Database Trials

The following databases are currently available for a limited time as we consider adding them to the collection.

  • HAPI
    The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) provides complete bibliographic citations to the contents of scholarly journals published around the world on Latin America and the Caribbean since 1970. Our coverage includes everything from political, economic, and social issues to the arts and humanities. [Trial ends March 20, 2015.]
  • LibraryMusicSource
    Drawn from the combined catalogs of CD Sheet Music, Orchestral Musicians CD ROM Library, and Digital Sheet Music editions, LibraryMusicSource includes masterworks for piano, organ, classical guitar, strings, winds, voice, chorus and study scores as well as all the parts to over 600 orchestra masterworks, and an “Accompaniment Studio” — you have a pianist at your command to play the piano accompaniment part at all times. This feature makes practicing more productive and rewarding. [Trial ends April 19, 2015.]
  • The Vogue Archive
    A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day. [Trial ends March 29, 2015.]
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If you have feedback about these trials, or want a trial of another database, contact the Digital Services Librarian. Want more databases? Go to our alphabetical list, or consult a subject guide.

Faculty / Staff Workshop : Excel Basics, Thursday, February 26 @ 12:30pm

Want to learn the basics of Microsoft Excel? Do you need to use spreadsheets, manipulate data, perform calculations, and create graphs for your job? Are you interested in refreshing your skills or learning new tricks or shortcuts in Excel? Come to our hands-on session!

To register or see a full list of Spring 2015 workshops for faculty/staff, visit: Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome.


Excel Basics: Tips and Tricks for the Average Joe (or Jane)

Presenters: Leah Massar and Susanne Markgren

Excel can simplify your life, if you know how to use it. This hands-on class will provide you with specific tricks and tips and shortcuts for performing calculations and creating charts and graphs. Most people don’t like keeping statistics or crunching numbers, but we will show you that it isn’t as scary or as complicated as you might think it is. This class is geared toward beginners.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 26, 12:30-2:00

Location: Library 1004D
To register, or see a full list of workshops, visit:

Take Back Your Body Night, Wed. Feb. 25th, 6pm

Share the love! The week of February 23rd is “Love Your Body Week!”

To celebrate, the Wellness Center is hosting

Take Back Your Body Night

Wednesday February 25th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Wellness Yoga Studio, Campus Center South, 3rd Floor

Share personal struggles and triumphs with body-love, self-love, healthy eating and self-care through art, poetry, spoken word, song, and testimony. Food, drinks and more will be provided.  Interesting in speaking out? Poets, writers, speakers, musicians, and artists are encouraged to contact


We’re all about that Music

Check out the library’s new display on contemporary and global music. From Bass Culture, to Art of Modern Rock, to Texas Zydeco, to Highbrow/Lowdown to Hip-Hop Japan and many in-between. What’s better than reading about music while you listen to music? Be sure to visit our Music Collection room to browse our CDs and LPs.

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Film of the Week: Oscar Nominees at the Library!

The Academy Awards are Sunday, February 22nd, so this week we bring you an Oscar-themed Film of the Week post!   You can see a great interactive list of this year’s nominees for best picture, best actor/actress, best director and all the other categories on


With films coming out on DVD sooner and sooner,  the Library has already acquired several Oscar nominees including:

Boyhood (best picture, best supporting actress): Popular Film Collection. DVD 4599.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (best picture):  Blu-ray 61.

Gone Girl (best actress): Popular Film Collection. DVD 4621. Due 02/23/15.

Ida (best foreign film, best cinematography): Popular Film Collection. DVD 4597. Available

The Lego Movie (best song…but sadly no nomination for best animated film): Popular Film Collection. DVD 4335. Available

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many Oscar candidates are based on books. You probably know that Gone Girl was based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller and Wild is a memoir by Cheryl Strayed, but did you know that Foxcatcher and American Sniper are also based on memoirs? Meanwhile The Theory of Everything is based on the life of scientist and author Stephen Hawking while The Imitation Game was also a play by Ian McEwan about the life of British code-breaker Alan Turing. Biopics were big this year and included a riveting portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma (nominated for best picture and best song).  Even The Grand Budapest Hotel was inspired by the stories of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig! That makes Birdman and Boyhood unique among the Best Picture nominees this year as two movies NOT based on novels or true-life events!

You can check out these films or the books that inspired them at Purchase College Library or order them via Interlibrary Loan.

Write-In at the Writers Center. Fri. Feb. 13th, 6pm-10pm

Are you working on a writing assignment, poem, short story, or novel in progress? Come to the Purchase College Writers Center for a marathon writing session with fellow students. You can write alone or ask for feedback from your peers or Writers Center Fellows Jessica Laser and Dan Poppick.

Bring your laptop and/or any other writing tools you need.  We’ll provide the refreshments.

When: Friday, February 13, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM -10:00 PM

Where: Purchase Writers Center, Room 0021, Lower Level, Library

Join the event on Facebook and write on…


Database Trials

The following databases are currently available for a limited time as we consider adding them to the collection.

  • NewsBank
    Consolidates current and archived information from thousands of newspaper titles, as well as newswires, Web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications. Explore tens of millions of news articles and obituaries in order to pinpoint information from primary sources at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. [Trial ends March 15, 2015.]
  • PolicyMap
    An online data and mapping tool that enables government, commercial, non-profit and academic institutions to access data about communities and markets across the US. Use it for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis. [Trial ends March 15, 2015.]
  • Statista
    One of the first statistic portals in the world to integrate data on over 80.000 topics from over 18.000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. It also includes infographics, reports and dossiers, and forecasts. [Trial ends March 6, 2015.]
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If you have feedback about these trials, or want a trial of another database, contact the Digital Services Librarian. Want more databases? Go to our alphabetical list, or consult a subject guide.

Poetry Reading Series– Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Red Room!

The Creative Writing Program invites you to the second event in a season of readings and Q&A sessions with thirteen poets who have recently published an acclaimed first book or chapbook.

All events in this series are free & open to the public and are held on Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Red Room of the Student Services Building. This week, poet Arda Collins speaks on Tuesday, February 10th, at 6:30pm. (See full calendar below).

This series is supported by an endowment from the Durst family, long-time benefactors of Purchase College, and by the Office of Community Engagement.

ARDA COLLINS is the author of a collection of poems, It Is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. She teaches at NYU.

You can check out It Is Daylight from the Purchase College Library, call number PS3603.O4526 I8 2009. Search the Library Catalog (Books/Media search box) for works by other poets in this series!


2/3        LYNN MELNICK

2/10      ARDA COLLINS

2/17      MAX RITVO

2/24      ROGER REEVES

3/3        KEN CHEN

3/10      EVA SAAVEDRA (’09)

3/17      SAEED JONES

3/24      JENNY ZHANG

4/7        CALLIE SISKEL




Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Sat., Feb. 7, 12pm-5pm


The Purchase College Library invites you to join us in the DMZ Lab 1015B for the Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 12pm-5pm.

The purpose of this Edit-a-thon is to contribute to and improve articles on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign and help address the underrepresentation of minorities as both subjects of articles and as contributors to Wikipedia.

We’ll be looking to students and faculty to identify information gaps, use their research skills, and provide meaningful contributions to Wikipedia about underrepresented topics / individuals / organizations, etc, with a focus on race (though participants can edit or create articles on any topics of interest).

As Maira Liriano, the associate chief librarian at the Schomburg Center explains, “Black life matters, and one way you can demonstrate that is by having a really strong presence in Wikipedia and having a voice. It’s a two-fold endeavor: having the entries there to inform people as well as giving people the skills to edit so that as time goes on people of color have those skills to contribute to Wikipedia.”

All the details:

  • Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 12pm-5pm. Join us for as little or as long as you like.
  • Venue: DMZ Lab 1015B, Purchase College Library
  • Participants: The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary. Training will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers.
  • RSVP by signing your username here or going to our Facebook event page! If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, you might try this training module which will help explain a lot of things, including how to add your signature.
  •  What to Bring: Computers (Macs) are available in the computer lab, though attendees are invited to bring their own laptops (and power cords).
  • Resources: Create your Wikipedia account, student training module, Wikipedia CheatSheet

Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is a satellite location of the Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of the New York Public Library.

We hope you can join us!

Image courtesy of New York Public Library.

Library Open Regular Hours (8:30am-2am) Tues. Feb. 3

The Library will be return to our normal hours today, Tuesday February 3rd. We will be open from 8:30am to 2:00am.  See Library Hours page for updates and information about weather emergency hours.

Just a reminder: While the Library is open, classes are delayed this morning. Classes will begin with 10:30 AM scheduled courses on Tuesday, February 3rd. Classes that meet from 8:30AM-10:10AM will not meet. Classes that begin at 8:30 and meet until 12:10 will convene at 10:30.


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