Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Library Handout: Political Science

If you've recently visited the Library as part of your Political Science class, or if you're interested in finding out about library resources related to this subject, feel free to view our Library handout. Clicking the document below will open a PDF copy of the handout, which you can save or print. More Library handouts will be arriving soon! If you'd like to request handouts related to other subjects, please leave a comment on this Blog entry (comments are anonymous).

Library Handout: Medical Terminology

If you've recently visited the Library as part of your Medical Terminology class, or if you're interested in finding out about library resources related to this subject, feel free to view our Library handout. Clicking the document below will open a PDF copy of the handout, which you can save or print. More Library handouts will be arriving soon! If you'd like to request handouts related to other subjects, please leave a comment on this Blog entry (comments are anonymous).

Get a Life! (Read a Biography)

Have you ever wondered why a historical figure became famous -- or infamous? Drop by the Library's "New Books" section to borrow one of these newly arrived biographies and find out.

Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin

by Herb Boyd

PS 3552 .A45 Z7597 2008

Bella Abzug

by Suzanne Levine

E 840.8 .A2 L485 2007

Fidel Castro: My Life (A Spoken Autobiography)

by Ignacio Ramonet

F 1788.22 .C3 A513 2008

Golda (about former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir)

by Elinor Burkett

DS 126.6 .M42 B87 2008

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson

by Jann Wenner

PN 4874 .T444 W38 2007

Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

by T.J. Stiles

F 594 .J27 S76 2003

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography (graphic novel format)

by Andrew Helfer

BP 223 .Z8 L5745 2006

Nureyev: The Life (about ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev)

by Julie Kavanaugh

GV 1785 .N8 K38 2007

Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life

by Kate Darnton

PN 4913 .J46 P48 2007

This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

by Kay Mills

E 185.97 .H35 M55 2007

Friday, September 26, 2008

This Day in History 9/26

If you’re in the mood for poetry, you’ll want to celebrate the 1888 birth of poet T.S. Eliot today. Eliot, best known for his poems “The Waste Land” and “The Hollow Men,” won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Listen to his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” on YouTube, then enjoy these Library resources:

Works by Eliot

The annotated “Waste land” with Eliot's contemporary prose

PS 3509 .L43 W3 2005 Stacks

Collected poems, 1909-1962

PS 3509 .L43 A17 1991 Stacks

The complete plays

PS 3509 .L43 A19 1967 Stacks

The sacred wood: Essays on poetry and criticism

PN 511 .E44 1950 Stacks


Cats: The complete original Broadway cast recording (Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

M 1503 .W42 C3 1983 CD Media Tower


T.S. Eliot: An imperfect life, by Lyndall Gordon

PS 3509 .L43 Z6794 1999 Stacks

Literary Criticism

A collection of critical essays on "The Waste land", by Jay Martin

PS 3509 .L43 W369 Stacks

A reader's guide to T. S. Eliot: A poem-by-poem analysis, by George Williamson

PS 3509 .L43 Z898 1974 Stacks

T.S. Eliot: Comprehensive research and study guide, by Harold Bloom

(“Bloom’s Major Poets” series)

PS 3509 .L43 Z87243 1999 Stacks

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This Day in History

Today we commemorate the birth of another famous American author, William Faulkner, who was born in 1897. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1949), Faulkner is considered one of the masters of the Southern gothic genre. A testament to Faulkner’s lasting influence on American literature was the selection in 2005 of three of his novels for Oprah’s Book Club.

Don’t miss these Library resources by or about this classic American writer.

Works by Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom!

PS 3511 .A86 A65 1964 Stacks

As I lay dying: The corrected text

PS 3511 .A86 A85 1990 Stacks & Monroe

Go down, Moses

PS 3511 .A86 G6 1973 Stacks

Light in August: The corrected text

PS 3511 .A86 L5 1990 Stacks & Monroe

The sound and the fury: The corrected text

PS 3511 .A86 S8 1990 Stacks & Monroe


Intruder in the dust (Film starring David Brian and Will Geer)

PS 3511 .A86 I5 1993 VHS Media Tower

Light in August (Audiobook)

PS 3511 .A86 L53 1994 Media Tower

A rose for Emily (Film starring Angelica Huston and John Carradine)

PS 3511 .A86 R6 1982 VHS Media Tower


Faulkner: A biography, by Joseph Blotner

PS 3511 .A86 Z63 1984

Literary criticism

A companion to Faulkner studies, by Charles A. Peek

PS 3511 .A86 Z758 2004 Stacks

Faulkner the storyteller, by Blair Labatt

PS 3511 .A86 Z8735 2005 Stacks

A reader's guide to William Faulkner: The short stories, by Edmond Volpe

PS 3511 .A86 Z9835 2004 Stacks

William Faulkner's legacy: "What shadow, what stain, what mark", by Margaret Bauer

PS 3511 .A86 Z624 2005 Stacks & Monroe

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This Day in History 9/24

If you’re very careful about dotting your I’s, crossing your T’s and always using commas in the proper place, then today is your day: National Punctuation Day!

Which punctuation symbol is your personal favorite? Mine is the interrobang: half exclamation point, half question mark. It is best used when communicating disbelief, as in: “He said what?!”

Picture source: Wikimedia Commons. "Image:Interrobang big.png." 26 May 2006. Accessed 22 Sept. 2008.

This Day in History

Fans of American literature are celebrating the 1896 birth of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, best known for his novel The Great Gatsby. Writing during the 1920s -- a tumultuous time in American history -- Fitzgerald made a name for himself as the preeminent author of the Jazz Age. Stop by the Library to check out some resources on his life and works.

Works by Fitzgerald

The crack-up

PS 3511 .I9 C7 1993 Stacks

Dear Scott, dearest Zelda: The love letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

PS 3511 .I9 Z494 2002 Stacks

The Great Gatsby

PS 3511 .I9 G7 1991 Stacks

Tender is the night: A romance

PS 3511 .I9 T4 1934 Stacks

This side of paradise

PS 3511 .I9 T49 Stacks


The Great Gatsby (Film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow)

PS 3511 .I9 G73 2003 DVD Media Tower & Monroe

Coming soon to the Library: The Great Gatsby on audiobook and in graphic novel format


F. Scott Fitzgerald: A literary life, by Andrew Hook (e-book)

Literary Criticism

Critical essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby”, by Scott Donaldson

PS 3511 .I9 G832 1984 Stacks

F. Scott Fitzgerald, by Harold Bloom

(“Bloom’s Major Novelists” series)

PS 3511 .I9 Z61374 2000 Stacks

F. Scott Fitzgerald: A study of the short fiction, by John Kuehl

PS 3511 .I9 Z6735 1991 Stacks

New essays on “The Great Gatsby”, by Matthew J. Bruccoli

PS 3511 .I9 G866 1985 Stacks

Readings on F. Scott Fitzgerald, by Katie De Koster

PS 3511 .I9 Z8 1998 Stacks & Monroe

Readings on “The Great Gatsby”, by Katie De Koster

PS 3511 .I9 G88 1998 Stacks & Monroe

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Tammy Stuppino, winner of the Library's raffle contest! Held at the Study Skills Marathon last Wednesday, Sept. 17th, all visitors to the Library table were eligible to win a one-gigabyte flash drive. That's a lot of storage!

Tammy's name was drawn, making her the lucky winner! Best of luck with your new flash drive!

Book Discussion Group

Fall 2008 Book Discussion Group

at Northampton Community College

Open to Everyone!

Do you like to read?
Do you want to join a fun, stimulating discussio
n group?
Join us for the NCC Fall Book Discussion

Join us on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Book Schedule:

Sept. 23:
Moral Disorder and Other Stories
by Margaret Atwood

Oct. 28:


by Hilla
ry Jordan

Nov. 25:


by Natalie Danford


Northampton Community College, Mack Library,

College Center, 4th Floor

To Register Call: Olga Conneen, 610-861-5358

Monday, September 22, 2008

US Politics

It's almost time for the presidential election, so that means lots of political advertisements on television, more debates, and tons of speeches. If you're interested in some books related to the election, candidates, and the political process in general, stop in at the Library! Here are some political science titles that may be of interest:

Living history
by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Stacks: E887 .C55 A3 2003

The art of ill will : the story of American political cartoons
by Donald Dewey

New Books section: NC1420 .D49 2007

The disputed presidential election of 2000 : a history and reference guid
by E.D. Dover

Stacks: JK526 2000 .D676 2003

Barack Obama, the new face of American politics

by Martin Dupuis
Stacks: E901.1 .O23 D87 2008

The United States election system

by Paul McCaffrey

Stacks: JK1976 .U217 2004

Faith of my fathers

by John McCain

Stacks: E840.8 .M467 A3 1999

The audacity of hope : thoughts on reclaiming the American dream

by Barack Obama

Stacks: E901.1 .O23 A3 2006

Audiobook in Media Tower:
E185.97 .O23 A3 2005

Dreams from my fathe
by Barack Obama
Audiobook in Media Tower:
E185.97 .O23 A3 2005

Don't forget to visit Barack Obama's and John McCain's official websites.

Power to the People!

Although the Declaration of Independence proclaimed in 1776 that “all men are created equal,” a large segment of the American population – including many men and all women – was denied the right to vote until fairly recently in our history. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, the right to vote was reserved almost exclusively for white male landowners over 21 years of age. The passage of these three amendments to the U.S. Constitution marked gradual changes in our voting rights:

  • The 15th Amendment, passed in 1870, guarantees all Americans the right to vote, regardless of race;
  • The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, grants women the right to vote;
  • The 26th Amendment, passed in 1971, sets the nationwide voting age at 18.

But simply revising the law isn’t always enough to change people’s behavior. During the Jim Crow era, many people of color were prevented from voting through social, economic and even physical intimidation, including the use of literacy tests, poll taxes, property ownership requirements and the restriction of primary elections to white voters. These methods of disenfranchisement were outlawed with the adoption of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

"The Franchise." Encyclopedia of the American Judicial System. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1987. History Resource Center US. Northampton Community Coll. Lib., Bethlehem, PA. 22 Sept. 2008

The generations who preceded us fought valiantly for the right to participate fully in our democracy. They protested, marched, picketed and spoke out; they wrote letters to Congress and to the editor; they braved the backlash of family and neighbors, ranging from ridicule and social isolation to imprisonment and physical violence. To learn more about how these courageous Americans made it possible for all of us to vote, visit the Library for these and many other resources:


  • February one (documentary about the lunch counter sit-ins begun in Greensboro, North Carolina)
    F 264 .G8 F43 2004 DVD Media Tower

  • Freedom on my mind (documentary about the Mississippi Voter Registration Project)
    E 185.93 .M6 F727 1994 DVD Media Tower

  • Iron jawed angels (fictionalized account of the suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns)
    JK 1899 .P38 I7 2004 DVD Monroe

  • Not for ourselves alone: The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, a documentary by Ken Burns
    HQ 1412 .W36 2003 DVD Media Tower
    HQ 1412 .W36 1999 (accompanying book) Stacks


  • Judgment days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the laws that changed America, by Nick Kotz
    E 847.2 .K67 2005 Stacks

  • My soul looks back in wonder: Voices of the civil rights experience, by Juan Williams
    E 184 .A1 W455 2004 Stacks

  • Sisters: The lives of America’s suffragists, by Jean Baker
    JK 1896 .B35 2005 Stacks

  • The Voting Rights Act: Securing the ballot, by Richard Valelly
    JK 1924 .V68 2006 Stacks

  • Winning the vote: The triumph of the American woman suffrage movement, by Robert Cooney
    JK 1896 .C65 2005 Stacks & Monroe

Thursday, September 18, 2008

This Day in History

Today marks the anniversary of the launch of the New York Times daily newspaper in 1851. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, this newspaper is one of the most prestigious in the nation, although it has never held the record for highest circulation. Reporting on news, politics, and culture, the New York Times' investigative reporting has earned worldwide recognition.

The NCC Libraries subscribe to the print version, and also offer electronic access to past and current issues through the ProQuest and Opposing Viewpoints databases. Students, faculty and staff also have electronic access to the NYT Book Review and NTY Magazine--including the Sunday crossword puzzle!

"New York Times, The." Encyclopedia Britannica. 2008.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Northampton Community College Library, Bethlehem, PA. 16 Sept. 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Study Skills Marathon

Stop by the Library table this Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 10 AM-12:30 PM at the Study Skills Marathon in the Spartan Center Gym! We'd like to find out what you know about the Library and maybe teach you something new about our services! If you stop by the table, you'll be eligible to win a fantastic prize!

Other topics at the Marathon include time management skills, learning styles, stress management, and so on. Many offices and departments of the College will be there so that you can learn a bit about their services. There will also be free food!

Be Sweet, Eat a Charitable Treat!

If you have a sweet tooth and want to support a good cause, don't miss the bake sale supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s "Light the Night Walk" event. This bake sale occurs today, Tuesday Sept. 16, and tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 17, from 11 AM-2 PM in two main campus locations: the cafeteria, and first floor lobby of College Center. Goodies include cookies, cakes and pies, all baked by faculty and staff! Enjoy a delicious treat and feel good about helping others!

Don’t forget about the Light the Night Walk that takes place at Main Campus on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 4:30 PM. This event also raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This Day in History

As we get closer to the 2008 presidential election, it is important to remember our nation's political past. Today is Constitution Day, the celebration of the day that 39 men signed the famous document on Sept. 17, 1787.

Join NCC in celebrating today's event by stopping by Room CC220 from 10 AM-2 PM. At noon, the film "Key Constitutional Concepts: A Conversation" will be shown, followed by a discussion. At 1 PM, an open forum will occur around the topic "Is the U.S. Constitution in Crisis?" Other information regarding the upcoming election will be available at this event.

Visit the
National Archives to view an image of the actual Constitution, or to read a transcript of the document. For some videos related to this topic, check out the Annenberg Classroom's Sunnylands' Constitution Project. These videos contain many interviews with U.S. Supreme Court justices, with their take on constitutional law. Many of these videos are also part of the Library collection, so stop by if you'd prefer to check out the DVDs.

Here are some related Library books:

Privacy at Risk: the New Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
by Christopher Slobogin
KF4558 .S56 2007 (New Books)
The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country--And Why It Can Again
by Eric Lane
KF4541 .L35 2007 (New Books)
Freeing the Presses: the First Amendment in Action
Ed. by Timothy E. Cook
KF4774 .F745 2005

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Library Q&A of the Day

Can I make photocopies in the Library?

Yes, the Library has one photocopier. The charge is ten cents per page, and the machine accepts both coins and bills. It will give you change if needed. The photocopier also takes your student ID card if there is money on your flex account, but cannot accept credit or debit cards.

The photocopier is capable of making double-sided copies, which cost ten cents per side; ask a librarian for assistance. The machine cannot make color copies.

Please remember that photocopying some material may be prohibited by copyright law, or allowed only for personal or academic use. If you are unsure about the rules, please ask a librarian. And don't forget to take your original documents with you when finished making copies!

Library Advisory Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Library Advisory Committee takes places on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 11:15 AM in Room CC-440 (in the Periodicals Tower of the Library). All are welcome to attend!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

This Day in History

Today marks the anniversary the first publication of USA Today in 1982. Self-described as "The Nation's Newspaper," this publication offers colorful pictures and text, with coverage of news, politics, entertainment, sports and more. The Libraries receive the newspaper in print but you can also search the newspaper's content through our online subscription periodical databases, ProQuest and EBSCOhost.

This Day in History

Celebrate the birth anniversary (1916) of Roald Dahl, children's book author! Visit the NCC Libraries for some of his children's books, including:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(part of the Mack Library's book display on Banned Books)

James and the Giant Peach
(part of the Mack Library's book display on Banned Books)

The Magic Finger

The Witches

Thursday, September 11, 2008

This Day in History...

Take a moment to remember.

Of a more literary bent, today is the birthday anniversary (1862) of author O. Henry, best remembered for his holiday story "
The Gift of the Magi."

To find some information about O. Henry, use the Library's Literature Resource Center database (found in the Literature & History section of our database list). Please contact the librarians for information about off-campus access. If you'd like to check out some books that are both by and about O. Henry, visit the area
PS2649 .P5 in the Library's stacks.

Some Notes About the Computer Classroom

The Library is pleased to provide students access to 64 computers in our Computer Classroom, located in the northeast corner tower. Every computer is connected to the Internet and contains Microsoft Office 2003 software. There are two high-speed printers in the Classroom, which produce black-and-white, double-sided print jobs, free of charge.

There are a few things you should know about the Computer Classroom:
  • The librarians teach classes in this room on a regular basis. When a class is scheduled, we use folding room dividers to block off the computers we need. If you see the dividers set up, chances are a class is going to be taught soon. For advance notice of when classes are scheduled, look at the room dividers: a bright pink sign lists classes for the current week.
  • Professors, if you're interested in arranging a library instruction session for your students, check the Computer Classroom schedule to see if your preferred date is available. Then, fill out our online class request form for each class section you wish to bring to the Library.
  • All of the Library's computers are open to anyone, but please remember that the primary purpose of our computers is to assist students with their academic work. If the Library is crowded and you are surfing the Internet, you may be asked to give up your seat to someone who needs to write a paper.
  • Headphones are required to listen to audio on our computers. The Library no longer lends out headphones for sanitary reasons. You may either bring your own from home or purchase earbuds at the Circulation Desk for $2.00.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Library Q&A of the Day

My work is saved on a floppy disk. Do any of the Library computers have floppy disk drives?

Only two of the Main Campus Library's 112 computers have floppy disk drives; they are both located in the Periodicals Tower. These computers contain Microsoft Office software and may be used to print documents.

The NCC Libraries highly recommend that you purchase a USB drive (also known as a flash drive or thumb drive) to save your work. Every Library computer has an opening to plug in a USB drive. It is quite easy to save multiple files on these drives, and their large storage capacity will allow you to save papers all semester. After using your USB drive at the Library, always double-check that you have removed it from the computer before leaving. We urge students to keep anything of value with them at all times, including USB drives.

USB drives cost anywhere from $10 to $50--the higher the cost, the more storage space you will have. Most drives priced between $10-$20 will be sufficient for your time here at the College. The NCC Bookstore is a great place to shop for a USB drive.

If you'd like a chance to win a free USB drive, stop by the Library table at the Study Skills Marathon and participate in our short survey. The Marathon takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 10 AM-12:30 PM in the Spartan Center, Main Campus!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Library Q&A of the Day

Can I print in color?

Yes, the Library has one color printer. There is a charge of $0.50 for each page printed in color. Please see a reference librarian if you wish to print in color, as there is only one computer from which you can do so. The Library can accept only cash for this service.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Register to Vote!

Make your voice heard in this year's Presidential Election on November 4th!

Stop by the Main Campus in Laub Lounge on Wed. Sept 10 from 10 AM-2 PM for Election Extravaganza. Register to vote and learn about the candidates.

If you can't make it to the Election Extravaganza,visit the Pennsylvania Department of State's web site to register to vote, find your polling place, or apply for an absentee ballot.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

10 Reasons Why The Internet Is No Substitute For A Library

I just came across this article from a 2001 issue of American Libraries. Although the article is a little outdated, it provides some good arguments for the importance of libraries. Enjoy!

Library Question & Answer of the Day

Do you have textbooks in the Library?

The NCC Libraries do not typically hold course textbooks in our collections. What we can offer are primary and secondary resources, including books, periodicals (magazines, journals and newspapers), audiovisual materials, online academic databases and some select software programs. These resources are here to assist you with research projects and other academic needs.

To purchase textbooks, you will need to visit one of the campus bookstores. On the Main Campus, the Bookstore is located on the first floor of College Center. On the Monroe Campus, the Bookstore is in Room 86. At the Fowler Center (Southside), it is in Room 112.

You can also search the online Bookstore to see what books are needed for your classes, and place an online order for those books. Visit the Bookstore Web site and click on "View/Order Course Books online.