The mission of Levitt Library is to provide library resources and services that support and enrich the York College curriculum as it provides a quality liberal arts education leading to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.
In pursuit of its mission, the goals of Levitt Library are:
- Promote learning through the academic program of the institution
- Select, acquire, organize, preserve, and provide access to collections in a broad range of formats to correlate with the College’s institutional, instructional, and individual needs, and when feasible, community needs
- Provide efficient dissemination of information through an online public access catalog, an efficient circulation system, and to serve as a gateway to information retrieval using current technologies
- Collaborate with faculty with respect to their information needs
- Help our students become information literate and responsible consumers of information
- Encourage cultural, recreational, and personal enrichment for the College and public communities as they pursue life-long learning in an information technology based society
- Provide physical facilities and equipment conducive to learning, research, and recreation
- Maintain strong working relationships with campus communities
- Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the library program
The mission of York College is to transform lives through Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to God, family and society.
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Tuesday8:00 am to 10:00 pm
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Thursday8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday7:45 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
*Closed each weekday for chapel 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Library Check-Out PolicyRegular library books, juvenile books, curriculum laboratory materials, videos, cassettes, and CD's may be checked out for four weeks. Materials may be renewed for four more weeks use.
Reference Books and periodicals (magazines and journals) are NOT checked out except by faculty members. Photo copies may be made of articles being used for research on our black and white copier for 5 cents a page.
Most Reserve Materials may be checked out for one or two hours use and are not to leave the library! A few reserve materials are checked out for 3 days or longer.
Leo Miller is in charge of Interlibrary Loan. If you are unable to find the information you need in our library resources, for a book go to First Search and find WorldCat. WorldCat is a worldwide database that has information on millions of books. Find the title that appears to have the information you need. Copy down the author, title, publisher, copyright date, and ISBN number and give that information to Leo along with your name and contact information. If you have searched one of our online databases and there is just an abstract for an article you need the full-text on, bring the author, title, publication, date, page numbers, and ISSN to Leo so he can access the full-text for you. You need to allow plenty of time for Interlibrary Loan. It may take two weeks or longer to receive some items.
Library Fine Policy
Materials not returned to the library on time or not renewed will be charged a fine. There will be a one week grace period before fines begin. If the materials are not returned by the 7th day overdue, each item will be fined .25 cents per day until returned, with a maximum fine of $10.00 per item. Fines can be avoided by renewing the check-out period on the items! All fines will be charged to the student's account and are to be paid at the Business Office.
Reserve Materials will be charged $1.00 per hour fine for hourly reserve materials that are over due. There will be $1.00 a day fine for reserve materials that are checked out by the day or week
Lost Book Fees
There will be a flat fee of $50.00 charged for each library material that is lost. A date will be set for all materials to be due at the end of each semester. Materials not returned by this date, unless other arrangements are made with library circulation staff, will be considered lost and billed a charge of $50.00 per item.
Levitt Library has two copy machines. One is a black and white copy machine that is coin operated for 5 cents a copy. Levitt Library also has a color copier. It costs 25 cents to make a color copy. When students print to this copier, the charges go on their account. The color copier is located on first floor in the library office. If you need to make a color copy, check with the library staff.
A person making copies is subject to copyright law.
Library of Congress Classification
Becoming familiar with the Library of Congress Classification System which Levitt Library uses to classify and shelve the materials, will help you know what area of the library to browse to find materials in the subject area you are interested in. On the Public Card Catalog, you will find the following chart which gives the LC Classification System in more detail.
Below is a list of words to associate with the LC subject areas that might help you remember them.
- Religion - Philosophy- Psychology (Bible)
- History (For instance China to France)
- Geography, Recreation - Sports like (Golf)
- Social Sciences - Social groups (Home, Family, Marriage, Women, Economics, Finance)
- Political Science - (Government - "Judicial Branch")
- Law ( "Kangaroo Court")
- Education (Learning)
- Art (Neoclassicism or Naive Art)
- Language & Literature ("Polish language"), Poetry, Prose, Plays.
- Science (Quark - subatomic particles - fundamental unit of matter)
- Medicine (Prescriptions Rx)
- Agriculture (Soil)
- Technology (Photography, Computers, Construction, Engineering, Environment, Handicrafts)
- Military and Naval Science
- Bibliography - Library Science
Letters I, O, W, X, Y are not used yet.
Reading a Call Number
A Library of Congress call number is made up of letters and numbers. This "LC Classification System" was developed by the Library of Congress. The letter and number system will expand to easily include a new subject when new information is discovered. Most schools and public libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification System, but frequently colleges and universities use the " LC " system.
First Row -- Letters
The first row of letters in a basic Library of Congress call number represents a subject area. For instance, call numbers beginning with an "M" would be some type of music, and call numbers beginning with a "Q" would be some type of science. Items are shelved alphabetically in Levitt Library by this first row of letters. Alphabet letters " A " through " BX " are shelved on the first floor, and letters " C " through " Z " are shelved on second floor. The first row of the call number may consist of either one, two, or sometimes three letters. They would be shelved as in the following example:
A AB AG AZ BA BC
Second Row -- Whole Numbers
The second row of a call number is made up of numbers. These numbers read as whole numbers and respresent a subdivision of the subject. They affect shelving in the following way:
A 97 A 104 A 275 A 350 A 1007 B 10
Third Row -- Decimal, Letter, Number
The third line in the basic " LC " call number is a decimal, letter, number ".H121". The letter is usually the first letter of the author's last name. However, for some subjects, for example in " P ", language and literature, this letter may be another subdivision to indicate the type of literature. Also, if the item has an editor rather than an author, the first letter of the title may be used. The letters are placed in alphabetical order. The number is called a "cutter number". The numbers are read as a decimal. For example, this third line of the basic call number would be shelved in the following order:
.A27 .A273 .A2759 .A277 . A2778 .A3 .A97 .B15
After the third line you may find another letter, number line on some items. These letters are alphabetical and this number is also read as a decimal. You may also find dates of items or volume numbers (V.1, V.2, etc.). You may find " P.1 " and " P.2 " indicating parts, or " C.1 " and " C.2 " indicating the library has more than one copy of the item.
Other Factors that Affect Shelving
Height of the item
Levitt Library uses the terms QUARTO and FOLIO to designate books over 25 centimeters tall. The term QUARTO or FOLIO will be found above the basic call number on these items. QUARTO is found on the call number of items between 25 and 30 centimeters tall and FOLIO is found on items over 30 centimeters tall. QUARTO items are shelved after the regular sized items with the same LC call number. For example, after the B
Other Terms Found Above the Basic Library of Congress Call Number
CURRLAB: Curriculum Laboratory
Includes textbooks and teaching materials for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Housed in a separate area on 2nd floor. Used mainly by students preparing for an Education degree.
A book housed in the Archives (in a basement room) because of its condition or value. Must be used in the library.
Children's books. Housed in a separate area on first floor against the east wall. Used mainly by Education students and parents.
" Periodical " is the term librarians use for newspapers, journals, and magazines. Journals and magazines more than one year old are shelved in among the books and other items by their LC classification number. To find the LC classification number, look on the shelf under the most current journal or magazine of that title. Newspapers are only kept for three weeks due to the lack of shelving space. Newspapers more than one day old may be found on the shelves of the atlas and dictionary stands near the lounge area on first floor. " PER " doesn't affect shelving order. It only indicates the item is a periodical. Periodicals must be used in the library and may not be checked out, but articles may be copied to take with you.
Reference materials are shelved among the other books by their LC classification number. " REF " doesn't affect shelving order. It only indicates the item is a reference item. Reference items must be used in the library and may not be checked out.
RESTO: Restoration Movement
Some items in the library related to the restoration movement and the Church of Christ may be labeled RESTO. These items are shelved in the archives room and are normally used in the library.
Items related to the history of York or York College may be labeled YORK. These items are housed in the archives room and are usually used in the library.
CQ Researcher Index
Guide to Social Science and Religion in Periodical Literature - indexes more than 100 periodicals online.
Restoration Serials Index - Indexes articles and book reviews in periodicals and lectureship proceedings issued by members of the churches of Christ and historically related groups.
Academic Search Premier - Full-text for 4,600 scholarly journals, of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed. Indexing and abstracts for over 8,500 journals.
Biography Reference Bank - Full-text for more than 147,000 biographies and more than 36,000 images.
eBook Academic Collection - Over 122,604 academic level eBooks available.
EBSCO eBook Collection - (Formerly NetLibrary)
EBSCOhost Mobile - EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier can be accessed on the iTouch from this link.
EBSCOhost Mobile 2 - Alternate address for EBSCO databases on the iTouch.
EBSCOhost YouTube Videos
eLibrary - Full-text access to a wide variety of source material.
First Search - Access to information in a wide range of subjects using 12 databases: ArticleFirst, ClasePeriodica,Ebooks, ECO, ERIC, GPO, MEDLINE, OAIster, PapersFirst, Proceedings, WorldAlmanac, WorldCat, and WorldCatDissertations.
GreenFILE - Well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.
HeritageQuest - Collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
JOVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments. Articles covering Biology and related fields.
JSTOR - Early Journal Content - Articles published before 1923. (Individual users can create a free MYJSTOR account and have full-text access to up to 3 articles every two weeks. Find more information here: http://about.jstor.org/rr .)
OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W.Wilson) - Full-text for more than 3,100 publications that cover Applied Sciences, Art, Education, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, and Technology.
Open Access Library - Free Access to Academic Articles.
Oxford English Dictionary Online - A dictionary on the history and development of the English language.
PLOSone - Open Access Academic Papers.
PsycARTICLES - Contains Full-text articles from APA journals.
Teacher's Reference Center - Indexing and abstracts for more than 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
Accessible off-campus by using your York College personal username and password.
Online Journals & Web Sites
AAUP - Reports and Publications of the American Association of University Professors.
About.com. Web Search - read books online for free
Academe - Publication of the American Association of University Professors.
AgZines: A Harvest of Free Agricultural Journals -a compilation of agricultural journals that are available free on the web.
American Journal of Education - Also available at the Library in print.
American Literature - Online content published from March 1, 2000 to February 2006. Also available at the Library in print.
Biblical Theology Bulletin: A distinctive, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal containing articles and reviews written by experts in biblical and theological studies. The editors seek to acquaint theologians, religious scholars, religious educators, pastors, pastoral personnel and the religiously educated public with critically grounded biblical research along with its implications for the humanities and religious communities today. (per Sage Publications)
Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) -a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and resonsible use as a part of a global "biodiversity commons."
BioLine International - peer reviewed full-text articles from bioscience journals published in developing countries. These journals contain timely research on public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security and biodiversity.
Biology - Free access publication.
Biomedical Database - a biomedical search engine that contains NIH/PubMed documents, plus a large collection of theses, dissertations, and other publications not found anywhere else for free.
Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education - Abstracts available online, print issues available in the library.
Business Communication Quarterly: a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the teaching of business communication. It aims to present the many interdisciplinary, international, and organizational perspectives that characterize the field. It is an official journal of the Association for Business Communication (ABC). (per Sage Publications)
Business Week- Also available at the Library in print.
Chemistry Journals - Free full-text.
Chronicle of Higher Education Online - Available to Administration and Faculty by contacting Ruth at 5703. Also available at the Library in print.
Communication Education - Also available at the Library in print.
Currents in Biblical Research: This journal summarizes the spectrum of recent research on particular topics or biblical books. Each article provides an inclusive treatment of its subject, without in most cases being exhaustive. Articles cover specific biblical books or clusters of books, ancillary ancient literature, archaeology, historical studies, as well as new and developing areas of study. (per Sage Publications)
Critical Thinking Community - Materials to help teachers and students.
Current History - User Name and Password not required. Click on “College, School, Library and Business Users Download” links for articles. Also available at the library in print.
Digital Public Library of America - Free and open access to the cultural heritage of America including images, words, sounds, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the nation.
Directory of Open Access Journals - 2,630 journals
Education E-Journals - 142 journals.
Elementary School Journal - Also available at the Library in print.
English Language and Linguistics - Also available at the Library in print.
FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Protecting and Promoting Your Health.
Federal Reserve Bulletin - Only available online as of January 2006.
FindHow - The How-To Search Engine
Folger Shakespeare Library - Large collection of Shakespeare materials, Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.
Forms from the Feds - Free forms.
Health Education Journal: is a leading peer reviewed journal that publishes high quality papers on health education and health promotion as well as occasional book reviews. (per Sage Publications)
Highwire Press at Stanford University - Free online full-text science and social science articles available
Homiletic - A review of publications in religious communication.
Humanities - History, literature, politics, religion, etc.
Immunology & Cell Biology - Past issues available.
Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology that offeres pastors, scholars, and theologians a valuable resource for study, preaching, and teaching. Each issue explores a theme or biblical book with writers who have relevant expertise, four to five major articles, "Between Text and Sermon" essays, and book reviews. (per Sage Publications)
J-Stage - science and technology research articles from Japan
Journal of Business Communication (JBC): A peer-reviewed quarterly publication that provides rigorous original research that contributes to the knowledge and theory of business communication as a distinct, multifaceted field, approached through the administrative disciplines, the liberal arts, and the social sciences. JBC is the official publication of the Association for Business Communication. (per Sage Publications)
Journal of Chemical Education - Also available at the Library in print.
Journal of Economic History - Also available at the Library in print.
Journal for the Study of the New Testament : is one of the leading peer-reviewed academic journals in New Testament Studies. All the many and diverse aspects of New Testament study are represented and promoted by JSNT, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory or developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches. (per Sage Publications)
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament : This journal offers the best in current, peer-reviewed scholarship on the Old Testament across a range of critical methodologies. Many original and creative approaches to the interpretation of the Old Testament literature and cognate fields of inquiry are pioneered in JSOT, which showcases the work of both new and established scholars. (per Sage Publications)
Journal of Geography - Also available at the library in print.
Journal of Learning Spaces - A peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open access venue for works related to all aspects of learning space design, operation, pedagogy, and assessment.
Journal of Library Innovation -original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews" for librarians.
Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine - The mission of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine is to advance knowledge and improve the practice of orthomolecular medicine by educating practitioners of orthomolecular medicine, inspiring scholars, students and future leaders with novel, relevant and high quality metabolic research, clinical studies and reports, and informative topic reviews and well-argued commentaries. The journal aims to engage the orthomolecular medicine community by providing a forum for debate and the promulgation of new ideas.
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling - Also available at the Library in print.
Journal of Religion - Also available at the Library in print.
Library of Congress Classification System - Helpful for those who like to browse the shelves.
Literature Network - Free searchable database for over 250 authors.
Medical Journals - 1,380 free, full-text online journals.
Medline Plus - Information to help answer health questions; includes a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.
MedKnow - peer-reviewed medical journal articles.
Missiology - a scholarly journal of mission studies which is multi-disciplinary covering history, theology, anthropology, communication theory, religious encounter, ecumenics, methodology. It is interconfessional – publishing works from Roman Catholic, conciliar, and conservative evangelical spheres. It is also practical – providing not just theoretical reflection, but applied mission science. (per Sage Publications)
Mobile MedlinePlus - Accessible to iTouch users.
Modern Language Quarterly - A Journal of Literary History
Nebraskaccess - Full-text items available online. For off campus use your Nebraska license number, or ask at the Loan Desk for the current password.
The New England Quarterly - Also available at the Library in print.
New Wineskins - For the spiritual seeker interested in broadening the understanding of contemporary culture and learning as impacted by issues of faith from the Judeo/Christian perspective.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. Deparatment of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Open Access Resources - The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and ... the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use
Philosophical Review - Also available at the Library in print.
PLOS -The Public Library of Science, which has open access journals in the science and medicine fields
PMLA Journal - Also available at the Library in print.
Project Euclid - Some open access journal articles for mathematics and statistics resources.
Project Gutenberg - Free electronic books.
Pub Med Central - Free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
Publishers Weekly Book Reviews - Free Site with 132,000 Book Reviews from 1987 to the present.
Quarterly Journal of Speech - Also available at the Library in print.
Research Strategies - abridged version of Badke’s book.
Resume Builder -Users simply fill in the forms and format their resume in two to three clicks by choosing a template and selecting their formatting options. Upon completion, users can download a neatly formatted resume in a variety of styles and formats.
Resume Companion - Build a resume and cover letter in minutes with this professional resume builder.
Rotunda Founders Early Access Project - Previously unpublished documents of Founding Fathers Online.
Science News Online - Also available at the Library in print.
Scientific Research Publishing - more than 200 open access journals covering the areas of physics, chemistry, medicine, biology, mathematics, communication, computer, electric power, energy, engineering, etc.
Stage Directions - About the art and technology of theatre
Teaching of Psychology - Also available at the Library in print.
TESOL Journal -education publications for teachers of english to speakers of other languages.
TESOL Quarterly -education publications for teachers of english to speakers of other languages.
Web Based Resources - From Accounting to Zoology.
Magazines vs Journals
The Difference Between a Popular Magazine and a Scholarly Journal
The picture on the left is of three magazines. Magazines publish articles on popular subjects and current events that interest the general public. They will include a number of advertisements.
The picture on the right is of three journals. Scholarly journals are written by academic or professionals in a subject field. The articles that are published in a professional journal are examined by others in their profession to determine if they have the quality necessary to be published. We call this "peer reviewed". The articles may be on very specific topics or may cover research. Journals do not contain advertisements and the articles frequently contain a list of references at the end.
Magazines and Journals
When you walk past the Loan Desk into the main library area on first floor you will see two ranges of shelving with slanted shelves displaying the current periodicals (magazines and journals) in alphabetical order by title which Levitt Library subscribes to. Levitt Library subscribes to approximately 200 titles. Under the most current periodical you will find a stack of other issues for the same year.
Magazines and Journals from the previous year will be found on shelves just north of the current periodicals on first floor. They will be shelved in boxes alphabetically by their title.
Magazines and Journals over two years old are shelved by their call number with our books and other materials. To find the call number, look under the most current issue on the slanted shelf where the current periodicals are shelved and you will find a card containing the title and its call number or search in the Online Catalog.
Levitt Library subscribes to the Wall Street Journal and three local newspapers. The most current York News Times is kept behind the Loan Desk on reserve. Ask for it at the Loan Desk. York News Times newspapers that are more than one day old are kept on the atlas stand to the right of the lounge area. Due to a lack of space, newspapers are only kept for three weeks.
The most current Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Wall Street Journal can be found on the newspaper rack at the end of the current periodicals shelving. These newspapers that are more than one day old but less than three weeks old may be found on the dictionary stand to the right of the lounge area.
The Owl at Purdue
Copyright Management Center
List of current Periodicals at Levitt Library
How to Use Print and Online Indexes
CQ Researcher Index
CQ Researcher reports on important social issues. One whole issue will cover a specific topic. This is a good place to go to try to make a decision on the topic for a paper as well as to find information for your papers.
This online index is a simple listing of articles grouped by general topics. The title of each article is followed by the date, as well as the page number, of the print copy of CQ Researcher. The most recent copies of CQ Researcher are found on the Current Periodicals shelves, and past years' issues are found on the top shelf in the Juvenile books section on the east wall of the main floor. Bound copies of CQ Researcher are found upstairs in the stacks, under the call number QUARTO PER D 414 .E3 . Index Online.
Guide to Social Science and Religion in Periodical Literature
In the Guide to Social Science and Religion in Periodical Literature, you can browse titles of individual articles by clicking on any range of volumes and years, or you can go to "Click here to search all volumes by subject or keyword". When you click on the latter, you go to Power Search, where you can enter keywords and combinations of keywords, or Subject Search, where you can choose a subject using a drop down box.
Librarians use the term "periodical" to include all magazines and journals. Our current print indexes are located on first floor to the left as you enter from the Loan Desk area; the shelves on the north wall and the shelves facing north. Current print indexes are interfiled with the older indexes.
Here you will find the current Biography Index, Book Review Digest, Business Periodicals Index, Education Index, Humanities Index, Readers Guide to Periodical Literature, Social Science Index, and General Science Index, Religion Index One, Religion index Two, and Restoration Serials Index. They are shelved in order by their call numbers.
One question we are frequently asked is "How do I know which magazines and journals Levitt Library has?" In the front of the index you will find the list of periodicals and their abbreviations that are covered in that particular index. The titles with a checkmark by them are the ones Levitt Library subscribes to.
At the end of the year (which will vary on the various indexes) Levitt Library will receive a bound volume containing all of the information found in the current index of a certain title. When using one of these, one can find all of the articles that were written in the periodicals the index covers on a specific subject for the whole year. These indexes are found on shelves clear to the North wall of the first floor of Levitt Library. These should also have a list of periodicals in the front with checkmarks by the titles Levitt Library subscribed to that particular year.
Readers Guide to Periodical Literature
The "Reader's Guide" is a general index that covers a broad area of subjects. The subject and author entries are alphabetized. At the end of the book, you will find a list of book review citations.
This index covers biographical material from periodicals. It contains the index information for biographies, autobiographies, "interviews, obituaries, collections of letters, diaries, memoirs, juvenile literature, book reviews, and bibliographies."Biography Index.New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 58(2).
Book Review Digest
The Book Review Digest "provides citations to and excerpts of reviews of current juvenile and adult fiction and nonfiction in the English Language." It does not index technical books, textbooks or government publications.Book Review Digest.New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 100(7).
Business Periodicals Index contains entries alphabetized by subject, company, or personal name in English. The end of the book contains citations of book reviews.
Education Index indexes information from books, magazines and journals that are educational publications in English.
Humanities Index alphabetizes indexed articles by author and subject. The "subject fields indexed include archaeology and classical studies, area studies, folklore, history, language and literature, performing arts, philosophy, religion and theology, and related subjects."Humanities Index. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 31(4).
Social Sciences Index "consists of author and subject entries to periodicals in the fields of anthropology, area studies, community health and medical care, criminal justice and criminology, economics, family studies, geography, gerontology, international relations, law, minority studies, planning and public administration, policy sciences, political science, psychiatry, psychology, social work and public welfare, sociology, urban studies, women's studies, and related subjects."The end of the book also contains a list of book review citations.Social Sciences Index. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 29(4).
General Science Index contains subject entries from English periodicals in "astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, botany, chemistry, earth science, environment and conservation, food and nutrition, genetics, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, oceanography, physics, physiology and zoology."General Science Index.New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 26(10).
Religion Index One: Periodicals is "a subject index to periodical literature including an author/editor index and a Scripture index. "Religion Index One: Periodicals. Chicago: American Theological Library Association, 2003. Religion Index Two indexes works with multiple authors.
Restoration Serials Index indexes periodicals and lectureships published by the Church of Christ by subject and author.