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New Additions to the Libraries Circulating Equipment Collection

laptop            graphingcalculator

The McCain Library offers a number of equipment items for use by students, faculty, and staff. New additions to the collection include eight circulating HP laptops and two TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculators for in-house use.

A list of all available equipment in the library, including images, loan periods, and availability, is available from the Items to Borrow webpage. The list below includes an overview of equipment available for loan.

  • Laptops
  • PC Adapters
  • MAC Adapters
  • USB Flash Drives
  • Projectors
  • Projector Screens
  • iPads
  • Cell Phone Chargers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Digital Camcorders
  • Digital Voice Recorders
  • Digital Presenter
  • Tripods
  • CD Players
  • Graphing Calculators
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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”



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Focus on Copyright – It’s Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week 2015 is being celebrated nationally this week through Friday, February 27. Check out this cool infographic that shows its impact:

Also, remember that McCain Library maintains a LibGuide to help you navigate fair use questions in classroom settings.

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ASC student newspapers from 1930-31 through 1993-94 now online!

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McCain Library Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce that all Agnes Scott College student newspapers from 1930-31 through 1993-94 have been digitized with the help of the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Collaborative and are now available online. They can be accessed from the library homepage ( by clicking on the Archives and Special Collections left side navigation link (click on the LibGuide’s “online collections” tab, then “student newspapers”) or directly at  Select a year, click “read online” on the left side of the screen, and a search box appears in the top right corner to allow keyword searching inside that document, or you may use the arrows to “flip” through the pages.

If you have wondered what students did or thought about current events during these years, it just got much easier to find out!   A fitting addition to the 125th anniversary celebrations of the college, the newspapers will be a tremendous resource for student research, and should also facilitate alumnae reminiscences, reunion planning, and just plain fun!  Note that alumnae magazines, the college catalogs from years past, ASC yearbooks and more are also collected at this site in electronic format. Contact Marianne Bradley, Archives Manager,, with any questions.

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Fair Use in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

Today (June 10) was another landmark day for Fair Use interpretations.  The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on Authors Guild v. HathiTrust and found in favor of fair use.

The Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting HathiTrust’s position and the lower court’s finding of fair use.  Jonathan Band, counsel for the Library Copyright Alliance, said, “The decision is a significant victory for the public.”

The HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL)—comprised of eighty college, university and nonprofit member institutions at the time of the court filings—contains digital copies of more than ten million works and engages in several projects that provide new value and use to copyrighted works. These projects include the creation of a full-text search database, facilitation of access to works for the visually impaired and print disabled, and preservation of works in its library.

The HathiTrust Digital Library offers a scholarly online archive that may be searched for full book text.  The pages of an 1895 edition of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, for example, are freely viewable with an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a map of Wessex. HDL provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content (some restricted) from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institutions.  Those partner institutions include the libraries of Harvard, Princeton, The University of California, and smaller liberal arts colleges such as Colby and Mount Holyoke.

More details:


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New in Discovery: Research Starters

GALILEO (Georgia’s digital library programmers) just announced an enhancement that may interest McCain Library researchers.

“Research Starters” is a new feature in Discovery search results that provides citeable, authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. When a searched topic matches an available Research Starter, that Starter appears at the top of the results list.  It includes an overview of the topic, links to related information, helpful images, and a bibliography. Content in this feature comes from a variety of reliable sources, both proprietary and encyclopedic, including Salem Press, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Magills, and more. Research Starters articles feature the same Discovery tools as other articles, including tools for citation, translation, Text-to-Speech, and the option to add the article to a personal folder.

Users can launch a search from the Discover GALILEO search box on the McCain Library website. If a Research Starter exists for the topic, it will appear as the first article in the list of results (as outlined in red in the image below).

If you’re stumped for a search term to investigate this new feature, try one of these:  mythology, cancer, John Steinbeck, global warming, mitosis, Nelson Mandela, Ukraine, brain disorders, evolution of the universe, bipolar disorders, net neutrality, nuclear fusion or baseball. Happy searching!


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Have You Gone Google?

Today (January 23rd) is the day when most of the Agnes Scott College campus “Goes Google,” so tear yourself away from Outlook and give Gmail a try!  We bet you’ll like it!  The McCain Library staff were part of a pilot group about a month ago, and all went smoothly for us.

If you have questions, feel free to ask at the Library’s Research Desk, or click on the FAQ designed by ASC ITS at:


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Enhancements to the Discover Search Tool

Within the last month, McCain Library has added two enhanced features for the Discover search option.  You may be familiar with its Google-like qualities if you’ve launched a search of library resources from the center of the library’s home page.  A basic keyword search returns a large number of hits because of the quantity of indexed sources.  For example, “college students AND math phobia” returns 4,682 hits from academic journals (2,087), books (1,290), e-books (1,110), magazines (384) and reviews (370).

Discover Adv

The first addition is that Discover now offers an Advanced Search option, linked below the center search box, meaning that you may set limits before running your search within McCain’s e-resources.  If you have multiple search terms, there is a field in which to place each word or phrase, and you may also target a subject search (for example, environmental studies or public health).  You can also check the limit box to get only full-text journal articles, excluding hits with only abstracts. Your results list will be shorter and more refined to your keywords.

Using our prior example and typing “college students” in the first search field and typing “math phobia” in the second field, with a limit (scroll down the screen for options) to full-text articles within the disciplines of Math, Social Sciences and Women’s Studies retrieves 322 hits from academic journals (131), books (92), e-books (92), magazines (32) and reviews (45).

Discover Adv 2

The second added feature is the inclusion of the SOPHIA library catalog’s book and DVD records, so your research results may discover both items physically in McCain Library along with online journal articles and e-books.  Once you run a search, you may also limit it to show only SOPHIA holdings or to show only one particular journal title.

SOPHIA limit

Of course, you still have the option to  search the SOPHIA catalog by itself, using either the link in the top left of the library’s home page or the “Find Books” tab above the Discover search box.:


We hope you will enjoy exploring and using these technological enhancements.  We welcome your questions, comments or feedback!

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What Will a Scholarly Book Look Like in the Future?

From Ithaka’s (parent of JSTOR and Portico) blog:

Should we expect the print monograph to disappear soon?

While a fully digital future for scholarly books is not clearly in view, the widespread availability of e-books is already transforming researchers’ reading habits. As librarians and publishers consider their options, they must take into account how the usage behavior of academics is evolving. Roger Schonfeld explores the challenges and possibilities if we “Stop the Presses.”