Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SciFinder Now Available Campus-wide

SciFinder, the premier source for chemistry and associated research, is now available campus-wide thanks to the CCU Chemistry Department. Chemical Abstracts Service, the producer of SciFinder, recently changed the limitations on this resource from a single user to an unlimited number of users on the CCU campus. 

The database is available via a link on the library's Database Finder. Unlike other databases, access to SciFinder is a 2-step process. First, users must register with SciFinder to create an account with a unique username and password. Registration must be completed on campus and users must use their CCU email address to successfully create an account. 

Once registration confirmation has been received by email, users can use their newly created login credentials to start searching. SciFinder is available only on-campus at this time.

What’s unique about SciFinder? In addition to finding articles, conference proceedings and other research in the sciences, users can search by chemical structure, molecular formula, chemical property or reaction structure to get research and reaction information on a substance or process.

Check out the library’s guide to SciFinder for more information.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Anatomy and Physiology Online

PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries), a library consortium that supports all academic libraries in South Carolina, now provides two more valuable resources:

1. Anatomy and Physiology Online covers the knowledge base of a two-semester anatomy and physiology course in 20 modules:

* Chemistry
* Cell Biology
* Histology
* Integumentary System
* Skeletal System
* Muscular System
* Nervous System
* Special Senses
* Endocrine System
* Blood
* Cardiovascular System
* Lymphatic System and Immunity
* Respiratory System
* Digestive System
* Metabolism
* Urinary System
* Fluid, Electrolyte & Acid-Base
* Balance
* Reproductive System
* Development and Inheritance
Each module includes 3D images or interactive models, narrated animations, illustrations and dissection slides. Flash images provide animated anatomical identification, and many images can be "layered up" so users can see muscle attachments under muscles of a limb, for example, or layers of the kidney. Modules also include clinical case studies, effects of aging on each system, and course materials.

2. Secondly, PASCAL now provides three e-book collections on the ebrary platform, giving CCU patrons access to over 100,000 e-books. Kimbel Library has provided CCU users with the Academic Complete e-book collection since 2009; two new ebrary collections give us an additional 24,000 e-books.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound offers 13 focused primary document collections on topics in American History. Each collection contains materials written by and for eyewitness participants in the events. 

Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s: Sheds light on the internal organization, personnel and activities of some of the most prominent American radical groups and their movements to change American government and society.

Federal Surveillance of African Americans: Documents originated by the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation on operatives investigating politically suspect figures and organizations. Dates of coverage: 1920-1984.

In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Briefing books, hearing and meeting transcripts, reports and press clippings document the activities of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome from 1983-1994.

JFK’s Foreign Affairs and International Crises, 1961-1963: Provides insights into President Kennedy’s views on foreign affairs, U.S. leadership of the "West" and various worldwide crises, 1958-1964.

Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers’ Project: This collection presents the Federal Writers’ Project publications of all 47 states involved in the project, which ran from 1933 to 1943. Includes rare and unpublished materials.

Papers of the Nixon Administration: The President’s Confidential and Subject Special Files, 1969-1974: The confidential and subject special files of President Richard M. Nixon. Dates of coverage: 1969-1974.

Records of the Persian Gulf War: This collection contains materials related to the diplomatic and military response by the United States (as part of a multi-national force) to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990.

The Civil War in Words and Deeds: These first-person accounts, compiled in the postwar period and early 20th Century period, chronicle the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865.

The Southern Literary Messenger: Literature of the Old South: The Southern Literary Messenger enjoyed an impressive thirty-year (1834-1864) run and was in its time the South’s most important literary periodical.

The War Department and Indian Affairs, 1800-1824: From 1789 until the Bureau of Indian Affairs was established in 1824, Indian affairs were under the direct control of the Secretary of War. This collection consists of the letters received by and letters sent to the War Department, including correspondence from Indian superintendents and agents, factors of trading posts, Territorial and State governors, military commanders, Indians, missionaries, treaty and other commissioners, Treasury Department officials, persons having commercial dealings with the War Department and other public and private individuals.

The War of 1812: Diplomacy on the High Seas: During the War of 1812 Congress authorized the Secretary of State to issue commissions of letters of marque and reprisal to private armed vessels permitting them to "cruise against the enemies of the United States."

"We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death:" Freedom Riders in the South, 1961: Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the United States Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia.

Witchcraft in Europe and America: The earliest texts in this comprehensive collection on witchcraft date from the 15th century and the latest are from the early 20th century.

Friday, December 6, 2013

De-Stress Fest

Are you feeling stressed due to final exams? Kimbel Library will help you relax at De-Stress Fest, from Thursday, December 5th through Thursday, December 12th. In addition to daily games, puzzles, coloring and late night snacks, you can relax at our “beach” and make your own stress ball during Hang Loose Day on Friday, December 6th.
You can also purchase snacks and beverages at Starbucks, now open and located on the first floor by the Spadoni Park entrance of Kimbel Library. Starbucks is holding extended hours during finals:
Friday, Dec. 6                    7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7               10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8                  10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 9                7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10              7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Finally, study smart:
1. Never leave your items unattended in the library, especially during this busy time of year.
2. Remember to save and backup all of your work.
3. Ask a Librarian! If you need help with any final research, ask a librarian for help. We’re here if you need us! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Study Tips

Start strong! 
Get together everything you need to study: notes, syllabus, class readings, quizzes, tests, and homework.

•  Remove distractions. Turn off your phone or set it to silent during study sessions, and only use it during planned breaks; treat your email and texting the same way.  

•  Ask yourself questions about the material while you are reviewing. This helps you remember more than just rereading. Suggested questions to consider: How does this information fit in with other class material? What are the main points of what I just read? Why did this event happen? What would happen if one event or fact was different?

•  Take short, frequent breaks: Study for 25 mins, then take a 5 min break (see more about this method). After 4 sets, take a 15-20 minute longer break before diving back in. Need something to break up your study time? Try making a stress ball or participate in another De-stress Fest activity in Kimbel Library. 

•  When working in groups, don’t get distracted or off-topic. Everyone’s time is important.

Take care of yourself

•  Get some sleep! Cramming may help you review more material, but it doesn’t make up for sleepiness during the time you should be most alert—during your exams!

•  Eat regularly-- now is not the time to forget meals. A mix of protein, carbs, and good fat will keep you fueled and keep your mind off your stomach while you work.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Break Hours

  • Sunday, November 24: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Monday, November 25: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Tuesday, November 26: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, November 27: 8:00 AM - NOON

  • Thursday, November 28: CLOSED

  • Friday, November 29: CLOSED

  • Saturday, November 30: CLOSED

  • Monday, November 4, 2013

    National Novel Writing Month

    November is National Novel Writing Month. Over 200,000 people will begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59pm on November 30th. Did you dream of being a writer when you were little? Do you have a story you need to tell? Since 2006, over 100 National Novel Writing Month novels have been released by publishing houses including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Join the NaNoWriMo community, track your progress, get pep talks, meet fellow writers and write your novel this month. For more information, check out nanowrimo.org.