Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

New Databases and Primary Sources!

DATABASE at Postmasters, March 2009 by Michael Mandiberg / CC BY-SA

McCain Library is excited to announce the addition of 8 new databases, plus a campus-wide subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Listed below is a brief description of each of our new resources.

Access World News Research Collection: A collection of over 5,000 news sources that provides insight into global issues through local newspapers around the globe.

African-American Communities: An extensive collection of primary sources that provide an in-depth look at the lives and experiences of African-Americans in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and parts of North Carolina. Includes material from the Atlanta History Center.

Archives of Human Sexuality, LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 (part 1): Brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.

Chronicle of Higher Education: The premier publication for keeping track of the latest trends and issues in academia. Agnes Scott College faculty, students, and staff now have access to subscriber-only content on the Chronicle of Higher Education website.

Defining Gender, 1450 – 1910: A collection of primary sources that define the gender norms of British society across five centuries.  Topics include domesticity, family, consumption, leisure, education, the body, conduct, and politeness.

Political Science Complete: An article database that focuses on comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and political theory. Provides access to more than 520 full-text journals, most of which are not available through other platforms. Also includes books and conference papers. 

Polling the Nations: Contains over 600,000 questions and responses to polls and surveys about a range of issues in United States and around the world. Excellent source for understanding public opinion.

Punch Historical Archive: The most prominent British satire magazine from 1841 to 1992. Provides a unique perspective into to political and social issues in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Web of Science (with a 10-year backfile): An extensive online citation analysis tool that helps researchers find articles that cited a specific article of significance or a work by a particular author. An excellent tool for identifying the most impactive journals within a discipline. Since it indexes the articles in the most important journals in over 250 disciplines, it also serves as a fairly comprehensive search tool for any researcher who understands how to track down the full text of an article with a citation.

In addition, GALILEO has added the following databases: Arts & Humanities Database, Australia & New Zealand Database, Business Market Research Collection, Continental Europe Database, East & South Asia Database, East Europe, Central Europe Database, India Database, International Newsstream, Latin America & Iberian Database, Library Science Database (1970-Current), Linguistics Database, Middle East & Africa Database, Public Health Database, Turkey Database, UK & Ireland Database, and U.S. Newsstream.

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary, Library Spaces, Services, & Resources, Research Help

Alert for Users Looking for Cited Journals & Article Full Text

McCain Library would like to advise our community that a behind-the-scenes project is underway that may cause some confusion when using the library’s “Find Journals” tools either from the tab in the middle of the library’s home page or within database search results.

In late June and early July, the library is converting from the former SFX (FindIt@ASC) tool to EBSCO’s Full Text Finder product. Researchers will see some oddities and should feel free to seek help from librarians if you run into a problem.

For instance, a search in the Discover all-in-one-search box today returned some results displaying the only usual FindIt@ASC button. Others showed that button and a new Full Text Finder link as well (see image below). Soon there will be some hits that just display the new Full Text Finder link as the conversion progresses and most of our databases and accessible journal content is migrated to the new platform.


Please note: researchers should try both buttons/links if they do not have success with the first one in reaching a full article. Both systems are currently up and running, but the new one (Full Text Finder) is not completely populated yet. And of course, interlibrary loan may be needed if the complete article truly is not accessible through our license agreements.

Thank you for your patience and do ask us for verificaton if your results look strange or unexpected! Chat with a librarian using our online box on the right side of the library’s home page; telephone 404-471-6096; email; or drop by during business hours.

Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary

Summer Library Hours 2016

May 31 – July 31, 2016 (College Summer Schedule)

Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM –5:15 PM
Friday – Sunday Closed

 Exception:  Monday, July 4  (July 4th Holiday)  –  Closed

August 1 – 21, 2014 (Break Hours)

Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday Closed

August 22 – 23, 2014 (Orientation)

Monday – Tuesday 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

August 24, 2016 – Fall Classes Begin / Regular Hours Resume

Further details and 24/7 library resources are available at:

Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary

Hours Around Commencement & Rest of May


Congratulations to all Scottie graduates and their families!

Thurs., May 12           8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fri., May 13                8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Baccalaureate)

Sat., May 14                8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Commencement)

Sun., May 15               Closed

REST OF MAY (16th – 31st)*

Monday – Friday               8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday – Sunday            Closed


Wed., May 18                      CLOSED – ASC Community Day

Fri., May 27 &                     CLOSED – Memorial Day Holiday                                                                  Mon., May 30

Posted in Technology & Research

Keep Your Language Skills Fresh with the Mango Languages App

mangoDon’t let your language skills get rusty over the summer.  Download the Mango Languages app. Mango will walk you through concepts you may have learned in 101 or 102  and give you opportunities to practice your skills. This is the perfect way to perfect your pronunciations!

Mango is also great for beginners and offer dozens of languages to help you no matter where you want to travel this summer.

Mango is available on from your computer or your phone.

To Get Started

  1. Go to the Helpful Links page of the Agnes Scott CollegeCenter for Global Learning:
  2. Click on Mango Languages
  3. Create an account using your Agnes Scott College ID# as your “library card number”



Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary, Library Spaces, Services, & Resources

ADDED Exam-Time Hours for ASC Students*



Friday, May 6    Open late – 8 AM10:30 PM

  • All library services until 6:00 PM
  • Building open for study until 10:30 PM
  • After 10:30 PM, relocate to G-11 w/ID (ETC area)

Sat., May 7        Open late – 9 AM – 10:30 PM

  • All library services until 6:00 PM
  • Building open for study until 10:30 PM
  • After 10:30 PM, relocate to G-11 w/ID (ETC area)

Sun., May 8     Open early 10:00 AM

  • Circulation and Reserves 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM    
  • Research Support/Librarian on duty 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Study anywhere in McCain until 2:00 AM
  • After 2:00 AM, relocate to G-11 w/ID (ETC area)

Please return all borrowed library items before leaving campus.

clock Ask at Circulation or email if you are registered for fall semester and would like library research database access over the summer (otherwise, your patron privileges expire next week, until an August record reload). About-to-become-alumnae, options for you are outlined here.

Good luck wrapping up this semester! Happy summer or post-college life!


Posted in Events & Exhibits, Interesting News & Commentary

Alumnae Weekend Events in McCain Library


Alumnae Weekend will happen soon on April 15-16, 2016. Current students are invited to enjoy a few of the relevant things happening then in McCain Library.

Elevator lobby displays will reflect current events during the years of reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011).

English majors may join faculty and returning alumnae at the English Department Reception on Friday, 4:00-5:45 p.m. in the Kate Durr Elmore Reading Room (Ground Floor). Alumnae English majors, minors and friends are invited to share refreshments and visit. Current students who have received awards and honors this year will be recognized. (Note: that reading room will need to be set up for the event starting about 2:00 p.m. on Friday, so students should kindly choose another spot in McCain for studying.)

On Saturday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Betty Pope Scott Noble ’44 College Heritage Center (Floor 2) will have an open house. Visit and enjoy this small museum space that preserves and celebrates the rich history of the Scott family and the college.

Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary

Easter Weekend Hours


With the college closed on Good Friday, March 25 and many staff and students celebrating Easter Sunday this weekend, McCain Library will adjust hours:

Thursday, March 24     Open 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM*

Friday, March 25            Closed – Good Friday Holiday

Saturday, March 26       Open 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday, March 27          Open 6:00 PM* – 2:00 AM (Easter)

Please plan ahead.

*McCain G-11 will be ID-accessible for students seeking quiet study space outside of library hours. Enter the building from the side facing Alston.