Archive for January, 2014

New! Student Guide to Using Erwin Library Resources

Created by Erwin Reference Librarians, and now available in both the Library User Services section of the Erwin homepage, as well as in the “Support Information” section of all WCC Moodle class pages, the new Student Guide to Using Erwin Library Resources is a one-stop guide for your library adventure.

We take you through applying for a library card using an online form application, through focusing on a paper topic, to finding a wealth of scholarly articles, books, and streaming videos, to documenting all your resources in the final paper.

A new video tour of the Erwin Library, and many video and PDF tutorials, supported with links to other authoritative online help sites, will carry any student from his or her first Erwin Library card to a fully researched paper with properly cited resources.

As always, we also encourage you to visit, phone (919-739-6890), or email ( the Erwin Reference Librarians if you have any questions, or need any help with your library research!

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January 2014 Exhibit: The Struggle for Civil Rights

On January 20, 2014, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work are celebrated.  The Erwin Library’s January book exhibit, now on display in the Reference area, highlights Dr. King’s contributions to the African American civil rights struggle within the comprehensive and ongoing fight to gain civil rights for workers, women, and other cultural and ethnic minorities in the United States.

In Going Down Jericho Road, Michael Honey looks at King’s personal and public experiences in the events surrounding the Memphis Strike and King’s final days. Readers may also gain inspiration from King’s famous quotations and speeches in The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Learn more about the events at Little Rock Central High School when the “Little Rock Nine” worked to break down the walls of segregation in Turn Away Thy Son by Elizabeth Jacoway. Take a more personal look at the effects of this momentous occasion in Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick, as he follows the lives of the two most prominent figures in the photograph from that famous day in Little Rock and their later reconciliation and friendship. Several volumes deal with school desegregation and its place in the Civil Rights Movement.

Other books on display also relate aspects of the African American experience in America during the Civil Rights Movement. A fascinating history containing copies of speeches, brochures, and other primary materials from the experience of Lewis Michaux, a bookseller in Harlem during the turbulent 1960s, No Crystal Stair deals with the creative and intellectual exchange taking place in the African American community. Covering events in the South, We Shall Not be Moved by M.J. O’Brien discusses the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In, its effects, and the life of Medgar Evers.

Find out more about the various groups still struggling to define their civil rights at the The Leadership Conference’s website, “the nation’s premier civil & human rights coalition.”  Many more books, streaming videos and online journal articles are available in the Erwin Library’s collections; the History of Civil Rights in the United States bibliography will provide a list and guide for your research.

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