Category Archives: Online Resources

Opposing ViewPoints — Now with ReadSpeaker

ReadSpeaker is now available in the Opposing ViewPoints database! This feature is meant to assist those with learning disabilities, who speak English as a second language, or have vision impairments. It does this by converting the text of each article to audio, allowing the reader to listen and read along at the same time. Best of all no extra downloads are required!

When viewing an article just look for the ReadSpeaker dashboard and click “Play”. Opposing ViewPoints is available on the Find-an-Article page of the library website.

The ReadSpeaker player appears at the top of most article in Opposing ViewPoints.
The above image is an example of the ReadSpeaker player, which is available on most Opposing ViewPoints articles.

Library Upgrading Computer System — Closed Spring Break

During the 2009 Spring Break, the CPCC Library is upgrading its entire online catalog and circulation system in order to maintain its cutting-edge, web-based library catalog and lending services. The new system, called SYMPHONY, is a versatile, user-friendly program that will help the library continue to meet the ever-expanding information needs of students, faculty, staff and our community users. Due to this upgrade, all CPCC libraries will be closed from March 9-14, 2009. The CPCC Library appreciates your patience during this innovative transition.

New Resource: World Book Online

World Book Online includes accurate, authoritative, easy to read articles from The World Book Encyclopedia, related articles from major newspapers and magazines, and special reports that broaden and deepen coverage for selected topics. This resource is a great place to get a general overview of a topic before searching other library databases such as EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier for magazine and journal articles.

World Book Online is available through the Library Catalog under the Online Reference Shelf tab it is also available in the Find an Article section of our website in the Browse Article Databases by Name list.

This resource can be accessed from any computer using your CPCC Login (SNAP ID).

New Resource: EBSCOhost Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus is now available as part of our family of EBSCOhost databases. You can find this new resource by heading over to the Find an Article section of our website and following the link to EBSCOhost.

Newspaper Source Plus offers cover-to-cover full text for 149 national & international newspapers, selective full text for 410 U.S newspapers, and complete coverage for over 250 U.S. college and university newspapers. The database also contains full-text television & radio news transcripts. The dates covered for each title vary, but generally include articles from the late 1990’s to present. Check the full-title list (PDF) for details.

Newspaper Source Plus can even be accessed from any computer using your CPCC Login (SNAP ID).

Food Websites for the Holidays

Food is everywhere this time of year. Get ready for the holidays with the resources below!* If you’re cooking it, we’ve got some recipes for you. If you’re eating it (and who isn’t?), try some of the government resources on nutrition. If you’re trying to avoid a certain person’s cooking… well, we can’t help you there.

Happy Holidays!

Fun Food Websites

Librarian’s Index to the Internet
An index organized by librarians. A multitude of culinary resources by subject.

Gourmet Spot
Links to many other web resources, recipes by category, beverages, restaurant guides, and a guide to television programs.

Food Timeline

Food timeline and culinary history timeline, beginning in prehistoric times! Really fun.

The History of Eating Utensils

The name says it all.

Government Resources

Access to a variety of government-sponsored resources

Nutrition Assistance Programs

Provides information on national programs such as the Food Stamp Program and the National School Lunch Program

Key Ingredients — America By Food

Site sponsored by the Smithsonian. Web version of a traveling exhibit that examines influences by region and ethnicity.


Fine Cooking

“For people who love to cook”

Food History News

Journal dedicated to culinary history.

Reference Resources

The World Wide Gourmet

Conversion table (English to European)

The Cook’s Thesaurus

Need to substitute ingredients? Look no further.

The Recipe Link

Huge collection of recipes, including a link to Newspaper Food Columns.

* Sites originally recommended in College and Research Libraries News, Nov. 2003, pp 656 – 659.

Library Database Subscriptions — Changes Coming Jan. 5th

We have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news, beginning January 5, 2009 CPCC Libraries will provide access to new library databases for student, faculty, and staff use. Now, the bad news, access to some of our current databases will be discontinued at that time. See the list below for details.

We hope that you find the new resources useful. If you have any questions about these changes contact Jennifer Arnold —


  • CAMIO: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online CAMIO will remain available!
  • Britannica Online
  • NetLibrary (e-audiobook items only)
  • America’s Newspapers
  • Proquest Newspapers

New Databases

(Available in January through Find-an-Article)

Election 2008: Non-Partisan Voter Guides

Get informed! Early voting starts today at locataions across Mecklenburg County. If you haven’t yet made up your mind on who you are voting for, here are some non-partisan resources to help you make an informed decision about which candidate you want representing you both locally and nationally.

National Candidate Informational Websites

Campaign Issues 2008
“For each issue identified, we have listed both the words and actions of twelve leading presidential candidates, as succinctly as possible.” (From Americans for Honorable Government)
Take a quiz and see which candidate most closely aligns with with your views.

2008 Presidential General Election Voters’ Guide
A concise guide presenting each candidate’s position on major issues in their own words. (From the League of Women Voters)
Monitors the factual accuracy of statements made by major politicians. “A nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” (From the Annenberg Public Policy Center)

North Carolina Candidate Informational Websites

Election 2008 Coverage
Brought to you by the NC Center for Voter Education and UNC-TV, this site has information on each candidate running for office in the state of NC, video interviews, a “Voting Smart” guide, and more…

Judge for Yourself
Another site brought to by the NC Center for Voter Education. Includes a series of in-depth audio interviews with state candidates.

Charlotte Observer — Voter Guide
The Charlotte Observer does endorse certain candidates over others, but don’t let their opinion tell you how to vote. Use the extensive information provided here to make your own decision!

Resources for Arguing a Point

Are you working on an assignment that asks you to argue for one side of a social issue? Do you need reliable and trustworthy resources to back up your argument? We have just what you need! CPCC Libraries offers access to two databases which contain magazine, journal, and newspaper articles focusing exclusively on controversial social issues.

  • Opposing ViewPoints Resource Center — A one-stop source for information on today’s hottest social issues. OVRC features pro/con viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites.
  • CQ Researcher — The CQ Researcher provides original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues shaping our world. Each 12,000-word report is a unique work, investigated and written by a seasoned journalist. Published 44 times a year, CQ Researcher reports offer in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

These resources can be found in the Find-an-Article section of our website. They can be accessed from on-campus or off-campus with the use of you CPCC SNAP ID.

Where do I find Literary Criticism?

If you take an English class at CPCC chances are you will be asked to find literary criticism on a specific work. Whether you need it for an assignment our are just interested in what someone with a doctorate in literature thinks of your favorite novel, we’ve got just the resource for you! It’s called Literature Resource Center and is accessible through the Find an Article section of the Library website. Literature Resource Center contains articles, literary criticism, and biographies on over 90,000 authors, including playwrights and poets. This resource is available to you free as a CPCC student and can be accessed from on-campus or off-campus with your SNAP ID.

Need some assistance? A short video tutorial on using Literature Resource Center can be found in the Quick Tutorials section of our website or feel free to contact us.

Academic Reference Books Available Online

Titles like The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, and others used to only exist in print, but many of them are now online and available through the CPCC Library website.

These reference works have been through the publishing process and are professionally edited for factual errors — they’re a great resource for background information on a particular topic. We subscribe to a few different collections of online reference titles. Check the links below for titles available in each collection. These resources can also be found in the “Find-an Article” section of the library website. If you are off-campus you will prompted to enter your SNAP ID and password for access.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Offers 25 specialized encyclopedias on topics from art to animal sciences.

Greenwood Digital Collection

This collection has a emphasis on history and literature.

Britannica Online

General encyclopedia with enhanced features, such as access to magazine and journal articles.

Oxford English Dictionary

Provides definitions to over 500,000 words, access to over 2.5 million quotations, pronunciation, spellings, and etymology.