Category: Featured Resource

Library Block in Moodle is Back!

You may have noticed when you login to Moodle 2 that there is a “Library Resources” block on the right side of the screen.

You can also add this block to your Moodle course(s); benefits include:

Library Resources Block in Moodle

  • Easy access to course reserves; library catalog, account, and databases; and other library services
  • If you have worked with me (or another subject librarian) to create a research guide for your course, students will have direct access to them
  • You can easily direct students to library resources without having to find and add additional links in Moodle

Try it out this semester and let us know how it works for you! Make sure to contact your subject librarian if you want your course research guide to link to the Library block in your Moodle course(s).

Adding the block to Moodle:

Once you login to Moodle 2, and switch to edit mode, scroll down the left column until you see a box for “Add a Block”.  Simply select “Library Resources” from the drop-down menu.  From there, you can move the box to anywhere on the page.


Library how-to videos

Atkins Library has created quick how-to videos to demonstrate how to use the library catalog to find books, request materials through Interlibrary Loan, and more.  You can easily embed or share a link to these videos in Moodle when students are preparing for specific research assignments.

Below are just a few of the videos.  You can find more on the Atkins Library YouTube Channel and at the new Library Instruction Program page.

1. How to identify whether or not the library owns a book.

2. How to request materials that are unavailable at Atkins Library.

3. Finding a book on the shelf.

Google Scholar button

ICYMI: You can now add the Google Scholar button to your Firefox or Chrome toolbar. If you are a frequent user of Google Scholar, you might enjoy this new add-on that integrates with your browser to easily search for articles referenced in your online reading (among other things).

Lookup scholarly articles as you browse the web.

This extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Click the Scholar button to:

– Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you’re reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.

– Transfer your query from web search to Scholar. Press the Scholar button to see top three results; click “full screen” in the lower left of the popup to see them all.

– Format references in widely used citation styles. Press the quote button in the popup to see a formatted reference and copy it into the paper you’re writing.

Library links work best when you’re on campus. To configure them for off-campus use, visit Google Scholar Settings at or simply click on the Settings icon from the new Google Scholar search in your toolbar, and click on “Library Links” to add/save university affiliations (ex. search for University of North Carolina at Charlotte and UNCC). Otherwise, you might be asked to pay for access to library materials that are included in library subscriptions.

Configure Google Scholar button to access Atkins Library resources


New HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest Online is now powered by!  With the new interface comes improved search functionality and display.  If you have used Ancestry for genealogical or other historical research, the new HeritageQuest interface should look and feel familiar to you.

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

New HeritageQuest Online

The content of HeritageQuest has also expanded.

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
  • Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
  • Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
  • Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
  • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
  • U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
  • All-new research aids
  • Interactive census maps
  • And more


If you would like to ask questions about the new HeritageQuest, I recommend registering for one of the live half-hour webinars. You can also scroll down the webinars page to “Event Recordings” to watch the webinar at your convenience, or read about these changes on the research guide for HeritageQuest.

You can access HeritageQuest Online from the Databases tab on the Atkins Library home page and the History Databases Research Guide.

Living Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Atkins Library was awarded a grant to continue a large-scale digitization project.  Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City, 1944-1987 will provide free, online access to many materials found in the UNC Charlotte Special Collections and other local library collections.  Some of the digitized content and more information about the project are now available at the Living Charlotte website.

living charlotte

Partnering with Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Atkins Library is leading a project to digitize oral history recordings; bound print materials; and pages/images of manuscript materials, including photographs and oversized items such as maps, aerial photographs and scrapbooks. The objective is to make accessible to researchers and the general public materials documenting the enormous economic and social changes in the Charlotte region from approximately 1944 to 1987. This era was chosen for the project because of the rich collections held by Atkins and its partner institutions representing this time of unprecedented and interrelated economic, political, and social change. Digital surrogates and high quality, shareable, standards-compliant metadata will be made available through UNC Charlotte’s Digital Collections at Atkins Library and shared with aggregators including the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Journal BrowZine

BrowZine “On Campus” Video from Third Iron on Vimeo.

BrowZine is a free app for your iPad or Android-based tablet that enables UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students to browse, read and monitor many of Atkins Library’s scholarly journals. The app replicates the experience of browsing journals in the stacks, inspiring serendipitous discovery, as though the stacks were curated just for you.

BrowZine delivers top journals from publishers like Oxford, SAGE, Springer, Wiley and Elsevier and many more. Readers can locate journals by name or subject, then read a single issue or create a bookshelf to store favorite titles. The journals are identical to their print versions, including a table of contents and images, making it simple to browse and flip through the pages.

BrowZine’s interface is simple and intuitive so with little guidance, readers can start reading their journal of choice right away. Users have the option to personalize BrowZine and receive push notifications when new issues of favorite titles are published.

To start using BrowZine, search for it in the Apple App, Google Play or Amazon App store and download it for free. When initially launching BrowZine, select UNC Charlotte from the drop down list. Enter your UNCC login and password and then start exploring.


Get a full online tour of BrowZine at

Web of Science Training

Web of Science

The Web of ScienceSM (formerly Web of Knowledge) is today’s premier research platform, helping you quickly find, analyze, and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. You get integrated access to high quality literature through a unified platform that links a wide variety of content with one seamless search.

Whether you are new to Web of Science or have been using it for years, the interface may have changed since you last used it, or there may be a new or improved feature you have not had time to explore.  As you return to your research this summer, you may find it helpful to register for a free, online training session to refresh your skills.  These live sessions are led by the Web of Science Customer Education team and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

  • Basic Search and Navigation
  • Cited Reference Searching
  • Organization Name Searching
  • Citation Report and the H-Index
  • Endnote Online for Web of Science Users

Register online at

Web of Science also offers 2-6 minute YouTube videos that demonstrate citation mapping, journal citation reports, exporting records, saving searches, creating citation alerts, and more.  The length and format of the videos also makes them easy to embed into your Moodle courses and share with graduate students.

To get started, this video will help you create a citation alert.  When you create an alert, you will receive an e-mail any time a newly published paper cites the work.  This is a great tool for keeping track of who is citing your work, or other works in your field.  Another option popular among researchers is Google Scholar alerts.

As always, feel free to contact me (or your subject librarian) with any questions.

Gale NewsVault

Gale NewsVault provides a new platform to search across multiple Gale collections available through Atkins Library, including the following UK periodicals:

You can choose to search across all of the collections or select specific collections.  You can also continue to search within the individual database platforms designed for each collection.

Gale Newsvault

CLICK HERE to try out this new search platform.  A link to Gale NewsVault is now included in the library databases A-Z list.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Creating Journal Alerts

Do you sometimes have trouble keeping up with the latest issues of relevant journals in your field of study? EBSCOhost will notify you via e-mail when new issues of journals you follow become available online. Notification e-mails will provide links to the articles that include the library proxy (which is what allows UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students off-campus access to these periodicals).

These notifications will save you valuable time by regularly notifying you when new issues become available, and providing one-click access to the full-text of newly published articles in these journals. See how it works:

Click here to login to EBSCOhost databases. Please note that some of the journals you follow may not be available through EBSCOhost.  If you have questions about how to create these notifications, please contact me.

19th c. UK periodicals

Atkins Library recently acquired access to the following collection of UK periodicals.

19th Century UK Periodicals
Series I: New Readership

“An online collection of British magazines, journals and specialty newspapers, 19th Century UK Periodicals provides an in-depth view of British life in the Victorian age. This first series in the five-series collection, New Readerships: Women’s, Children’s, Humor and Leisure/Sport charts the rapid rise of publishing in a reading culture expanding through a rise in literacy and leisure and an explosion of sports and hobbies.

Unlike other resources, this collection includes a broad range of publications to present unique insight into the lifestyles, culture, pastimes and values of not only the elite class but the middle and working classes, as well.”

Learn more about this collection at  Access the collection at

Other collections relevant to the study of 18th, 19th and 20th Century UK:

London Low Life – Full-text searchable resource, containing color digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London.

19th Century British Newspapers – The 19th Century British Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This collection includes national and regional newspapers and more.

Times Digital Archive – Digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785-2006.

Punch (1841-1900) – British magazine of humor and satire. By Summer 2014 we will have access to the Punch Historical Archive (1841-1992).

Eighteen Century Collections Online (ECCO) – Works published in the UK during the 18th century.