 1, 2013     Last 20% of allocation should be encumbered

You may submit your order requests by email, campus mail, or in person to Marti Carwile, Acquisitions Manager. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Periodical of the Month: Audubon

Published by the National Audubon Society, Audubon is a bimonthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print only.

Printed since 1898, Audubon is an award winning magazine of the National Audubon Society.  Filled with beautiful photographs of nature and its wonders, it provides a place where nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and socially conscious consumers can come to discover and be inspired by the natural world's extraordinary beauty and diversity. Audubon's respected editorial voice plays a leading role in shaping the national discourse about environmental issues.

Fun features include a yearly photo contest, with the winner featured on the January/February cover.  A regular column titled Incite calls readers to action to improve global conditions.

See more at: www.audubonmagazine.org or in español at www.espanol.audubon.org or on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Current Periodicals section.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Return to Regular Hours

Welcome back from Spring Break!  Hewes Library and Einstein Brothers Bagels return to regular hours today.

Friday, March 14, 2014

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Rebuilding the Foodshed by Philip Ackerman-Leist
  • Language Change: Progress or Decay? by Jean Aitchison
  • Crusader States by Malcolm Barber
  • Crowdsourcing by Daren C. Barbham
  • Gold Rush in the Jungle by Dan Drollett, Jr.
  • Salt in the Sand by Lessie Jo Frazier
  • Titian: His Life by Shelia Hale
  • Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Why Bother Praying? by Richard Leonard, SJ.
  • Theatre of the Real by Carol Martin

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spring Break Hours

Hewes Library will have shortened hours over Spring Break, March 7-16.  The library will return to regular hours on Monday, March 17.

Spring Break Hours:

  • Friday, March 7: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, March 8 - 9: Closed
  • Monday - Friday, March 10 - 14: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 15: Closed
  • Sunday, March 16: 6:00 p.m. - midnight

Monday, March 3, 2014

Database of the Month: Alexander Street Video

For the month of March, Hewes Library selected Alexander Street Video as the database of the month.  From Alexander Street Press, Alexander Street Video is a vast film database that includes 21 film collections totaling approximately 17,000 films and continuously growing.  Content areas include: history, art and architecture, business, counseling and therapy, dance, opera, theater, musical performance, health and rehabilitation, nursing, science, women’s studies, black studies, LGBT studies, and more.

Alexander Street Video is extremely easy to use and allows researchers to search across all of the Alexander Street Press video collections in a single search.  Users can search for video content by subject area, author/creators, or video type - including animation, biography, commercial, documentary, interviews, lectures, newsreels and more.  Most of the videos in the collection offer full transcripts allowing for greater accuracy.  Users also have the ability to embed videos and create their own play lists with the creation of a personal account.

Next time you're looking for a video to add to project or a presentation, search through the offerings in Alexander Street Video - there is probably a film clip that will meet your needs!

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New ScotsRead Titles

A few new ScotsRead titles arrived and were just added to the shelves.  Stop by the library to browse:

  • Pillar to the Sky by William R. Forstchen
  • The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Good Luck of Right Now: A Novel by Matthew Quick
  • Vienna Nocturne: A Novel by Vivien Shotwell
  • Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters by Diane Jacobs

Monday, February 24, 2014

Research Tip: Why should I use a library database?

What is a library database?

A database is a collection of citations, indexes, and/or full text for articles that originally appeared in journals, magazines, or newspapers.  A database gathers all of this information into a single, searchable collection.

How do databases differ from library catalogs?

Databases differ from catalogs. A catalog indexes books, DVDs, AV materials, music, and more so you can locate a record and then locate the item. Catalogs do not have full text articles, while many library databases do.  Think about it this way: If you wanted to find Time Magazine you would use a catalog, but to find the individual articles that appeared in Time Magazine, you would use a library database.


Why should I use a library database?

Searching a library database is different than searching the web.  While both provide information that is searchable, a library database contains expert selected and curated information that is not freely available on the web.  Libraries pay to access this content and which allows users to research using content that is managed and more reliable in many cases than information freely available on the web.  

You can find access to all of the Hewes Library's databases on the Databases: Find Articles section of the library's website.  We have a lot to choose from and the list can be a little intimidating at first, but don't worry!  You can always view the Databases by Subject, which will help to sort them by major subject area and help you focus your research.  

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

Friday, February 21, 2014

Check out a some light reading; new ScotsRead Titles

Looking for some light reading?  Be sure to stop by the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor of the library, near the study tables.  Titles in the ScotsRead collection are popular fiction and check out for 2 weeks instead of 4 for our students.  If you have a title or author suggestion, let a librarian at the Reference Desk know.

The following titles have just arrived and are now available:
  • Chasing Shackleton: re-creating the world's greatest journey of survival by Tim Jarvis
  • Dexter's Final Cut: A Novel by Jeff Lindsay
  • Burn by Julianna Baggott
  • The Deepest Secret: A Novel by Carla Buckley
  • I always loved you: a story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas by Robin Oliveira
  • Cell by Robin Cook

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Periodical of the Month: Brides

The periodical of the month for February 2014 is Brides Magazine.  Published by the Condé Nast Corporation, Brides is a bimonthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print only.  Condé Nast says that,
"Since 1934, Brides has been an in-depth resource for brides-to-be.  Filled with glossy ads from engagement rings to bridal gowns to invitations, this magazine is a must-have for any engaged couple.  Regular topics include fashion, floral, fitness, color schemes, budgeting, hairstyles and more!  Columns include tips ‘n tricks such as “7 Ways to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding” or “10 Easy Steps to a Kick-Ass Destination Wedding."
See more at: www.brides.com or on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Popular Periodicals section, just across from the coffee shop.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Muslim Journeys: A Quiet Revolution Book Discussion

As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library will be hosting a book discussion of the book A Quiet Revolution.  The book discussion will be lead by Farhat Haq, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Monmouth College.  As a Pakistani immigrant, Prof Haq has worked on issues of religion and politics in the context of modernization, with an emphasis on constructions of gender.

The book discussion will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7pm. It will be held in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, Hewes Library Room 03, on the lower level of the library.

The Let's Talk About It and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Funded with a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association. Our local partners include the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Monmouth Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Items At Hewes Library

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

  • Making Ceramic Sculpture by Raul Acero
  • Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
  • Being a Muslim in the World by Hamid Dabashi
  • How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton
  • John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars by Eve Golden
  • Death Class: A True Story About Life by Erika Hayasaki
  • What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? by Tony Juniper
  • Books: A Living History by Martyn Lyons
  • Agroecology by Konrad Martin
  • Blessing The Hands That Feed Us by Vicki Robin

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Database of the Month: Salem Health

For the month of February, our database of the month is Salem Health.  Salem Health brings together Salem Press' award winning print reference works in an online, searchable format.  The database originally began online to make access to the Magill's Medical Guide easy for consumers and researches and it now contains titles from across the medical and health fields.  The online reference resources contain information that is readable and accessible to patients and health care workers.

Topics in the online database are grouped into 8 major categories that allow for flexible searching and browsing.  Subject areas are:

  • Anatomy & Physiology  
  • Diagnosis & Testing  
  • Diseases, Disorders, & Symptoms  
  • Mental Health  
  • Prevention & Lifestyle  
  • Social Issues  
  • Specialties & Health Care Providers  
  • Treatment & Therapy 

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

From the Archives: Monmouth College Dance Cards


In honor of Valentine's Day this year, we've selected several of the dance cards from the Monmouth College Archives to display in the west lobby.  Most of our examples hail from the 1950s, stop by to learn a little about their history and the social events they were part of on campus.




Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Upcoming Muslim Journey Events

Last week, visiting lecturer D. Fairchild Ruggles' gave her presentation: "The Meaning of Beauty: The Art of Gardens in Islam."  She discussed how and why gardens became a significant and meaningful form of art in the Islamic world.  Further resources are available online from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf grant website.


Events will continue in the next few weeks with two books discussions.  As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library will be hosting book discussion of A Quiet Revolution and The Butterfly Mosque.  First discussion will be A Quiet Revolution and will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7pm. It will be held in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, Hewes Library Room 03, on the lower level of the library.

For more information, contact Rick Sayre, Library Director, Hewes Library, Monmouth College at rsayre@monmouthcollege.edu or 309-457-2192.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On Display: Food Security


Currently on display in the East Lobby display cases is a collection of library materials relating to the topic of Food Security.  With the college's efforts to expand research on food security with the development of a Food Security Triad, approximately 60 books, DVDs, and pamphlets have been selected to be displayed for the month of February.


The World Bank describes food security as the access all people have to sufficient food for an active and healthy lifestyle.  Therefore, food security is a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary topic that encompasses areas such as: food supply, food safety, agricultural productivity, sustainable agriculture, global and domestic economics, food sovereignty, environmental policy, water resources & development, hunger, natural resources, economic policy, globalization, and transportation.


All materials are available to checkout.  Please see a library staff member at the Circulation Desk if you wish to borrow an item.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Muslim Journeys: Islamic Art Spots Film and Presentation

As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library will be hosting a film screening and presentation of the movie Islamic Art Spots.  Visiting lecturer D. Fairchild Ruggles' presentation is titled: "The Meaning of Beauty: The Art of Gardens in Islam" and she will discuss how and why gardens became a significant and meaningful form of art in the Islamic world.  D. Fairchild Ruggles is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.  Her areas of research include: the art and built environment of the Islamic Mediterranean and South Asia, visual theory, history of water systems and land management, cultural heritage, and women as patrons of art and architecture in Islamic societies.

The short films screening and presentation will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7pm. It will be held in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, Hewes Library Room 03, on the lower level of the library.

The Let's Talk About It and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Funded with a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association. Our local partners include the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Monmouth Chapter of the American Association of University Women.