Thursday, January 28, 2016

Finding Additional Topics

CBC Library Databases
CBC Library Books
    updated 1/23/2016 y.y.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    American Literature - Online Resources

    List of American Literature journals.  See also ProQuest Learning: Literature; it is part of the ProQuest package but uses a different platform and includes periodicals, reference sources and study guides to literary works.

    Books include works of literature and literary criticism in ebrary, most as part of our College Complete subscription and available to unlimited users, although we have purchased a few individual titles like the New Anthology of American Poetry, Volume 3 : Postmodernisms 1950-Present, available for one user at a time.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    ESL Resources

    Short URL of this page:

    Handout: Top 10 Things ESL Students Should Know About the Library

    Online Library Reference Databases
    (You don't need a password to use these on CBC campus. At home, log in with your student ID and Pin.)
    Oxford Reference Online
    ProQuest Elibrary
    EBSCOhost Middle Search Plus Magazines, reference books, biographies, primary sources, images.
    Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
    Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    Daily Life Online Essays about the domestic, economic, religious, and other aspects of people's daily lives, ancient to modern.
    CultureGrams Concise, readable information about countries and cultures.
    MAS Ultra - School Edition

    List of CBC Library language dictionaries

    A few sample books and journals
    Author: Blamires, Harry.Title: The Cassell guide to common errors in English /Publisher: London : Cassell, c1997.Call Number: PE1460 .B64 1997Location: Reference

    Civics and citizenship toolkit: a collection of educational resources for immigrants / Publisher: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services, U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 2007. Information about the toolkit.

    Practice Makes Perfect : English Grammar for ESL Learners/by Swick 2005 (ebook)

    Astronomy : A Self-Teaching Guide (7th Edition) (ebook)
    Astronomy (journal through ProQuest)

    Local Public Library (Mid-Columbia Library) Resources
      Online Database Learning Express: free online practice tests from Mid-Columbia Library:
      • Go to their Electronic Resources page;
      • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Learning Express Library;
      • Click on "New User" to register for free;
      • The Username should be your 14-digit mid-columbia library ID card number
      • Make up a Password for yourself;
      • Once logged in, to practice TOEFL: search "toefl" and you will find TOEFL iBT Reading, Speaking, Listening, Writing Practices and lessons
      • Or click on "US Citizenship" tab and you can practice the 100 civics, history, and government sample questions for the citizenship test. (The USCIS government website also has Study Materials for the English Test  and Study Materials for the Civics Test.)
      Tumblebooks: "An online collection of animated,talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love."

    Free Websites

    Free Online Learning at Goodwill Community Foundation (‘hundreds of free online lessons on Computers, Reading, & Math)

    Agenda Web (‘hundreds of free English exercises’)

    Typing Web (‘free online typing tutor’)

    Free Rice (‘vocabulary builder that helps to fight world hunger’)
    Spelling City
    OWL resources for ESL from the Purdue Online Writing Lab for second language writing.

    Vocabulary Builder from Vocabulix, a commercial company (you can hear the pronunciations)
    Activities for ESL students by The Internet TESL Journal

    Learn English lessons from U.S.A Learns (for beginning and intermediate learners, you can hear the lessons with videos)

    ESL Video Lessons from Real English (you can hear the lessons with videos) Interactives: Spelling Bee Storytelling: Cinderella

    Dave’s ESL CafĂ© resources for students
    Starfalls Learn to read website.
    English Health Train: English language skills for health care

    More Links: *

    Other Useful webpages:

    updated y.y. 5/2014

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Resources for the Study of Philosophy

      From Ebrary and Oxford Reference Online

      Introductory Texts
      • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - "...a non-profit organization to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy."
      •  Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - "organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work."

      Tuesday, January 28, 2014

      Income Inequality & the Minimum Wage


      Mantel, Barbara. "Minimum Wage: Would raising the rate be good for the economy?" CQ Researcher 24 Jan. 2014. Political pressure is building on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Polls show a majority of Americans support the idea;
      low-wage workers have staged protests demanding higher pay; and 21 states have set their own hourly minimums at more than $7.25.

      Friday, November 1, 2013

      Government Surveillance

      McCutcheon, Chuck. "Government Surveillance: Is government spying on Americans excessive?" CQ Researcher 30 Aug. 2013: 717-40. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.  How tightly the government should keep tabs on citizens has long been fiercely debated. But concern about surveillance intensified in June after National Security Agency computer specialist Edward Snowden revealed classified details of agency electronic snooping programs. Civil liberties advocates, lawmakers and others also have cited growing unease with other surveillance measures, including the use of unmanned “drone” aircraft and tiny video cameras. Congress, along with state and local governments, is expected to take up a variety of bills this fall to protect privacy and increase transparency about government activities. But the Obama administration maintains that internal safeguards — including a federal civil liberties oversight board created in 2004 — have prevented the federal government from becoming “Big Brother.”From the CQ Researcher. Reprinted with permission from CQ Press.


       su(privacy and ("national security" or "intelligence gathering")) AND (united states) - 900+ articles on the subject of privacy as it relates to national security in the United States.

      "Edward Snowden" AND PUB(Washington Post) - 1300+ articles mentioning former NSA contractor turned leaker Snowden, from one of the papers he worked with.


      National Security Agency - United States

      NSA FIles: Decoded - What the revelations mean for you.  The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Ltd. Web. 1 Nov. 2013  6 part interactive site with documents, graphics, and video interviews with multiple perspectives/viewpoints,

      Friday, October 18, 2013

      Immigration - United States

      Karaim, Reed. "Border Security: Is the buildup in border protection effective?" CQ Researcher 27 Sept. 2013. The United States has poured unprecedented resources into securing its borders, spending billions of dollars on surveillance technology, fencing and personnel. Today more than 21,000 federal agents guard the borders, nearly 10 times the total in 1980. The buildup, particularly strong along the 1,933-mile-long Mexican border, also includes new measures at so-called ports of entry

      Monday, September 9, 2013

      Higher Education - Economic Aspects

      Billitteri, Thomas J. "The Value of a College Education: Is a four-year degree the only path to a secure future?" CQ Researcher 20 Nov. 2009. CQ Researcher. Web. 19 Nov. 2009.
      President Obama's $12 billion American Graduation Initiative — announced in July — aims to help millions more Americans earn degrees and certificates from community colleges. The president wants the United States to have, once again, the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Along with the administration, economists and many students and parents embrace the notion that higher education offers the most promising ticket to financial security and upward mobility. However, some argue that many young people are ill-prepared or unmotivated to get a four-year degree and should pursue apprenticeships or job-related technical training instead. The debate is casting a spotlight on trends in high-school career and technical education — long known as vocational education — and raising questions about the ability of the nation's 1,200 community colleges to meet exploding enrollment demand. From the CQ Researcher. Reprinted with permission from CQ Press.



      Subject Search:


      Romano, Richard M. and Hirschel Kasper. Occupational outlook for community college students. New directions for community colleges, no. 146. Jossey-Bass, 2009. Print. Main Collection. LB2328 .N472 2009 no.146

      Kamenetz, Anya. Generation debt : why now is a terrible time to be young. Penguin, 2006. Print. Main Collection. HQ799.7 .K36 2006

      Draut, Tamara. Strapped: why America's 20- and 30-somethings can't get ahead. Anchor, 2007.  Print. Main Collection HQ799.7 .D73 2007.

      Mooney, Nan. "College Promises: Real Debt and False Expectations." in Not Keeping up with Our Parents : The Decline of the Professional Middle Class. Beacon, 2008.


      Carnevale, Anthony P. and Ban Chea. Hard Times, College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings 2013 : Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal.  Center on Education and the Workforce. Georgetown University. 29 May 2013.

      Carnevale, Anthony P., Jeff Strohl and Michelle Melton. What's it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors. Center on Education and the Workforce. Georgetown University. 24 May 2011. "The report finds that different undergraduate majors result in very different earnings."

      United States. White House. "Investing in Education: The American Graduation Initiative." by Katherine Brandon. White House Blog, 14 July 2009.

      United States. Library of Congress. Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (H.R.3221).

      Washington State. Board for Community & Technical Colleges. Academic Year Report. A "snapshot of funding, facilities, staffing, and enrollments . . . expenditures, personnel and students."

      Sunday, September 1, 2013

      Music Appreciation Resources

      The CBC Library has a wide range of resources available for MUSC 105 - Music Appreciation. Our online resources may be accessed either on campus or from home by logging into the CBC website. We also have books and compact discs which you can check out using your student ID card. Our print reference sources have been selected to assist with your assignments; while they cannot be checked out, you may make photocopies (5¢/pg).

      Online resources:

      Recorded Music: 

      Classical Music In Video - hundreds of classical music performance videos available for streaming to a computer with a live internet connection and Adobe Flash Player.

      Naxos Music Library - Online Classical Music. This service allows you to listen to music on your computer with headphones or speakers. You must have a live internet connection. Broadband allows you to use the default near-CD quality streaming rate; if you have dial-up you should select the FM quality rate. It is not possible to download or burn to CD any music on Naxos Music Library. We currently have access for 5 users at a time; please be sure and log off when you are done (upper left).


      Oxford Music Online - Scholarly articles from the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2d ed., The Oxford Companion to Music and the forthcoming Grove Dictionary of American Music. Extensive coverage of composers.

      Oxford History of Western Music by Richard Taruskin.  Covers the history of (primarily) the Western tradition of classical music that began in Europe from the "beginning of music writing in the West" to the 'new spirituality' of music at the end of the 20th Century. 

      Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians - in Gale Virtual Reference.

      From Oxford Reference Online:

      Offline resources:

      Recorded Music:

      Search our catalog using the name of the composer, the keywords 'compact disc' and the type of music (if desired).

      Example 1: a search for compact discs with symphonies by Beethoven
      beethoven symphony compact disc

      Example 2: a search for compact discs with concertos by Beethoven
      beethoven concerto compact disc

      Compact Discs must be requested at Circulation, and you may check out for 2 weeks.

      Reference Books:

      • Harvard dictionary of music - Ref ML100 .A64 2003
      • A history of Western music - Reserve, Ref ML160 .G87 1960
      • Music in the Middle Ages -Reserve, Ref ML172 .R4 1948
      • The Oxford history of western music - Ref ML160 .T18 2005 (also online Oxford History of Western Music)
      • New Oxford history of music - Ref ML160 .N44
      Information about the Composer, Conductor, Orchestra, Principal Musicians

      • Baker’s biographical dictionary of musicians - Ref ML105 .B16 2001 or online in Gale Virtual Reference.
      • The New Grove dictionary of music and musicians - Ref ML100 .N48 2001 (Oxford Music Online is the preferred version)
      • Symphony orchestras of the United States - Ref ML1211 .S95 1986
      • Symphony orchestras of the world - Ref ML1200 .S9 1987
      Interpretation and analysis

      • BBC music guides (series; various individual titles)
      • The complete book of classical music - Ref MT6 .E89 1965
      • Guide to chamber music - Ref ML1100 .B45 1985
      • Listen to the music : a self-guided tour through the orchestral repertoire - Ref MT125 .K72 1988
      • The symphony : a listener’s guide - Ref MT125 .S79 1995
      • The concerto : a listener's guide - Ref ML1263 .S74 1998

      Other Web resources:

      AllMusic - information on composers, performers, reviews of recordings. Not limited to classical music.

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