Category Archives: Resources
Purchase College is piloting Read&Write GOLD, a new program available for download on your personal computer and currently available on all public lab computers. Read&Write GOLD helps students, faculty, and staff with reading, writing, and studying.
Read&Write GOLD features include:
text-to-speech option for web pages, documents, PDFs, and “inaccessible” text (e.g.: a picture file which includes words)
definition, translation, and word prediction
audio file generation (MP3) that you can save for ‘read aloud’ studying or use on a computer/MP3 player
the basics of the program
how to highlight important text for notes
how to use text-to-speech
how to define and translate words
how to create an MP3 or audio file containing your notes
the advanced features of the spellchecker and the homophone/confusable words checker
You can download Read&Write GOLD for use on your personal computer. Faculty and staff who wish to install RWG on their campus computer should contact CTS.
Remember, we are currently piloting (or test-driving) this software. If you have used Read&Write GOLD, we’d love your feedback. The College needs your input to make an informed purchasing decision about keeping this program.
Please let us know what you think about Read&Write GOLD by taking this survey:
The Library has a mobile web site with mobile-friendly resources and services for you to use. When you access the library’s web site from a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, iPod, etc.), you should be automatically directed to the mobile version. Or, you can use this URL:
Please let us know if you have any suggestions or additions for the mobile site, or if you would like more assistance with using it.
Underground and Independent Comics is the first-ever scholarly online collection for researchers and students of adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the works that inspired the first underground comix from the 1960s and encompassing modern sequential artists such as Dan Clowes and Los Bros. Hernandez, this resource shows the evolution and development of an art form. This collection documents the entire spectrum of underground and independent North American and European comics and graphic novels and will contain 75,000 pages of original material from the 1950s to today along with more than 25,000 pages of interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines, including The Comics Journal.
Also included in this collection is The Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Frederick Wertham—the book that led to one of the largest censorship programs in US history—and the complete transcripts of the senate subcommittee hearings that birthed the Comics Code Authority and, inadvertently, the underground comix movement.
This database offers a variety of ways to access full text content of entire comic books, graphic novels, and secondary literature. You can browse by Characters, Genres, People, Publisher, Series and Titles, Subjects or The Comics Journal. You can also conduct a search by a number of different categories including title, artist gender, material type, color, editor, character, character gender, character species, and more.
The library also has a print collection of manga, comic books, and graphic novels, housed on the main floor right before the DMZ. This collection, organized by series title, is easy to browse and is fully circulating.
New to campus? Returning after a long winter’s nap? Here’s a reminder of what the Library can do for you. We’ve summed it up in these Eight Great Library Services.
1. We’re Open Late!
The Library is open until 2:00 am Sunday through Thursday during the semester, and soon before Finals, we go 24/5. Full hours here:
2. We have over 200 computers.
We have more than 200 public computers, both PCs and Macs, that you can use whenever we’re open. Computers in the Digital Media Zone have advanced software on them. See the full list here:
3. Librarians Anytime
We can help you with your research anytime. You can:
- Chat online with a librarian 24/7 - Click the “Have a Question?” logo from the library homepage
- Text us your questions at 914-873-1711 - until 10 pm most nights
- See us in-person at the Reference Desk – until 6 pm Mon – Thurs, 4 pm on Fri, and select weekends
- Call us at 914-251-6410
4. Online Access to Thousands of Resources
Through our website:
, you have access to more than 60,000 online journals, magazines, and newspapers from anywhere. If you’re off campus, just use your Purchase username (your firstname.lastname) and your email password. You can also search our online catalog to see what books, DVDs, CDs, etc. we have at Purchase. Use the search box right in the middle of the Library homepage.
5. What is Moodle?
) is the campus’ virtual learning environment. You are automatically enrolled in your courses on Moodle, where you’ll have access to course materials (i.e. syllabi, readings, etc.), a variety of learning activities, as well as a number of ways to connect with your professor and classmates. Your Moodle login is your Purchase username (your firstname.lastname) and your email password.
In addition to posting course readings in Moodle, some professors put books, DVDs, CDs, etc. on Reserve in the Library. Look in your Moodle course’s Purchase Library Reserves block for a list of what’s on reserve. Click on the title to view the call number and bring it to the Circulation Desk.
7. Want Something We Don’t Have?
Use interlibrary loan (ILL). ILL isn’t just for books. You can request articles via interlibrary loan, too. Articles typically arrive as pdfs in your ILL account within a few days! Use the “interlibrary loan” link from the left side of the Library homepage.
8. Contact Us
Taking an online course this winter session? Just want to know how to get research help over break? Here’s all you need to know.
In-person @ the Library
The Library’s full winter break hours are listed here:
, but in general we’re open Mondays – Fridays on reduced hours. We’re closed on weekends and all days between December 22 and January 1.
Although the reference desk won’t be staffed over break, you can make an appointment with a librarian by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting us at 914-873-1711. Or, stop by the Circulation Desk and ask to speak with a librarian for research assistance. See all of our contact info here:
The Library Online
- 24/7 chat is available! You can chat online with a librarian any time of day or night. Use the chat box on this page:
(From the Library home page, click on the “Have a Question? Ask Us 24/7” icon).
- The Library’s more than 60,000 online journals, magazines, and newspapers, in more than 100 databases, are always available online from the Library’s website:
. Consult the Library’s subject guides for help getting started:
- Moodle is always available:
Purchase College Library has made its vinyl (LP) collection accessible to patrons. Now available in our Main Stacks downstairs–thousands of classical, symphonic, opera, experimental, electronic, jazz, rock, sound effects, and spoken word recordings.
You can find LPs in the Library’s local catalog by going to Advanced Search and selecting “Recordings & Scores“ under “Format.” You can also search for the composer name, artist name, or album title. For more search tips, see our LP & Vinyl FAQ.
On the shelves, the LPs are arranged by call number. The call number is the record label plus a number (e.g.: Disc Apple 513, Disc Columbia 730, Disc RCA 5000). LPs can be checked out for 7 days.
There are listening rooms with turntables on the Library’s lower level. Ask at the Circulation Desk for access to these rooms.
The newly renovated 2012 Lounge is now open to the public, just in time for the December crunch. So what are you waiting for? Come on in!
The 2012 Lounge features brand new cafe tables, comfy couches, wifi, and vending machines that sell a variety of organic and crowd-pleasing snacks and beverages. You can warm up with a coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate for only $1.00 from the new coffee vending machine. Whether you need an afternoon study break or fuel to push through a late night, the 2012 Lounge is a great new space to try.
In the future, we plan to display student artwork and hold fun finals events like the ever-popular Bagels & Coffee night in the new student Lounge, so look out for these upcoming events.
The 2012 Lounge was made possible in part by the senior gift from the Class of 2012 and is dedicated to celebrating the life of Purchase student Michelle MacNaught. The Lounge is located on the first floor behind the DVD shelves (near the stairwell and restrooms).
Although classes are not in session, the Library is open normal hours (8:00am – 2:00am) today, Election Day (Nov. 6th). For a complete listing of the Library’s hours, please visit
If you registered to vote at your on-campus address, your polling site is the Red Room and it will be open from 8am until 9pm.
If you registered to vote at your off-campus address, you can find your polling site and other important Election Day information online at Vote411.org or from the NY Board of Elections. For information about changes to polling places due to Hurricane Sandy, see
or call 1-855-697-7263.
Finally, for nonpartisan profiles of each candidate, check out the League of Women Voters of Westchester’s 2012 Voter Guide, covering the major and third party candidates as well as local ballot initiatives.
You can also use Google’s Voter Information search to look up your polling place, see the list of all candidates who will appear on your ballot for local and national offices, and find quick links to the candidates’ social media sites.
Have your voice heard and vote!
Are you registered to vote?
NYPIRG, UUP, and Academic Affairs held a voter registration event over the weekend for Purchase College students & community members, but if you missed it, don’t worry. You still have until Friday October 12th to register by mail or in person. If you miss this deadline, your voice will NOT be heard in the General Elections on Tuesday, November 6th.
- It’s easy to register… just follow these directions from the New York State Board of Elections:
- You can even print and fill out your New York Voter Registration Form right now and mail it to the appropriate county seat. Your form must be postmarked on or before Oct. 12th and must be received by Oct. 17th.
- Too slow? Just register to vote online at
Not a New York resident?
You can also google “voter registration” plus the name of your home state, (i.e. “voter registration Pennsylvania”). Make sure you look for web addresses that end in “.gov”
Not sure if you’re registered?
You can verify your registration status here.
Don’t know enough about the candidates or the issues?
There are lots of nonpartisan groups that provide analyses of each candidate from Presidential to Congressional to local state assembly members and senators. Here are a few reliable sources of side-by-side candidate comparisons:
- League of Women Voters’s Voter Education site:
- League of Women Voters’ Election and Ballot information:
- Project Vote Smart (founded by bipartisan ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, & ex-Candidate Barry Goldwater):
- C-Span Campaign 2012: Side-by-Side video of candidates on the issues: