Friday, December 14, 2012

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Second World War by Antony Beevor
  • Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story by Edward Berenson
  • Exploring Greek Myth by Matthew Clark
  • History of Wales by John Davies
  • Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Art of Biography in Antiquity by Tomas Hagg
  • Wake of Jamey Foster by Beth Henley
  • Computer: A Short Introduction by  Darrel Ince
  • Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill
  • Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

Winter Break Hours

Hewes Library will begin Winter Break hours on December 15.

Winter Break 2012 - 2013 (December 15 - January 14)
Monday - Friday8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - SundayClosed
HOLIDAYS: Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31, Jan. 1Closed

Monday, December 10, 2012

Don't Forget! Return your Library Books

As the semester comes to a close, do not forget to stop by the library and return your library books.  If you do, you will avoid overdue notices on your library materials over Winter Break.

You can renew items online through the My Account feature in the library's catalog if the materials are not overdue. If the materials are overdue, please return the items to the library and, if there is not a hold on the item, it should be possible for you to renew the item.  If you choose to renew books and keep them over break, please remember to login to your account to renew materials online.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Finals Hours - Open until 2am starting Saturday

Beginning on Saturday, December 8, Hewes Library will be open until 2am for students preparing for final exams.  Our schedule through the end of finals is below. 

Finals Hours
FridayDecember 77:30 a.m. - Midnight
Saturday - SundayDecember 8 - 99:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - ThursdayDecember 10 - 137:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
FridayDecember 147:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Hewes Library will begin Winter Break hours on December 15.

Winter Break 2012 - 2013 (December 15 - January 14)
Monday - Friday8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - SundayClosed
HOLIDAYS: Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31, Jan. 1Closed

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Treasures of the Collection - Manga

Stressed out studying for finals, need some light entertainment? Take a break this during the busy end-of-semester time and de-stress with some manga.  For the few of you who might not know, manga is a Japanese style of illustrated story or film containing characters with “.. distinctive large, staring eyes, and typically having a science-fiction or fantasy theme.”  (definition from OED).  

The origin of manga in its current form is the subject of much debate with some people claiming that the roots of the art form can be traced back to the 12th century, with others arguing that it was influenced by the American comic strips of the late 19thand early 20th centuries and still others arguing for a blending of the two.   Whatever its origins, it has become a very popular form of story-telling in both Japan and America.  Hewes library’s collection of Manga is all a result of donations by the Anime club at Monmouth College. 

These books are a growing collection first established in 2009 when the Anime club at Monmouth College donated a collection of manga to the library.  They have added to the collection over time and it currently consists of over 30 paperback titles by such author/illustrators as Koge-Donbo, Rumiko Takahashi and others.  Monmouth’s collection consists of English translations of Japanese books.  A few of the titles were originally written in English by non-Japanese authors.

However, the majority of the library’s manga collection is not in book format, but is visual.  The club donated over 100 DVD’s to the library that are all available to be charged out to people holding a MC or I-Share library card.  Included are films made of famous comics by Takahashi (Ranma 1/2) and animated TV series such as Desert Punk, Steam Detectives and others

So if you need some light reading or viewing during the upcoming exam season, check out either the book collection found on the second floor of the library at call number PN6790 or our DVD collection at call number PN1992.8 for some light entertainment.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Database Highlight: CAMIO - Catalog of Art Museum Images Online

CAMIO: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online

Would you like to add some visual punch to a paper or presentation?  Adding some visual interest by means of an illustration can assist.  Although the web is full of images, finding high quality images that can be used without first obtaining permission or attribution can be difficult.  That is where the use of CAMIO, the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online comes in.  CAMIO is a database containing high quality images from major museums around the globe that can be used freely for educational purposes such as in a Power Point enhanced talk or in a paper.

This database contains over 95,000 images covering a wide range of art; there are pictures of “…paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture—.

The images come from some of the world’s better known museums such as the Library of Congress, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, The Smithsonian American Art Museum and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

To search the database you can either 1. Enter search terms in the box or on one of the subject categories found on the main page.

Once you find an image you’d like to use you can download, email or print the picture by clicking the right mouse button.  If you use the “view in high resolution button”, you have the same choices given on the screen containing the image.  Can do other things with the images and the help button (#3 on the main page) will describe in detail the many things you can do with the images. 

When should I use this database?  When you need for copyright free images that have been cleared for educational use to use in presentations or papers try CAMIO.  NOTE: If you want a larger selection of images to choose from, try the much larger database ArtStor 

Friday, November 30, 2012

ScotsRead Titles Arriving

The following titles have arrived and are now available in the ScotsRead Collection on the main level:
  • Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Looking for Yesterday by Marcia Muller
  • The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel, Jr.
  • Collateral: A Novel by Ellen Hopkins
  • My Year in Meals by Rachel Ray
  • The Black Box by Michael Connelly
  • Not Dead Yet by Peter James
  • The Forgotten by David Baldacci

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pre-finals Extra Hours begin this weekend!

Hewes Library will begin its extra hours this Friday, November 30, as finals approach.  Hewes will be open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday and open early on Sunday.  Our full extended hours schedule is below and you can always view this information on the library Hours page.

Pre-Finals & Finals Week, Fall 2012 (November 30 - December 14)
November 30
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
December 1
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
December 2
9:00 a.m. - Midnight
Monday - Friday
December 3 - 7
7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Saturday - Sunday
December 8 - 9
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Thursday
December 10 - 13
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
December 14
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Reopening after Thanksgiving Break

Hewes Library will be open tonight from 6pm - Midnight for students wishing to study as they return from Thanksgiving Break.  Regular hours will resume tomorrow morning, Monday, November 26. 

Einstein Brothers Bagels will return to their regular hours on Monday, November, 26.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Hewes Library will be closed for part of the Thanksgiving break holiday.  The full regular schedule resumes on Monday, November 26.  Our schedule is:

Thanksgiving Break 2012 (November 20 - 25)
November 20
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
November 21
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday
November 22 - 24
November 25
6:00 p.m. - Midnight

Friday, November 16, 2012

Database Highlight: Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets via JSTOR

Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets via JSTOR

In the days before the instant communication offered by the email, texting, tweeting and other messaging applications, how did politically active people communicate their point or promote their causes to the public?  The answer in the 19th Century (1800-1899) at least in English-speaking countries was the pamphlet, a small printed tract taking one side of an issue or urging the reader to action.  Most activists of that time period used the printed word or public speeches as a way to influence public opinion, mobilize people to action or to inform the public of a problem.  Since the printed word could reach more people than speaking, often speeches by popular activists were printed and sold to the wider public.  The database 19th Century British Pamphlets contains the full text and images for over 20,000 pamphlets published in Great Britain during the 19th century. 

These pamphlets are a sub-collection found in another historical database that you may be familiar with, JSTOR. The pamphlets are organized by the source of the collection, such as the Bristol papers, Foreign and Commonwealth Office collection, etc.  Collections have descriptions of the general contents on the home page of the collection, for example:

Wilson Anti-Slavery Collection: Description
A collection of 19th-century anti-slavery pamphlets received in 1923 from the executors of Henry Joseph Wilson (1833-1914), the distinguished Liberal Member of Parliament for Sheffield. The collection is of particular importance for the study of the activities of the provincial philanthropic societies, such as the Birmingham and Midland Freedmen's Aid Association, the Birmingham and West Bromwich Ladies' Negro's Friend Society, the Glasgow Emancipation Society, the Manchester Union and Emancipation Society, and the Sheffield Ladies Female Anti-Slavery Society. Of interest is the prominent role of women in the movement, who formed themselves into societies which lobbied MPs and printed pamphlets on the conditions of slaves. Here we have details of what was sold at their bazaars to raise funds and lists of names of subscribers, the minutiae which bring alive the history of the movement.

Within these larger collections the pamphlets are broken down for browsing by year of publication.  When searching for a pamphlet do not use the search box found at the top of the main collection list, this searches the entire JSTOR database.  Instead, click on a collection and use the “search this collection” box to limit your search to one of the pamphlet collections. 

Some of the topics covered are things that were large issues during the 19th Century such as slavery, home rule for Ireland and Scotland and relations between the Confederate States of America and Britain. Others concern political struggles of the time and still others have echoes in the present day in topics such as genocide, socialism versus individualism, capital punishment and compulsory vaccinations.  Many of the pamphlets discuss religious issues ranging from the nature of the human soul, to anti-Catholicism, universal education for children (something that did not become common until the late 19th century), drinking, and the opium trade.

NOTE: The above articles are only a sample of pamphlets available.

When should I use this database? If you are enrolled in any of the courses leading to a minor in Victorian studies, this database offers a unique view at some of the topics and opinions held by the pamphlet writers of 19th century Britain.  It can also offer an historic perspective on topics still in the news.
Access to databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Monday, November 12, 2012

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, November 9, 2012

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Steroids by Rob Beamish
  • Allies at Odds  by Eugenie M. Blang
  • Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition by Marni Davis
  • Baby With the Bathwater by Christopher Durang
  • History of the Birth Control Movement in America by Peter C. Engelman
  • Papist Patriots by Maura Jane Farrelly
  • Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall
  • Ripples of Battle by Victor Davis Hanson
  • American Menswear by Daniel Delis Hill
  • Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves by Jerry Lanson

Database Highlight: American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Datapages

Although one would think that this database contains only information for people working in the oil and gas industry, this is untrue.  The database contains information on many more topics of interest to the specialist and non-specialist alike.

The AAPG datapages were a gift to Monmouth College, given “.. through the AAPG Foundation Digital Products Fund, by an endowment established by Lee and Robert Ardell (B.A. 1962) in memory of Donald L. Wills, Department of Geology, 1951-1984.”  Although Monmouth College has not a Department of Geology for a number of years, this database contains information on other topics appealing to people interested in environmental science, fossils and general geological information.   

For example, a search on “fossils” turns up over 12,000 documents relating to fossils.  The first result returned is the book “Drawings and Descriptions of Outstanding Fossils of the United States that contains detailed descriptions and drawings of fossils of many different plants and animals sketched throughout a lifetime of fossil hunting by the author.

One can also find information on the status of the oil and gas industry in the United States.  For instance, this statement appeared in a recent column by the President of the AAPG:
“Five years ago, the United States imported approximately 65 percent of the oil it consumed. Today, the United States imports approximately 45 percent of the oil it consumes – a difference of 20 percent. That 20 percent is more than $125 billion per year that stays in the U.S. economy (assuming $100/BO and 12 MM BOPD imported in 2007, EIA, 2012).”

Most items returned by the database are available full-text with images, maps and sketches.  Here are some other articles that would be of interest to environmentalists as well as people interested in the oil and gas industry:

-A Power Point presentation on what the oil and gas industry is doing today to enhance the discovery of natural resources.

-Treatise Handbook 2: The Business of Petroleum Exploration.  Allows those interested to familiarize themselves with the concerns, strategies, terminology and research efforts used by the oil and gas industry. 

-a presentation on building local trust and protecting ground water during a fracking operation. (Fracking is a somewhat controversial method of obtaining trapped oil and natural gas)

When should I use this database?  If you are looking for information on the energy industry from the inside or if you have ever been curious as to what goes into producing the gasoline you use in your automobile this is a good place to start.  Much of the information presented is very technical, but there are documents that explain the oil and gas industry and related topics in a non-technical way.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New ScotsRead Titles

The following new titles have been added to the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor:
  • The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
  • Block 11 by Piero Degli Antoni
  • The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chaverini
  • The Racketeer by John Grisham
  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
  • The Sins of the Mother: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  • The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hurricane Season: Facts from the US Census Bureau

The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November 30.  With a few weeks left, we thought we would highlight some interesting statistics compiled by the US Census Bureau

37.3 million
Population as of July 1, 2011, of the coastal portion of states stretching from North Carolina to Texas — the areas most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Approximately 12 percent of the nation’s population live in these areas.
Source: 2011 Population Estimates

Collective land area in square miles of the coastal areas from North Carolina to Texas.
Source: Population estimates

The number of hurricanes during the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, four of them Category 3-strength or higher. Irene was the only hurricane to make landfall in the U.S., though Subtropical Storm Lee and Tropical Storm Don both made landfall on the Gulf Coast.
Source: National Hurricane Center

The year the Weather Bureau officially began naming hurricanes.
Source: Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorological Laboratory

The name of the first Atlantic storm of 2012. Hurricane names rotate in a six-year cycle with the 2012 list being a repeat of the 2006 names.
Source: National Hurricane Center

In one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, 28 named storms formed, forcing use of the alternate Greek alphabet scheme for the first time. When the National Hurricane Center’s list of 21 approved names runs out for the year, hurricanes are named after Greek letters. Of the 28 named storms in 2005, 15 were hurricanes, with four storms reaching Category 5 status (Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma) and three more being considered major.
Source: Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorological Laboratory

Statistics from the US Census Bureau.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is currently on display in Gallery 204.  The exhibition will run through Friday, December 7, 2012.  Gallery 204 is part of the Len G. Everett Galleries located on the Upper Level of Hewes Library.  Stop by to view these amazing pieces!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Database Highlight: Biographical Research, Part 2

Current Biography Illustrated 

As mentioned in Part 1 of this article, if you are looking for information on an historical person, American National Biography is a good place to start.  But many people are seeking information on individuals currently in the news like Barack Obama, Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga.  If you need information on people currently in the news, Current Biography Illustrated is a good place to start your research.

The format of this database will look familiar to those of you who have used any EBSCO database such as Academic Search Premier as its search screen and features are similar to other EBSCO databases.  Unlike American National Biography, this database allows you to put in a person’s name in any format (last name first or first name first) and you will get the same results.  When you want to view the results be sure to click on the links where the words “Biography” and “HTML Full Text” are found as these will take you directly to information on the person.  (These are usually the results without the photo of the person).

The database has some unusual features including: a listen feature which will read the article aloud at either a slow, medium or fast rate using a computer-generated voice.  If you are used to listening to your Garmin or other devices that “talk” to you, you will be familiar with that type of voice.  It also has a translate feature which will translate the article into a number of languages.  So, if you are more comfortable reading in Spanish, Chinese or any number of other languages, you can use this feature to translate the biographical articles.  Use of this feature may not result in a grammatically correct article, as it is done on the fly using software.

As the word Illustrated indicates, there are photos for nearly all of the people whose biographies are found in the database.  The will be a main image illustrating the biographical articles, but found on the right hand side of the page are other images you can use.  The right hand column also offers a number of options for dealing with an article once you’ve found one including printing, emailing, saving and exporting.

When should I use this database? Start here when you need information on people who are still alive and are or were in the current news.  It is a good place to obtain a starting biography of a person, but for the latest information on someone in the news, Academic Search Premier can be used to update information on the latest film, album or election involving the person you are researching.

Friday, November 2, 2012

On Display: US Elections

Currently on display in the East Lobby display cases is a collection of books relating to the history of US elections, historical voter statistics, and background material on how campaigns are run.  To check out these titles, please see a staff member at the Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Late Minute Election Information

Less than a week before the 2012 Presidential Election!  Are you prepared?

Looking for last minute election information assist you in making an informed choice?  Have you checked the validity of the candidate's statements? Do you know about their campaigns?

Check out the library's Election 2012 Research Guide which contains access to the latest news, fact checking resources, and candidate information.  Use the guide to learn more about the candidates, their speeches, and current campaigns. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Research Tip: Stable URLs

Have you ever been interrupted while researching and copied the search URL in an email with the intent to return to your search at a later time?  If so, you have learned that in most cases, it does not work when you return to it.

Why?  Each time you start a session in one of the library's databases, a unique session ID is attached to that search.  When the window is closed, the database considers your research session over and the URL is no longer valid.

The fix: enter stable URLs.  A stable URL is a short URL listed somewhere in the record for the article or periodical that you are interested in.  It can also be called a permanent URL.  If you bookmark, save, or copy a stable URL, you will be able to directly return to the article you selected.  Look for stable and permanent URLs in our library's databases.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Database: Mango Languages

Hewes Library purchased access to a new database, Mango Languages.  Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.  They describe their product:
"Mango uses common, everyday conversations as the basis of each lesson, so your patrons will be able to start using and appreciating what they learn right away. Our comprehensive methodology includes all four key-language components (vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture) and integrates strategically placed memory building and critical-thinking exercises to help users remember and adapt what they learn."
Access Mango Languages from the Databases: Find Articles web page of the library's website.

Database access is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Database Highlight: Biographical Research: Part 1 - American National Biography

Biographical Research-Part 1- American National Biography

Need to find out information on an historical person for a paper or presentation?  If you are in need of detailed information about a person, then finding a book in our library catalog is your best option.  But if you only need general information or are just curious and want to find out more information about someone, then try one of Hewes’ biography databases.  American National Biography contains information and photos on a wide variety of people who contributed to the fabric of America.  Some were born here, others were not, but all either lived most of their lives here or made their most significant contributions here. 

If using this database, it is best to use the “search by name” feature if you know the name of the person for whom you are seeking information.  Using the “search full text” box will not always bring up the correct person first.   Use the “Last name, First name” way of typing in the name to quickly get to the entry for that person. 

There are other ways to search the database without knowing the name of a person.  For instance if you are looking for a scientist, military person or government officer to write about, you can use the “occupations” list to narrow the search by category such as Military and Intelligence Operations, Government and Politics, and Science and Technology.  Clicking on this will give you a listing of all the people in the database who fall into that category.

You can also search Special Collections on American Indian Heritage, Asian Pacific American Heritage, Black History, Hispanic Heritage and Women’s History.  Just clicking on one of the boxes will bring up a listing of people who fall under that category or you can use it to limit your search.  The database lists people by their popular name, for instance search for “Babe Ruth” not “George Herman Ruth”.

When should I use this database?  Use this database to find information for papers on historical individuals who have contributed to America in some way.  It also is a useful place to go if you are looking for ideas for a paper topic.  The “research ideas” button found at the top of the page links to a “jump-start your research” with articles and lists of important individuals on topics like the Civil War, Gilded Age, Women’s History and other topics.

NOTE:  This database does not have information on current individuals like Barack Obama or Taylor Swift.  If you need information on current people, use the database Current Biography Illustrated which has pictures and short biographies of people currently in the news.  This database will be described in Part 2 of this article.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Treasures of the Collection: Railroad books.

Treasures of the Collection: Railroad books.

Last time this column talked about one of the more unusual items found in Hewes library, the Canopus stone.  This time the column will talk about one of the large book donations received by the college, a collection of over 300 books about railroads and trains.

In 2005 an anonymous alumni donated a collection of railroad books to Monmouth College.  Because the city of Monmouth, although not a rail hub (that is the nearby town of Galesburg), has many trains passing through the city every day on one of the main routes belonging to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and there was a faculty member who was active in researching the history of American railroads, the collection was gladly accepted.

Railroads and railroading is an area of great interest to many people, with many clubs, societies and groups dedicated to collecting and sharing information about trains.  Many of the books in Hewes are unusual, detailed accounts of trains, their engines and railroad companies.  The books also contain memories of people who worked or travelled on the railroads.  Large percentages of them are labors of love, prepared in great detail by people absorbed in the topic of trains and railroads.  Nearly all of the books include large amounts of photographs and drawings, for example, the book American Locomotives consists almost entirely of schematic drawings and photographs of American locomotives made between the years 1830-1880.  There are numerous books that focus on individual types of train such as steam, superliners and electric and even more specialized titles that give great detail about some of the many rail lines that once operated in the United States such as B & O Power a history of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between the years 1829-64 and Pennsy Power, a description of the steam and electric locomotives of the Pennsylvania Railroad 1900-1957.

Among the more interesting titles is The Collector’s book of the locomotive, which talks about the many forms of collectible involving locomotives such as photographs, post cards, glass and china, advertising and toys.  The toys covered by this book include trackless, clockwork, steam, electric and small and large scale models. 

Another unusual title is Fifty years on the tracks, a book written to commemorate 50 years of the Caterpillar Tractor Company of Peoria, Illinois which originally was the Best and Holt companies that made steam engines for farm use in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Some of the books are quite rare.  The book A long look at steam, a collection of the author’s photographs of steam engines, is one of only two copies available in Illinois.  The titles Lines East is the only copy of this book in Illinois and one of only 9 copies available in libraries nation-wide.  The collection can be searched in the library catalog.  For those interested in browsing the collection, many of the books can be found in the first floor OVERSIZE collection at call numbers TF23 and TJ 603 and others can be found by browsing the call number TF23 in the main collection.  All of the railroading books are available for loan.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ScotsRead Books Arriving

New ScotsRead Titles have arrived and been added to the collection.  You can find them on the Main Level of the library near the study tables.  Check out:
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid
  • America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • NYPD Red by James Patterson
  • Sleep No More by Iris Johansen

Monday, October 15, 2012

Research Help

Are you struggling with a research paper? Are you unsure where to find scholarly journal articles on your topic? Stop by the Reference Desk or email the Reference staff to step up an appointment.

The Hewes Library librarians can help you locate scholarly articles for your paper, statistics for your speeches, and more! Librarians are available at the following times or by appointment:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - noon, 1:30pm - 4:30pm, and 6pm-9pm
  • Friday: 9am - noon and 1:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: No librarians are available
  • Sunday: 1:30pm - 4:30pm and 6pm-9pm

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • New Digital Storytelling by Bryan Alexander
  • Racial Innocence by Robin Berbstein
  • Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
  • God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • Just Listen: a novel by Sarah Dessen
  • Conduct of War, 1789-1961 by J.F.C. Fuller
  • Bullied by Carrie Goldman
  • History of Trust in Ancient Greece by Steven Johnstone
  • Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves by Jerry Lanson
  • Identity Theft in Today's World by Megan McNally

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Treasures of the Collection: Monmouthania for Homecoming 2012

Treasures of the Collection: Monmouthania

October is a time of nostalgia.  The falling leaves and cooler weather remind one that the end of another year is coming.  Colleges use this time of year to hold homecomings and invite alumni to return to their alma maters giving them an opportunity to catch up with old friends, find out what’s new and to participate in a variety of events, including a football game.  To help get in the mood for the return of the alumni, this column will take a look at the large collection of Monmouthania held by the library. 
What is Monmouthania?  It is the name used to describe all sorts of memorabilia directly related to the college.  Included are such items as the book, “How to study at Monmouth College” from 1957, a Wee Scots guide 1955-56, explaining for new students, “…the traditions and rules of Monmouth College…”, dance cards and favors used by young women at formals given by various campus groups such as the TKE Orchid formal of 1958, the student council Spring formal 1936, and the unaffiliated women of Monmouth College’s “Evening in Jade”.  All of this material can be seen in the display cases found in the Special Collections room on the second floor of the library. 
But that is not the only material available there. Another case contains books written by current and former Monmouth College faculty.  Included in these is “The Theology of New England” by D.H Wallace, the first president of Monmouth College (1857-1876) and “Charlotte’s Web” (Tela Charlottae) translated into Latin by Bernice Fox, a professor of Classics at Monmouth College from 1947-81.  Books by current faculty members William Urban and Thomas Sienkewicz are also included in the display.  Still other cases contain sports memorabilia and one shelf memorializes former music faculty member Gracie Peterson with photos and proclamations.

On the ground floor, behind the Reference disk you can find a collection of old yearbooks, alumni directories, catalogs and books about Monmouth College, Monmouth and Warren County. 

Can’t make to homecoming this year, but still want to relive old memories?  Then take a look at the MC on-line archives, consisting of two sites where you can find searchable versions of the student newspapers, catalogs and yearbooks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Homecoming 2012: Scots through the Decades

Stop by the library to view all of the Homecoming decorations!  Hewes Library is featuring two timelines - Scots through the Decades and MC Libraries through the Decades. 

Hewes Library & Einstein Brothers Returns to Regular Hours

Today Hewes Library and Einstein Brothers Bagels have returned to their regular hours.  The upcoming break hours schedule can be found online.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Banned Book Week 2012 Wrap Up

Banned Book Week 2012 officially comes to a close today, but the library displays will remain up until the beginning of next week.

Take a few moments to browse the books that have been challenged or banned throughout the country. Browse through the list of most frequently challenged titles to see how many you have may be surprised!

Books are available for checkout. Please take them to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library with your MC ID card to take them with you.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fall Break Hours

Hewes Library will have the following hours for Fall Break:

October 5
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
October 6 - 7
October 8
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
October 9
8:00 a.m. - Midnight

Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, October 10. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

BBW: Top 10 Most Challenged Books

For the previous year (2011), the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association counted 326 challenges to materials.  The most frequently challenged books were:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BBW: YouTube Virtual Read Out

Check out the Virtual Read Out on YouTube featured Banned Books Week.  Readers are encouraged to read short segments of their favorite banned or challenged book. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

BBW: Library Displays

Banned Books Week library displays are in the east and west lobby areas on the main floor.  Feel free to check out any of the displayed titles.

Monday, October 1, 2012

BBW: Challenge vs. Banning

Banned Book Week (BBW) 2012

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? These resources will be helpful:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week this year will run from September 30 - October 6.  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!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hewes Library Election 2012 Guide

In anticipation of the upcoming general election on November 6, 2012, Hewes Library created an Election 2012 Research Guide.  The guide provides you with links to information to make an informed decision.  You can:

-Learn more about the candidates & issues
-Follow the latest election news
-Check the facts on candidate statements
-View videos from the campaigns
-Discover the history of the electoral process
-Media election coverage

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New ScotsRead Titles

The following books have recently arrived and added to the ScotsRead Collection:
  • Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
  • Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee: how a founding father and his slave James Hemmings introduced French cuisine to America by Thomas Craughwell
  • The Lincoln Conspiracy: A Novel by Timothy O'Brien
  • The Unfaithful Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife by Carolly Erickson
  • The Richest Women in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Database of the Month: A-Z Maps

Database of the Month: A-Z Maps

As promised, this blog will take a look at some of the lesser known databases subscribed to by Monmouth College.  So why not start at the beginning with A-Z Maps?  This contains exactly what the title suggests, over 145,000 maps.  You name it and this database has a map of it: it contains antique maps and modern maps of countries and states, maps of climate, earthquakes, the environment, the holy land, hurricanes, NASA maps, tree and bird distribution maps, volcano and weather maps and many other types of information presented in map format.  There are maps of both large and small geographic regions in the database.  There are even maps of imaginary places.  For instance, there are several antique maps of the holy land that depict imaginary images of the city of Jerusalem and of places like Solomon’s temple that no longer existed at the time the original maps were drawn. 

There are different views of maps; rectangular, oval, round and hand drawn.  The maps come in several format options and can be printed, saved or downloaded for further use.  If you are new to the collection a very useful feature is the online demo found at the top of the A-Z homepage.  The online demos are a voiced slide presentation that explains how to use the different map collections and gives instructions for importing the maps into Power Point presentations.

Some maps (especially those from NASA) require Google Earth images in order to view the map data.  If you are using any of the NASA maps please be patient as it takes some time to download Google Earth images and for the program to launch.  Many of the NASA maps have attached data sets and first time users would be wise to view the explanatory material before using these maps. 

There are also various glossaries which explain terms found on the different maps that are specific to the topic illustrated.  Many of these terms are ones you may be unfamiliar with such as “brontophobia” (weather) “hornito” (volcanology or volcanoes) and “moho” (earthquakes).  Most of the definitions have images illustrating the terms.

What should you use this database for?  If you need a map of a place or to illustrate climate, weather or some other geological/geographic topic for a paper or a presentation, use this database.  The maps are easily organized and it is not hard to find one that illustrates the information you wish to discuss.  For instance, the maps of Illinois section contains many outline maps both blank and those containing physical or political features (counties, voting districts, etc.) suitable for use in a paper or presentation.

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

Monday, September 24, 2012

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 webpage instead of doing a web search for it.)
  • You wil be prompted at a MC login screen to enter your username and password. Enter your MC username 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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

New Mobile Whiteboards

Throughout the library you will notice some new additions for the school year: mobile whiteboards!

Several whiteboards will be floating around the library for student use.  Feel free to move them around to areas where you will need them.  Markers and erasers are attached to each whiteboard. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coming Soon: Banned Books Week

Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempting bannings of books across the United States - from the American Library Association.

Look for the Banned Book Week displays and most challenged list in the library soon!

Monday, September 17, 2012

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, September 14, 2012

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
  • Music Quickens Time by Daniel Barenboim
  • Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
  • Euler: The Master of Us All by William Dunham
  • Bullied by Carrie Goldman
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
  • There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Fisherman of the Island Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Behind the Backlash:Muslim Americans After 9/11 by Lori Peek

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On Display: Back to School

Currently on display in the East Lobby display cases is a selection of Back to School items from the Monmouth College Bookstore as well as information about library services.  Items will remain on display for a few more weeks.

Our next display will featured Banned Books Week later in September.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Feature: Treasures of the Collection

Treasures of the Collection          

This blog will take a look at some of the more unusual items and collections found in Hewes Library.  When Monmouth College was founded in 1853, many colleges and universities had a room known as a “cabinet” to display items that could be used in the study of various subjects.   Monmouth College’s cabinet was formed in 1863 when a collection of geological specimens was obtained from the state of Illinois, followed by a collection of various materials gathered in Egypt, Syria and Palestine by James Barnett in the course of his work as a missionary.  This collection was added to over the years with material from the local area and foreign regions.  Much of the material was contributed by former students who became Presbyterian missionaries in places like China, India and the Middle East, but it disappeared by the early 20th century.  While Monmouth College no longer has a Cabinet of unusual objects on display for the purposes of study, we still have many interesting and unusual objects and collections ranging from archaeological treasures to some rare and unusual books about Japan.  This blog will take a look at some of these unusual items and collections that are found in the library.

Today the item of interest is the cast of the Canopus (or Tanis) Stone found on the second floor of the library next to the archives.  This stone was found in Egypt in 1866.  It is similar to its more famous cousin the Rosetta Stone in that the inscriptions found on it were in three languages, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, demotic (a shorthand form of ancient Egyptian) and ancient Greek.  Because Greek could be read but ancient Egyptian could not, the Rosetta and Canopus stones were keys used in deciphering the language.  But how did a cast of this stone come to be at Monmouth College?  Well, in 1871 Dr. Gulian Lansing, a Presbyterian minister based in Egypt who had been with the German expedition that found it, went to the ruler of Egypt and requested a copy of the stone.  The Pasha gave permission for three copies to be made, two for museums in Berlin and London and one for Monmouth College, from which Dr. Lansing had received an honorary degree.  This interesting curiosity was lost for a number of years until it was recognized by a professor in the1950’s when pieces of it were shown to him by a college custodian.  In 1997 it was put on display in the library where it can be seen today.  You can read more about the stone’s interesting history on the signs accompanying the display or in the book “A thousand hearts devotion, a history of Monmouth College”.

Next time, we’ll take a look at one of the more recent donations to the collection.