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16 Films Released in October That You Can Check Out From McCain Library

Hey Scotties!

Don’t run; this isn’t another Halloween themed post! This, instead, is a list of 17 films (summaries included) you can borrow from McCain Library that were released in the U.S. during the month of October.

Did you know that McCain Library lends DVDs? And we don’t just mean boring educational items like “A History of Britain: the Complete Collection” (call number DA16 .H57 2008 if this, in fact, is your cup of tea). We have a variety of genres and releases, both recent and old, familiar and strange, that’ll entertain you while also encouraging you to “think deeply”.

Stop by the library to pick up one of these DVDs (and a projector or portable DVD player!). If you feel compelled, submit a review of the DVD here and we might feature it on our blog!

The List:

Oct_12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave (10/18/2013) | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3255 | **TW: Depictions of racial violence, racial slurs, and sexual assault | Solomon Northup is a black New Yorker, a violinist, a husband, a father, and a free man in the pre-Civil War era. Until he is tricked, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. For 12 years he lives his life as a slave, awakened and infuriated by his mistreatment and the negligence of those who won’t believe him until he returns home again.
Amadeus (10/26/1984) | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 529 / DVD 73 (Director’s Cut) | In this film, the musically brilliant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a man of many hats and…and pleasures. If you asked about him, his listeners would call him transcendent, his friends would call him obscene, and his lovers would call him vulgar. If you asked Antonio Salieri, his sworn rival obsessed with his talent and consumed by jealousy, he’d call him a dead man.
Argo (10/02/2012) | Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3052 | When Iranian activists takeover the U.S. Embassy for giving the Shah refuge in the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution, all but 6 staff members are held hostage. CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez is called to devise a plan to sneak the escapees out of Iran and comes up with an unusual solution: a science film titled “Argo”. Devising an elaborate cover up using a phony production company, actors, and other Hollywood facades, Mendez must extract the six members under the film’s pretense before their identities are discovered and everyone is caught. This film is based on a true historical event.
Bamboozled (10/06/2000) | Genre: Comedy-Drama, Satire, Music | Rating: R for language | Call Number: DVD 78 c.2 | **TW: Racism and Racial Slurs | Pierre Delacroix is young, Harvard-educated, and the only black writer for a network with poor ratings. Unfortunately, his racist boss denies every single idea he comes up with that positively depicts black communities. Frustrated, he proposes a black-face minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin, the network picks it up, and it becomes a hit.
Oct_Cloud Altas
Cloud Atlas (10/26/2012) | Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3109 | Book Call Number: PR6063.I 785 C58 2004 | This epic follows six people as their souls are reincarnated and reborn across the ages along with their actions and narratives. Ends become beginnings, death becomes a door, and new worlds are forged from the ending of others. The human experience is a circle.
Oct_Good Hair
Good Hair (10/09/2009) | Genre: Comedy, Documentary | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 3002 | When black comedian Chris Rock’s (then) 3-yr old daughter asks him why she doesn’t have good hair, this sends Rock on a mission to learn more about the perception of black hair and the endorsement of white beauty standards in black culture. He interviews a few celebrities and comedian friends along the way.
Oct_Kill Bill Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (10/10/2003) | Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller | Rating: R for graphic violence, language | Call Number: DVD 1189 | “The Bride,” a former assassin, awakens from a 4 year coma only to learn that on her wedding day, her entire wedding party was killed (fiancé included) and she is no longer pregnant. Recognizing this as the jealous work of her previous lover – and the leader of the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad – she exacts her revenge and comes for blood. A lot of it.
Oct_Martha Marcy May Marlene
Martha Marcy May Marlene (10/21/2011) | Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Rating: R Call Number: DVD 2839 | **TW: Depictions of sexual assault | Martha is finally able to escape to her sister’s house for help after spending many years in an abusive cult, but her delusions and paranoia follow her. And perhaps others.
Oct_Pay It Forward
Pay it Forward (10/20/2000) | Genre: Drama, Romance | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 1358 | A teacher gives his students an assignment to create an idea that will positively change the world and make it actionable. One of his students decides to “pay favors forward” and encourage the recipients to do the same rather than “repaying” them, creating a wave of kindness throughout the world no one foresaw.
Ray (10/29/2004) | Genre: Biography, Drama, Music | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 3221 | This Oscar-winning biography notes the life of the highly-acclaimed rhythm, soul, and blues artist Ray Charles Robinson. On the strength and words of his mother, Ray plays and sings his way to southern and eventually worldwide stardom as he contends with going blind, racism, drug addiction, mistresses, and the haunting death of his young brother.
Oct_The Social Network
The Social Network (10/01/2010) | Genre: Biography, Drama | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 2531 | Mark Zuckerberg is a Harvard graduate, computer genius, the creator of “Facebook”, one of the youngest billionaires…and being sued for the theft of intellectual property by former friends. In this biography, Zuckerberg’s path to wealth and power is ladened with jealousy, betrayal, and scandal. “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”
Oct_Why did I get Married
Why Did I Get Married? (10/12/2007) | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 2147 | Four married couples (and one single woman…) make their way to the snow filled Colorado Mountains for their annual marriage retreat to answer this one question: “Why did I get married?” As shocking news come s forth from one couple’s marriage, the other three couples are (at times, hilariously) forced to face the truth about their own marriages and themselves. Right, Marcus?
Oct_The Wiz
The Wiz (10/24/1978) | Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Rating: G | Call Number: DVD 2497 | In this musical, African-American adaptation of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Wiz” follows the very shy and lost Dorothy – a young school teacher too shy to leave Harlem — as her and her dog are swept through the land of Oz (New York City). She finds new friends, new enemies, and her quite possibly herself on her quest to get back home.
Oct_Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are (10/16/2009) | Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family | Rating: PG | Call Number: DVD 2125 | Book Call Number: PS3569.E6.W44 1963 | Feeling lonely, neglected, and unhappy at home, Max pretends to be an animal to everyone’s dismay. When his mother chastises him, he sails to an island of wild things to be their king and the wild boy he feels he is. He soon learns, however, that even in the wilderness, there’s no place like home.
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Having Trouble Accessing Databases, Journals, & Newspapers?

Our Apologies…We are Transitioning to a New Authentication Method.

Blog Post about Database Access

We are improving our list of databases and journal-finding tool to make signing into the databases easier if you’re off-campus or on a personal laptop/device . We hope to have it fully ready soon! Listed below are some troubleshooting tips if you get an error message when trying to access a database or an article.

Are you trying to access JSTOR?

Are you trying to access a historical newspaper?

  • Go to Proquest Central
  • Click on Choose Databases
  • Scroll through list to find Historical Newspapers
  • Click on the title of the one you need.

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:


Are you trying to access an article in a newspaper, magazine, or journal?

Start here:

  • Go to Proquest Central
    • Either conduct a keyword search for the author, title, or topic or use the publications tab at the top of the screen to find the specific newspaper you need.


Didn’t find what you need? Try:

  • Go to Academic Search Complete
    • Click on Choose a Database and select all the databases
    • Then search by author, title, or keyword. (Note: the default in this database is phrase-based searching which means you need to use the word AND in between any set of words that you do not want searched as a phrase.)

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:

Trouble Using Fulltext Finder

If you are in a database and find an article that has the FullText Finder button instead of a link to a pdf or html copy it means we do have access to this resource but you will need to do the following:

  • Click on the FullText Finder button
  • Identify the database that contains the full text
  • Go to the master database list
  • Find the name of the database
  • Copy and paste the name of the database into another browser tab
  • Search for the article by title

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:


Trouble using Find Journals Tab

  • Use the Find Journal Tab to look up the name of a magazine, newspaper, or journal
  • Identify which databases have the full text of that publication for the dates you need
  • Use the database master list to find the name of the database that contains your publication
  • Copy and paste the url for the database into a new window
  • Use the search for publication feature at the top of the screen to access a page that will let you just search that publication.

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:

Contact us

We have a list of URLs to other databases like American Chemical Society.

Check our master list

While we are in this transition, our master list provides the most current url for each database. This link is only available available to faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Sorry for the mess!


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Library Hours Around Thanksgiving Break



                          Mon., 11/19      OPEN 8:00 am – 2:00 am*

                          Tues., 11/20     OPEN 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

                          Wed., 11/21      OPEN 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

                          Thurs., 11/22    CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Fri., 11/23         CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Sat., 11/24          CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Sun., 11/25         OPEN 1:00 pm – 2:00 am*

If you’re traveling, remember our online, no-password-needed, keyword searchable LibGuides (http://libguides.agnesscott.edu/) – subject-oriented research starters for help at a distance, 24/7.

*Visitors allowed in the building until 10:30pm.

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The Library Interviews Dr. Tajali: An Academic Look at the Me Too Movement

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the first installment of the year in a series by Rachel, a second year student at Agnes Scott.

TW: Includes content pertaining to sexual assault

This semester, I will continue to view third wave feminism through my blog series, just in a different way. I hope to take an in-depth, academic view at the problems surrounding the recent outflow of sexual abuse allegations against some very influential men. The hope is that through research and interviews with current Agnes Scott faculty, I can shed light onto the issues that we are seeing in our world today. Using human rights, women’s studies and historical perspectives I will engage with professors in a conversation on what the “Me Too” movement means from their academic lenses.

From the #metoo movement to “I believe survivors,” the United States has been seeing an outflow of survivors coming forward with their sexual assault stories. What does society’s reaction tell us about the world we live in today? How does this affect our past, present, and future? What about many who are not assaulted by men of importance? Women of color, children, sex workers, transgender people, and even men.

In order to get an academic perspective I will  conduct and transcribe interviews with a few of our lovely faculty members. The hope is to open a conversation between faculty and students in order to get information about the current goings on in the world and not only their opinion but their insight as experts in their fields. I hope to talk with Dr. Tajali on the human rights aspects of this movement as well as the rights of those who don’t get a moment in the spotlight. With the Women’s Studies department, the plan is to touch on the immense amounts of privilege we are seeing in the media as well as just what this movement of empowerment means for women. Finally, I will take a historical perspective I also intend to tie the conversation back to helpful resources that the library has. I hope that these blog posts will be informational to those who read them and entertaining as well!

For the first installment of my blog this semester, I interviewed Agnes Scott’s Dr. Tajali on what human rights implications may be present in the Me Too movement. To start, I asked Dr. Tajali what she thinks the the immense amounts of media attention means for everyday people who are not getting the same attention as the elites and celebrities we are seeing in the news. She responded by saying that the situation is complicated.

“The reason I’m saying it’s more complicated is yes we provide them the platform but then there are so many different loopholes that you know like for instance what’s happening right now, more than likely we will have Kavanaugh confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. But nonetheless some would say ‘See how disheartening this is that we provide this platform to a victim who comes forward years later to speak about it still it doesn’t do anything.’”

Dr. Tajali continued on to say that she, as a scholar and someone who studies activism and social movements, sees this as a good step forward because people cannot expect change to happen overnight. The platform that is being provided for women is very helpful because it is spreading awareness even though there is not any major change that has happened yet. But still, the awareness allows all women not just elites the chance to come forward. Dr. Tajali is confident that within a few generations we will see some more change surrounding this issue. We also discussed the issue of privilege when it came to these people coming out with their stories. Privilege is another part of what makes this movement so complicated. When privilege is class, sexual orientation, and racially based it plays a big role in the gradual steps of the change we are seeing. The fact that this all started with celebrities who according to Dr. Tajali are the “Creme-de-la-creme  who started to voice and of course if you’re in such a major position and you’re still complaining about being a victim of sexual assault, then what about others?”

Finally, for anyone who wants to do more research on this Dr. Tajali recommends Intersectionality by Kimberle Crenshaw and anything the library may have to offer on social movements,  specifically women’s rights movements.

Library Resources:

Women’s Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives
By: Julia Peters and Andrea Wolper
Location: Stack 2: Call #: K644 .Z9 W665 1995

The Women’s Rights Movement in the United States 1848-1970
By: Albert Krichmar, Barbara Case, and Barbara Silver
Location: Stack 3 Call #: Z7964 .U49 K75

Women’s Rights: The Struggle for Equality in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
By: Nancy E. McGlen and Karen O’Connor
Location: Stack 1 Call #: HQ1426 .M395 1983

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture-And What We Can Do About It
By: Kate Harding
Location: Browsing Call#: HV6556.H37 2015

My Life on the Road
By: Gloria Steinem
Location: Browsing Call#: HQ1413.S675A3 2015

This Will be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
By: Morgan Jenkins
Location: Browsing and Stack 3 Call#s: PS3610.E693A6 2018 

Testosterone Rex
By: Cordelia Fine
Location: Browsing Call#: BF692.F525 2017

No is Not Enough
By: Naomi Klein
Location: Browsing Call #: JC328.3 .K555 2017

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NaNoWriMo: On Narrative and Creative Writing

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If you navigate to the “About” page on the National November Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) website, you will find this brief, but meaningful statement:

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters.”

Perhaps the most personal part of this introduction is the implication that your story matters rather than just a story.

NaNoWriMo encourages participants to write about anything they wish, but the emphasis here is on the voice telling the narrative. Your voice.

100 people could tell the same story over and over again. But…could anyone tell it quite like you, with your inflection, your memories, your understanding, or your personage?

This is why your story truly matters. Your personal voice and idiosyncrasies affect the timbre and texture of narratives, putting a one of kind fingerprint on otherwise recycled stories.

With this in mind, consider the collection of books set up next to the NaNoWriMo Display on the first floor of McCain Library. Each one was either:

  • Written by a person who wrote the book during NaNoWriMo and became a best-selling author
  • Deals with narrative and the re-telling or re-writing of fictional and/or actual events
  • Re-tells familiar literature in a new way -OR-
  • Reveals the power and impact of narrative and different voices retelling that narrative on and throughout generations and communities.

If you would like to participate in our weekly  NaNoWriMo meetups, click here for more information.

To go to the NaNoWriMo website, click here.

Happy Writing & Narrating ✒.



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Hi All,
Closed Library
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the library will be closing early at 10:30 pm tonight, Thursday, Nov. 8.
We apologize for any inconvenience and suggest that students with late night studying needs move over to the common spaces and accessible centers on the ground floor of Campbell Hall.
With Care,
McCain Library Staff
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Nigerian Culture Through Media

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Which musician and activist developed Afrobeat music?

What are some perspectives of being a Nigerian-American?

What is Nollywood, and how has it expanded?

These are a few questions that can be answered by visiting the “Nigeria Culture Through Media” display on the first floor of McCain Library!

By curating a display out of literature that is by and about revered Nigerian figures, summaries, and garments, student assistant Folasade pays homage to her culture while inviting others to learn more about it.

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Join McCain library to Celebrate National Writers Month 2018 in November

McCain library will celebrate National Writers Month 2018 by hosting a month long event for students to come together to work on their novels or other writing projects. This event consists of weekly meetings, Wednesdays from 6-7pm, November 7, 14, and 28. In the meetings, future authors will come together for writing exercises, hear from Scotties who have published their own books, and get tons of helpful advice. The final event on November 28 will feature a known published author.  Each meeting gives you a raffle ticket that puts you in the running for our prize! So, the more meetings you attend, the higher the chance to win. No matter where you are in your writing journey, stop by and finally get cracking on that book you’ve been meaning to write.

National writers month!

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Visit McCain Library’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Display

Visit the library at 4pm today (Friday, November 2) to enjoy some delicious baked goods celebrating Día de Muertos and make sure to stop by Annel Chavez’s (Class of ’21) incredible tribute to her grandfather and Día de Muertos on the first floor of the library.


This Ofrenda I made is for my abuelito, Feidel Chávez, who passed away my senior year of high school. This is my 4th year doing an ofrenda for my abuelito. It’s important to me because it’s a way to connect to my abuelito and my heritage. In Mexico, it’s something my whole family celebrates, and I never really got the chance to celebrate this special day with them. Imagine my grandpa coming back on November 2nd, Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and he finds one of his ofrendas in Agnes Scott! He would be shocked to find himself at a library of all places in a different state. It’s a very beautiful day in my culture filled with parties, laughter, and prayers. Even though it’s sad that my abuelito passed way, he’s here on that day celebrating and laughing with the family without a care in the world.


The Ofrenda (altar) is placed on a table and covered by a tablecloth. The ofrenda I made has 3 levels; the saying goes that the higher the ofrenda is the closer to God the dead are. I did this by stacking boxes on top of one another on the table (traditionally, if you were in Mexico, this would be done on the tombstone). It’s typically decorated with papel picado (cut tissue paper), crucifix, rosary, cempasuchitl (a traditional flower for the dead), candles, salt, water, drinks, copal (a type of incense), comida tipica (such as mole, tamales,arroz, pozole, menudo, fruits), Pan de Muerto (Bread of the dead), favorite clothing, small toys, cigarettes, liquor, pictures of the loved ones who passed away, Calavera de Azucar (sugar skulls), La Calavera Catrina (Dapper Skeleton), etc. Most of the items above also depend on if the deceased loved ones liked them while they were still in the land of the living. For example, my deceased abuelito (grandpa) liked to eat Fray Vasco de Quiroga (Mexican fruit roll-ups), so I put a small basket of them on his altar.

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Urgent if you use My EBSCOhost Personal Folders in McCain Library Databases

McCain Library apologizes that programmers gave us very little notice on this point before we go live with the OpenAthens new way of authenticating users of library e-resources outside of the campus network on tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, November 1. (You will no longer need the GALILEO password; instead, if you’re off the campus network, you will be asked for your network login – what you use to access Scottie email.)

IF you personally use Folders in EBSCO databases, please read on. If not, this step below does not impact you.

My EBSCOhost Personal Folder Account:

After go-live tomorrow (Nov. 1 afternoon) users will be forced to sign into an SSO/OpenAthens My EBSCOhost Personal Account.  This account will automatically be created by SSO/OpenAthens and will be different than the My EBSCOhost Personal Account they created previously to store articles, check out eBooks, or save searches.

Unfortunately, after go-live users will not be able to log into their old account. Between now and go-live they will need to log into their My EBSCOhost Personal Account and export items to an CVS file that can then be used for finding items again and re-saving to their new account. I have attached a guide that walks users how to export their items.

Again, we apologize for the lack of time to let users know about this unexpected change.

Exporting Items from My EBSCOhost Folder

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The Four Scottie Garretson Sisters

Visit McCain Library’s Floor 2 Archives Lobby for the Exhibit,
“The Four Garretson Scotties: Insights Into Agnes Scott College in the 1920s and 1930s and Life Post-Graduation.”

This display will be on view at least until the end of December 2018 to celebrate the reopening of Rebekah Scott Hall and the Woltz-Garretson Room there.

Mary Lillias Garretson ’33 contributed to the renovated space in Rebekah in memory of her parents, Percy Richard and Lillias Painter Garretson, who found a way to send four daughters to college during the Depression. The family shared memorabilia, photographs, reunion write-ups and textbooks for the exhibit.


Agnes Scott College, Class of

Mary Lillias Garretson                   1933

Alice L. Garretson Bolles                1930

Margaret W. Garretson Ford         1929

Irene G. Garretson Nichols            1928