Umbreit Library


A Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 3, No. 2 - Nov/Dec 1997

Library Statistics

The automation of cataloging and circulation procedures allows the library to maintain and retrieve a variety of statistics throughout the year.

According to a recent survey of books circulated during 1997, our Medical Sciences books are used the most. This is closely followed by our Business and Economics books:


  1. Medical Sciences
  2. Business & Economics
  3. Corrections & Criminology
  4. American & Local History
  5. Children's Literature
  6. Technologies
  7. Education
  8. European History
  9. American Literature
  10. Social Issues
  11. English Literature
  12. Social & Public Welfare
  13. Life Sciences
  14. Art & Architecture
  15. World Literature
  16. Mathematics

A survey of journals, newspapers and magazines circulated during 1997 found that our periodicals covering business, education, and medical sciences are at the top of the list:


  1. Wall Street Journal
  2. Muskegon Chronicle
  3. Business Week
  4. Time
  5. Newsweek
  6. Teaching Children Mathematics
  7. U.S. News & World Report
  8. American Health
  9. American Journal of Nursing
  10. Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  11. Education Digest
  12. Reading Teacher
  13. Educational Leadership
  14. American Journal of Psychiatry
  15. Journal of the American Medical Association
  16. Forbes

Internet Workshops

Our Internet Searching workshops have been well-attended and we plan to continue to offer one session per month.

Some of our students and staff have indicated that they are unable to attend daytime sessions. Therefore, our December workshop will be held in the evening:

Tuesday, December 16
Room 138 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The December 16th workshop and those offered previously have covered the various search engines used in finding resources on the Internet. For example, we have covered Lycos, AltaVista, Hotbot and others.

In February, we will offer an additional session which will emphasize accessing various databases via the Internet to do research. There are many databases available to researchers using the Internet. Some of these databases include Carl's UnCover, InfoTrac's SearchBank, the Library of Congress and many other U.S. Government sites.

To register for these free one-hour sessions, call Carol (x416).


CD-ROM Corner

We have added two important CD-ROMs to our publicly-accessible CD- ROM research computers.

The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, published by Columbia University Press, contains the full text of 11,000 poems with quotations from an additional 10,000 poems.

The power of this CD-ROM is in its index. It indexes 140,000 poems by over 20,000 poets and may be searched by:


  • title,
  • poet,
  • first line of poem,
  • last line of poem,
  • subject, or
  • keyword.
To build its index, 700 anthologies and 75 collected works have been used. These books may also be searched by editor or category.

This is a great place to find poetry. The results may be printed or downloaded to disk.


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Our second CD-ROM addition is The Oxford English Dictionary, (2nd edition). The print version of this CD-ROM was published in almost 20 main and supplemental volumes. This descriptive English dictionary is the cumulative effort of several editors over the last 100 years.

Each entry contains the pronunciation, part of speech, variant forms, etymology,definitions, phrases, and quotations of the word. In addition, the entries designate the chronological usage of words and phrases.

Of course, the print version is limited to looking up only the main word entries. However, in addition to specific words, the electronic publication may be searched by:


  • phrases,
  • variant forms,
  • phonetics,
  • Greek,
  • date, or
  • part of speech.

Internet Interchange

Due to increased usage, in October we added another Internet computer station.

One of the most used sites at the Internet stations has been InfoTrac's SearchBank database. SearchBank provides a large set of magazine and newspaper articles and reference book excerpts dating back to 1980. (See Sept/Oct, 1997 issue for more information.)

On-campus users may access SearchBank from our home page under "Study resources and external libraries" and then "Libraries and Library Resources" or connect directly to SearchBank.

Currently, there is no access to SearchBank for our off-campus users.

We also have created a brief handout for students which shows how to evaluate Internet resources and points out the need for thorough searching and documenting of Internet resources. The first part of this handout, Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources, is from the UCLA Library. The second part was put together by Umbreit Library reference staff.


Check These Out!

Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel

Encyclopedia of World Sport: From Ancient Times to the Present, edited by David Levinson and Karen Christenen. ABC-CLIO, 1996. 3 vols.

The editors have defined sports by four definitions:


  1. Contains rules that allow a winner to be determined.
  2. The goal of the game is victory.
  3. There must be competition between teams or individuals.
  4. Victory is determined by physical strength, chance, or planning strategy.
    Some sports involving animals are included such as bullfighting, horse racing, and dog racing. The martial arts are also covered.

    Attention has been given to the involvement of women in sports of all kinds.

    Approximately 300 sports are covered in the three volume set with references to related games and activities.

    Articles include bibliographies and the third volume contains a major bibliography, list of contributors, and an exhaustive index to the entire set.

    Located in our REFERENCE collection:
    GV 1061 .E56 1996 Vols. 1-3


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    The Encyclopedia of Sports Science, edited by John Zumerchik. Macmillan Publishing, 1996. 2 vols.

    This two-volume set aims to answer two types of questions: practical and theoretical. An example of a practical question would be:

    What makes an ice skate glide across the ice?

    An example of a theoretical question would be:

    Why do female gymnasts attempt to remain small and what are the physical consequences?

    The Encyclopedia is divided into two main parts: Sports and The Body.

    The first part deals with specific sports. Each entry begins with an introduction that provides historical information and then the basic concepts of the sport. Stories and annals of sports history are integrated as much as possible into the articles. See also references provide reference to other articles, especially items dealing with the physics of sports which are common in several different sports.

    The second part deals with the physiology of sport. Not every sport is included in the set. The editor states the reason of minimal research for exclusion.

    This is an excellent addition to our Reference Collection. Multi-volume reference sets in the Sports area have been unavailable until just recently.

    Located in our REFERENCE collection:
    GV 558 .E53 1997 vols. 1-2

    On-line Spotlight

    One of the most-used databases on FirstSearch this semester has been Periodical Abstracts.

    Periodical Abstracts contains citations and summaries from over 1,500 general and academic journals. There are 1,700,000 records in the database. In addition, the full text of many of the articles are available on-line. Students may print the articles on our laser printer or save the complete text on their disk.


    On Display

    By Barbara Daniell

    What are our twentieth-century cultural values? Where did they come from? These issues are being explored in a Muskegon Community College TV series entitled Variations on Themes: Critical Books & Critical Ideas in the 20th Century.

    The program is an exploration of 20th century, Western values by using a humanities-type approach by finding the best expression of a point of view or value and evaluating that piece, according to William Jacobks, MCC Social Sciences instructor and co-host of the show. Retired MCC instructor Richard Charles Ford also co-hosts the show which airs on Muskegon Cable Channel 9 on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. through July, 1998.

    In conjunction with that series, the Umbreit Library is featuring a display of books on some of the covered topics. Featured authors include Emerson, Hume, Adler and Hannah Arendt. The complete schedule of dates and topics will also be available on the display table.


    Library Hours

    Regular Fall Hours End on December 19

    Interim Schedule
    December 22, 23
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    December 24 - January 1

    January 2, 5 and 6
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Winter Semester
    Beginning January 7

    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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