Friday, October 30, 2009

Hallowe'en Horrors!

This Hallowe'en, why not make an expedition to some of the more spectral corners of the NCC Library? In these foreboding tomes and monstrous movies, you'll encounter malevolent god-monsters, pagan rituals, cursed masks, haunted Appalachia, forbidden horror comics, a corpse bride and much more!

Lovecraft: Stories
by H.P. Lovecraft
PS 3523 .O833 A6 2005 Stacks

Horror Films of the 1970s
by John Muir
PN 1995.9 .H6 M85 2002 Stacks

The Voice on the Mountain
by Manly Wade Wellman
PS 3545 .E52858 V6 1984 Stacks

Onibaba [DVD]
PN 1997 .O482 2004 Media Tower

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
by David Hadju
PN 6725 .H33 2008 Stacks

The Corpse Bride [DVD]
PN 1997.2 .C67 C67 2005 Media Tower

Harvest Home
by Thomas Tryon
PS 3570 .R9 H3 Stacks

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror [DVD]
PR 6037 .T617 N67 2007 Media Tower

by Neil Gaiman
PZ 7 .G1273 CO 2002 Children's Literature (Juvenile)

Also check out these tricks and treats, if you dare!

Classics of the Horror Film
by William K. Everson
PN 1995.9 .H6 E9 Stacks

The Church of Dead Girls
by Stephen Dobyns
PS 3554 .O2 C48 1997 Stacks

Candles Burning
by Tabitha King and Michael McDowell
PS 3561 .I4835 C27 2006 Stacks

Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
by Joyce Carol Oates
PS 3565 .A8 H38 1995 Stacks

The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson
PS 3519 .A392 H3 1987 Stacks

Freaks [DVD]
PN 1997 .F743 2004 Media Tower

Frankenstein: Legacy Collection [DVD]
PR 5397 .F716 2004 Monroe Campus Library

Dracula: Legacy Collection [DVD]
PR 6037 .T617 D72 2004 Monroe Campus Library

The Frankenstein and Dracula Legacy sets above each contain five feature films from the iconic Universal Studios series, along with commentaries, documentaries and trailers. Perfect for your Hallowe'en film festival!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This Day In History: The Internet Is Born!

Where would we be without the Internet? You probably wouldn't talk to friends as often. You couldn't get instant news or weather updates, or watch hilarious video clips on YouTube. You'd have to find a newspaper or use the phone to find a movie show time, and there would be no online shopping. You would have a more difficult time conducting research. Worst of all, you wouldn't even be able to read SpartaBlog! ;)

Computers have come a long way since the early days of the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), developed during World War II (see photo). So if you enjoy using the Internet, join the NCC Libraries in celebrating the 1969 creation of the World Wide Web! Yes, you read that correctly: the Internet started over three decades ago. Begun as ARPAnet, this system was established by the U.S. Defense Department so scientists and other professionals could communicate with each other. This World Wide Web is completely different from the Internet we know today.

Tim Berners-Lee is usually credited as the creator of the modern Internet. He first brought HTTP, HTML and the earliest Web browser to the public's attention in the early 1990s. Slowly, Web pages started popping up, talking over a distance was easier, and more people began contributing to the Web.

It's hard to imagine a world without the Internet. Many NCC students have grown up with the Internet from a young age, and can't remember a time when it didn't exist. It greatly helps students in school, people in the workforce, and librarians who can quickly answer a student's question! Take a moment today to celebrate the creation of the Internet.

If you'd like more information about the Internet and World Wide Web, check out these Library resources:

Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource
by Michael Miller
E-BOOK (Online)

Electronic America
by Laurie DiMauro
T 58.5 .E4 2009 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Privacy and the Internet: Your Expectations and Rights Under the Law
by Margaret C. Jasper
KF 1263 .C65 J37 2009 New Books section

Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America
by Julia Angwin
HD 9696.8 .U64 M973 2009 Stacks

Designing Web Navigation
by James Kalbach
TK 5105.88 .K34 2007 Stacks

Online Matchmaking
by Monica T. Whitty
HQ 801.82 .O55 2007 Stacks

Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View From Europe
by Jean N. Jeanneney
ZA 4234 .G64 J4313 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Internet Revolution

by Kevin Hillstrom
TK 5105.875 .I57 H54 2005 Stacks

The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture
by John Battelle
HD 9696.8 .U64 G663 2005 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Technology Revolution: The Not-for-Dummies Guide to the Impact, Perils, and Promise of the Internet
by J.R. Okin
ZA 4201 .O44 2005 Stacks

The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia
by Hilary W. Poole
TK 5105.875 .I57 I5372 2005 Reference (3 volumes)

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

by Louis Rosenfeld
TK 5105.88 .R67 2002 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Information courtesy of:
Festa, Paul. "Newsmaker: Turning on the World Wide Web."
CNet News. 10 December 2001. Web. 9 October 2008.

"History of the World Wide Web."
Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 9 October 2008.

Monday, October 26, 2009

This Day In History: Pablo Picasso

Yesterday was the anniversary of the birth, in 1881, of famous artist Pablo Picasso. To the left, you'll see his painting, "The Three Musicians."

This Spanish painter and sculptor is best known for creating the artistic movement Cubism, which "...emphasized the flat, two-dimensional surface of the picture plane, rejecting the traditional techniques of perspective, foreshortening, modeling, and chiaroscuro, and refuting time-honoured theories that art should imitate nature." That should impress your art history professor! (Just remember to cite this information if you use it!)

For a complete list of Picasso's works, visit his page on For more information on Picasso's life and the Cubist style, check out these Library resources:

Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo
by Christopher Green
N 6853 .P5 G74 2005 Stacks

The Cubist Painters
by Guillaume Apollinaire
ND 196 .C8 A6613 2004 Stacks

Cubism and Its Histories
by David Cottington
N 6848.5 .C82 C67 2004 Stacks

Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue
by Pablo Picasso
ND 553 .P5 A4 2002 Stacks

Pablo Picasso [DVD]
produced by Kultur International Films
ND 553 .P5 P232 2002 Media Tower

by Timothy Hilton
ND 553 .P5 H54 1985 Stacks

Picasso, Line Drawings and Prints: 44 Works
by Pablo Picasso
NC 248 .P5 A4 1981 Stacks

The Complete Paintings of Picasso: His Blue and Rose Periods
by Pablo Picasso
ND 553 .P5 L34513 Stacks

A Life of Picasso
by John Richardson
N 6853 .P5 R56 Stacks (3 volumes)

Information courtesy of:
"Cubism." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Web. 7 Oct. 2009 <>.

"Picasso, Pablo." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Web. 7 Oct. 2009 <>.

Image courtesy of:
"Picasso, Pablo." Wikipedia. 2009. Web. 7 Oct. 2009.

Friday, October 23, 2009

This Day In History: iPod Unveiled

It is difficult to walk through the Library without noticing students listening to their iPods and MP3 players. (Remember to keep the volume on your music turned low, so you don't disturb others!) These little listening devices seem to be everywhere, but they were just introduced on this day in 2001, when the iPod player was officially launched by Apple Corporation.

You may remember the Walkman (portable cassette tape player) or the Discman (portable compact disc player), but the iPod was an entirely new way to store music. It saves songs as computer files, thus cutting out the need to carry around tons of cassettes or CDs. The player itself is tiny, so it is easy to bring along to school, the beach, on an airplane or anywhere!

The iPod not only influenced the computer industry, but also the engineering and music industries. Check out some of these Library resources to learn more about the iPod and how it has changed society so far.

iPod: The Missing Manual
by J.D. Biersdorfer
E-BOOK (Online)

The iPod Book: Doing Cool Stuff With the iPod and the iTunes Store
by Scott Kelby
E-BOOK (Online)

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
by Steve Knopper
ML 3790 .K57 2009 New Books

Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience
by Michael Bull
ML 3916 .B85 2007 Stacks

Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money
by Mark Coleman
ML 3790 .C65 2003 Stacks

For more information, be sure to explore our databases, where there are numerous articles on the state of the music industry. Opposing Viewpoints contains argumentative essays. ProQuest and EBSCOhost provide access to thousands of articles from magazines and journals, all discussing various aspects of iPod technology and the music industry.

Images courtesy of:
"Audiocassette tape." Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 5 Oct. 2009 <>

"Compact disc player." Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 5 Oct. 2009 <>.

"iPod." Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 5 Oct. 2009 <>

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Get Help With New MLA Style @ Your Library!

Did you know that the MLA style of citation has been significantly revised? The new 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, published earlier this year, changes many of the rules for writing citations, such as:

  • the URLs for Web sites no longer need to be included in a citation, unless your professor requires it;

  • the format of each information source must be identified, even if the item is in print;

  • titles of books, journals, magazines, Web sites and other sources should now be italicized instead of underlined.

To be sure you are using the latest citation rules, stop by either of the NCC Libraries and take a look at the new MLA Handbook. There are copies at both main and Monroe campuses. Our reference librarians have also prepared a student handout explaining the basics of MLA style, which includes examples of citations taken from our own online databases. You can pick up a copy at the Reference Desk or click here for the PDF version.

If you need help with MLA style (or have any other questions about writing), contact a tutor at the Learning Center. They have locations at both campuses, and their services are absolutely free!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Teen Read Week

Join the NCC Libraries in celebrating Teen Read Week, an annual event sponsored by the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) division of the American Library Association. This year, Teen Read Week happens October 18-24.

Every year, YALSA chooses a theme for Teen Read Week and encourages young adults (those between the ages of 13 and 19) to read for fun! This year's theme is "Read Beyond Reality," which may be interpreted in a number of different ways. Read up on subjects like:
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Fairy tales, tall tales and myths
  • Science
  • Space exploration
  • Robotics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Video games and virtual reality.
Find reading lists with suggested titles for each of these topics (including graphic novels, audiobooks and related movies) at the YALSA wiki. For lists of teens' "Top Ten" favorite books, visit YALSA's Web site. (Can you guess which series has been voted the most popular since 2007? Hint: vampires won out over wizards!) Once you've chosen a topic, stop by the NCC Libraries -- don't forget to browse the Young Adult section -- and pick up a fun book today!

Logo courtesy of:

Friday, October 16, 2009

This Day in History: A Defining Moment for Dictionaries

Today marks the celebration of both Dictionary Day and the birthday of the dictionary's famous creator, Noah Webster (born in 1758). Known as the "Father of American Scholarship and Education," Webster played a crucial role in disseminating a love of words to the public. The first edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1828.

For more information about Noah Webster, check out this Library book:

Noah Webster
by John Smith Morgan
PE 64 .W5 M67 Stacks

Both of the NCC Libraries contain this edition of Webster's dictionary:

The New International Webster's Comprehensive Dictionary of the English Language
PE 1625 .N53 1998 Reference (main and Monroe)

For interesting anecdotes about the creation of the massive Oxford English Dictionary, try these fascinating books:

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester
PE 1617 .O94 W56 1999 Stacks

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester
PE 1617 .O94 W558 2003 Stacks
(This title is also available in audiobook format!)

The NCC Libraries have a multitude of other dictionaries, in English and other languages. Our database Oxford Language Dictionaries Online contains bilingual dictionaries in Chinese, Italian, German and many other languages, each providing translations to English. There are also numerous specialized dictionaries in our collection, including titles related to business, law, medicine, psychology, history, art and many other subjects.

If you need to find word definitions quickly, try one of these online dictionaries: (contains the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)
OneLook Dictionary Search
Merriam-Webster Online
Medline Plus Medical Dictionary

And -- just for fun -- here's a slang dictionary:

Image courtesy of:
"Noah Webster and America's First Dictionary." Online illustration. Merriam-Webster Online. Online. 15 Oct. 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This Day In History: William Penn's Birthday

Where would the great state of Pennsylvania be without its founder, William Penn? He purchased the land that would become Pennsylvania and named it in his father's honor. Penn emigrated to America seeking religious tolerance and a place to practice his Quaker beliefs, for which he had been imprisoned a number of times in England. Penn served as the governor of Pennsylvania for two years, but eventually moved back and forth between the U.S. and England.

Celebrate the birth anniversary of William Penn, born on this day in 1644, with some Library resources about him and our Commonwealth!

Freedom Seeker: A Story About William Penn
by Gwenyth Swain
E-BOOK (Online)

William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania, 1680-1684
by Jean R. Soderlund
E-BOOK (Online)

William Penn, Politics and Conscience
by Mary Maples Dunn
JC 153 .P4 D8 Stacks

Penn Pictures: The Founder of Pennsylvania
by Irwin Richman
F 152.2 .R57 Stacks

William Penn's Holy Experiment: The Founding of Pennsylvania, 1681-1701
by Edwin B. Bronner
F 152 .B84 Stacks

William Penn: A Biography
by Catherine Owens Peare
F 152.2 .P34 Stacks

Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims
by William Penn
E-BOOK (Online)

To locate primary source documents and articles about William Penn, use the "person" search option in the History Resource Center: U.S. database.

Image courtesy of:
"Penn, William." Online Illustration. Encyclopædia Britannica. Online. 28 Sept. 2009 <>

Friday, October 9, 2009

Library Hours for Fall Break

Many students have been asking whether the NCC Libraries will be open next Monday and Tuesday (October 12-13), during Fall Break. The answer is "YES!" The Libraries will be operating on their regular schedules, which can be found on our Web site under "About Us." So come on in, we're ready to help with your midterm research projects!

If you'll be working on assignments at home, you can get help from an NCC Librarian by sending an e-mail. Go to the "Research Assistance" link on the Library Web site, then click on "Ask the Librarian." Or you can call us at the Reference Desk (610-861-5359) to chat in person. Either way, the NCC Librarians are looking forward to helping you!

Enjoy the break!

Image courtesy of:
"Norway maple." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 22 Sept. 2009 <>

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This Day in History: World's Largest Library Organization Founded

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library organization in the world. Yesterday, October 6, marks the anniversary of ALA's founding in 1876. This professional association represents librarians, library technicians, institutions and other interested parties, and provides a means for library workers to network, share ideas and develop the future of our field. ALA also holds annual conferences, which promote reading, community service and freedom of information. Oh, and we have some fun, too -- check out the book cart drill team competition!

ALA advocates for library-related issues, including these Key Action Areas: diversity, equity of access, education and continuous learning, intellectual freedom, and 21st century literacy. For more information, visit

Image courtesy of:
"Library." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 22 Sept. 2009 <>

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Leisure Reading Titles

Here are some of the newest titles in our leisure reading collection. Take some time out from the stress of school or work, and enjoy a fun read today! Click on the link to read a review of each book at

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Called Out of Darkness by Anne Rice

Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Commencement by Courtney Sullivan

Monday, October 5, 2009

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing! It's the perfect time to reflect on the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country and culture. This celebration runs from September 15 to October 16. The reason it begins mid-month is to commemorate the independence of specific Latin American countries:
  • Sept. 15: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Sept. 16: Mexico
  • Sept. 18: Chile

NCC students interested in participating in a campus club with a focus on diversity should check out the Hispanic American Cultural Club (Main campus) or the Multi-Cultural Club (Monroe campus).

Here are some NCC Library resources that will give you a deeper appreciation of Hispanic culture:

Latina Writers
by Ilan Stavans
PS 153 .H56 L37 2008 Stacks

Latino Food Culture
by Zilkia Janer
TX 716 .A1 J36 2008 Stacks

Latinos in the United States: The Sacred and the Political

by David Abalos
E 184 .S75 A63 2007 Stacks

100 Hispanics You Should Know

by Ivan A. Castro
CT 1347 .C37 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA

by Julia Alvarez
GT 2490 .A45 2007 Stacks

Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World

by Gloria G. Rodriguez
HQ 783 .R62 1999 Stacks

The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture and Identity in America

by Ilan Stavans
E 184 .S75 S75 1996 Stacks

The NCC Libraries also subscribe to two online databases that contain information on Latino Americans. (Remember that in order to use these databases from home, you will need to use your NCC student I.D. number and password to log in.)

The Latino American Experience
The first full-text database focusing exclusively on the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States.

Latino Literature

Plays, prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latino writers working in the United States.

Information courtesy of:
"Hispanic Americans." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 22 Sept. 2009 <>

"National Hispanic Heritage Month." Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 21 Sept. 2009 <>

Friday, October 2, 2009

Health Literacy: Finding Reliable Information Feels Great!

October is Health Literacy Month! What does that mean? Health literacy means not only understanding your own health, but knowing where to find reliable information about health and medical care. The best method of finding health-related information is to speak to your doctor or other health care professional, but if you'd also like to do research on your own, the NCC Libraries are here to help.

First, books are great sources to use when you need in-depth information. With issues related to health care, it is important that you use books that are recently published, preferably within the last five years. Because the health field changes so quickly -- there are new procedures, cures and diseases discovered every day -- it is important that your information is up-to-date. When looking for books on health, you'll want to start with basic information found in the dictionaries and encyclopedias in the "R" call number section of the Reference collection. The "R" call number range covers materials on health care, nursing, dental hygiene, and diseases of all types. Then be sure to browse the "R" aisle of the Stacks, for a broader selection of titles on specific conditions, operations, treatments and medications.

If you would like to find the most current information or locate original experiments related to drug trials, therapy and other health science topics, search for magazine and journal articles. You can do this in either of two ways.

If you don't have a specific topic in mind, and would like to browse through some journal issues to get ideas, visit the Periodicals Tower. Here is a sample of some titles we have in the health care/nursing field:

American Journal of Nursing
Family and Community Health
Journal of Professional Nursing
New England Journal of Medicine
Nutrition Today.

Once you have decided on a topic, you can search for magazine and journal articles by using our online databases. Here are some excellent databases to use for health information:

CINAHL with Full Text - EBSCOhost
A comprehensive source of full-text articles from more than 520 nursing and allied health journals, with coverage back to 1982.

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition - EBSCOhost
A database containing many full-text articles from journals and magazines covering various medical disciplines.

Nursing and Allied Health Source - Proquest
A database that includes many full-text articles from journals and magazines covering topics related to nursing and health.

A research tool from the National Library of Medicine. Provides access to more than 11 million citations to articles in medical and life science journals. Note: This database does not contain full text.

PubMed Central
The National Library of Medicine’s archive of life science journal literature. Most of the articles are available in full text.

Remember, if you're logging into the databases from off-campus, you'll need to enter this information when prompted for a username and password:

NCC Students:
Username is your NCC student I.D. number;
Password is the one you were assigned by the College.

NCC Faculty and Staff:
Username is your Novell login;
Password is the one that goes with that login name.

Here’s to a healthy, happy year at NCC! If you need assistance with research, please visit the Reference Desk and speak to a Librarian. You can also call us at 610-861-5359, or send an e-mail.

Illustration credit:
“Health Literacy Month promotional logo.” Health Literacy Month Web site. GIF format. 23 Sept. 2009.