Category Archives: New Materials

New Online Resources

The library has several new online resources that we’d like you to be aware of:

Something About the Author Online – Something About the Author Online provides comprehensive access to all volumes ever printed in the Something About the Author print series. It examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators of children and young adult publications.

  • Primary Audience: Students needing information about children’s and young adult authors and illustrators. Early childhood education students may be particularly interested in this resource.

Find a Topic and NewsBank – NewsBank provides selected full-text newspaper articles and newswires from the United States and abroad. NewsBank is particularly strong in providing access to local, state, regional, and national news. Our subscription to NewsBank provides access to the Charlotte Observer from 1985 to present.

Find a Topic, provided as part of NewsBank,  helps students locate relevant news items related to a wide variety of topics, including business, technology, education, health, science and many others.

  • Primary Audience: Anyone needing to research contemporary issues as viewed through the news. Students who need to research local area issues will find this resource especially useful.

Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

  • Primary Audience: Ideal for students in the allied health fields who need to locate evidence-based research. Use of this resource is restricted to one user at a time.

All of these databases can be found at the following link under the New/Trial Databases section.

New Resources: VAST Academic Video Online and Ambrose Video

Need a video clip to add to your class presentation? CPCC Libraries have recently acquired access to two new video resources that can help!

VAST: Academic Video Online is a large multidisciplinary database of searchable streaming video. Subject areas covered include art, architecture, business, counseling and therapy, dance, economics, education, ethnic studies, ethnography, gay and lesbian studies, health, history, humanities, language and literature, opera, philosophy, political science, rehabilitation and sports medicine, psychology, religion, science, theater, musical performance, women’s studies, and more. Documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and news reels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage are among the video formats provided.

Ambrose Video has a collection of more than 1200 video clips and full programs, including 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays. Subject areas covered include economics, fine arts, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, political science, science and social studies.

Any questions or feedback about these resources? Please feel free to contact Doug Short at

New Look and New Resources!

The library’s homepage has a new look.  Swing by to check it out!  And while you’re there, have a look at a few of our newest resources:

Find It! at CPCC Libraries

Find It! at CPCC Libraries is a new library discovery tool that enables you to search and find materials in the library catalog and many of the databases at the same time. Find It! at CPCC Libraries is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service.


EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers.  CPCC Libraries’ premium subscription provides access to works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features authori­tative, comprehensive content on careers and jobs.  Ferguson’s is broken down into three main sections: Job and Industry Profiles, Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills, and Career and Industry Resources.   It also includes profiles of over 4,000 undergraduate schools, as well as a career interest assessment.

Please feel free to contact Doug Short with any questions or feedback about these resources.

Download Audiobooks to Your iPod

CPCC students, faculty and staff now have free, online access to MyiLibrary eAudio Books, a collection of approximately 1300 audio books, which are compatible with most iPods and MP3 devices.  The entire collection focuses primarily on language learning audio books, classic literature, history, and biography.  A sampling of the available titles include Julia Child’s My Life in France, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption.  Languages learning titles include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

MyiLibrary is always available through the Research Databases section of our website. Need help? Watch a video tutorial on how to download and transfer an eAudiobook to an iPod.

Library Services for New and Returning Students

Welcome new students and welcome back to returning students!  Libraries are located on all CPCC Campuses.  Check our website for hours and locations. CPCC Libraries offers many resources and services to help you succeed.

  • Research Databases provide online access to trustworthy articles and books
  • Search the Library Catalog for both print and online books
  • Ask A Librarian for research help, help is available online 24/7
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Access EBSCOhost on your Mobile Phone!

Now you can search for and access articles right from the palm of your hand with EBSCOhost Mobile. EBSCOhost Mobile is optimized for the smaller screens of mobile devices and still includes many of the same features available in EBSCOhost. You can search across multiple databases, email articles, and read full articles right from your phone.

EBSCOhost Mobile works with most smart phones such as iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Palm.

EBSCOhost Mobile can be found in the Research Databases section of our website in the A – Z List of Databases.

We appreciate your feedback! If you have any questions or comments about this resource contact Steve Osler.
email: tel: 704-330-6845

New Online Reference Collection: Credo Reference

Who you gonna call… when you have a research question?

A librarian’s standby for quick answers was historically the reference collection. Over the last ten years the print reference collection at CPCC has been cut to 25% of its previous size. To fill the gap we have online reference resources that can be accessed from any computer with web access. Find a list of reference resources at in the Research Databases section of our website under Reference.

The newest database that is specific to reference is Credo Reference which contains digital copies of 100 encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases covering a range of subjects from literature, to law, to science and more. All titles are full-text searchable. Credo Reference also offers the ability to seamlessly search within other library resources such as the CPCC Library Catalog and Academic Search Premier making it a great place to begin your research. Download a Word document listing all 100 reference titles within Credo.

New Literature Criticism Database

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Taking ENG 113? Need sources that offer literary criticism? The CPCC Libraries have added a new research database full of literary criticism called Salem Literature. Using this resource, students can search analytical essays (both classic criticism and original analysis) on authors and works central to literary study.

Included are classic and contemporary authors such as Toni Morrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jane Austen. Classic works covered include Death of a Salesman, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Joy Luck Club.

In addition, the library has received a set of books that complement this database. These print titles can be found in the Library Catalog. So, you have the option of finding literary criticism in print books and online.

The Library also offers access to two other research databases that focus on this subject area, Literature Resource Center and Literary Reference Center.

Art Full Text: Database Trial through Mar. 31st

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In order to better serve the information needs of the college CPCC Library is reviewing a database from H W Wilson called Art Full Text. Using this database students, faculty and staff can view full-text articles as well as access an index to articles in over 500 journals and magazines through March 31st, 2010.

According to H W Wilson Company the database covers 1984 to the present and it “indexes and abstracts articles from 551 periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage for 250 periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.”