Monday, December 15, 2008

Oxford Music Online Available at MC Libraries

For information about music and musicians, check out the Oxford Music Online database. This gateway into music research includes more than 50,000 articles covering all periods of music history. Users can search resources including the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the Oxford Companion to Music, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music for authoritative information on the world of music.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Curious about e-books? Check out ACLS Humanities E-book!

Browse our scholarly e-book collection at Montgomery College Libraries! The American Council of Learned Societies' (ACLS) Humanities E-book collection contains nearly 2,000 scholarly titles and allows for 24/7 access to books in major Humanities areas, including: History, Art History, Archaeology, Architecture, Folklore, Literature, Musicology, History of Philosophy, Religion, Women's Studies and Science. Publication dates range from the 1820s to 2008 and represent titles that are both in- and out-of print. Most titles are accompanied by their reviews. All works are full-text and searchable.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Hoover's - Company and Industry Info available through MC Libraries

Hoover's online offers information on millions of companies. Get company histories, sales and financial data, CEO profiles and more. You can search by company name, NAICS code, SIC code, personal name or stock ticker. Hoover's also includes information on the latest IPO's and a "company of the day" profile. Great business information available 'round the clock.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stop to Enjoy Nature

Experience Nature, the weekly, international, interdisciplinary journal of science through Montgomery College Libraries databases!

Nature is a weekly international journal publishing peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions. Nature also provides authoritative news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public.

Don’t let science research projects stump you…stop to take a look at what Nature has to offer!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Oxford English Dictionary - Expand you vocabulary, impress your friends.

The name Oxford English Dictionary may sound like some stodgy, academic volume of stale words and phrases but in fact it is the accepted authority on the English language for the last millennium and the Montgomery College community has access to its breadth of knowledge at school, work, or home, right from the MC Library’s database page.

Today’s word of the Day? Ally-oop. First used in 1959 “[in] Basketball. Designating or involving a high pass near the basket that is received above the rim and dunked or tipped in to score; designating a basket scored from such a pass.” (You can sign up for Word of Day RSS feeds or emails even:

Recently added entries:

Big Whoop, - A. int. Expressing dismissiveness: ‘So what?’ ‘Who cares?’

Doh - Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also (usu. mildly derogatory): implying that another person has said or done something foolish (cf. DUH int.).

Check out the OED and expand your vocabulary today!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

New Presidential Web Guide

The African American Department at the State Library Resource Center of Maryland has just launched a comprehensive guide to celebrating America’s electing Barack Obama as President of the United States. This guide provides links to the most comprehensive information on the new Administration including RSS feeds providing up to the minute news and inaugural information.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Welcome to the R2 Digital Library: Are you looking for Medical, Nursing or Allied Health information?

The R2 Digital Library offers fully integrated and searchable medical, nursing and allied health secondary source book content from key health science publishers on a web based platform. The R2 Digital Library has many features that are valuable to users, such as customized saved searches, images, references and bookmarks, course Links, Reserve Shelf, A-Z Drug Index, and an A-Z Topic Index. Content may be browsed by category, discipline or title, and users can also perform searches across the entire platform. Some important features of the R2 library include integration with Blackboard, linkout to CINAHL, PubMed, and AccessMedicine, the capability to support multimedia and to use tables, graphs, charts, illustrations and photographs.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Reference Universe – The place to begin your research!

Unlike a library catalog, which contains information about reference works, Reference Universe searches deeply into the complete indexes of more than 16,000 electronic and print reference works. By searching this database, you will be able to find the best electronic or print resources to help you begin your research. Use Reference Universe to find just the right articles to gain an understanding of the scope of your research topic, build a bibliography and establish a solid research foundation. It covers all disciplines, and includes works from 1985 to the present.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Students, Faculty or Staff - Are you looking for the latest info about a computer application or programming language?

From the iPhone Pocket Guide to the best of, see Safari Tech Books Online . This collection currently consists of over 2,200 full text eBooks on a broad range of technical subjects in the computer applications and computer sciences field. Users can do a simple keyword search, an advanced search, or even search code fragments or can browse a range of topics listed ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Certification to Enterprise Computing to Internet/Online to Software Engineering and much, much more. Contains books from the current year plus two. Users can sign up for an RSS RSSfeed to get the latest title news sent to them. These titles are also accessible through the Library’s online catalog.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Academic Search Premier upgraded to Academic Search Complete

The very popular Academic Search Premier database vended by EBSCO has been upgraded to Academic Search Complete, which the vendor EBSCO touts as “the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.”

The database consists of full-text published magazine and journal articles drawn from more than 5,990 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,030 peer-reviewed journals. Peer-review by authorities familiar with article content ensures that the information the articles contain is accurate. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,990 journals and a total of more than 10,400 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Indexing points to the original article’s source, and abstracting summarizes its content without giving the full text. The full text of the article can be pursued in other MC databases or by other means available in the library.

The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.

The database is fully searchable by Keyword techniques that are explained in the comprehensive Help section on the search page.

The depth of this database makes it a good choice for pursuing almost any academic topic or for general informational needs, and its high percentage of peer-reviewed content increases the likelihood that the information it contains is accurate and reliable.

Try it today from your desk, your laptop, or in the library!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

One Last Chance… Share your thoughts at the Germantown Book Discussion!

Join the conversation about the five year chronicle of Cedric Jennings’ life as retold by author Ron Suskind in the biography, "A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League."

Event: One Maryland One Book Germantown Campus Book Discussion
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where: Sciences & Applied Studies Bldg. Room 176, Germantown Campus

Space is limited to 15 participants, so RSVP to:
(Please provide your name, email and the number of people attending. Accommodations are available for special needs. Please indicate in email.)

Pick up a copy of the book at any of the following locations:
Montgomery College Libraries (Limited copies available)
MC Books & More (Price: $11.99 plus tax)
Montgomery County Public Libraries (Numerous copies available)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Start with Stat!Ref

Stat!Ref is an online database of medical, nursing and allied health reference titles that supports nurses and healthcare practitioners during their academic and professional careers. Students have access to codes, drug information, patient information, and point of care information via full text e-books, Pub Med journal articles, and guidelines and related documents from the National Guideline Clearinghouse database. Students, faculty, and staff who have an interest in the medical and allied health field will find this database to be content rich and easy to use.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Looking for a New Career?

Looking for a New Career?
Visit the library to look in the Ferguson's Career Guidance
Center database. You will find endless information regarding
job possibilities, skills you need, and resources that will guide you on the right path.
OR visit the library's website @

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Book Discussion Continues at the Rockville Campus...Don't Miss Out!

Join the conversation about the five year chronicle of Cedric Jennings’ life as retold by author Ron Suskind in the biography, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Montgomery College
Rockville Campus Library - Macklin Tower Room 205
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Refreshments will be provided. Don't miss out! Reserve your seat early.

Space is limited to 20 participants, so please RSVP to:

(Provide your name & telephone number. Accommodations available for special needs. Indicate in email.)

Pick up a copy of the book at any of the following locations:

Montgomery College Libraries (Limited copies available)
MC Books & More (Price: $11.99 plus tax)
Montgomery County Public Libraries (Numerous copies available)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RefWorks is here!

"RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies." Even though this database is IP authenticated, users will have to create a free, individual account in order to generate bibliographies and the like. References can be exported directly from many of our electronic databases to a selected output style like the MLA 6th edition or APA 5th edition. This software tool is currently in beta as the Library works on customizing output styles to conform to the standards. As with any citation software, users need to review their bibliographic entries for accuracy.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Don’t let research questions boggle you…Ask a Librarian!

Montgomery College students can now use Maryland's live chat service, "AskUsNow!" Librarians are available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you access the College's resources. Click on the AskUs icon on the library homepage to get immediate help from a librarian.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Got iStream?

The Innovation Stream (iStream) provided by the League for Innovation in the Community College is now available at Montgomery College Libraries. By setting up a personal account with a e-mail account students and faculty can gain access to iStream’s online resource bank and learning community. This database can be used as a professional development tool by networking with other users, to access publications and presentations for coursework and/or research, and you can listen to League Radio. Also, users can participate in League Conferences, use communication services provided and benefit from partnerships developed by using this great resource. Can you afford not to be a part of The Innovation Stream?

Enjoy the View... check out the IRIS Database!

Montgomery College Libraries offers numerous useful electronic resources for your research needs. Check out the IRIS Database!

The Illinois Researcher Information Service, IRIS Database, currently contains over 9,000 active funding opportunities for faculty in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Updated daily, the IRIS database can serve to assist the learner in locating funding for educational pursuit, as it contains information on fellowships and scholarships for the undergraduate and graduate student. The user can elect to receive automatic email notifications of new grant opportunities by signing up for the IRIS Alert Service. In addition, IRIS is easily searched by sponsor, deadline date, keyword, and other criteria.

To locate the IRIS database, faculty can just click on the “Especially for Faculty” information page.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Join the Book Discussion at Takoma Park!

The Maryland Humanities Council presents the Montgomery County kickoff of the new statewide reading initiative, One Maryland/One Book!

Join the conversation about the five year chronicle of Cedric Jennings’ life as retold by author Ron Suskind in the biography, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League.

The Takoma Park Book Discussion will be held Tuesday, September 16, 2008 from 10:30am – 12:00pm in room 103 (lower level) of the Resource Center.

Refreshments will be provided.

25 seats available, so don't miss out, please RSVP

(Provide your name, email & number attending. Accommodations available for special needs. Indicate in email.) We look forward to seeing you there!

Pick up a copy of the book at any of the following locations:
Montgomery College Libraries (Limited copies available)
MC Books & More (Price: $11.99 plus tax)
Montgomery County Public Libraries (Numerous copies available)

Friday, August 15, 2008

The 26th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

And the winner is...
"Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like
the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick
streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped
'Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J."'

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Credo Reference Launches Its New, Enhanced Platform

CREDO Reference is a giant online reference library that provides...access to a selection of reference books...[including] encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, ...[and] a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law." You can search or browse by subject in this database. These titles are also accessible through our online catalog. The new interface provides:
  • Improved searching -- FILTER and NARROW your results using our new faceted browsing. Limit results by subject, type of entry, person, publication date or only those entries that have images, audio or video.

  • LINK directly from Credo into your other online resources!

  • MULTILINGUAL interface -- change the interface language to Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish or Urdu.

  • New, vastly improved CONCEPT MAP -- invaluable for visual learners and mind mappers.

  • SAVED RESULTS & CITATION MANAGEMENT -- export to your tool of choice -- such as RefWorks and others.

  • BOOKMARK in your favorite site -, Facebook and many more.

  • Thoroughly EXPLORE each title by quickly locating people and places cited, images, and contributors. Hover mouse over index for article preview.

  • BROWSE for books not only by subject, title or type but now by Dewey or Library of Congress classifications.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Two New Titles Debut in Project Muse

The Montgomery College Library provides access to the premium Project Muse collection, a collection of scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Two new journals have just made their debut in the collection:

Population is a peer-reviewed quarterly scientific journal published in English (Population-E) and in French (Population-F). It presents original research in the fields of demography and related disciplines: sociology, economics, anthropology, history, geography, epidemiology and public health, methodology in social science. Contributions can be submitted in either English or French and are published in both languages. Both developed and developing countries are covered. Population trends in different parts of the world are presented in special annual features.

The Global South concentrates on the literature and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval and have suffered the brunt of the greatest challengs facing the world under globalization: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

JSTOR new content update

As you are aware, the Library recently added the full content of the JSTOR collection. Three journals were added to the JSTOR archive today. The full details for the journals are:

  • The Kenyon Review
    Release Content:
    Vols. 1 – 32; 1939-1970
    New Series, Vols. 1– 26; 1979-2004
    Moving Wall: 3 years
    Publisher: Kenyon College

  • Middle East Journal
    Release Content: Vols. 1 – 58, 1947-2004
    Moving Wall: 3 years
    Publisher: Middle East Institute

  • Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
    Release Content: Series 1, Vols. 1 – 3, 1887/1888 – 1895/1896
    New Series, Vols. 1-102, 1900/1901 – 2002
    Moving Wall: 5 years
    Publisher: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of The Aristotelian Society

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Art Library holdings now part of MC Libraries online catalog

The School of Art + Design Library became a branch library within the MC Library System when the School of Art + Design merged with Montgomery College. It was renamed the Art Library @ the Cafritz Center following its re-location to a beautiful space in the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. In order to fully integrate the Art Library and its holdings (3000+ books and dvds/videos, 35+ periodicals and other support materials), MC Libraries committed itself to the complex project of the retrospective conversion of these holdings. This process transforms old print based catalogs to machine readable form. However, because no library systems at the School of Art + Design were automated, each item had to be individually catalogued and specially processed to allow online access to the Art Library holdings and the physical circulation of the items.

This major project was successfully completed at the end of this fiscal year. You can now search the MC Library catalog for information on all the items held by the Art Library:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sage e-journals now includes more years

SAGE publishes over 460 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine. We have, through a consortial deal, access to 452 titles in electronic format. Previously, our holdings only included the years from 1999 to the present. Now with an additional archive, the e-journals go back to their first volume, some as far back as 1879.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Library now subscribes to Science

The Library now subscribes to a suite of AAAS publications including the current Science publications from January 1997 to the present, Science Classic from July 1880 to December 1996, Science Xpress for early breaking, electronic journal articles, Science Signaling and more.

In a recent article reporting on a study of journal citations and impact factors, Nature and Science ranked first and second. See that story below.

Friday, July 11, 2008

ARTstor training now available through YouTube

ARTstor Beta has been released and introduces a new technical platform and user interface that will make searching, browsing, and organizing images in the Digital Library faster and easier. As you begin working in the ARTstor Beta environment, you will immediately notice that ARTstor now sits within your web browser rather than launching a Java client.

To access ARTstor Beta, simply click on the “Go” button from the link above. After clicking on “Go,” choose ARTstor Beta or ARTstor Legacy, which will be available throughout the 2008-2009 academic year.

You can view all YouTube training videos at

Nature, Journal Citations, and Impact Factors

Nature Publishing Group and its flagship publication Nature were recognized in the "2007 Journal Citation Report (Thomson Reuters, 2008) as the leading publisher of high impact, high quality scientific journals...We know that Impact Factors continue to be a valuable measure of a journal’s quality for authors, librarians and societies...We are proud that our flagship title Nature, with an Impact Factor of 28.751, is this year’s number one multidisciplinary science journal, ahead of its major competitor Science (26.372). "

NPG Communications
Nature Publishing Group

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Titles on Safari

Each month, new ebooks are added to the Safari collection. Safari is a collection of approximately 1,700 ebooks related to computer science, programming, networking, etc. One of the new titles is shown below:

ASP.NET AJAX in Action, Alessandro Gallo, David Barkol, Rama Krishna Vavilala

Start Reading Online

Friday, June 20, 2008

New Collections added to ARTstor

ARTSTOR is continuously adding new images and new collections to its database. Some of the latest additions are:

  • Mark Rothko: Additional images More than 40 new images were added to the Mark Rothko collection. This release includes paintings scanned from 8x10" color transparencies that are not in public collections.

  • 300 more images of works by Roy Lichtenstein. This significantly increases the number of Lichtenstein images available in ARTstor, spanning a range of periods in the artist's life and including many of his most well–known works.

  • 2,848 additional images of major Italian and other European works from Scala Archives, bringing the total number of Scala images now available to ARTstor users to more than 13,000.

  • More than 600 images from the Franklin Furnace Archives. These images depict events presented and produced by Franklin Furnace, and include works by Guillaume Bijl, Willie Cole, Karen Finley, Teh–Ching Hsieh, Liza Lou, Robbie McCauley, Ana Mendieta, and Shirin Neshat.

  • Added more than 14,000 images of Mayan excavations from the renowned photographic archives of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, which documents archaeological excavations throughout Central America.

To learn more about new releases and upcoming releases, go to ARTSTOR's news page.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

JSTOR Training

As you may already know, the Montgomery College Library was able recently to subscribe to the entire JSTOR collection. If you are unfamiliar with JSTOR or want to learn more about its features, you can attend one of these free webinars. Advance registration is required.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Humanities E-Book collection

The Humanities E-Book collection, formerly the History E-Book collection, is a digital collection of over 1,700 full-text titles offered by the ACLS, the American Council of Learned Societies. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars and featuring unlimited multi-user access. HEB is available 24/7 on- and off-campus. You can access titles directly through the HEB interface or you can search for titles in our online catalog.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

New e-References added to Credo Reference

Credo Reference, a database of general reference e-resources, provides full-text, aggregated content on every major subject from the world's major publishers of reference materials. Credo continuously adds content and some of the latest titles are: Elsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories; Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences; Handbook of Forensic Psychology: Resource for Mental Health and Legal Professionals; and Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary: Completing the Twentieth Century, to name a few.
Credo can be searched or browsed by subject and can be accessed both on and off campus.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly debuts in Project Muse

Since 1972 WSQ (formerly Women's Studies Quarterly) has been an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of emerging perspectives on women, gender, and sexuality. WSQ is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published in June and December. Each thematic issue is guest edited and combines contemporary developments in feminist theory and scholarship with essays, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and the visual arts. Project Muse can be accessed on or off campus from

Monday, June 09, 2008

OLDO adds Russian and Chinese dictionaries to its database

Russian and Chinese are both now available as a part of your Oxford Language Dictionaries Online subscription, meaning that you now have access to over 4 million words, translations and phrases. Oxford is also delighted to announce the launch of native speaker audio pronunciation, allowing users to hear how words actually sound with correct stress and intonation. Pronunciation is available for headwords in every language (available for French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, British English, American English and Mexican Spanish), including Chinese and Russian. To access the pronunciations simply click on the loudspeaker icon next to the appropriate word on the entry page.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Library Journal names 3 Gale encyclopedias as Best References of 2007

Library Journal named 3 Gale Encyclopedias as Best References for 2007 including the Encyclopaedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender and Encyclopedia of Diets, all of which are owned by the Montgomery College Library. These e-books can be accessed either through our MC Library Catalog or through GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Summer Session Hours

Summer Session hours beginning May 27th have been posted the the Library's web page. Summer Session I runs from May 27–July 3; Summer Session II runs from July 7–Aug 15.

News from the Cafritz Art Library...

The Art Library, located in the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz building, features both print and media materials focused in the fine arts.

For a full listing of our databases, we welcome you to visit the MC Libraries webpage. Click on the link "Articles & Databases" for full-text and abstracts.

We look forward to seeing you at the Art Library at the Cafritz.

JStor has arrived!

By utilizing cost-effective measures, the Library has been able to acquire the entire collection of the electronic database JStor.

JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. Academic journals comprise the majority of the content in the archive. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles. The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available. Please read about the Moving Wall and Links to Recent Content for more information.
  • JSTOR includes 1,856,206 full-length articles across 47 disciplines.
  • There are 1,387,437 book reviews in JSTOR.
  • The oldest content in the JSTOR archive was published in 1665.
  • JSTOR is active in Facebook.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

News from the Germantown Library...

Diane Cockrell, Instructional Librarian at the Germantown campus library along with her colleagues Katalin Muyal, Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and Karen Miller, Agency Manager, Damascus Branch, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), hosted the ninth annual Upcounty Libraries Roundtable at the Universities at Shady Grove Camille Kendall Academic Center on May 20, 2008. This annual event has become more and more popular in building connections between all types and kinds of libraries in the Upcounty region and included talks from State Senator Nancy King and Betty Day from Maryland Digital Library to name a new.

From the Libraries and Library Staff of Montgomery College...

Welcome to the Montgomery College Libraries Newsblog! We hope you will find this blog useful for keeping current with our resources and services at the MC Libraries.