Thursday, March 1, 2018

Get Thee to a Video!

We know how it is. You’re researching Hamlet for that important English 102 paper you have to write. You’ve found tons of great resources in the SCC Library’s databases, chock-full as they are with online journals, e-books, magazines, newspaper, and even audio files, but you’re still interested to know more about Shakespeare’s classic.

Of course the problem is obvious: You forgot about video! Sometimes the best information comes in the form of good, old-fashioned A/V, and as Shakespeare says, “The play’s the thing.” Written material is vital, but if you really want to see Hamlet come to life in all its gorey glory, video is the place to be.

Thankfully, the SCC Library has got you covered the video department, and the best part is you don’t even have to get up from your computer! On-campus or off, you have the Library’s video databases at your fingertips, including Films on Demand, the Credo Video Collection, Bloom’s Literature Videos, and 20th Century Historical Videos. Detailed searches are easy, and you’ll find citations, transcripts, embed codes, and much more.

Just try a search for our emo friend Hamlet in the Films on Demand database, and you’ll find valuable information on Shakespeare’s classic, such as:

Hamlet: A Critical Guide

This insightful and entertaining overview of Shakespeare’s masterpiece covers the play’s major themes of revenge and death, as well as a focus on Hamlet’s relationships with the women in his life, his mother and Opehlia. Leading scholars discuss the plot and character motivations. Essential viewing for the Shakespeare student!

Who knows better the story of Hamlet better than the legendary actors who brought the play to life? Join Sir John Gielgud, Ben Kingsley, Richard Burton, Sir Laurence Olivier and others as they discuss the substance and meaning of the Shakespearian tragedy they know so well.

This television production from 1964 presents scenes from Hamlet as interpreted through Comedia dell’Arte, the classic Italian genre of comedy and pantomime. Think of it as Shakespeare by way of The Three Stooges (with a little Jerry Lewis thrown in). The presentations emphasizes the comedic nature inherent in the Bard’s works.

This documentary views Hamlet through a modern lens by examining the public (and Shakespeare’s) relationship to our royalty. Learn what fascinated Shakespeare about the frailty of monarchs and their families and how it is reflected in the lives of the royal families today.

Explore Hamlet and the rest of Shakespeare’s classics through their history on the motion picture screen. An endless variety of styles and reimaginings of the Bard’s works have appeared throughout film history, and the many scenes examined here help bring the majesty and mystery of Shakespeare’s world to life.

And don’t forget: complete adaptations of Hamlet are also available through Films on Demand, including the classic BBC production starring David Tennet and the even-more-classic film starring Laurence Olivier.

If you’re off-campus, just use your SCC web ID and password to access the videos or any other SCC Library database. And as always, ask the SCC Library staff if you have any questions about how to research Hamlet (or ham radio or ham salad or Alexander Hamilton or ham near anything!).


Friday, January 5, 2018

Library New Year's Resolutions

Congratulations! 2018 is here, and you’re already committed to the New Year’s resolutions that will help create the perfect you! You’ve put away the fattening foods. You’re exercising more. You’ve curbed that filthy language and stopped biting your nails. Most important, you’ve started a new semester at Spartanburg Community College, and you’re committed to making the best possible use of the SCC Library!

You’re doing a great job so far, but here a few more suggestions for resolutions that will make your library experience everything it can be:

1. “I will bring my student ID.”

Remember: Your student ID is your library card. You’ll need it to check out library materials, check your account status, request books, use library study rooms, and pretty much anything that requires a library card. Make a resolution to stop leaving it in your car, your other pants, or over at grandma’s house. Keep it with you at all times and feel its power to rejuvenate your life!

2. “I will renew my library materials.”

You say that three-week checkout on your books wasn’t enough to complete your research on ancient Egyptian hairstyles? You won’t believe how easy it is to renew those books for an additional checkout period. Before the due date, just
click this link to renew online or ask one of the helpful library staff to renew them for you. Excessive library late fees can not only restrict your student record during registration but can ruin your reputation in the community worse than dandruff in your mullet. Resolve to renew!
3. “I will have my sources and formatting checked!”

MLA formatting, APA formatting…who knows what this stuff even means? The SCC Library staff, that’s who! Not only have we provided handy guides to any and all format and citation problems in our
online MLA and APA research guides, but the friendly library staff are available to review your citations and formatting live and in-person! (No autographs, please.) Resolve never to turn in a research paper again without first having it checked by the professionals. Your grade point average will thank you!
4. “I will not plagiarize.”

We know you promised last year that you would stop copying from your sources word-for-word, but some habits are hard to quit. We understand. That’s why we’ve developed this
online guide to avoiding plagiarism in your research papers. Commit to learning the dos and don’ts of intellectual property theft. Your friends will be amazed at your transformation into a copyright-law-abiding student!
5. “I will use the library databases.”

We know you’re addicted to books, and who can blame you? But 2018 will be the year you embrace the digital world with gusto! Make a vow to explore our
database and eBook collections to find an endless selection of quality sources for your next research project. Search journals, magazine articles, newspapers, and even your beloved books, all in easily-searchable digital format and available off-campus with your SCC web ID and password. Narrow results with advanced searching features, utilize the handy citation tools, and even print the results to add to your collection of resources. The New You for 2018 is the Digital You! Make the leap to databases and eBooks!

Starting the new year off right with diet and exercise takes will power, but SCC Library New Year’s resolutions are easy! Just ask the library staff for help. And be sure to explore our website for all your research needs. We’re here to help make 2018 your best year yet!