Posted in Interesting News & Commentary, Technology & Research

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!


Posted in Interesting News & Commentary, Library Spaces, Library Spaces, Services, & Resources, Student Spotlight

Carrel Spotlight: G-6!

Many Seniors and Independent Study students like to add a personal touch to their carrels* (since they spend much time there studying). Check out this student who decked out her carrel with cozy items, succulents, and Scottie gear to show some Scottie pride!

*As always, we encourage everyone to respect the students’ carrels and not touch or take any of their belongings. Thank you for being considerate!

Posted in Library Spaces, Services, & Resources, Services, Technology & Research

Need Digital Equipment? We Can Help!

Happy Friday Scotties!

Did you know that at McCain Library, we lend various kinds of technology and digital equipment for all of your audio, visual, and technological needs?  If you need to film something for class or just want to host movie night in your dorm, we can help!

Simply come to the circulation desk, ask for what you need, and one of our lovely library staff or assistants will grab it for you if it’s available. Here’s a visual of what we currently lend below:

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Prize Winners & Photos from McCain Library Open House

Thank you to all of the students, staff, and faculty who visited the library during our open house on Thursday, August 30th. Over 50 people attended and 25 completed a scavenger hunt of the library to have their names entered in to a drawing for one of three gift cards to Butter & Cream, eBrik, and Raging Burrito. The winners of the drawing are:

  • Julia King
  • Princess Miller
  • Amya More

In addition to learning how to find a book, test riding bikes, and visiting the Center for Digital & Visual Literacy, participants also had the chance to create a mugshot with the call number for their favorite book.


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Most of our visitors also signed up for a Dekalb County Public Library card!

Thank you to all of our co-hosts: Center for Digital & Visual Literacy, CC from the Center for Student Involvement, Decatur Public Library, and Educational Technology Center!

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

Library Open House: Books, Bikes, and Booths!

Hello, Scotties! Let McCain Library, the Center for Digital & Visual Literacy (CDVL), and the Decatur Public Library celebrate your arrival at our Open House by showing you all of the awesome and helpful resources we have for you — both academic and purely for fun.

It’s happening Thursday, August 30, 3:00-5:00pm.

Spark your curiosity on a scavenger hunt through McCain to help you find resources and services you might need throughout the year… and for a chance to win prizes*! If the hunt is not what you want, we will also have event stations such as:

  • Book Trivia (Do you know it? Well, show it!)
  • Test-a-Bike (and the helmet, too…)
  • Book Look-Up (What’s your criminal call number?)
  • Photo & Equipment Booth (You’re our “Most Wanted,” so pose for a mugshot using equipment available for check out!)
  • Snacks! (Study spaces and vegan brownies or broccoli – a great pairing!)

If McCain does not have everything you’re looking for — no worries! Friends from the Decatur Public Library will be here to give you access to their library and awesome resources, such as audiobooks, popular reading, electronic magazines, and exam prep materials. Faculty, staff, and students may sign up for a public library card during this event.

To learn more about McCain Library and what’s available to you, here is a link to the website: https://agnesscott.edu/library/

See You There!

*Complete the scavenger hunt for chances to win gift cards to local eateries:

buttercream      Print       raging burrito


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

Reserve a Library Study or Media Room

The McCain Library will use a new reservation system to   reserve the 3 media and 5 group study rooms in the library.

To reserve a room…

Step 1: Throughout the day and up to two weeks in advance, visit http://agnesscott.libcal.com/allspaces to schedule a room.

Step 2: Use the “Info” button next to each study space to explore seating, equipment, and whiteboard options in each room.

Step 3: Select an open room by clicking on the green square (room reservations are limited to one per day, per student ).

Step 4: Choose how long your reservation will last from the drop down box (a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours).

Step 5: Agree to the terms and conditions and complete the booking form using your Scottie email address.

Step 6: When the reservation system sends you an email, click the link to confirm your reservation.

If you have any questions, please stop by the library for more information or email – library@agnesscott.edu.

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Zine Scene: Zine Culture at Agnes Scott and Beyond

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On Monday, April 2, please join McCain Library and the Agnes Scott Women’s Studies program for an evening of activities dedicated to zine culture in Atlanta and on the Agnes Scott campus.

Zines = “Short for magazine or fanzine, zines are self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression, not for profit.” – Barnard College

6-7 p.m.
Zine Crawl: Meet, discuss, and purchase zines from Atlanta zine makers

7-8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: A panel of Atlanta area zine makers will discuss their work, zine culture, and areas of interest to the audience

8-9 p.m.
Choose or mix and match from the following options:

  • Zine workshop with Isadora Pennington (RSVP cbishop@agnesscott.edu to assure a seat for the workshop)
  • Visit the Agnes zine display and exhibit
  • Time to meet with zine creators

We still need more Agnes Scott zine makers and zine crawl participants. If you are interested, please email cbishop@agnesscott.edu.

– Amanda Mills (Atlanta Zine Library founder/WonderRoot Programs Manager)
“Amanda Mills started her organizing efforts as the president of Faces of Feminism and later as the owner of Big Blonde Records. She served as the founder/Executive Director of Murmur Media, co-founder of the Atlanta Zine Fest, and founder of the Atlanta Zine Library. Her passions lie in coordinating projects that align with social justice movements and the arts community, documenting and archiving practices, and establishing partnerships. Her work in expanding and supporting DIY media reflects her steadfast commitment to elevating underrepresented voices. She deeply believes in the importance of alternative spaces, community building, and cultural action as a vehicle to social change. She is excited to bring this passion to her position as the Programs Manager at WonderRoot.”

– Isadora Pennington (Artist and zine workshop facilitator)
“Isadora is a multidisciplinary artist with a penchant for print publications. Having worked as a graphic designer for six local newspapers since graduating from Georgia State University in 2011, she has an innate understanding in the process of bringing a publication from concept to execution. Isadora has participated in several Atlanta Zine Festivals, led zine workshops at WonderRoot, and taught zine creation to high schoolers at The New School, Atlanta. Currently working as a photojournalist, she has developed an extensive knowledge of the content creation aspect of print production as well.”

-Tia Haynes (Creator of Ping: A Visual Anthropology Zine)
“Tia “thefairchild” Haynes is an army brat. Trained as an architect, she enjoys applying her education fluidly to multiple artistic mediums.“

-Rachel Hortman (Dope Girls Zine Series)
“Female-identifying and non-binary artists tackle the intersection of cannabis culture, feminism and femininity in an effort to destigmatize the plant. Sale of the biannual zines and related merch help (unofficially) raise money for Planned Parenthood Southeast. We also aim to develop a global community of marginalized people who champion equal rights, reproductive justice and productive cannabis use.”

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McCain Library Asks for Arseneau Award Nominees by March 27

McCain Library is seeking nominations of students to be considered for the annual Arseneau Award, a memorial to an alumna who was an academic librarian. If you are or know of a:

– current junior or senior
– interested in/accepted to an ALA-accredited library or archives Master’s program
– or an exemplary McCain Library student assistant who is a junior or senior,

then please complete this Google Form to the best of your ability by Tuesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m.

This year’s award will be $925 (towards graduate school costs), presented at the upcoming Student Awards Convocation. Outside reviewers will make the decision on the award recipient.

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Bagley, ebagley@agnesscott.edu. Thank you for your assistance in encouraging future Scottie librarians and archivists!