Umbreit Library



A Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 3, No. 1 - Sept/Oct 1997


Class Orientations

Last year, orientations were given in the library to 1,038 students as part of their regular class activities. Most of these were English 101 classes, but other areas were represented as well. In addition, librarians visited several classrooms where specific information resources were targeted. We are always happy to give classes a general orientation to the library's resources, to customize an orientation to assist in the research needs of specific classes, or to visit classrooms to demonstrate our electronic resources.

To avoid overcrowding in the library, an appointment for these orientations should be made in advance. To schedule a library orientation, call Roger Stoel at x260. To schedule a classroom demonstration, call Carol Briggs-Erickson at x416.

If several students in a class do not have library cards, we will send the instructor a packet of library card applications so that students may complete the forms prior to the scheduled orientation. This is especially important for the high school classes since students under 18 require a parent's signature on their card applications.


Internet Workshops

As a service to our staff, students and other patrons, reference librarians are continuing to conduct workshops on using the Internet. They deal primarily with locating information on the Internet using Netscape.


'Net Searching Workshops:

Thursday, October 16
Room 138 - 2:00 to 3:00

Thursday, November 13
Room 138 - 2:00 - 3:00

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. Those interested in a more comprehensive coverage of the Internet should consult the MCC class schedule.


CD-ROM Corner

The most recent addition to our publicly-accessible CD-ROM collection is Masterplots Complete.

Masterplots Complete, published by Salem Press, is comprised of 21 sets of reference books totaling 80 volumes. All in their full text, some of the sets include:

    • Masterplots Definitive Revised
    • American Fiction Series
    • British Fiction Series
    • European Fiction Series
    • Short Story Series
    • World Fiction Series
    • Nonfiction Series
    • Drama Series
    • Juvenile & Young Adult Fiction Series
    • Juvenile & Young Adult Biography Series
    • Poetry Series
    • African American Literature
    • Cyclopedia of World Authors
    • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters

This user-friendly CD-ROM mainly contains critical essays of literary works, character descriptions, and author biographies.

There are seven indexes to the textual material:

    • Title
    • Author
    • Text (Full text)
    • Locale (or geographic location)
    • Genre
    • Subject
    • Principal Characters

Internet Interchange

Umbreit Library recently made the InfoTrac SearchBank database available via the Internet. SearchBank provides a large set of magazine and newspaper articles and reference book excerpts dating back to 1980.

We have the General Reference Center Gold database which provides articles from general interest periodicals and selected books. Topics covered include business, industry, current events, the arts, science, and entertainment.

Users may search the contents using subject or keyword search terms. An advanced search program, PowerTrac, makes it possible to search using several different indexes:

    • Journal name
    • Date (of article)
    • Abstract
    • Contents
    • Title
    • Author

On-campus users may access SearchBank from our home page under Study resources and external libraries and then Libraries and Library Resources or directly at:


Check These Out!

Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel

The Encyclopedia of Aging: a Comprehensive Resource in Gerontology and Geriatrics, edited by George L. Maddox. Springer Publishing Company, second edition, 1995.

This single volume work is an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to gerontology and geriatrics useful to both educated lay persons as well as professionals. Efforts have been made to avoid technical jargon as much as possible.

Research findings of many disciplines are included: anthropology, biology, biomedicine, history, nursing, psychology, public policy, social work, and sociology. Entries cover topics such as Neurotransmitters in the Aging Brain, Alcohol Use, Third World Aging, and Future Trends.

Bibliographies are included with many articles. Almost two hundred pages of references are included in the back of the book along with a subject and contributor index.

Located in our REFERENCE collection:
HQ 1061 .E53 1995


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Women's Issues, consulting editor Margaret McFadden. Salem Press, 1997.

This three volume set contains articles on a wide variety of topics including terms, personages, organizations, historical events, and contemporary women's issues.

The 696 entries, arranged in an alphabetical format, range in length from 100 to 4,000 words. Forty four articles cover Supreme Court cases and legislation, 28 cover educational issues, 57 deal with the employment of women, and 85 cover sexuality, reproductive rights, and health. Many other areas are covered including the role of women in war, female athletes, and civil rights.

Each of the three volumes includes a list of entries by subject matter.

Located in our REFERENCE collection:
HQ 1115 .W6425 1997 V.1-V.3


On-line Spotlight

The WilsonSelect Full Text database was recently made available via FirstSearch. This database is provided by the H.W. Wilson Company which is one of the leading providers of indexing resources to libraries. Five of their most-used indexes make up the database:

    • Readers' Guide Abstracts
    • Social Sciences Abstracts
    • Humanities Abstracts
    • General Science Abstracts
    • Wilson Business Abstracts

WilsonSelect Full Text provides a searchable database of selections of full text articles from 450 magazines and journals from the five indexes. Coverage is from 1994 to current issues.

We have placed a listing of the 450 periodical titles on our Umbreit Library Internet Directory site.


Online Catalog

Find out which books, videos, pamphlets and compact disks are available in our library by using our online catalog. To find out how you can access our online catalog from your office, call Paula McClurg-Ziemelis (x493).


On Display

By Barbara Daniell 

The Governor's Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs has asked MCC to participate in this year's Hispanic Heritage Month commemoration. The purpose of this annual event is to pay tribute to a rich part of America's cultural heritage by offering Americans a welcome opportunity to recognize the qualities and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Umbreit Library will showcase books about the Hispanic American experience from September 15 through September 30. A new addition is Latinos, a Biography of the People by Earl Shorris which mixes oral histories with dates and facts in telling the history of Hispanic Americans. Another featured book is Latinos and the U.S. Political System by Rodney Hero.

Several delightful children's books will also be on display including The Bossy Gallito and Arroz Con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America. Recently added to the reference section is The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America.


Reference Survey

The annual fall reference survey will be conducted from October 10th through October 30th. Surveys will be given to anyone receiving reference assistance during the three week period.


Library Hours

Fall Semester
(September 2 - December 20)

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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