Two New Databases: American Humanities Index & Communication & Mass Media Complete

The library has added two new databases to our holdings. You can access them on the online database page.

1) EBSCO Communication & Mass Media Complete: Communication & Mass Media Complete provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. This database originated with the acquisition and subsequent merging of two popular databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies — CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association (NCA)), and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University). CommSearch offered bibliographic and keyword references to 26 journals in communication studies, with coverage extending to the inaugural issue of each — some from as far back as the early decades of the 20th century. It also included cover-to-cover indices of NCA?s six journals (from their first editions to the present), and abstracts from their earliest appearance in NCA journals. Mass Media Articles Index provided citation coverage of over 40,000 articles related to mass media and published in over 60 research journals, as well as major journalism reviews, recent encyclopedias, and handbooks in the area of communications studies. EBSCO has combined the extensive coverage of these two resources, and has greatly expanded upon them (both in terms of content and scope) to create CMMC. In addition, Communication & Mass Media Complete offers full text for over 200 titles and contains citation coverage for additional sources. In total, several hundred valuable sources are covered.

2. American Humanities Index: The American Humanities Index is a collection of bibliographic references to literary, scholarly and creative journals published in the United States and Canada. This database covers over 1,000 journals published from 1975 to the present, many of which cannot be found in other reference works. All journals included in the American Humanities Index are indexed in their entirety (cover to cover). This database provides citation information for articles, essays and reviews, as well as original creative works including, poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations. American Humanities Index is a unique, essential collection, providing in-depth coverage in areas of the humanities not covered in other databases.

CIA Report on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (Duelfer Report)

The Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (Duelfer Report) released September 30, 2004, will be distributed to all depository libraries (including the Moraine Valley Library) in paper. This report can be viewed on the Internet at the CIA Web site at this address:

Birth Alternatives: How Women Select Childbirth Care

Birth Alternatives: How Women Select Childbirth Care : This new book in the library explore the realities and options of childbirth care from a sociological perspective. Here is the books description: A woman’s childbirth care choices have a profound effect on her pregnancy and childbirth experience. Today, some pregnant women have three different options to choose from: obstetrical care and a hospital birth, a midwife-assisted birth in a hospital, and a midwife-assisted birth at an out-of-hospital birthing center. By using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, this volume examines how and why 200 women made their choices, how satisfied they were with the care they received, and the impact of their choices on the availability of options in the future. Although most women in the U.S. still choose an obstetrician and a hospital setting, the number of women who choose to be assisted by a Certified Nurse Midwife is growing with the result that this profession is acquiring new strength and jurisdiction over childbirth care.

The Strong Force: Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in physics was announced today. It has been awarded to David Gross, David Politzer and Frank Wilczek for their work in exploring the strong force.

Not familiar with the strong force? Check out this article from the library’s Academic Searth Elite Database (user name and barcode from your MVCC ID required from off campus).

You may also wish to read this Encyclopedia Britannica article about the strong nuclear force.

Poet Laureate of Illinois: Kevin Stein

Poet Laureate of Illinois: Kevin Stein: Bradley University’s Kevin Stein is the Poet Laureate of Illinois. This excellent site includes Mr. Stein’s work as well as the work of other Illinois poets. As the sites notes, “An ambassador for poetry, the Laureate promotes citizens’ awareness of poetry as well as heightens their appreciation of the art form. In sum, the Laureate strives to forge a meaningful communion between poetry and the state’s populace.” You can checkout a number of Mr. Stein’s works from the MVCC library. Here is the listing of Mr. Stein’s works.

Political Ethics Bill In the State of Illinois: Public Act 93-615 & 93-617

Following the various scandals within Illinois politics, the Illinois General Assembly passed two ethics-related acts that effect all levels of state government, including community colleges. To view these texts visit:

There are several articles in Illinois publications about these laws available from the library’s online databases.

Graphic novels / nonfiction

The library now has two graphic nonfiction books — Persepolis (Circ PN6747.S245 P4713 2003) and Persepolis 2 (Circ PN6747.S245 P4913 2004). The books use drawings, rather than a narrative, to tell the story of the author’s life as a child in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and when she arrives in Vienna to attend high school. Although the books tell a true story, they are often called “graphic novels,” the name generally given to the comic-like style that the author uses.