Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pre-finals and Finals Hours begin Dec. 2

Hewes Library will have additional hours for pre-finals and finals.  Pre-finals hours begin on Friday, December 2.
  • Friday, December 2: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 4: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Friday, December 5 - 9: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday - Sunday, December 10 - 11: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Tuesday, December 12 - 13: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, December 14: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 28, 2011

On Display: Impressionism

On display in the East Lobby is a collection of library materials relating to Impressionism.  There are several art books, documentaries, and descriptive texts about the movement.
All of the items are available for checkout.  Please see a member of the library's staff at the Circulation Desk to borrow materials.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Library Returns to Regular Hours

Hewes Library has returned to regular hours.  Pre-finals hours begin on December 2.  Additional information about library hours and scheduled breaks can be found on the library's hours page.

Einstein Brothers Bagels will reopen tomorrow, Monday, November 28 at 7:30am.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Title Highlight: Archaeology Dictionaries

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology, Terms used in Archaeology: A short dictionary, and Illustrated Dictionary of Art and Archaeology

These three dictionaries of archaeology are all useful in different ways to someone seeking short summaries of information on the topic of archeology. The first one is an online dictionary found in the Oxford Reference Online collection. This dictionary would best be used to look up a specific term, location, person or concept. All of the definitions are short with some cross-references to other entries. A nice feature of this dictionary is the “Links for this book” link found under the “browse this book” link on the main page of the book. This list gives useful web links to various archaeological magazines, databases and professional organizations. The list is fairly up to date; all links except one worked when clicked on 10-20-2011. The preface link takes you to the beginning of the book which explains its scope and gives suggestions for further reading in encyclopedias or specialist dictionaries on topics not covered by this book such as industrial archaeology. The “abbreviations” link defines the abbreviations encountered in the text. The abbreviations found in square brackets after the word and before the definition are part of a classification scheme that places all the terms into a series of main groupings.

For a more in-depth definition of a term, check out the Hewes library’s reference book “Terms used in Archaeology.” The terms found in this book are described in greater detail than in the online book, although the number of terms defined is much smaller. Neither this nor the previous book has any illustrations.

For illustrations of some archaeological terms and concepts refer to the third title, also found in the reference section. This book covers both art and architecture and has many illustrations of things like Cyclopean masonry, temple antae and a pheon. On another note, this book also has many illustrations of the heraldic elements found on medieval banners and European family coats-of-arms such as a barry, gimmel rings and an impale.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Resources from the US Government

The US Government has some wonderful resources on the Thanksgiving holidays, its history, and its traditions.  Check out some of the following resources to learn more information:

Thanksgiving Statistics

Want to impress your family members over the dinner table this Thanksgiving?  Take a look at the Thanksgiving Day Statistics from the US Census Bureau.  You can find information such as:

  • 248 million: The number of turkeys expected to be raised in the United States in 2011. That's up 2 percent from the number raised during 2010. The turkeys produced in 2010 together weighed 7.11 billion pounds and were valued at $4.37 billion.  Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  • 750 million pounds: The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2011. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 430 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (210 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also expected to have substantial production, ranging from 17 million to 54 million pounds. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  • 2.4 billion pounds: The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2010. North Carolina (972 million pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service .
  • 1.1 billion pounds: Total production of pumpkins in the major pumpkin-producing states in 2010. Illinois led the country by producing 427 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, New York and Ohio also provided lots of pumpkins: Each state produced at least 100 million pounds. The value of all pumpkins produced by major pumpkin-producing states was $117 million.  Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Hewes Library will be observing Thanksgiving Break from November 22 to November 27.  Special library hours are listed below.
  • Tuesday, November 22: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 23: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - Saturday, November 24 - 26: Closed
  • Sunday, November 27: 6:00 p.m. - Midnight
Additional information about library hours and scheduled breaks can be found on the library's hours page of the library's webpage.

Monday, November 21, 2011

On Display: Thanksgiving

Currently on display in the East Lobby of the library is a collection of books and materials relating to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Additional materials can be found in any of our electronic reference databases.
In addition to materials relating to the holiday, there are books with information on Native Americans, the Mayflower, and pilgrims colonies in America.  There is also statistical information relating to Thanksgiving from the Census Department.
Items are available to checkout.  Please see a member of the library's staff at the Circulation Desk to borrow materials.

Access to electronic databases are limited to students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Title Highlight: Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology

Dictionary of statistics & methodology : a nontechnical guide for the social sciences

Frequently used symbols (inside front cover), Greek alphabet (inside front cover), List of figures, List of tables, Suggestions for further reading

This short dictionary is a useful source for understanding the many terms and phrases used in designing and conducting research in the social sciences. The definitions of terms such as “double-blind procedure”, “nested design “and “regression analysis” are written in easy to understand language for the non-specialist. A nice feature is that if a definition uses another term that is defined elsewhere in the book, that second term is indicated by an *. There are many figures and tables used to illustrate the different methods of visually displaying research results. This book would be useful for those beginning a research project in any of the social science disciplines.

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Tender Cut by Patricia Adler and Peter Adler
  • Rabelias and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin
  • Blind Spots by Max H. Bazerman
  • Hunger: The Biology and Politics of Starvation by John R. Butterly and Jack Shepherd
  • We all Wore Stars by Theo Coster
  • Science of Harry Potter by Roger Highfield
  • On Desire: Why We Want What We Want by William B. Irvine
  • Globalizations and the Ancient World by Justin Jennings
  • Edwardian Farm by Alex Langlands
  • Africa's World War by Gerard Prunier

Check out a ScotsRead Book for Thanksgiving Break

Looking for something fun to read over Thanksgiving Break?  Check out a ScotsRead book to take home with you.  A few recently arrived titles are:
  • How I got this way by Regis Philbin
  • White Truffles in Winter: A Novel by N.M. Kelby
  • Devil's Gate: A Novel from the NUMA files by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  • V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

Friday, November 11, 2011

Title Highlight: Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary contains over 125,000 terms used in medicine and 1500 plates illustrating various parts of the body, diseases, injuries, ways of bandaging, etc. The organization of the dictionary is unusual in that terms are grouped together under their general concept (for instance information on Fabry’s disease is found under the entry for “disease”, so it is best to use the search feature to find the term you are looking for. This dictionary uses many terms of practice and presupposes some knowledge on the part of the user as some of the entries use terminology that would not be familiar to a medical student or non-physician.

However some of the entries are easy to understand (such as “falling disease”, a usually fatal cattle ailment.) If you are looking for explanations of diseases, injuries, etc. in laymen’s terms a medical encyclopedia like the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine or Magill’s Medical Guide would probably be a better choice. However, this dictionary has many full color illustrations useful for papers and presentations that can be found by clicking on the “images” tab found below the title of the book under the search box above the search box. The images can be saved or downloaded by right clicking on them.

The dictionary also has an audio tab that links to a pronunciation guide that illustrates how to pronounce the many unfamiliar words found in the text.

Access to Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary is limited to the students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Current Periodicals: Finding Recent Issues

Recent periodicals are available on the main floor of Hewes Library.  Popular and scholarly periodicals are both located on the South side of the building - across from the Einstein Brothers Bagel Coffee shop.

The most recent issues are displayed on the front of the shelving.  The shelves lift up to store the older issues of the magazine or journal.  Issues from the previous six months to a year are available on the main level.  Back issues of the periodicals can be found in the lower level of the library shelved alphabetically by title.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Recently Received ScotsRead Titles

The following ScotsRead titles have recently arrived and are available in the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor of the library.
  • Hotel Vendome: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  • Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock's Ultimate Survivor by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres
  • A Christmas Homecoming: A Novel by Anne Perry
  • Double Dexter: A Novel by Jeff Lindsay
  • Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  • The Litigators by John Grisham
  • 11/23/63 by Stephen King

Friday, November 4, 2011

Title Highlight: Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome

Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome

2 vol.: Lists of abbreviations (both volumes), General Index (end of volume 2), List of inscriptions (end of volume 2)

Not all dictionaries define words or concepts. Some dictionaries are concerned with illustrating physical objects. The Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome is one of these. Found in the reference section, it contains photographs, plans and short descriptions of the ancient monuments and sites excavated in the city of Rome up until 1962. The entries are arranged alphabetically and each entry begins with a short written description of the site, its age and general plan, followed by citations to sources. In order to decipher the sources cited, checking the lists of abbreviations found at the beginning of both books is needed to make sense of the references. The descriptive paragraph is followed by photographs of the site showing the architecture, inscriptions and other interesting objects found at the site.

The entries for some sites include plans of early excavations, drawings of its situation and layout. The books also include ancient sites that are incorporated into more modern structures. The book is a snapshot in time of how the many ancient sites of Ancient Rome looked in the late 20th century. The images contained would be very useful to illustrate papers and presentations on ancient Roman sites.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition Opens Today

Beginning today, Gallery 204 on the upper level of the Hewes Library willl be featuring the Annual Juried Studen Exhibition. This will run from November 4 - December 7, 2011.

Since it is opening day, there will be a Gallery Talk at 3:15pm followed by a reception from 3-5pm in the lobby area.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New ScotsRead Titles

The following ScotsRead titles have just arrived and are now available:
  • The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • I Didn't Ask to be Born (but I'm glad I was) by Bill Cosby
  • Zero Day by David Baldacci
  • Dear Me: A Letter to my sixteen-year-old self edited by Joseph Galliano
  • House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Title Highlight: Wall Street Dictionary

Wall Street Word (Credo Reference)/The Wall Street Dictionary: The Wall Street Dictionary is a book found in the reference section which contains over 5000 phrases and terms used in the stock market by traders, investors, brokers, market analysts, bankers and others. The definitions in this book are all quite short and to the point, quickly explaining the many complicated terms used in the world’s financial markets.

The online Wall Street Words defines more than 4600 phrases and terms and includes detailed examples for some terms; for instance, the “leveraged buyout” and “Dutch auction” entries are followed by short case studies that illustrate the concepts more fully. This resource also has a question and answer section for a few entries that explain one facet of the term in more detail. For instance, the entry on “buy on margin” includes the answer to the question: “What are the risks inherent in buying securities on margin?” Lists of terms that have detailed examples called case studies and terms that have a question and answer section are found on the headings tab of the resource.

Both books contain many of the same phrases and terms and it is interesting to see how many familiar words and terms have a completely different meaning on Wall Street, such as “tailgating”, “sweetener”, “killing”, and “shark”.