In the Erwin Library eighteen computer workstations are available for use with a current Erwin Library card, which must be presented and left at the Library Circulation Desk when a signing up to use a workstation. WCC student library cards are required to have a current semester sticker on the back. These stickers may be obtained upon proof of payment of fees at the Student Activities Office (WLC 145).
All the computers have Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2010 and flash drives. Users must abide by campus-wide use policies which include limited access to social networking and game sites. The policies are clearly stated and available in print form at the Library Circulation Desk.
Wireless internet access is freely available to all Erwin Library users and college visitors with no special login required.
In addition to the NC LIVE aggregate database, nineteen other major research databases are available for Erwin Library users, both on and off campus:
- NC LIVE is an aggregate database which also contains the WorldCat database, useful for placing online interlibrary loan requests.
- American History Online contains articles spanning more than five hundred years of political, military, social, and cultural history. Resources include subject entries, biographies, primary sources, images and videos, maps, charts, and timelines. Learning Centers also focus on specific time periods and major issues.
- Anatomy.tv is a suite of 3D interactive models of human anatomy. Intuitive controls allow the user to zoom, rotate and peel away layers to educate and communicate with an ease and directness that was never possible with print. A wealth of supporting media, MRIs, X-rays, live-action movies and animations are also included to supplement Anatomy.tv's high resolution, computer-generated models." Twenty-six modules include Sustemic Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Resistance Training, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, and Radiology for Thorax and Trunk.
- Ancient and Medieval History Online covers prehistory through the 1500s, providing "thorough coverage of eight civilizations—ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, and ancient and medieval Asia. Learning Centers also focus on specific time periods and major issues.
- Bloom’s Literary Reference Online offers overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works including novels, poetry and plays.
- Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry contains nearly 200,000 poems in full text as well as information on poets, anthologies, biographies and commentaries. Literature Resource Center contains current and comprehensive online literature criticism, biographical information, reviews and reference.
- Credo Reference provides access to any of a possible 3,258,763 entries, from 433 titles and 64 publishers with full-text, aggregated content covering every major subject from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature. Integrated with millions of cross-references, the database also contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases.
- Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 190 journals and dozens of monographs. It includes indexing for all dentistry and oral sciences journals commonly purchased by dental schools and other related institutions. It also includes an unprecedented collection of important full-text journals, as well as dozens of full-text monographs. The collection includes 147 full-text journals, including many of the top ranked titles in the discipline. As part of this ambitious initiative, EBSCO has created backfiles of indexing, abstracts and full text spanning dozens of years for many publications. Searchable cited references are also included for 120 journals, with links to the complete text of many of the original works
- Ferguson's Career Guidance Center "features nearly 300 videos covering jobs, industries,and career development skill; advice from nationally renowned author and career expert Sue Morem for recent graduates, job seekers, and people advancing in the workplace;“My Life” interviews with professionals,giving a firsthand perspective on exciting jobs; Career Opportunities News, updated monthly; a dictionary; a “Did You Mean...?” search feature; persistent record link; and examples of full citations in MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, and APA styles..
- JSTOR database features peer-reviewed articles from one hundred and nineteen core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, as well as economics, history, political science, sociology, ecology, mathematics and statistics.
- Literature Resource Center contains current and comprehensive online literature criticism, biographical information, reviews and reference.
- Modern World History Online provides articles about world history from the mid fifteenth century to the present. Learning Centers “pull forward interesting entries handpicked by the database editors to help users find a starting point for their research.”
- Nursing@Ovid is a comprehensive, integrated Nursing & Allied Health portal for practice, education, research, and administration, featuring searchable access to full-text articles from sixty-one highly-cited nursing and allied health journals.
- OED Online is the complete, searchable online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. "The OED ... is a historical dictionary ... [forming] a record of all the core words and meanings in English over more than 1,000 years, from Old English to the present day, and including many obsolete and historical terms. Meanings are ordered chronologically in the OED, according to when they were first recorded in English, so that senses with the earliest evidence of usage appear first and more recent senses appear further down the entry – like a ‘family tree’ for each word."
- RN is a group of cross-searchable electronic reference books consisting chiefly of core titles for the Nursing field. As an additional STAT!Ref product, it uses the same interface and provides the same options for browsing or searching as the main STAT!Ref site described below.
- Salem Health is a collection of cross-searchable reference works including Magill's Medical Guide offering detailed articles on the major diseases and disorders that affect the human body, as well as Cancer and Psychology & Mental Health.
- Salem History is a new database for history research, containing the cross-searchable content of printed reference sets published by Salem Press, with more sets being added as they are published. Currently the database includes the complete full-text content of the thirty-two volume Great Events from History set, covering Prehistory through the year 2000, with an additional three volumes detailing Modern Scandals (1904-2008).
- Salem Science is a new science reference database launched in 2009 by Salem Press featuring as its first titles the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Forensic Science, with more titles coming soon.
- STAT!Ref is a cross-searchable database of Allied Heath electronic reference books, including an option under the Title tab to select and browse each title individually. Also within the Title tab screen are options to organize the title list alphabetically, or in groups by discipline. Clicking on the Resources tab will provide access to the searchable Stedman's Medical Dictionary site, the Pub Med citation database, MedCalc 3000, a computerized medical reference and tool set (including a tutorial for using the resource), and the National Guideline Clearinghouse public resources for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
- Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center with Critical Thinking is “a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues, featuring “viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.”
- Testing and Education Reference Center contains study aids and practice tests, including sections of tools for high school, college preparation, career, and graduate schools. Features skills testing information for writing, reading and math, as well as a resume builder.
Along with over two thousand DVDs held in the Erwin Library collection, which may be checked out by WCC faculty and teaching staff, or placed on Academic Reserve for viewing in the library,five video streaming resources are also available to any Erwin Library patron with a valid library card barcode:
- American History in Video "provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 3,146 titles, with videos from new partner Pennebaker-Hegedus Films, additional videos from Ken Burns and PBS and from The History Channel, and dozens more years of Universal Newsreel, equalling approximately 765 hours."
- Films on Demand allows you to access over six thousand videos, to view on your individual computer screen, project onto a classroom's ceiling-mounted projector screen, or include as a link on a Moodle class page to either an entire video or selected segments. Subject areas include modules for Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine, Technical Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Careers & Job Search, as well as Guidance & Counseling.
- Nursing Digital Library : "This searchable digital library ... is a compilation of over 150 individual titles produced for use in nursing education featuring over 120 hours of nursing training videos from a variety of respected producers. New product is added on a regular basis, and all titles are indexed and divided into short segments for easy access to the topics you are most interested in watching. You may seamlessly link segments or entire programs to your Course Management System."
- Nursing Education in Video "is a unique online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS. This current release includes 260 videos."
- Theatre in Video "contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 279 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Included are landmark performances such as "The Iceman Cometh", "Awake and Sing," "Dom Juan," "Bérénice," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "Playboy of the Western World," "Krapp's Last Tape," and the complete works of Shakespeare as produced by the BBC and other theatrical companies. Notable actors include Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Matthau, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and more. For the first time, students, instructors and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging, and these landmark performances can become a permanent part of the curriculum."
- World History in Video "is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content offered here is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Upon completion, the collection will contain 1,000 hours of streaming video that offers access to more than 1,750 important, critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. This release provides 917 titles, equaling approximately 591 hours, growing regularly."
- Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video "is a collection of documentaries, training videos, and interviews illustrating the strategies, techniques, and experiences of professionals serving on the front lines of justice and public safety. This release provides 467 titles, equaling approximately 332 hours, growing regularly."
All the research databases and video streaming resources are available to any user in the Erwin Library computer lab with no login, and to a user outside of the library with a simple login using his or her Erwin Library barcode.
For faculty who wish to add a video from these resources to a Moodle course page so students taking a course may view the video through the course page, the tutorial Adding Video URLs to Moodle will be very helpful.
Reference help with searching the databases or placing an interlibrary loan request online is always available in person or by phone (919.739.6891, or ext. 6891 on-campus) during the Erwin Library’s hours of operation.
Library Card Application
Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)
WorldCat (for ILL)