Monday, June 25, 2012

Featured Online Resource, Patriotic Melodies Collection from Library of Congress

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July Holiday, this week’s Featured Online Resource is the Patriotic Melodies Collection from the Library of Congress.  This collection provides background information on many of the songs that are part of the American consciousness.  The collection includes hymns, national songs, and other songs relevant to the American experience.  Some songs included are America the Beautiful, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, and This Land is Your Land.  Each entry contains information about the song, the sheet music, song sheets, and sound recordings.  Many of the songs have multiple recordings.  For example, America the Beautiful has recordings by the US Marine Band and the US Navy Band.

Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Accessing Research Port - A Reminder

We are now in the “swing of things” during the summer sessions.  This is just a quick reminder that if you are doing research from off-campus you must first log into Research Port with your barcode and last name in order to access the library's databases.

Your 14-digit barcode can be found on your Bobcat ID.  If you do not have a Bobcat ID or don’t have it with you, you can find out your barcode using PAWS.

To find your barcode:
  1.  Log into PAWS
  2. Select Self Service
  3. Select Student Center
  4. Under Other Area at the bottom of screen select Library Acct Info
  5. The barcode will be listed there
If you need additional help with your research, please contact the reference desk: in person, via e-mail ( or by phone (301-687-4424).

The library also offers several tutorials on how to use Research Port.  You can access them from this link: