Over 2,000 eBooks!

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The Gale Virtual Reference Library features over 2,000 full-text reference books covering a wide range of disciplines. From now until May 2014, the Library is offering full-access to every title in the collection. At the end of the year, we’ll take a look at the ones you used to help guide us in selecting titles to add to our permanent collection.

• A new and engaging user interface available in 34 languages
• Easy to use navigation and organization
• Eye catching book cover images and an interactive online book experience with two-page view and page flipper
• ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology in 19 languages
• Cross-search and browse easily across series
• Download articles to MP3 players and PDF articles to eReaders

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New! Consumer Reports online

Consumer ReportsOur print copy of Consumer Reports magazine, available in the library reading area, is so popular it tends to disappear from the shelf regularly. The online version won’t get left in a study carrel overnight.

Whether you are looking for the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

In addition to product ratings and reviews, you will find in-depth advice, and tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content allow you to get the latest consumer news — whether you’re looking for information about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options, or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Find ratings for:

  • Cars
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Home & Garden
  • Babies & Kids
  • Money
  • Shopping
  • Health

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eBook Community College Collection (EBSCO)

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eBook Community College Collection (EBSCO)

This multidisciplinary collection contains more than 48,000 titles, covering topics across programs and fields of study in key subject areas such as the humanities and social sciences, business, science and technology, and literary criticism. eBooks are available to you online at any time from a computer with internet access and there are no late fees or overdue notices with eBooks!

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Six new Streaming Video Databases!

The BHC Library now provides access to six discipline-specific, streaming video databases from Alexander Street Press:
Alexander Street Press AHIV

Filmakers Library Online

Health and Society in Video

Nursing Education in Video

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video

• Alexander Street Press WHV

Users can create playlists of whole videos or film clips that can be integrated into web pages, PowerPoint, and learning management systems. Most collections also include keyword-searchable transcripts.
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Oxford Art Online

art oxfordOxford Art Online is an outstanding reference source that combines four Oxford University Press titles – Grove Art Online (online version of the 34 volume encyclopedia),  Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (4 volumes), Oxford Companion to Western Art and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. It covers all aspects of art from pre-history to the present day, including the fine arts – painting, sculpture, and architecture, and the decorative arts – ceramics, textiles, jewelry, interior design, furniture, glass, and metalwork.  Oxford Art Online is a great place to begin research on artists or any art-related topic.

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Oxford Music Online

oxford music imageOxford Music Online is a fantastic reference source containing the full text of several music reference works including Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music. The majority of the content in Oxford Music Online comes from Grove Music Online, which incorporates the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ( 29 volumes), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 volumes), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (3 volumes). Oxford Music Online offers the most extensive and easily searchable online music resource available, allowing you to quickly search over 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies written by over 6,000 scholars from around the world.

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New! EasyBib citation manager


BHC Library has purchased premium access to EasyBib, a web-based tool for building and managing citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. Create citations, manage notes, and more using EasyBib.

Start by creating an EasyBib account. The library’s link to EasyBib gets you premium access. Then, whether on- or off-campus, just login to that account.

IMPORTANT: Connect to EasyBib through the library’s website to get Premium access. Premium access has many advantages over the free EasyBib product, including automatic parenthetical citations, auto citations imported from library databases, the new note-taking feature, and no advertisements.

For more information, see the EasyBib Instructional Guide.

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Banned Books Week

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read
September 30 – October 6, 2012

Banned Books Week – Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year.  Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Book banning efforts were alive and well in 2011.  The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) received 326 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. The list below includes the title of the book followed by the reasons given for challenging the book:

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 »

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011
1)      ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2)      The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3)      The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4)      My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6)      Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7)      Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8)      What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9)      Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10)  To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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Check out our new library catalog!

The BHC Library is one of 130 libraries in the PrairieCat library consortium. All of these libraries now have a new library catalog with some great new features including:

• Save items in a shopping cart and place holds on all the items in the cart at the same time.
• Maintain a personal reading history if you so choose.
• Smart catalog searches with “Did you mean?” responses to match misspelled titles or authors with possible matches.
• Narrow searches by things like format type or only items currently available for checkout.

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Need help finding a topic?

topicsTry Opposing Viewpoints or CQ Researcher. Both cover many current topics and have very good pro / con material.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center includes all the “Opposing Viewpoints” books as well as other sources that cover a large number of topics from a variety of viewpoints. The first page of the database lists all the major topic areas – one click and you can view all of the topics within each major topic area. You can also use either the basic or advanced search box to look for more specific topics.

CQ Researcher carries reports on a variety of contemporary issues and each report gives at least two sides to each issue. You can browse the reports by date or by topic.

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