Access Newspapers from Around the World

newspaperlibguideWhether you want to read today’s issue of the New York Times, explore Atlanta’s history through older copies of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, or keep track of news going on in other countries, the Newspapers LibGuide is the place to go.

This guide describes the databases available through McCain Library to search for newspaper articles.  It also lists newspapers available in these databases by country.  Most importantly, it leads you to the historical newspaper collections available at Agnes Scott College.

Please stop by the Scottie Research & Rescue Desk for help learning these tools!


Labor Day Hours

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Friday 9/4          8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday 9/5     9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday 9/6       1:00 pm – 2:00 am

Monday 9/7  –   Labor Day Holiday  –  CLOSED

Tuesday 9/8      8:00 am – 2:00 am

Don’t miss the annual Decatur Book Festival, happening for free, all around the Courthouse Square:! Something for everyone, and they’re looking for volunteers, too.

Expensive Textbooks on Course Reserve – Fall 2015

For fall semester 2015, McCain Library will continue the practice of putting some of the most expensive required textbooks on reserve, thanks to gift funds for this purpose. Note: not all required textbooks used in ASC courses are available in this way. These costly textbooks (not easily obtained as used, retailing for $100+, especially in sciences and social sciences) are intended to be available to the most students possible, so they may be borrowed for two hours at a time, for use in the library (only). Ask for them by title at the Circulation Desk.

Faculty are continually adding books to library Reserve shelves as everyone gets ready for classes to begin (including ones that are not very expensive), so more titles may be available. Check back closer to August 26.

If you’re off-campus, for current information, search by book title, by course number (e.g., PSY101) or by professor’s last name in the SOPHIA library catalog under Course Reserves (right hand side of the screen).

Below is the list of textbooks falling into the expensive category for Fall Semester 2015:

ANT/SOC 390 Social Research Methods: 7th ed / Neuman
ART150 Art: A Brief History: 5th ed. / Stokstad
AST 300 Foundations of Astrophysics: 1st ed. / Ryden
BIO 250 Neuroscience: 5th ed. / Purves
BUS 202 Understanding Management: 9th ed. / Daft
CHE 150 Chemistry: Atoms First: 2nd ed. / Burdge [2 copies]
CHE 240 Organic Chemistry: 8th ed. / McMurry [2 copies]
ECO 104 Macroeconomics / Krugman: 3rd ed.
ECO 105 Microeconomics / Krugman: 3rd ed.
ECO 207 Macroeconomics: 8th ed. / Mankiw
ECO 351 International Economics: 15th ed. / Pugel
GER 102 Deutsch: Na Klar!: 6th ed. / Di Donato
MUS 209 Harmony in Context: 2nd ed. / Roig-Francoli
PHY 102 College Physics: 10th ed. / Serway
PSY 101 / 102 Science of Psychology: 3rd ed. / King [2 copies]

Study Carrel Reservations – Wednesday, August 26 at 8AM

studycarrelreservationfall2015Attention seniors and individuals enrolled in a Senior Seminar or Independent Study course this Fall! Be sure to make arrangements to sign up for a study carrel between 8am – 9am on Wednesday, August 26th.  In the past the line starts to form outside the library around 7:30am.

Sign-up occurs at the Circulation Desk.  See our Study Spaces & Carrels page on our website for more information about procedures and forms needed to sign up.

Once the last of the seniors and individuals in Senior Seminars or Independent Study courses who arrived early to wait in line are served, the remaining carrels will be open to all students regardless or class year or course enrollment.  This usually occurs around 8:30am/9:00am.


New Primary Source Databases: Empire Online and Early English Books Online

McCain Library was fortunate to purchase the following two primary source collections at the beginning of the summer that will enhance student exploration of a wide range of topics.

Empire Online

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Covering 5 centuries, Empire Online provides access to primary sources that detail the history and impact of British expansion.  Major thematic sections include: Cultural Contacts, 1429-1969; Empire Writing & Literature of the Empire; Visible Empire; and Religion & Empire; Race, Class, Colonialism and Imperialism.

This database is a fantastic tool for discovering images, maps, children adventure stories, folktales, memoirs, correspondence, exploration journals/logs and more. (Please note that off-campus you may be asked for a security certificate, we are working on resolving this issue)

Early English Books Online

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Complimenting Empire Online is Early English Books Online.  This is a collection of over 125,000 titles published between 1473 and 1700.  Though particularly appealing to literature scholars of authors like Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection also includes materials that will enhance courses in history, religion, science, political science, classics, art, and music.

McCain Library Hours During August

Now that summer classes are over, the library will operate on break hours until fall semester begins. Specifically:

August 3 – 20
Monday – Friday Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday Closed
August 21 – 22
Friday, August 21 (First Years’ Move-In Day) Open 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 22 (Orientation) Open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
August 23 – 26
Sunday, August 23 Closed
Mon. & Tues., Aug. 24 – 25 Open 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, August 26       

(Fall Classes Begin, Carrel Reservations Taken @8:00 AM)

Open 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM                      (for ASC students)

After library hours, ASC students may use ID cards to access Room G11 from the Alston side of McCain’s Ground Floor.

Online research help and tips (LibGuides) are available 24/7 at

Library Hours for the July 4th Holiday


Happy July 4th Holiday Weekend! Have fun and stay safe.

McCain Library and Agnes Scott College will be closed from Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6.

The library will reopen on Tuesday, July 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Students, if you’re looking for study space over the holiday, remember that your ASC ID will admit you to Room G-11 on McCain’s Ground Floor (use the card scanner at the exterior door facing Alston). And our online resources are available 24/7 at