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Library Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

McCain Library staff are committed to assisting students and faculty during the upcoming time of online teaching. Read on for details:

Starting Monday, March 16 and at least into April, we expect to lock the McCain building entrances even if our staff are there working, to prioritize phone and virtual services, and for eveyone’s health.

Call (404-471-6094) or email in advance if you need us to exchange library materials at a prearranged time using the front doors.

Our priority will be providing digital copies of required course materials and offering research support virtually. A Reserve Scanning Request Form is available for faculty.

An eTextbook site (VitalSource) is making many titles free through May, including a number of required textbooks at ASC. Set up a free account with your ASC email, then search by ISBN or title. There is a limit of 7 books downloaded per account.

1. create an account and verify it from your ASC email address;

2. log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app or website using your ASC email address;

3. search the Explore areausing the textbook’s ISBN (unique number for specific edition) or title within Bookshelf.

We’ll hold virtual 1:1 research appointments by phone, email, Zoom, or Google apps (reserve one using the Book a Librarian tool on our home page) and group instruction as requested via online means. Given some advance notice, we will be happy to arrange for those options to happen outside of the 8:30am – 4:30pm Eastern, Monday-Friday, times.

We will monitor our home page’s Chat service by its online form and will check it hourly during weekdays.

LibGuides (subject research guides) are a great tool to assist students with research at a distance.

For database access, remember to use the A to Z list (log in as you do for ASC email).
Ebooks are available after you log in as you do for ASC email, on the database menu under E.

The McCain G11 computer lab will remain ID-accessible at the card readers on the Alston side of the Library for students registered to remain on campus who do not have needed devices or specialized software on their personal laptops (practice social distancing and wash your hands after using the lab). Campbell’s ground floor labs are also available.

The Library is asking patrons not to return physical materials except to the book drop out front (or by contacting us to exchange things through the front doors at a prearranged time). Due dates have been extended until May 13, but you might still receive automated overdue notifications.

We expect interlibrary loan to be 99% digital-only. (Most library partners are limiting loans of physical materials now.)

Kanopy streaming videos are free for the next 30 days.

We appreciate your patience as we all work through challenging times. But ask us and we’ll do our best to meet your needs!

-McCain Library Staff

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Kanopy Film Database News

For McCain Library users of the Kanopy streaming video database, there are two things to keep in mind as the fall semester begins.

  1. We recently noticed that users are being prompted to create an account, which potentially infringes on user privacy. There is an option to skip account creation, but it is not readily apparent. This screen only seems to appear when going directly to and finding Agnes Scott. To avoid it, go to or use the Databases A to Z link.
  2. In order to better predict McCain Library expenditures for Kanopy streaming videos, we have put the following packages on mediated access for the fall (meaning you may need to request access to a film from McCain Library, rather than having immediate access).  Because we own many DVDs of films in these collections, we are not making them automatically available:

    – Kino Lorber package
    – Janus Films (The Criterion Collection) package
    – HBO Documentary Films® package

    Please check the SOPHIA catalog to verify if we own the film in DVD format. If not,  you may request that Acquisitions Head, Kat Greer, purchase the Kanopy film  license for an in-class showing via the web form that is generated within Kanopy. Questions may be directed to 404-471-6141. Thank you.

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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

Posted in Events & Exhibits

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, 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!


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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, Thank you for your assistance in encouraging future Scottie librarians and archivists!

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

Open late on Monday, Dec. 11

The library was originally set to close at 6pm on Monday; however, to assist students studying for the extra exam session added to Tuesday morning due to last Friday’s snow, on Monday night, 12/11, McCain Library will stay open until 10:30pm.
  • Check out/reserves service will be staffed: research help ends at 6:30pm. Good luck wrapping up!
  •  Please return all borrowed library items before leaving campus. Thanks!
  •  Merry holidays and happy winter break!


Posted in Hours

Break Hours March 4-March 19

We wish you all a fun and relaxing time over Journeys/Peak Week and Spring Break!palm-tree

McCain Library’s Break Hours will be:

Pre-Journeys & Peak Week 
Friday, March 3 Open 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, March 4 – Sunday, March  5 Closed
Journeys/Peak Week March 6 – March 12
Monday – Friday, March 6 – 10 Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday, March 11-12 Closed
Spring Break March 13 – March 18
Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17 Open  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, March 18 Closed
Sunday, March  19 Open 1:00 PM – 2:00 AM

If you are researching at a distance, remember that LibGuides are available 24/7 to point you to the best resources for your topic. They are keyword searchable too! Email if need more guidance.