If you have been studying at Durham Tech for a couple semesters, you are probably familiar with some of the article databases and other research tools that are available through NC LIVE, such as Academic Search Complete and Newspaper Source Plus. This semester–and continuing through 2017–NC LIVE is subscribing to some new resources you’ll want to use!

ProQuest Central provides access to “thousands of periodical titles and millions of full-text articles.” ProQuest Newsstand replaces Newspaper Source Plus and “offers unparalleled access to the full text of over 1300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world.”

Other changes include adding Pronunciator, a language learning service; Gale Literature Resource Center for literature research; and streaming videos from Films on Demand! A complete list of the subscription changes is available on the NC LIVE website.

Remember that you can find links to the electronic resources provided by your library from the library’s website. All of the ProQuest databases are already available to everyone affiliated with Durham Tech, so you can start using them if you haven’t already checked them out. Other new databases will become available in early 2015. We also will continue to provide access to the EBSCOhost databases through December, though our subscription expires then and you won’t have access to them after that.

If you need more information about these changes, please contact the Durham Tech Library.

New Books!

I think that there are few things more wonderful than new books, but I acknowledge that, being a librarian, I’m biased. See a full list of the gems recently added to our collection in this PDF: New Books.

Highlights from the full list include:

ivory horn and bloodIvory, Horn, and Blood: Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crisis by Ronald Orenstein

This alarming book tells a crime story that takes place thousands of miles away, in countries that few of us may visit. But like the trade in illegal drugs, the traffic in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn has far-reaching implications not only for these endangered animals, but also for the human victims of a world-wide surge in organized crime, corruption and violence.


last animalThe Last Animal: Stories by Abby Geni

This is a series of stories unified around one theme: people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with their modern challenges in love, loss, and family life. These are vibrant, weighty stories that herald the arrival of a young writer of surprising feeling and depth.



looking out looking inLooking Out, Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry. William Luis, editor.

This twelfth edition continues its outstanding tradition of combining current information with a fun, reader-friendly voice that links course topics to your everyday life.




no place to hideNo Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy.

Sports! And Reading!

With all the recent less-than-heartening news about college athletes and academics, it’s nice to see something positive:

Read the article here about University of Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell and the book club he joined to help him improve his reading.

Our favorite part?

Wait, but what about the touchdowns?

“That came natural,” Mitchell said. “That’s a gift. I had to work to read.”

While we don’t have a book club, we do have lots of great books for you to check out in the library, including The Hunger Games trilogy.  See how fast you can read them.

The Durham Tech Library is very pleased to welcome new members to our team as well as announce some additional updates to our staffing.  Our new staff members look forward to working with you so please stop by and introduce yourself!

Courtney Bippley, Library Technician

Courtney Bippley

Courtney grew up in the Raleigh/Durham area and has a Master of Science in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill. An avid coffee drinker, she also enjoys tea with a good book. Courtney loves science fiction/fantasy and is always available for a friendly discussion about either. Hobbies include dancing, reading, writing, and the occasional adventure.



Stephen Brooks, Reference Librarian

Stephen has worked in libraries for over 20 years at UNC Chapel Hill, Asheville – Buncombe Technical Community College, UNC Asheville and George Mason University. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in library and information studies from UNC Greensboro. He is an avid boardgamer, decent tennis player, and devoted father and husband. Stephen’s favorite book is Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

Lauren Havens, Reference Librarian

Before joining Durham Tech’s library in January 2013, Lauren had worked at UNC-Chapel Hill, Durham County Library, and the EPA. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl in February, so Lauren has been enjoying the adventure of parenthood… and of course reading many wonderful children’s books! In her spare time, Lauren enjoys blogging, reading (naturally), playing board games like Galaxy Trucker, and catching up on television series like Gravity Falls and Justified.

Meredith Lewis, Reference Librarian

Meredith LewisMeredith Lewis works in both the Orange County and Main Campus libraries. A former English teacher, she recently completed her Masters in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and is excited to continue working at Durham Tech after interning and working part-time through the 2013-2014 school year. Professionally, she’s interested in curriculum design, online learning, and meeting the needs of diverse student populations, especially how it relates to library support. Personally, she’s into arts & crafts, cats, cheesy puns, and reading mostly non-serious books.


library orientation

In addition to our computers upstairs, our main campus (ERC) library is glad to be able to offer a computer lab that is open to all current Durham Tech students!

In the ERC lab, which is down the stairs inside the library and immediately to the right, our lab monitors offer technical support, a scanner is available, and you can print up to 10 black and white pages for free each day. Subsequent black and white pages are 5 cents each, and all color copies are 25 cents each.

The lab is available to students whenever the library is open, except for times when librarians are teaching library instruction classes. During these times, which are posted on the lab door, the lab is reserved for students in these classes only.

We want the lab to be a quiet area dedicated to academic work, so please keep our policies for using the lab in mind:

  • Only current Durham Tech students may use the lab, and a new or updated Durham Tech ID/proof of current student status is required. No children are allowed (no one may accompany students into the lab).
  • Only academic work is permitted.
  • No food or drink is allowed.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited.
  • Keep it quiet–no loud talking or headphone noise is permitted.
  • Students are expected to comply with Durham Tech’s Appropriate Use of Computing Resources Policy.

Let our library staff know if you have any questions, and thank you for complying with our policies and keeping our lab a great place for students to work! And remember, students must also show their current (new or updated) Durham Tech student IDs to enter both the library and the lab.

Even though all of our new books are exciting, below are just some of the books recently added to the Durham Tech library collection. Check them out! More new books are noted in a new books list.


A bit of difference A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta

At thirty-nine, Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London, is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas. She works as a financial reviewer for an international charity. When her job takes her back to Nigeria in time for her father’s five-year memorial service, she finds herself turning her scrutiny inward. In Nigeria, Deola encounters changes in her family, the urban landscape of her home, and new acquaintances who offer unexpected possibilities. Deola’s journey is as much about evading others’ expectations to get to the heart of her frustration as it is about exposing the differences between foreign images of Africa and the realities of contemporary Nigerian life.



diaries of an Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices from Tunis to Damascus by Layla Al-Zubaidi, Matthew Cassel, Naomi Craven Roderick, editors

With unrest in so many areas of the world right now, this may be a timely book for reflection. Focusing on the revolution that swept through the Arab world in spring of 2011, the book brings together testimony from people who were on the ground at the time. These essays and profoundly moving, often harrowing, firsthand accounts span the region from Tunisia to Syria and include contributors ranging from student activists to seasoned journalists—half of whom are women. This unique collection explores just how deeply politics can be held within the personal and highlights the power of writing in a time of revolution.


do it anyway Do It Anyway: The Next Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin

If you care about social change but hate feel-good platitudes, Do It Anyway is the book for you. Courtney Martin’s rich profiles of the new generation of activists dig deep, to ask the questions that really matter: How do you create a meaningful life? Can one person even begin to make a difference in our hugely complex, globalized world?




from moon cakesFrom Moon Cakes to Mao to Modern China: An Introduction to Chinese Civilization by Zhu Fayuan, Wu Qixing, Xia Hanning, Gao Han

To understand China, we need to step into the palace of her culture and explore her rich history. With this in mind, a group of scholars from China and America have put this book together as a kind of primer on all things China, from art and science to religion and society. They have tried to offer here a panoramic view of the totality of Chinese culture, using only the most representative material, to introduce to the West the most typical aspects of Chinese civilization and life.



fukushimaFukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster by David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan, and the Union of Concerned Scientists

In the first definitive account of the Fukushima disaster, two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman, team up with journalist Susan Q. Stranahan, the lead reporter of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the Three Mile Island accident, to tell this harrowing story. Fukushima combines a fast-paced, riveting account of the tsunami and the nuclear emergency it created with an explanation of the science and technology behind the meltdown as it unfolded in real time. Bolstered by photographs, explanatory diagrams, and a comprehensive glossary, the narrative also extends to other severe nuclear accidents to address both the terrifying question of whether it could happen elsewhere and how such a crisis can be averted in the future.


how serious is teen drunkHow Serious Is Teen Drunk and Distracted Driving? (In Controversy series) by Patricia D. Netzley

This series is very good if you’re writing a pros and cons paper or thinking about a debate! This particular book examines the controversy surrounding the issue of dangerous driving, including how cell phones impact teen driving habits and whether teen drivers are more susceptible to distractions than adult drivers.





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