Umbreit Library


A Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 3, No. 4 - Mar/Apr 1998

Major Changes

Due to changes made in the MCC Information Technologies Department, our on-line public access catalog will need to be replaced in the near future. Therefore, the library staff has been busy assessing the various on-line library systems currently available.

Because of the changes and growth in technologies over the past few years, the systems we have looked at are much more advanced than our current system. The newer systems offer improved ways to store, access and utilize our on-line catalog information. Additionally, they offer many other features not easily attained with our current system. Consequently, we are embarking on this mission with expectations for a much more useful and flexible library system.

We are optimistic that our new system will provide the potential for access from home--which many of our patrons have requested.



New Book List

To publicize the great new books that are regularly added to Umbreit Library, we are now issuing a Selected New Books List. We will use this bimonthly listing to inform Umbreit Library users of selected new books that have been added. This regular listing will include a selection of new books that may circulate and will not include new books added to our Reference Collection.

In the past, we have sent separate memos to faculty to inform them that their books have been processed and are available. This new book list will serve as a vehicle to notify all faculty of books added.

The selected books will include:

  • books that faculty and staff have requested that we order to help support their courses
  • books that would be of particular interest to faculty, staff and other patrons

Periodically, we may issue other listings of books or materials from special collections of the library such as Reference, Children's Literature, or Video Cassettes.

This bimonthly listing will also be available at our Web site and will be included in the e-mail version of Umbreit Library Currents.


Take Advantage...

During March and April our faculty, staff, students and other patrons will be able to use one of the best full text, scholarly journal databases available. Through a special trial offer, we will have full access to the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online database via the Internet.

This sophisticated database offers the scanned image of each article so that text, maps, pictures and other digitized representations may be viewed.

The 559 journals are from some of the most respected publishers in the industry. Some of the publishers involved in this project include:

  • Academic Press
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Chapman & Hall
  • Johns Hopkins University Press
  • MIT Press
  • Sage Publications
Stop in the library and use this database. If you prefer to use it from your office via the Internet, call the reference desk (x326) and ask for the access information and password.


CD-ROM Corner

Our CD-ROM reference collection that is available for patrons' use continues to grow. These are used daily and continue to be an effective and efficient means for research.

We currently have:

  • Academic Abstracts Full-Text
  • Books in Print
  • Collier's Encyclopedia
  • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Detroit News
  • Dictionary of National Biography
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
  • Junior Discovering Authors
  • Masterplots Complete
  • New York Times
  • 1990 Census, Michigan/Wisconsin
  • 1990 Census, U. S.
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • PhoneDisc
  • The Supreme Court and Criminal Law
  • U. S. Code
  • World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia


Internet Workshops

Thursday, March 19
Room 138 - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 9
Room 138 - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The March and April workshops will cover searching the Internet using various search engines such as AltaVista and Northern Light.

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

We design these workshops based on input from students and staff. Consequently, we recently gave a workshop on using the Internet to search on-line journal databases. If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, please let us know.


Internet Interchange

We have been busy downloading income tax forms and instructions from the Michigan and U. S. Treasury Web sites for our patrons. As we download these files, we are given the option of type of format: PCL, PDF, or PostScript.

We choose the PDF (Portable Document Format) files since the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is used to view and print these files is available for free on the Internet and is very easy to use. Also, at some Web sites, PDF is the only format available. This is the case with many government documents and many of the full text articles in the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online.

Once you download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may use it to view any PDF file that you have saved. If you use your own Netscape software or other browser--not the Netscape loaded on the MCC network--you may add the Adobe Acrobat Reader as a "helper" in the options/preferences menu. This will allow you to view the PDF files as your browser encounters them.

If you have PDF files that you would like to have printed, you may also bring them to the library and use our Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Check These Out!

Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel

Merck Manual of Medical Information. Home edition. Edited by Robert Berkow, M.D., Merck, 1997.

The Merck Manual is an established reference work that has been in use in libraries and research centers since 1899. Merck & Co., Inc. has finally published a medical book aimed at the layperson. According to the publisher, this is the world's most widely used medical reference--now in everyday language.

The volume is divided into 24 sections. A few of the sections include: Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Lung and Airway Disorders, Brain and Nerve Disorders, and Children's Health Issues.

The book is well illustrated and contains five appendices as well as a comprehensive index. Some of the appendices cover legal issues, common medical tests and trade names of generic drugs.

This title might be worthy of consideration for purchase as a handy volume to have on your bookshelf at home.

Located in our REFERENCE collection:
RC 81 .M535 1997


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The Concise Encyclopedia of Foods & Nutrition. Audrey H. Ensminger and others, CRC Press, 1995.

This book, which is aimed at consumers, covers three topics: foods, health, and nutrition. It contains 1,184 pages, 2,700 topics, more than 1,000 illustrations, more than 200 tables, and 1,300 food compositions.

The volume includes a comprehensive index and cross references are given both within articles as well as at the end of articles. The arrangement is in dictionary format and the main page reference in the index is given in bold-faced type.

This is a very interesting and detailed book.

Located in our REFERENCE collection:
TX 349 .C567 1995


On-line Spotlight

Health Reference Center-Academic is one of the newest full text databases to be added to FirstSearch. Health Reference Center-Academic contains journals, newsletters, pamphlets, reference books and more. Over 40 of the nursing and allied health journals have the full text of the articles available. Some of the full text sources include Journal of Studies on Alcohol, MedSurg Nursing and Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Making this database even more useful are the many ways the search may be defined or limited. Users may limit the search results with some of the 27 aspects available. For example, one may limit the results to articles from refereed journals only.


On Display

By Barbara Daniell

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment, said Carl Sandburg. In April, the Umbreit Library will provide the opportunity to look through some of those doors. Poetry books expressing many different voices will be available on the book display in celebration of National Poetry Month. Many of the books on display were donations made in memory of Naomi Booth. (See Umbreit Library Currents, Sept/Oct 1996.)

Various forms and time periods will be represented, from the early Greek epics to the modern verse of Maya Angelou, from William Wordsworth's Romantic Era poetry to Shel Silverstein's humorous children's lyrics, along with Shakespeare's sonnets and Japanese haiku.

Thomas Macaulay concludes, Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.


Library Hours

Winter Semester
(through April 28)
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.
(Closed April 11)

Interim Semester Period
(April 29 - May 1)
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Spring Session
(May 4 - June 25)
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

Closed Weekends

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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