Explore Shakespeare & other English Classics with Digital Theatre+

Digital Theatre+. English & Theater Resources for Instructors & Students

Earlier this year we highlighted an exciting new addition to Durham Tech Library’s resources, Digital Theatre+. We’re revisiting it today to share how instructors and students alike can enjoy rich resources like streaming videos of live theatre, literary theme analysis, and more.

Click “continue reading” to see a real example of how, with Digital Theatre+, students and instructors can transform their understanding and discussions of a classic text. We use Macbeth as an example, but there are a number of other titles available to explore.

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App-ly Yourself! Digital Apps for Exploring Durham Tech Libraries

Apps to explore durham tech libraries

While students and staff can explore the library’s website and its many resources on their smartphones and tablets, dedicated standalone apps for these devices can still offer a great deal of flexibility. Users may already be familiar with Libby, which grants Durham Tech users access to the wonderful Dogwood Digital Library collection, which offers popular fiction and non-fiction books. This post highlights a few other apps that provide unique ways of accessing academic materials while on the go.

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Pride in Our Collection

June is LGBTQIA+ PRIDE Month!

Pride library display at the Main Campus-- Check it out at the front of the Main Campus Library!
Pride display at the Main Campus Library

As President Joe Biden states in this year’s Pride month proclamation:

This month, we honor the resilience of LGBTQI+ people, who are fighting to live authentically and freely. We reaffirm our belief that LGBTQI+ rights are human rights.

As we celebrate and honor members of the LGBTQIA+ community and the work of activists, we recognize the hard-fought achievements of the past and the urgency of supporting LGBTQIA+ rights today.

Read on to learn more about Pride and check out our Pride recommendations.

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Celebrate Black History Month With These 9 Streaming Documentaries

We don’t like to boast around here, but with the arrival of Black History Month, we want to shout from the rooftops about Durham Tech Libraries’ robust collection of documentary films about famous Black activists, artists, athletes.

Have you seen a movie about New York slam poets?

How about a survey of the history of Black Feminism?

Click “Continue Reading” to see what films we’re talking about!

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Credo Reference

Purple Credo logo

Credo Reference is an online database of more than 3 million entries in over 600 reference books. It is helpful when you’re developing a topic for an assignment, because it provides brief topic overviews and links to related entries in Credo Reference resources. You can also follow links from Credo Reference into other resources provided by the Durham Tech Library, including the library catalog and online databases.

Additionally, you can browse reference books by subject area, use the “image search” option to find pictures related to a topic and explore the “mind map” search strategy to brainstorm and discover related terms to your search term.

When you have become comfortable with the basic searches, the “advanced search” feature allows you to be more exact in your search strategies. If you are feeling very confident and a little adventurous, also check out the “power search” tips from the “advanced search” page.

Check it out!

New Library Resource: Credo Reference

Credo Reference

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and assignments. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

This is an excellent resource for finding background information from reference sources.  The topic pages have in-depth articles that give a nice overview and explanation of thousands of topics.

Click here to explore Credo or use the link on our Library Databases page.

Screenshot of the Credo database focuses on a blank basic search box

Get growing with great gardening resources

Check out the library’s display of gardening resources downstairs on the lower level for ideas and inspiration:

Green text says, "Gardening Resources." Images below of a tomato, peppers, and carrots. Brown text below that says, "Get Growing!" A gardening spade is at the very bottom.

  •  American grown : the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America  
  • The vegetable gardener’s container bible : how to grow a bounty of food in pots, tubs, and other containers
  • The ultimate guide to growing your own food : save money, live better, and enjoy life with food from your own garden
  • From seed to skillet : a guide to growing, tending, harvesting, and cooking up fresh, healthful food to share with people you love
  • Reclaiming our food : how the grassroots food movement is changing the way we eat
  • Grow great grub : organic food from small spaces
  • Basic gardening skills
  • The new American homestead : sustainable, self-sufficient living in the country or in the city
  • Organic manifesto : how organic farming can heal our planet, feed the world, and keep us safe
  • Growing it here, growing it now [videorecording]
  • The garden [videorecording]

Search the online catalog for more titles. Recommended gardening blogs and websites:

Testing, testing!

It’s close to time for exams, but the library has another kind of testing already going on. We’re trying out new chat software that lets us IM with students, faculty, or anyone else who needs assistance. To start talking with us, go to the library homepage and click on the chat icon in the middle of the page, near the bottom. If we’re available to chat, the icon looks like:

Shows two chat bubbles. One is orange and says, "Need Help?" The other is blue and says, "Chat with a DTCC Librarian Now"

If we’re not available, a different icon indicates that we’re away. Chat with us, and let us know what you think! We hope that this will help library services be more widely accessible, helping us reach patrons who may not be able to come into the library because of distance, work schedules, or other issues. Even if you’re in the library, though, we’d love to chat with you!

NC ECHO – a great resource for local history!

North Carolina ECHO logo with four colored circles with text underneath, "Exploring Cultural Heritage Online"Researchers and history buffs alike may now search and access local history collections across North Carolina with a single search box thanks to a collaborative project led by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC LIVE, and the State Library of North Carolina.

NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized historic materials, including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers, and much more from cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina. The collections available through NC ECHO include a diverse array of materials by and about the people, places, and history of North Carolina.

To use NC ECHO, patrons can visit http://ncecho.org, and search based on historical interests, places, or people.  All of the collections available through the NC ECHO search are freely available online to all users, regardless of their location or affiliation.