Umbreit Library


A Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 2, No. 6 - July/Aug 1997

Adjunct Faculty Open House

By Roger Stoel

The Library staff will be hosting an open house for adjunct faculty on Wednesday September 17th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. We recognize that our adjunct faculty are an integral part of our MCC staff and that they may not be aware of the many services the library offers.

Librarians as well as other library personnel will be available during the open house to give tours of the facility and explain services and policies in many areas including circulation, reserve procedures, class orientations, reference computer services (Internet, CD-ROM, and other electronic databases), book selection, and many other topics. Mark your calendars!

If you are unable to attend the open house, call Roger Stoel (x260) to receive a packet of informational materials.


Umbreit Library Staff

Roger M. Stoel
Coordinator/Reference Librarian

Robert J. Vanderlaan
Cataloger/Reference Librarian

Carol Briggs-Erickson
Electronic Services Librarian

Barbra Daniell
Adjunct Reference Librarian
Faculty Reserves Liaison

Paula McClurg-Ziemelis
Library Technician

LouAnne Feuerborn
Technical Processing Clerk

Brenda McClain
Circulation Supervisor

Lisa Fielstra
Interlibrary Loan Clerk


Internet Workshops

As a service to our staff, students and other patrons, reference librarians are conducting workshops on using the Internet. They deal primarily with locating information on the Internet using Netscape, assessing the information found, and saving or printing the information.


Next Internet Searching Workshop:

Monday, August 11
Room 138 - 1:00 - 2:00

We will also be offering Internet workshops during the fall semester. To register for these free one-hour sessions, call Carol (x416).

These workshops are designed to give a very brief introduction to finding information on the Internet. For those interested in a more comprehensive coverage of the Internet, consult the MCC class schedule.


CD-ROM Corner

The most recent addition to our publicly-accessible CD-ROM collection is the Dictionary of National Biography which is published by Oxford University Press.

The DNB includes over 37,000 biographical articles of noteworthy inhabitants of the British Isles and the Colonies (exclusive of living persons) from the earliest historical period to the present time.

The print version was published in over 20 volumes. This CD-ROM version contains all of the information from the print version and allows much more flexible access to the contents.

With the CD-ROM, users may locate biographies based on the person's name, title, or gender as well as by significant dates or occupations. Users may also search by field of interest or geographic location or search for any keyword throughout the text of the articles.

Articles may be printed or saved to floppy disk.


Internet Interchange

We encourage our readers to send us questions for this column. Questions may be sent to Carol through inter-office mail or via e-mail .

Some of our most-asked questions center on locating resources:
"How do you find anything on the Internet?"

"When I do a search, I find thousands of can I limit the number of articles?"

One of the best search programs available on the Internet, and one that the librarians use most often, is AltaVista. AltaVista is a very flexible, powerful search program.

AltaVista has options that allow users to limit the results of searches. Besides being able to search for phrases and to combine search terms, it allows users to distinguish by field. For example, if you want to locate information about the Mars Pathfinder and only wish to locate U.S. government sites, you would use the following search strategy:

+"mars pathfinder"

Notice that the phrase, mars pathfinder is surrounded by quote marks. The plus signs indicate that the search term must be present--without the plus signs, the boolean or would be used. In other words, without the plus signs, the searcher would locate articles with mars pathfinder or domains that have .gov in them.

A search in AltaVista for the phrase mars pathfinder with .gov in the domain retrieved about 200 results; the same search--without limiting it to a government domain and without specifying mars pathfinder as a phrase--retrieved about 100,000 results. This is just one of the ways you can quickly limit your search results.


Check These Out!

Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel

Poetry Criticism, edited by Jane Kelly Kosek. Gale Research, 1991- (Currently 16 volumes)

This series contains excerpts from criticism of the works of the most significant and widely studied poets of world literature. Each entry is supplemented by biographical and bibliographical material to aid the reader in a fuller understanding of the author, the genre and its creators.

The excerpts will provide students with information on poetic technique, the poet's dominant themes, and other vital information. Includes a portrait of the poet and a bibliography of principal works with poetical works listed separately from other works.

Located in our REFERENCE collection:
PN 1010 .P499


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Short Story Criticism, edited by Jeff Hill and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Gale Research, 1988- (Currently 23 volumes)

Another Gale publication that contains excerpts from the criticism of the works of short fiction writers. The series is designed to present an introduction to major short story writers of all eras and nationalities. Eight to ten authors are included in each volume. Most of the criticism is selected from English language writing authors but some foreign language criticism in translation is also included. A portrait of the writer is included as well as a bibliography with short story items listed separately.

An excellent source of information for short story criticism.

Located in our REFERENCE collection:
PN3373 .S386


On-line Spotlight

In recognition of our semi-annual nursing student orientation which will be held in the library on the afternoon of July 21st, we have chosen General Science Abstracts to spotlight. Though the nursing and respiratory therapy students rely heavily on MEDLINE and CINAHL for their research, General Science Abstracts has much to offer these students.

Of over 150 general science journals and magazines that are indexed by General Science Abstracts, Umbreit Library subscribes to a large percent of them. Some of the most-used health-related periodicals from this index are:

  • American Family Physician
  • American Journal of Nursing
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Lancet
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Nursing (year)
  • Physician and Sportsmedicine


Seniors on the Net

On Friday, August 22, seniors from the area will be on campus for the annual Senior Day program presented by the MCC Community Services Department.

We have been asked to participate by presenting an Internet information session for interested seniors. In hands-on sessions, they will learn how to locate former neighbors, friends, and classmates. They will also learn how to locate travel and tourism information on the cities in which these lost friends live.


On Display

By Barbara Daniell

It's summertime--a good time to Surf the Net. In conjunction with Umbreit Library's new public Internet station, helpful books about the Net will be on display in July. They contain details on how to use the Net, addresses of Internet sites, and what kind of information you will find there. Recent additions include Internet 101: A College Student's Guide and The Webheads Guide to Netscape.

In addition to books, the reference librarians will be conducting workshops on how to find resources on the Internet. The next hands-on session will be held on August 11 from 1:00 to 2:00. A sign-up sheet is located at the reference desk, and everyone is welcome.


Electronic Currents

Umbreit Library Currents is now being e-mailed to about 55 on-campus and off-campus e-mail addresses. Let us know if you would prefer to receive Currents electronically. Current and back issues are also available at our Umbreit Library Web site.


Library Hours

Summer Session
(June 30 - August 21)

Monday - Tuesday
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Weekends

Between Sessions Period
(August 22 - August 29)

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fall Semester
(Beginning September 2)

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Umbreit Library Currents is published bimonthly by the staff of the Allen G. Umbreit Library at Muskegon Community College. It is distributed to faculty, staff and administrators of The College and to area libraries free of charge. It is available in print and electronic formats.

The mission of Umbreit Library Currents is to aid in our goal to keep all Umbreit Library users current about resources, policies, and staff activities.

Carol Briggs-Erickson

Contributing Editorial Staff:
Barbara Daniell
Roger Stoel
Robert Vanderlaan


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