Thursday, February 13, 2014

Accessing Library Resources Remotely

Electronic access to the library's electronic resources (examples include: scholarly/peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, and e-books) are available 24/7 through OneSearch (available on the library's home page) or via the following web page:

If you need research assistance while the library is closed, you can utilize Maryland AskUsNow!, our 24/7 chat reference service. To access the service, click on Maryland AskUsNow!

If you need assistance using OneSearch, you use the OneSearch Research Guide (

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two New Library Displays for February

The Ort Library is pleased to present two new displays for February.

The first display, located on the 3rd floor (by the main entrance) focuses on the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance is defined as the time between the end of World War I and the mid 1930’s in which Harlem became the center of a cultural, social, and artistic movement. The display also highlights several artists who were famous during the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Louis Armstrong. Works by and about these artists are featured in the display.

The second display, also located on the 3rd floor (located between the 4 stand-up PCs) highlights the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to the United States and playing The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. The Fab Four, as they were known, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, took the world by storm during the 1960’s with their catchy rock tunes. From 1963 to 1970, the Beatles released 20 albums, with 8 albums released in 1964 alone.

Continuing from last month, the display located on the 5th floor of the library highlights the career of Amelia Earhart, one of aviation’s pioneering women. She completed her first solo flight in 1921 and in 1932 became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean. By 1937, she wanted to go after the next big aviation record, flying around the world. Unfortunately, just about 7000 miles from completing this record, her plane along with her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared. No trace of Earhart, Noonan, or the plane has ever been found.

The three displays will be available through the end of February.

If you have any questions about the displays, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at ext. 4425 or or MaryJo Price at ext. 4889 or

Friday, February 7, 2014

Featured Online Resource - Country Information from Government Resources

Whether you're performing research about a particular country for your latest class assignment, planning a trip, or just wishing to understand more about the countries that you hear about in the news, you will definitely benefit from some of these web sites!

The CIA World Factbook ( provides up-to-date facts about countries.  (Information from the 2013-14 Edition is currently available. If you need to check about the date updated in the future, select About, and then select Copyright/Contributions for that information.)  The Factbook will provide you with summary information and a huge variety of statistics for your chosen country.

The State Department Countries & Regions page ( keeps a variety of information on countries, including press releases, information about relations with the US, passport/visa information, travel warnings, and more.  Simply browse the regions or select the country that you're interested in under General Information, A-Z List of Countries and other Areas. If you're planning to travel and would learn more about things like visa and vaccination requirements, take a look at the Bureau of Consular Affairs page ( and select your country.

For in-depth historical information you might want to take a look at the Library of Congress's Country Studies web site ( However, be cautious about the other facts and statistical information from this site, because most of these pages have not been updated since 1989-1998!  (Lack of funds.)

Sometimes, you might want to get information directly from the country that you're researching.  In these cases, consider looking at their Embassy web pages.  The State Department provides a list of these pages for quick access at

Whether you visit these countries in person or virtually, have a great trip!