Friday, May 26, 2017

Trial Resource: CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics

Hewes Library has on trial this digital resource for the Monmouth College campus through June 17, 2017.

"This venerable work continues to be the most accessed and respected scientific reference in the world. An authoritative resource consisting of tables of data and current international recommendations on nomenclature, symbols, and units, its usefulness spans not only the physical sciences but also related areas of biology, geology, and environmental science." (from the website)

Hewes Library currently receives this resource in print in our reference collection.

Feel free to provide feedback to Rick Sayre (

Trial Resource: Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Hewes Library has on trial this digital encyclopedia for the Monmouth College campus through June 17, 2017.

“The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online (REP Online) is the largest and most comprehensive resource available for all those involved in the study of philosophy. It is a trusted source of quality information, providing access to over 2,700 articles that have been edited for level and consistency by a team of renowned subject experts.” (from website)

Browse by topic, time period, geographical region, religion, or keyword, or combine these searches with the Advanced Search feature.

Feel free to provide feedback to Rick Sayre (

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Law Resources: Slavery in America and State Laws

Hewes Library has added access to two legal source databases provided through vendor Hein Online.

* Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law *

This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including every statute passed by every colony on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.

The collection provides digital access to pamphlets, books, legal documents, and legal commentary written about slavery in English - defending it, attacking it or simply analyzing it.

The Advanced Search will help the user clarify and narrow a search with the following limits:

  • select from Topics (such as "underground railroad" and "slave revolts")
  • choose Document Type, Slavery Jurisdiction, and Date written
  • select Slavery Position: anti-slavery or pro-slavery

Read more about the database:

Learn more about searching the resource (5 minute video):

* Subject Compilations of State Laws *  

Subject compilations of state laws
This collection is a comprehensive bibliography for comparing state laws on hundreds of subjects. 

The collection includes articles, books, government publications, loose-leaf titles, court opinions, and websites. 

Users may browse by Subject (such as "Affirmative Action") or search by keyword. 

End of Term and Summer Hours

End of term library hours:

Tuesday, May 9 (7:30am-2:00am)
Wednesday, May 10 (7:30am-4:30pm)
Thursday, May 11 (8:00am-4:30pm)
Friday, May 12 (8:00am-4:30pm)
Saturday, May 13 CLOSED
Sunday, May 14 (2:30pm-4:30pm) following Commencement

Summer hours begin Monday, May 15:
Monday - Friday (8:00am-4:30pm)
Closed Weekends

Special hours for campus events
June 8-10 and June 24: TBA
CLOSED Memorial Day (May 29)
CLOSED Independence Day (July 4)

Have a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Government Document Depository

Did you know that Monmouth College is the oldest United States federal government document depository in the state of Illinois AND the fourth oldest in the nation? Monmouth College began collecting government publications in 1860, one hundred and ten years before Hewes Library even opened!

Hewes Library selects up to 16% of what the GPO (Government Printing Office) publishes from various government agencies. Most of the materials are now freely accessible online, but Monmouth still has many print sources dating back to the 1840s.

The age of this collection is uniquely useful as it allows researchers to trace the history and evolution of American governmental policies over the last 150 years. Some of the older volumes may be well-worn, but it’s the information inside them that counts.

Since many of the materials prior to 1994 are not in the online catalog, feel free explore the Hewes Library govdoc website, and ask a librarian for help finding materials!
~ written by Megan Horack ('17)

Pictured here, from top: Congressional Serials Set, Census publications, Atlas of the Union and Confederate Armies