Holman Library News

Holman Library serves Green River Community College in Auburn, WA.

Friday, May 26, 2006

WebFeat Allows Users to Search Multiple Databases

Holman Library recently launched another new product: WebFeat. Because we know WebFeat won't mean much to most of our users, we've placed a red link at the top of our library web page that says "Search All Databases Now." And basically that is what WebFeat does. A single search in WebFeat will search the databases you select. This could be all databases and includes the library catalog. Or, you might choose to search one of our subject categories ("Health, Nursing, and Occupational/Physical Therapy") or one of our class categories ("English 113"). Within WebFeat you can limit by date or full text. You can use Boolean operators to combine your search terms, and you can specifiy what kind of search you want (e.g.: title, keyword, etc.).

Like most of our databases, you will need to enter your GRCC identification number when accessing from outside of the library.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Historical Newspapers in Washington

The Historical Newspapers in Washington is a project of the Washington State Library and is designed to allow students, teachers, and citizens greater access to our historical sources. The project began with the scanning of Washington's first newspaper, the Columbian, from Olympia and was followed by the scanning of the Walla Walla Statesman and the Washington Pioneer. Recently issues from the Spokane Falls Review and The Pioneer and Democrat were added. Users can choose from a subject list or search by keyword, personal name, date, city and county.
Historical newspapers "document the daily life of communities in a way that no history book can reproduce, from the grand scope of world events to the minutiae of lost horses and the claims of patent medicines. Business concerns buy space to advertise and legal notices announce the dissolution of partnerships. Births, deaths and marriages appear next to essays, poems and amusing anecdotes. They are a unique resource."

Library Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day. It will be open, as usual (1 PM to 7 PM), on Sunday, May 28th.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Proquest in Translation

The Proquest database allows researchers to search for newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. And now, you can change the language of the search interface and also see a translation of the articles retrieved. Interface language options include: Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish. Articles can be translated into: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

The Proquest database can be accessed from the Library's Research Databases page. Like most of our databases, if you are trying to access them from outside the library you need to enter your GRCC identification number.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Cite Your Sources with NoodleBib

We are pleased to announce another new library tool, NoodleBib. NoodleBib allows you to generate, edit, and publish an MLA Works Cited list or APA References list that complies with the rules of the current MLA Handbook and APA Publication Manual. NoodleBib takes care of punctuation, alphabetization and formatting, producing a polished source list for import into Word.

NoodleBib can be accessed from the library database lists or from the library webpage under "Research Tools." From outside of the library, you will be prompted to enter your GRCC identification number. Once in NoodleBib, you will need to set up your own personal account.

NoodleBib is designed to be a teaching tool which helps you build your works cited or references lists while at the same time teaching citation styles. You have the option of sharing or merging lists. If you have questions, contact a librarian!

Thursday, May 11, 2006


If you aren't the kind of person who needs to hold a book in their hands to enjoy it, you might want to try out our collection of e-books. E-books, otherwise know as electronic books, are what their name suggests, copies of published books made available in an electronic format.

Our NetLibrary collection of e-books includes over 4400 titles from a wide range of subject areas and includes subject sets of nursing and technology titles. NetLibrary books can be viewed online in 15 minute increments, or checked out. The average loan period is 24 hours. In order to check out a book, you will need to set up your own NetLibrary account. For more information on using the NetLibrary e-book collection, click here.

The Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection is an assortment of over 100 reference books that cover a wide range of subject areas and include bilingual dictionaries, quotation dictionaries, maps, and more. Holding are particularly strong in art, history, literature and science.

Our e-books, like our research databases, can be viewed from home or office if you enter your Green River Identification Number.

Friday, May 05, 2006

In-service Day Library Hours

Due to In-service Day activities, the library will only be open from 4pm-9pm on Thursday, May 11th.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Planning a Vacation?

If you are thinking of traveling within the United States or elsewhere in the world, you might consider taking a look at Culturegrams, a library database, before you head out on your travels. Information found in Culturegrams can help you avoid awkward moments. Prior to your trip, you can read about what greetings and gestures are used in a particular country or what is considered appropriate dress. If you enjoyed some native dishes on your trip, you can always look for recipes in the recipe section.

Culturegrams is one of many useful library databases. Click on these links to see the full list in either alphabetical or subject order, or click to go directly to Culturegrams. These databases can be accessed remotely (home or office) by inserting your GRCC identity number.