Umbreit Library


A Quarterly Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 6, No. 2 - December 2000 - February 2001

In this issue:

New on Our Web Site Check These Out!
Income Tax Forms Darlene DeHudy on Reference Staff
Welcome Dr. Charles Abasa-Nyarko Roger Stoel on MCC-TV
Did You Know? CEU Credit in Umbreit Library
Journals Added Library Hours

New on Our Web Site:

Do you need journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles, good Internet documents, or help in searching on the Internet? If you do, the Allen G. Umbreit Library Web Site is the first place you should look.

Most of the information is available from any off-campus computer with an Internet connection. Use WebCat Online Catalog to search for books, videos and other cataloged materials owned by the library. Use InfoTrac to locate articles from some of the best journals available and from the New York Times newspaper. A password is required to use InfoTrac from off-campus. (For a password, ask at the reference desk or call 777-0326. Use the Study Resources section to find Internet information and additional Umbreit Library resources. A new Students' Research section was recently added to our Web site and is located in the Internet Resources Directory under Study Resources.

Databases Added to Web Site

For the past 6 years we have used Academic Abstracts on CD-ROMs on a stand-alone computer in the library. Academic Abstracts is a research database containing over 900 magazines and journals. In January we contracted with the database provider, Ebsco Publishing, to be able to access Academic Abstracts over the Internet. The Internet product is EbscoHost.

With this change comes several key advantages. One of the most advantageous is that many simultaneous users may access the database from any location. The users may be in the library, on campus, or at home. (A password is needed for off-campus access.) A second feature is the currency and updating of this database. With the move to the Internet, there will be no delay in database updates. We will continue to receive the discs for on-campus use when the Internet is unavailable.

To access EbscoHost, go to the library home page and click on EbscoHost. Or, go to:


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We also have added three GaleNet databases:
  • The Biography and Genealogy Master Index is an index to over 12.7 million biographical sketches.
  • Contemporary Authors provides complete bio-graphical references for more than 90,000 authors in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select provides an extensive collection of critical essays on contem-porary writers.
Access these databases from our Web site, or at: These databases are available from off-campus with a password.

Income Tax Forms

As in previous years, we have the most-requested state and federal forms, schedules and instructions. These are kept near the reference desk. If we do not have the forms that you need and if they are available at the IRS Internet site or the Michigan Department of Treasury site, we will print them for you.

You may also download state forms directly from the Michigan Department of Treasury or federal forms from the U. S. Treasury.


Welcome Dr. Charles Abasa-Nyarko

Our new Dean of Arts and Sciences arrived in December and the library staff is pleased with his appointment to the position. Dean Abasa-Nyarko previously was the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. His background is in both teaching and administration.

While he was a student, Dean Abasa-Nyarko worked in libraries at Brigham Young University, Catawba College, and the University of South Carolina. He has a keen understanding of the mission and purpose of libraries and is very committed to providing our students with a technologically rich information environment. We are confident that he will assist in our continued growth into the digital arena and support us in our efforts to provide the most effective document delivery available.

Did You Know?

February is Black History Month. The national theme this year is Creating and Defining the African American Community: Family, Church, Politics and Culture. Visit the library for research or pleasure learning with the various books, magazines, videos and Internet sites available on this topic.


Journals Added

Due to the research needs of our staff and students and the changes in indexing and availability of periodicals, we have added the following periodical subscriptions this year:
  • Biography (A&E)
  • Child Development
  • Clinics in Chest Medicine
  • Home Office Computing
  • Internet World
  • Journal of Family Issues
  • Massage Therapy Journal
  • Smart Computing
  • Wired
  • Yahoo! Internet Life
  • Yoga Journal: for Health and Conscious Living

In addition, we have discontinued the following titles:

  • Children's Literature in Education
  • Computers & Composition
  • Journal of Divorce & Remarriage

Check These Out!

By Roger Stoel

Violence in America. Ronald Gottesman, editor. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

This is one of the more unique--if not bizarre--reference sets purchased during the past year. The editor defines violence as to include injury, or threat of injury, inflicted by one or more people on human beings, other species, the natural environment, or property.

While most of the violence described is illegal, two forms of legal violence are also included: war and capital punishment. Sample articles include:

  • Campus Violence,
  • Carjacking,
  • Gay Bashing,
  • Manson, Charles,
  • Theories of Violence, and
  • Victims of Violence.
Most articles are longer than one page, some illustrated, and contain bibliographies for further research. Volume three includes an appendix of organizations, publications, and Web resources that are centrally concerned with violence in America. It also includes a List of Contributors and a detailed subject index.

Located in our REFERENCE Collection:
REF HN 90 .V5 V5474 1999 V.1-3


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Encyclopedia of archaeology: The great archaeologists. Tim Murray, editor. ABC-CLIO, 1999. 2 vols.

Tim Murray, the editor, began work on the set while he was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University. He felt strongly the need for a biographical set of major archaeologists to show the importance that archaeology has had upon society since the nineteenth century. Entries in volume one start with an archaeologist born in 1551. Volume two consists mainly of twentieth century individuals. Included in this volume are an epilogue and a glossary of terms. A detailed index is also available for the two-volume set. Bibliographies are included for each subject and illustrations are included with most of the articles. This is a very interesting set for anyone interested in the history and coming of age of the field of archaeology.

Located in our REFERENCE Collection:
REF CC 110 .E54 1999 V.1-2

Darlene DeHudy on Reference Staff

Darlene DeHudy joined our staff as an adjunct reference librarian in January. Darlene received her Associate's degree from MCC and both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Michigan. She received many academic awards as she pursued her formal education.

She was a librarian for the Muskegon County Library system from 1974 to 1985 working first at the Muskegon Heights branch and later at the Norton Shores branch. She was the media librarian for Muskegon High School from 1986 to 2000.

Darlene is active in many community groups and is most interested in those aimed at preserving West Michigan's natural environment.

We are very happy to have Darlene on our staff. With her strong background in libraries, serving students' needs, and involvement in our community, we are sure that she will support our continuing commitment to our students, staff and community.


Roger Stoel on MCC-TV

In December, Roger was interviewed by Bill Loxterman from the Public Information Office for MCC's Channel 9. Their discussion covered a range of issues including the last thirty years of library service, changes, challenges and future direction.

The half-hour program aired in December and January and will be aired again on Channel 9 on Sunday, February 18th at 12:00 noon and 6:30 p.m.


CEU Credit in Umbreit Library

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a standardized unit that documents participation in a non-credit academic, professional or vocational program. Typically, seminars and special training programs are taken by area library staff to annually earn CEUs.

We recently received approval from the Library of Michigan to sponsor an intern so that she may earn CEUs while learning and working in our library. In January Kathy Nielsen from the White Lake Community Library assisted the reference staff by working on a special Internet project. The project involved selecting resources and creating links for a special students' research area of our Web site. The students' research section was launched by Kathy at the end of January.


Library Hours

Winter Semester
(January 5 - April 25)

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.
(April 21 is the last Saturday to be open.)


Spring Session
(April 30 - June 21)

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

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

No Weekend Hours

Umbreit Library Currents is published quarterly by the staff of the Allen G. Umbreit Library at Muskegon Community College.

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 Writers:
Roger Stoel
Robert Vanderlaan
Darlene DeHudy

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