Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New CDs in the library!

We got 'em!
  • Weezer
  • Raekwon
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Ida Maria
  • Green Day
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • A Fine Frenzy
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Mayer Hawthorne
  • She & Him
  • Nirvana
  • The Black Crowes
and more!

additional databases

Perhaps you're unaware that we have access to many more electronic databases than initially appear in our on campus listing. If you go to "additional databases" you'll see many more including the awesome Biography Resource Center. Remember the hyperlinks in this posting are designed for on campus access. Unfortunately, the "additional databases" do not appear in myCommnet for off campus access to the databases. You may want to try to see if they are available.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The library hours for the Thanksgiving Break are as follows:

Monday the 23rd: 8-8
Tuesday the 24th: 8-8
Wednesday the 25th: 8-6

Questions? Just call us at 203.575.8024. Don't forget to dial 203 first!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Are you a writer?



Freshwater, Asnuntuck Community College’s internationally known poetry journal, is accepting submissions for our 2010 issue to be published in May 2010.

Submit no more than 5 poems, with name, address, and e-mail address on each poem, together with a brief biographical note, and a stamped self-addressed envelope for notification only to:


Asnuntuck Community College

170 Elm Street

Enfield, CT 06082

Or submit by e-mail to

DEADLINE: December 30, 2009

Notification by March 2010

Questions: 860-253-3105 or

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Need Help Writing an Outline?

Monday, October 19, 2009

ASD 97 Fontaine Outline

If you're in ASD 97 with Beth Fontaine, here's what I talked about today:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

MLA and APA Workshop in the ACE!

The ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) is open and they are offering a citation workshop. Here's the details:

Date: October 15, 2009

APA workshop @ 12:30

MLA workshop @ 1:30

Where: ACE- E500

Who: Jeannie Boniecki, Assoc. Prof. of English

Space is limited so sign up in the ACE today!

To register, please contact Kathy Taylor in E500 at or 203-575-8279.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Library tour

Here is a tour of the library. We're experimenting with adding some photos to our previously published podcast. You'll need Flash to view it and it's almost 12 minutes long but it covers the entire library.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Google caffeine

Is Google caffeine faster than the current version?

We report you decide.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Online Catalog

If you haven't looked for books in a while, you might notice the catalog looks different. See:

The big arrow is showing you where the Search button is, because we moved it to make it easier for you. Each day we'll be updating you with little tips and tricks to learn how to be a fantastic searcher, so stay tuned!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Library Resources for Human Biology

Your human bio "toolbox":

Thursday, May 14, 2009

If you could come to the library for something fun, what would it be?

We're starting to think about fall programs for the library, and your input is needed! Ideas are all welcome- how about something like:
  • A Twilight book club 
  • Special powerpoint classes for practicing presentations 
  • Or even the opportunity to read a favorite poem!
Please let us know either by commenting on this post, telling the reference librarian, or email us! We're looking forward to doing some really cool things for Fall 09!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Argumentative Essay Resources

Research: Electronic Databases

Opposing Viewpoints

SIRS Knowledge Source

Facts on File: Issues and Controversies

Advanced Google Searching for Stats
  • go to
  • click Advanced Search
  • enter your search terms
  • limit your domain to .gov
The results will be government websites on your topic, which are a great source for statistics and other basic information. See the librarian if you need more assistance!

Citation Resources

The library provides handbooks on citations. In addition, you can check out the full MLA Handbook from the library (call number is LB 2369 .G53 2003). Finally, a great web resource for citations is Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Monday, April 13, 2009

National Library Week- Day One

It's National Library Week! As part of the celebration, Proquest (a database company) is offering free access to three of its databases. Here is the info, from Proquest- no log in is required!

To celebrate libraries and the world of information they provide--ProQuest
is offering *free, open access* to three of our most popular student

-- CultureGrams: local experts document the culture and daily life
of the world's peoples--from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

high-quality, high-interest, and highly usable full text and
multimedia aligned
to over 20,000 most-studied topics.

Discoverer: safe,
kid-friendly online discovery environment for young
learners from elementary to
middle school.

Happy Library Week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Grammar Resources

Online resources:
OWL (Online Writing Lab) Handouts: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

Capital Community College Guide to Grammar and Writing

Grammar Bytes (this one is FUN! Seriously. Try it.)

Grammar Podcasts from the "Grammar Girl" (we also have the book: Call Number PE 1112 .F613 2008)

Other Books:

Good grief, good grammar / Dianna Booher
Grammar smart : a guide to perfect usage / the staff of the Princeton Review
and more...
and a movie! .
Eight parts of speech Video PE 1112 .E44 2000

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Words! (is Cheap!)

[from the theatre department...]

You are cordially invited to attend "WORDS!" presented by the NVCC Theatre Department in the PLAYBOX Theatre.

Performance dates and times are:

Thursday, April 2nd at 3:00 PM- THIS IS FREE!!! (seating limited, first come, first served)
Friday, April 3rd at 7:30 PM- tickets are $1.00! (what a bargain!)
Saturday, April 4th at 7:30 PM- tickets are $1.00

The show is about WORDS! Where did they come from? What are they? What do we use them for? In the show, we will present two original short plays, poetry, some mildly offensive jokes, deathbed quotations, scenes from classic literature and, of course, some Shakespeare. Much of the show is original. Lots of students helped put it together! Come be a part of something new!

Friday, March 20, 2009


A small group study room with 5 computer stations and one table with chairs

L522- it's inside L523 (the big computer lab on the 5th floor)

You! (and your friends, or your group)

Between 10-5, Monday-Thursday.

Ask at the circ desk to be let in. You may be limited to 2 hours if there is a long line.
Have fun!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Women's History Month

It's March, and that means it's Women's History Month. Here's a few interesting resources, if you'd like to know more about women's history:

Biographies of women online, courtesy of Gale,

Here's some more neat links,

The Library of Congress has their own page about it,

The National Park Service has some interesting info, too.

And of course, our own library's resources!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tutoring Resources

Besides the e-tutoring website, NVCC offers a couple of options for on-campus tutoring, all of which are free and allow walk-ins.

The first option is the Writing Center. Located in Ekstrom 502, it is open from 9-2:30 Monday and Wednesday, 9-4 on Tuesday and 11-4 on Thursday. To get the most out of your visit to the Writing Center, make sure you bring your assignment and a rough draft with you. Call 575-8153 if you need to talk with them, but no appointment is required!

The second option is the Math Lab. The Math Lab is in Ekstrom 302, and is open from 9:30-7 Monday and Tuesday, 9:30-5:30 Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:30-1:30 Friday and Saturday. No appointment is required, and the Math Lab tutors for all math classes. A current student ID card is required (which you can get at the info desk, 5th floor of Kinney).

The third option is the Science Exploration Center (SEC). The SEC divides its time for specific classes, so visit their webpage to see the detailed schedule.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Annotated Bibliographies

Liz Frechette, librarian extraordinare, has created a fantastic handout on annotated bibliographies. To find it, follow the Research Handouts link on the library homepage, or use this handy shortcut:

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cold? Come check out our new FIREPLACE. Really!

We're pulling out all the stops for the reading that will take place in room L524 on Wednesday- we're getting a fireplace!!

Well, a prop fireplace. It comes from the theatre department. But it's so cool, and it's going to look awesome.

Did we mention that there would be hot chocolate served?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Read with the President- Wed Feb 4- at the library!

College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., will help to kick off a series of library readings on Wednesday, February 4 from 1-2 p.m., in the Max R. Traurig Library at NVCC.

Dr. De Filippis will read her essay “The House that Mamá Biela Built,” which was published as part of the Telling To Live collection that received a Human Rights award in 2001.

The program will also include readings by NVCC student Mauricio Pita-Goncalves, vice president of the student government association, and Elizabeth Frechette, librarian.

“We want the experience to be a cozy gathering of people who love reading and connecting with other people,” said De Filippis. “Hearing the power of the written word spoken is a way to connect people, to bring them together.”

Each reader will choose a 10-15 minute reading and discuss its meaning, their interpretation and the significance of the reading to them. The audience will also have a chance to interact with the readers and share their own thoughts and feelings.

The event will take place in room L524. Hot chocolate and light refreshments will be served. Please call Elaine Milnor, program coordinator, at the library (x8147) for additional information.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Welcome (Back)!

The spring 09 semester is upon us and the library staff would like to welcome you, or welcome you back, to campus! If you have any questions, please call (575-8024), IM (see left), or stop by on the 4th floor of the L building.

Here are some quick facts:
  • We're open 8-8 M-T, 8-6 W-R, 8-12 F, and 10-2 Sat.
  • The main phone number is (203) 575-8024.
  • If you don't have an ID number and password yet, you can still use a computer.
  • If you don't have a ID card yet, you can still check things out.
  • We have fun things too- movies, music, books. Check out the music and movies links on the right sidebar of this blog to see some of our latest additions.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New CDs at the library! January edition

They came! Here's the most recent additions to the library music collection:

  • JUNO Soundtrack
  • Britney Spears CIRCUS
  • The Killers HOT FUSS and DAY & AGE
  • Patti Austin AVANT GERSHWIN
  • Suzanne Vega BEAUTY & CRIMES
  • Nickelback DARK HORSE
  • Katy Perry ONE OF THE BOYS
  • Weezer RED ALBUM

New music and movies are on display by the circulation desk. Stop by to check them out (ha ha. That never gets old).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Winter Break at the Library

Whether you're on campus to register for classes, take a wintersession course, or just use a computer, make sure you stop by the library. Not only are the librarians here to help you, but we have lots of books, movies and music that you can check out to entertain you over the break.

And that means you too, faculty!