Database of the Month: Slavery & Anti-Slavery Archive

Slavery & Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is a digital collection of millions of pages from books, serials, manuscripts, supreme court records, reference articles and more. This database contains a wealth of primary source material for the scholarly research in, and study of, slavery. The documents in the archive are grouped by theme. The library's subscription includes Part 1 (Debates over Slavery & Abolition) and Part 3 (The Institution of Slavery)

Do a quick search by keyword or an advanced search limiting by publication date, content type, document type, language and more. Browse the titles included in the database or learn more about the sources through essays and key collections information located under research tools.



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Kimmel Works on Display

As part of the Lebanon Valley College’s Symposium on Inclusive Excellence, Dr. Michael Kimmel will present a lecture entitled “Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in a New Millennium.”  The talk will take place on Monday, January 19th at 1:30 pm in Sorrentino Gymnasium.


Dr. Kimmel has written more than twenty books in his field of study of men and masculinity.  The Bishop Library has on display several of Kimmel’s works that are available for check out to those interested in learning more about his area of expertise.  The items are located across from the DormFlix DVD collection in the Library. 

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Discover the History of Orphan Trains


The 2015 One Book, One Community (OBOC) book choice Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is now on display at Bishop Library.

Other titles about orphan trains and Irish immigration are being spotlighted in this display located across from the Dormflix DVD area of the library.

  • From Cradle to Grave: Journey of the Louisiana Orphan Train Riders
    by the Louisiana Orphan Train Society, Inc.

  • Orphan Trains to Missouri
    by Michael D. Patrick and Evelyn Goodrich Trickel

  • Irish Immigration in the United States: Immigration Interviews
    by Jeremiah O'Donovan

  • The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America
    by Marilyn Irwin Holt

  • Orphan Trains: The Story of Chance Loring Brace and The Children He Saved and Failed
    by Stephen O'Connor

  • An Orphan Trains Rider's Story: Mail-Order Kid
    by Marilyn June Coffey

  • Rodzina
    by Karen Cushman

  • Train to Somewhere
    by Eve Bunting

  • Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure
    by Elizabeth Raum

  • Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story
    by Andrea Warren

Don't forget to save the date for the LVC Brown Bag Book Discussion of Orphan Train at Bishop Library on Tuesday, February 17 at 11am in the Frock conference room. Come, eat your lunch, and discuss a great book. Beverages and a dessert will be provided. Bishop Library currently has six print copies of the book and one audiobook on CD available for checkout.

Copies are also available for purchase at the College Store. List price is $14.99, but if you mention OBOC you will receive a 20% discount.

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Fall 2014 Extended Hours for Finals and Reading Days

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Learn More About National Diabetes Month at Bishop Library

November is National Diabetes Month, and Bishop Library is doing its part. Sponsored by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners, November was announced by President Barack Obama as National Diabetes Month earlier this year. The theme of the program is “Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes,” and attempts to raise awareness and spread information about a disease affecting nearly 30 million Americans today.

Bishop Library has chosen to exhibit a number of resources in their National Diabetes Month display, near the front door. These items include medical information, social facts about diabetes, diabetes friendly cookbooks and other resources. As always, items on display are available for check out, so make sure to learn more about this important disease.

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LGBT History Celebrated at Bishop Library

LGBT History Month is celebrated in October and Bishop Library is showing its support with a display on top of the periodicals shelving. Since its inception in 2006, LGBT History Month, with content sponsored by Equality Forum, has celebrated the achievements of 279 LGBT activists and icons throughout history.

On display are a number of works about LGBT culture and icons from a wide array of fields, including artists, actresses and political activists. There are also a number of movies and other resources related to the social and political context of LGBT history, as well as information about the struggle for equal rights for the LGBT community.
Stop by the library, browse the LGBT History month display, and learn more about the topic by checking out the LGBT resources displayed.

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Orphan Train Tops One Book Votes!

Readers in six counties overwhelmingly chose Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline as the 2015 One Book, One Community (OBOC) book choice. Orphan Train beat four other books in the selection process. OBOC organizers encourage residents to read the book prior to February  in preparation for free programs and discussions that will be held during that month.

Save the date for the LVC Brown Bag Book Discussion of Orphan Train at Bishop Library on Tuesday, February 17 at 11am in the Frock conference room. Come, eat your lunch, and discuss a great book. Beverages and a dessert will be provided. Bishop Library currently has five print copies of the book
and one audiobook on CD available for checkout. Copies are also available for purchase at the College Store. List price is $14.99, but if you mention OBOC you will receive a 20% discount.

Other exciting regional events include a “Readers’ Celebration” that will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Train Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. PA and an author talk featuring Christina Baker Kline at Beth Israel Synagogue in Lebanon, PA, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Visit for additional details.

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Database of the Month: SciFinder

SciFinder, a research discovery tool, provides comprehensive access to authoritative information from journals,  patents, conferences, books and dissertations in the fields of chemistry, medicine and related subjects.

Its easy-to-use search interface accesses:

  1. Substances including chemical structures, chemical names, CAS Registry Numbers, properties, commercial availability, and regulations
  2. Reactions including schemes, experimental procedures, conditions, yields, solvents, catalysts, and commercial availability
  3. References from journals, patents, dissertations and more with full-text linking when available 

SciFinder accesses content from the following CAS databases and Medline:

  • * CAS REGISTRY - chemical substances; more than 90 million small molecules
  • * CAplus - Chemical Abstracts; more than 40 million references (early 1800s to present)
  • * CASREACT - chemical reactions; more than 75.1 million reactions and synthetic preparations
  • * CHEMCATS - chemical suppliers; more than 67 million commercially available chemicals
  • * CHEMLIST- regulated chemicals; more than 312,000 substances
  • * CIN - chemical industry notes; more than 1.7 million business citations (1974 to present)
  • * MARPAT - patent structures; more than 1,052,000 generic Markush structures
  • * MEDLINE - a database of journal article citations which focuses on biomedicine and health.  

SciFinder includes a JAVA and non-JAVA drawing editor for drawing substance & reaction queries and has a SciPlanner workspace for organizing your reference, substance, and reaction search results.  With SciPlanner, you can create, save, print & share projects.


To access SciFinder as well as other science & technology databases, go to:

First-time users need to register for an account with an LVC email address.  Once registered, you would use the login button and enter in your username & password.



SciFinder LibGuide is available online which provides detailed information about SciFinder and how to research substances, reactions and references. LibGuides are multimedia guides created by LVC librarians to provide research assistance, library instruction, subject or class specific information. 

To access the LibGuide, go to:


SciFinder provides videos and training documentation on their site showing you how to search for references, substances and reactions. 

To access training materials, go to:

For a quick tour of SciFinder's new design, click here.

Mobile Access:  

SciFinder is searchable through a mobile site that you can log into with your SciFinder username & password. For more information go to: Full-text article linking is not available through the mobile site.

System Requirements:

SciFinder can be accessed on both Windows and Mac computers. For detailed information on system requirements such as operating system & browser recommendations, go to:

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Security Alert: Adobe Digital Editions 4 & E-Books

Update:  Adobe Digital Editions 4.0.1:  There is a new release of Adobe Digital Editions available.  Go to to download Adobe Digital Editions 4.0.1.  According to the information on the Adobe site, the new version has "enhanced security for transmitting rights management and licensing validation information. With this latest version of Digital Editions 4.0.1, the data is sent to Adobe in a secure transmission (using HTTPS)."  

It has come to the library's attention that there is a potential security risk that may affect users that download and view e-books offline with Adobe Digital Editions 4 software. The library subscribes to over 100,000 Ebrary e-books, many of which are able to be downloaded onto a desktop computer or laptop and/or transferred to a portable device, such as an e-reader.

In order to download an Ebrary e-book to your computer and view it offline, you must install free software called Adobe Digital Editions. This software controls the digital rights management and allows you to borrow the e-book for a 14 day loan.

It has been reported that the newest version of this software, Adobe Digital Editions 4, allegedly may violate user privacy by collecting and transmitting unencrypted data about the e-book and its user. To learn more about this potential security problem, please read the following article from Publisher's Weekly:

According to the information in the above article, Adobe may be coming out with a fix or update in the near future.

Until this problem is resolved,  the library recommends the following:

  • *Read Ebrary e-books online instead of downloading them for offline use.
  • *Install an earlier version of the software, such as Adobe Digital Editions 3 to view Ebrary e-books offline.

Adobe Digital Editions 3 can be downloaded by going to:

We will provide further updates to this blog post when we have more information. Bishop Library values user privacy and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

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