All posts by Steve Osler

Database Trial: History Study Center

CPCC students and faculty have trial access to History Study Center through April 30th. The library is considering purchasing this resource. Take a few moments to try it out and let us know what you think. Send any feed back to Kimberley Balcos (

From the publisher:

History Study Center is an online resource providing a vast collection of primary and secondary sources for the study of history. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from high school students looking for quick and reliable facts on a historical topic, to researchers examining hard-to-find primary source texts.

History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. Study Units offer editorially selected material on over 500 historical topics.

History Study Center provides over 40,000 documents and articles, with over 50 reference works, 3,000 images and links to 2,000 Web sites.

Language Learning iPhone / iPad App

Mango MobileMango Languages now offers a free app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app offers the same functionality as Mango’s online self-study language learning software. Once installed, you can download the lessons you are interested in and use the app without an internet connection.

Mango includes 49 courses, 15 of which are English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  Created to provide the conversation skills needed to successfully communicate and engage with the local population, Mango also provides an understanding of the new language and culture.

The lessons are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that goes beyond teaching vocabulary and pronunciation to integrate components of grammar and culture. Mango teaches actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements with a highly interactive interface that enables you to build important connections between previous lessons.

Don’t have an iThing? Mango is always available in the Research Databases area of the CPCC Library website.


PBS Video Collection Planned Outage

The PBS Video Collection has a scheduled service outage on Sunday, November 6th between 4:00 am and 7:00 am EST. Please note, this is also the same day we will set our clocks back one hour as Daylight Savings Time ends. During this time, the video platform will be transitioning to new, more robust, hardware.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Select PBS videos are also available in Films on Demand another database available through CPCC Library.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

CPCC students and faculty have trial access to Oxford Language Dictionaries Online through November 13. The library is considering purchasing this resource. Take a few moments to try it out and let us know what you think! Send any feed back to Kimberley Balcos (

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online offers bilingual dictionaries in 6 languages.

  • Chinese / English
  • French / English
  • German / English
  • Italian / English
  • Russian / English
  • Spanish / English

Some features include:

  • Comprehensive, accurate, and authoritative definitions
  • Listen to Pronunciations
  • Contextual clues to help you pick the right word or phrase
  • Click on any word in an entry to look it up
  • Correspondence templates including sample letters, emails, and CVs and résumés

“The Help” Book Discussion – Sept. 20

CPCC Library and Student Life are sponsoring a book discussion focusing on the best selling novel “The Help”. Come and share your thoughts or feel free to attend and listen in on the discussion!

The talk will be led by librarian, Rose Marshall. Rose received her undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College, located in Jackson, Mississippi. Rose is familiar with all the neighborhoods mentioned in the novel. Her mother attended college outside of Jackson and worked in Jackson during summers to save for tuition — often as “the help”.

Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Central Campus Library, LR 404

Questions? Contact Elaine Kushmaul –

Looking for Lincoln Film Showing Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that CPCC Libraries will be showing the film, Looking for Lincoln tomorrow.  Full details are below:

“Looking for Lincoln” will be shown on July 14 at 1 p.m. in LRC 404.  Free popcorn will be available.  Professional development credit will be offered for faculty and staff.  For more information on the exhibition and other events associated with this exhibition, please visit

Tuesday Tidbits #6: Cloning

On July 5, 1996, Dolly the Sheep became the first mammal ever cloned from adult cells.  Created by the Roslin Institute in Scotland (and named after country singer, Dolly Parton), Dolly quickly became the world’s most famous sheep.  Her mere existence ignited a debate amongst people concerned about what this might mean for the future of cloning in humans.  In 2003, Dolly developed lung disease and was euthanized.  Whether or not this development was related to her clone status remains unknown.

Interested in learning more about cloning?  Check out these resources:

Credo Reference provides an in-depth look at the topic of cloning.

Films on Demand has a number of videos that discuss cloning.

The Human Genome Project,  a project of the United States Department of Energy, has an excellent page covering the history of cloning, as well as numerous links to other sources on the topic.

The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah provides a summary of  cloning and includs several interactive pages.

Looking for Lincoln

The CPCC Libraries are pleased to announce that Lincoln: The Constitution & The Civil War, A Traveling Exhibition to American Libraries is coming to CPCC’s Central Campus July 27-September 9.  This exhibition for libraries, organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

On July 14, the CPCC Libraries will be offering a free screening of the PBS documentary, “Looking for Lincoln”, which will serve as an inaugural event for the arrival of the traveling exhibit.  This film, presented and written by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the life and legacy of the 16th president of the United States.  By examining evidence from Lincoln’s contemporaries, as well as current Lincoln scholars, Gates looks at many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln.

“Looking for Lincoln” will be shown on July 14 at 1 p.m. in LRC 404.  Free popcorn will be available.  Professional development credit will be offered for faculty and staff.

For more information on the exhibition and other events associated with this exhibition, please visit

Tuesday Tidbits #5: Shakespeare

Shakespeare Reading
Courtesy of CAMIO

After a brief hiatus, Tuesday Tidbits has returned…except, this week only, it’s Thursday Tidbits!  As you will see, there is a method to this madness.  Read on…

In honor of the kick-off of the 6th Annual Charlotte Shakespeare Festival (originally scheduled for today, now moved to Friday, June 3), this week we are featuring resources about the Bard of Avon.  Although the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival is taking a different turn this season by focusing on Tartuffe (a play by French playwright, Moliere), they will still be having Shakespeare Trivia Nights every Wednesday evening during the run of the play.  Best of all, all activities are free!  For more information about the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, check out their website.

To learn more about Shakespeare and his plays, check out some of these excellent resources:

The Folger Shakespeare Library website has an amazing selection of resources about Shakespeare and his plays.  Be sure to check out the Discover Shakespeare part of their site…that’s where all the good stuff is.

Bardweb is another fascinating, free resource about Shakespeare.  Of particular interest on this site is a copy of Shakespeare’s will, a section on the debate over whether or not Shakespeare actually wrote the plays attributed to him and information on the Globe Theatre, where most of Shakespeare’s works made their original debuts.

Finally, have a look at the Internet Shakespeare Editions site.  It includes full-text of all of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as copies of the original publications of the plays.  Additionally, there is a very interesting section on the life and times of Shakespeare that allows you to get fully immersed in Elizabethan England.