Posted in Research Help

Find Articles without the GALILEO Discover Search Box

Choose & Search a Database from the Databases A-Z list

Cross-Search Multiple Databases

  • Start with the database Academic Search Complete
  • Then click on the Choose Databases link just above the search box
  • Add all databases or select the ones that best fit your topic
  • Note: Only databases owned by EBSCOHost will be available to cross-search
  • Here is a video that demonstrates this process:
Posted in Library Spaces, Services, & Resources, Research Help

Need Citation Help?

Just in time for the completion of final papers, McCain Library has published two guides to help you whip your citations into shape. Check out our new APA Citation Guide and MLA 8th Edition Citation Guide. Each guide walks you through key formatting tips and provides examples of how to format popular types of resources.


If you still cannot figure out how to cite something, stop by the Scottie Research & Rescue Desk, email us at, or set up an individual appointment and we will do our best to help! We will not format your entire bibliography for you, but we are willing to answer tough citation questions! Good luck with all you need to do in the next two weeks!


Posted in Library Spaces, Services, & Resources

Book a Research Appointment!

Making an appointment with a specific librarian has never been easier!appointments

  1. Go to
  2. Choose a librarian, Scottie Research & Rescue Desk, or No Preference
  3. Select a date and time
  4. Complete a short form letting us know how we can help.

You appointment will be immediately added to the calendar of the librarian or service point you selected and a confirmation message will be sent to your email account. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance so if you need a time today or early tomorrow stop by the Scottie Research & Rescue Desk or email the librarian you want to meet with directly.

Posted in Events & Exhibits

Banned Book Week: Find Free Books!

bannedbookweekIt is Banned Book Week! To raise awareness about books that have been challenged in schools and libraries and to generate discussion about why books are banned, McCain Library is hiding books around campus for you to find!

The book hunt begins on Tuesday, September 26th at 8 a.m and will run through Friday, September 29th. Each day a bundle of books will be hidden somewhere on campus. For clues on how to find the bundle of books, follow us on Instagram (@McCainLibrary), Twitter (@McCainLibrary), or the McCain Library Facebook page. If you find the books they are yours to keep or redistribute to friends, but please take a picture of yourself with the books and share with us via one of our social media accounts. Good luck hunting!

To learn more about books that have been banned or challenged in recent years, visit our Banned Book exhibit on the first floor of McCain Library near the spiral staircase.

Many thanks to all of our student workers and our Library Event Planning Committee members who helped imagine and implement this exciting event. If you would like to help McCain Library plan future events consider joining our Library Event Planning Committee. Email Christopher Bishop ( for more information.

Posted in Events & Exhibits

McCain Library & Decatur Public Library Meet and Greet – Thursday, August 24 from 3pm – 5pm

The library is so much more than books! Come learn how we can help you and what we have to offer to make your experience at Agnes Scott College even better! Decatur Public Library will be here signing people up for library cards. This event is the easiest way for students who live on campus to get a library card to an amazing collection of books and other resources, including passes to major Atlanta tourist attractions. We hope to see you there!

Library Meet & Greet (2)

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

Now Hiring: Work Study Positions in McCain Library

20720512911_5d13fd32cc_mDid you receive work study as part of your financial aid package? If so, we want to hire you to work in the library! We need creative people who are comfortable with technology, great at conducting research, and excel in providing customer service!

Positions are currently open to staff staff our Check Out / Reserves Desk and our Scottie Research and Rescue Desk. Each position is described below with directions on how to apply:

Check Out / Reserves Desk Student Assistant


  • Check out material to patrons
  • Shelve and inventory books
  • Engage in a creative project: writing for the library blog, creating exhibits, or planning and hosting events in the library
  • Occasionally, teach patrons technical skills (printing, scanning, photocopying) or help students find a book in the library

Hours & How to Apply

  • Students are needed for all the hours the library is open. This is a great job for people who need a schedule that includes some mornings, evenings and weekends
  • Email a completed Student Assistant Application or resume to Stephany Kurth (

Scottie Research & Rescue Desk Student Assistant (Full Position Description)


  • Assist students with research by suggesting appropriate tools and search techniques (Strong research skills and familiarity with McCain Library resources required)
  • Help students learn to print, scan, photocopy, use word processing software, access the wifi, etc
  • Engage in a creative project: writing for the library blog, creating exhibits, or planning and hosting events in the library

Hours & How to Apply

  • Students are needed from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday with some Sunday hours possible.
  • To apply email Casey Long ( a resume, the names of a professor and a student who may provide insights to your research skills, and a letter indicating your interest in this position and the hours you are available to work.
Posted in Events & Exhibits, Interesting News & Commentary

Writers’ Festival LibGuide

Be prepared to ask great questions at this year’s Writers’ Festival. Visit the Writers’ Festival LibGuide to find interviews, books, articles and more with each of the writers on campus this week.

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A big thank you to Jillian Speck ’17 who created all the profiles on the writers this year. The guide also links to snapshots of previous years and provides a history of the Writers’ Festival.

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

How to Register to Vote: Tips for Agnes Scott Students

Image provided by Flickr user Theresas Thompson

Register as Georgia Resident in Your Home County

Georgia Residents with a valid Georgia Driver’s license may register to vote online at:

Those without a valid Georgia Driver’s license may complete the State of Georgia Application for Voter Registration. Download a copy from the Georgia Secretary of State Office or stop by the Circulation Desk in McCain Library to pick up a print copy. Casey Long ( is available for help in filling out the form.

If you are a new voter, in the envelope you will need to include a photocopy of your Georgia driver’s license or U.S. Passport. Also acceptable are photocopies of:

  • a certified copy of your birth certificate;
  • a valid Social Security card;
  • a current utility bill, or a legible copy thereof, showing your name and address; or
  • a bank statement, or a legible copy thereof, showing your name and address.

McCain Library called the Georgia Secretary of State to determine if a copy of your Agnes Scott College ID would be sufficient for voter registration. They said “yes,” but since this is not listed anywhere in their documentation we are hesitant to recommend it.

The postage is already paid so simply fold and seal the form when it is complete and drop it in the mail.

Register as Georgia Resident Using Your Agnes Scott Address

Agnes Scott students living on-campus can register to vote as a Georgia resident using the State of Georgia Application for Voter Registration by using the college address (141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030) as the residence address and the student’s P.O. box number plus the college address as the mailing address. (See instructions above)

Register as a Resident of your Home State

Look for an opportunity to register online. The National Conference of State Legislatures lists 31 states that allow for online registration.

Use to find the Elections Office for your state. They may have a downloadable Voter Registration Application for your state for your state that will allow you to mail in your application.

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

15 Minute Dance Party – Friday, September 9th at 6:00pm

danceparty2016Black Ring Radio and McCain Library are teaming up again to bring a little levity to the library with a pop-up dance party. Kick off your weekend by pushing the books aside and dancing in the Main Reading Room of McCain Library this Friday starting around 6pm. It is 15 minutes of great music and fun!

All are invited! Faculty, staff, students, and alumnae, we want to see you there!

The library will be officially closed, so no studying allowed – just dancing.

Checkout our pictures from last year!

Posted in Events & Exhibits

Book Lovers’ Fair – Thursday, August 25 – 3:00pm-5:00pm

Book Lovers' FairWe are so excited to welcome all the new and returning students to campus that we are throwing a Book Lovers’ Fair just so we can see each and everyone of you in person!

We will have stations to test your knowledge of book trivia, provide you with tips for finding inexpensive textbooks, and share with you information on how to access other libraries.

Plus we will provide tours of our literature collection to help you find your favorite works of fiction.

Charis Books and Decatur Public Library will be on site to tell you about their resources too! Decatur Public Library will be ready to sign up Agnes Scott students for a public library card so you have access to even more books and databases, including test prep materials and audiobooks!

Best of all we will have cookies from Insomnia Cookies.  Mmmmh, cookies! We can’t wait to see you!