Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lookiing for videos on business or economics topics? Try this!

For the next month, the Ritz has a trial to Global Business & Economics in Video a streaming service that uses videos to illustrate practical, real-life applications of business  topics and skills. This service covers the following areas:
  • Corporate training
  • Case studies
  • Executive interviews
  • Expert lectures
  • Instructional films
  • Documentaries
Emphasizing video as a tool to support classroom presentations, as well as  students' research needs, Global Business includes segment clips, many of which range from 2 to 10 minutes, as well as longer programs.

Try the service by clicking on the title link above. If prompted for a login, use your MyDCC username and password. The trial will end on May 25, and please send us your Feedback 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GPO - US Government Printing Office : Keeping America Informed

As defined on their website, "The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government." As part of this initiative, there are a number of e-book titles that are available for download in 3 different formats: pdf, epub and mobi. To access the current electronic books supplied by the GPO, click here. To actually read the book, click on the URL on the right hand side and select the format that you want to access.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Streaming video trials from the Ritz

The DCC Library is trying out a couple of video streaming services put out by Alexander Street Press, a major academic multimedia producer. The trial products are:
  • American History in Video Containing more than 2,000 hours of streaming video, this service offers footage from as far back as the 1890's. It contains newsreels, documentaries & dramatic recreations that cover all aspects of the American experience. Producers of programs include PBS, the History Channel & CBS.
  • Filmmakers Online Contains more than 1,000 documentaries that present points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions worldwide.Among the topics covered are race and gender studies, human rights, globalization, the environment, and the arts
Take a look at these service by clicking on the links above. If prompted for a login, use your MyDCC username and password. The trial will end on February 21, so be sure to try them soon. Send your feedback to Reference

Friday, January 10, 2014

Hunting for literary criticism? Let Artemis be your guide!

When researching literature the Gale family of databases is probably the best place to start, since Gale has the largest and most comprehensive collection of  literary criticism out there. And now you can search all of the Gale databases the Ritz  has using a single interface: Artemis Literary Sources.

Artemis allows you to search across many of Gale's secondary literature sources, including Short Story Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism & Scribner's Writers Online. The system's subject searching allows you to identify and search on such concepts as setting, characters & symbolism. As with all the library's databases, full citations for all documents are aavailable in PAP & MLA format. Questions? Contact the Refdesk!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Graphic Novels fan?

Then you'll  want to take a look at the Ritz' new online resource,Critical Survey of Graphic Novels. An ebook version of one of our reference encyclopedias, the Critical Survey consists of two parts:
  • Independents & Underground Classics
  • History, Theme, and Technique
The Survey covers over 200 classic graphic novels, including oftem studied titles like Maus, Love and Rockets& Watchman. There's  an in-depth essay on each comic's  plot, themes, characters & volumes. Sixty additional  essays contain both historical and social overviews of graphic novels from the medium's beginnings in ancient times to the latest works. These essays  discuss Japanese manga and African graphic novels as well as traditional genres, such as Westerns, science fiction, and superheros.

Access to this title is available on and off campus from the Library's "Alphabetical List of databases" page. or directly through this link



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Big Read 2013

Poughkeepsie's Big Read for 2013 features Cynthia Oznick's novella, The Shawl.  Comprised of two short stories, "The Shawl" and "Rosa", the novella captures the pain and devastation wracked on Rosa and her family from Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, commonly considered the beginning of the Holocaust. "The Shawl" is set in 1938 and "Rosa" is set 39 years later in Miami, FL.

Additional information, including links to events relating to the Big Read may be found by clicking here

Monday, September 9, 2013

Enjoy a New Playaway Audiobook!

New at the library are 22 Playaway titles, including all three titles of The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.  Playaways are portable audio books, smaller than most iPods.  They also plug into most car dashboards that have an audio jack. You can check out a wire from the Ritz Library if you would like to listen to one in your car.

If you need a good laugh, why not pick up Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres or The Onion Book of Known Knowledge?  Enjoy classical works? There's Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. Working on a homework assignment? Perhaps, The Greatest Speeches of All Time or The Great Poets: Emily Dickinson would be useful.  Some business titles that may be edifying are:
Primal Leadership by Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee and The 80/20 Principle by Richard Knoch.

Other titles that have just come in are:

Why Men Fake It by Abraham Morgentaler, M.D.
Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar
Small Favor: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Self-Hypnosis by Edgar Cayce
Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America's Best Workers are More Unhappy than Ever by David Kusnet
Sex Changes by Christine Benvenuto
The Art of Procrastination by John Perry
Trap of Gold and the Trail to Pie Town by Louis L'Amour
The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
NPR Driveway Moments : Dog Tales

The Playaway collection has grown so much that it's now been relocated.  It is now located in the stacks directly behind the Reference Desk, 3 stacks back, next to the Graphic Novel collection.  If you have trouble finding them, please ask a librarian for assistance!