Useful products from NewsBank

NewsBank, a database permitting to search newspapers across the country, is offering two products of use to students and instructors. Look for them in the left-hand side menu in the NewsBank interface.

Hot Topics: updated each month, Hot Topics suggests search terms for extremely current news topics. Examples for January includes Iran and nuclear facilies, Jimmy [...]

Criminal Justice Abstracts is back

Criminal Justice Abstracts (CJA) is back and is now accessed, with the same content, through Cambridge Scientific. OVID/SilverPlatter was the previous provider but lost the rights to CJA.

IEEE Xplore down for maintenance

On Tuesday, January 31st, between 10AM and 1PM EST, IEEE Xplore will be down for maintenance to implement a maintenance release to the IEEE Xplore digital library. This new release will add: more convenient links to request permission to reuse content, links to publication home pages from tables of contents and search results to [...]

Absent from campus

I will be off campus for a conference starting tomorrow Wednesday, January 18th. I will be back on campus Monday, January 23rd. You can leave me a voice mail (863-667-7737) or an email ( and I will get back to you when I return, thank you!

Library closing on January 16

The PCC/USF Library will be closed Monday January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Special events and activities – a week worth – will take place in Lakeland to mark the Holiday, don’t miss out!

Archbishop Tutu speaking at USF

Do not miss Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s lecture next week at the USF Sun Dome. “No Future without Forgiveness: An Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu,” will take place Thursday January 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Born in South Africa, Tutu became a world-renowned activist for human rights [...]


From the good librarians at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, IL:


Do you remember Dial-A-Story programs that libraries of yesteryear offered? If you were a fan of audio stories on demand, then try Click-A-Story with your child.

A Click-A-Story is simply an audio recording of a story. Each story will be read by a [...]

Databases interface down

The Databases/Newspapers interface is temporarily unavailable. As an alternative, you can use Library Catalog during this downtime – search for the name of the desired database in the full catalog.

UPDATE: the interface is now back up

UPDATE: the interface is down again. Apologies for the inconvenience.

UPDATE: the final one I hope! Everything is back to normal.

Library instruction for your class

Welcome back, instructors! I hope you had pleasant holidays.

A quick word to remind you that I am available to meet your class to provide library instruction. I can explain the library system and services to your students – for example the library system structure, the catalog and databases; circulation issues, source citations and Refworks; etc. [...]