Monday, January 27, 2020

February is Black History Month!

February is Black History Month!


When Carter Woodson established the precursor to Black History Month in 1926, he hoped it would “serve as a focal point for ‘celebrating’ the role of African Americans in American history,” and since the United States Congress passed a public law that, "established Black History Month as a "federally designated observance."

Black History Month: An Overview. (2017). In K. Mack- Shelton & M. Shally-Jensen (Eds.), Racial & Ethnic Relations in America (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 199-202). Ipswich, MA: Salem Press/Grey House.

Every year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History chooses a theme to highlight a specific element of black history. This year, the theme is African Americans and the Vote. “The year 2020 [...] marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.”

“The Founders of Black History Month: BLACK HISTORY THEMES.” ASALH, 6 Jan. 2020,

You can read more about this theme at the ASALH site linked here.

(Photo by Maria Oswalt on Unsplash)

If you are interested in learning more about African American History, ACC has many resources to help you out. A great place to start would be the Multicultural History Library Guide.
You can also check out the African-American Cultural Center at the Eastview Campus in room 2133.


Cover image for Frederick Douglass : prophet of freedom             

Blight, David W. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. E449 .D75 B557 2018.

Boyd, Herb. Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-determination. F574 .D49 N429 2017.

Cox, Anna-Lisa. The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers & the Struggle for Equality. E185.925 .C64 2018.


Estes, Steve. Charleston in Black and White: Race and Power in the South after the Civil Rights Movement. F279 .C49 E87 2018.

Hervieux, Linda. Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War. D769.343 .320TH .H467 2015.

Honey, Michael K. To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice. E185.97 .K5 H59 2018.

Jones, Martha S. Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America. KF4757 .J67 2018.

Morrison, Melanie. Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham. KF224 .P48 M677 2018.

Smith, Dale Edwyna. African American Lives in St. Louis, 1763-1865: Slavery, Freedom and the West. F474 .S29 S75 2017.

ACC’s library has many more print and electronic books about African American history, as well as articles from scholarly journals, videos, and more. If you would like additional resources, please stop by any ACC library for help at the reference desk, or chat with us online!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Mark Twain’s birthday

November 30th is Mark Twain’s birthday!

Celebrate Mark Twain's birthday by reading about his life and work.

Biographical Information

Library Services has many resources to help you find biographical information about Mark Twain, facts such as his real name is Samuel Langhorn Clemens and that he adopted the pen name Mark Twain after being a steamboat captain on the Mississippi. Mark Twain is "a term from his riverboat days that means 'two fathoms deep' or 'safe water'" (Bloom).

Mark Twain is featured on the Bloom’s Literature home page as one of their Most Studied Authors, where you can find more background information, criticism, images, and more.

You can also dive into the details of his life by reading his autobiography. The most recent is a 2 volume set that Twain insisted not be published for 100 years after his death.  
Harriet Elinor Smith, ed.
University of California Press, 2010
Call Number: PS1331 .A2 2010
Available at RRC, RVS


Autobiography of Mark Twain. Volume 2
Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith, eds.
University of California Press, 2013
Call Number: PS1331 .A2 2013
Available at HLC, RVS

Literary Criticism

To read literary criticism about Twain’s work, sources like Bloom’s Literature or Literature Criticism Online will have a number of articles about Mark Twain, his characters, and the themes found in his works.

There are many other biography and literary criticism e-Resources, so be sure to visit the Literature and Literary Criticism databases-by-subject page.

Works by Twain

If you prefer to celebrate by curling up with some Twain classics, Library Services has many copies of his work in both print and electronicUse this Titles by Mark Twain link to view titles available through Library Services.

Works Cited

Bloom, Harold, ed. Mark Twain. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 1999.

Bloom's Major Novelists. Bloom's Literature. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Looking for Career Information?

Looking for information on careers and employment? ACC Library Services has
many resources to help you explore information on a specific career path, general
job searching, résumé building, interview skills, and so much more!

Try searching these databases for information on careers and employment.
More info about them is listed below:

This resource contains industry and professional articles, school planning
resources, and skills and career advice. Take a look at our recent Spotlight On
post about Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center to learn more about the

This resource includes tutorials and e-books to help with job preparation, career
advancement, and college readiness, as well as practice tests for the TOEFL,
MCAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE, and AP tests. It also includes Computer Skills,
Job & Career Accelerator, and Adult Learning centers. Take a look at our recent
Spotlight on Practice Tests to get more info about this resource!

*This product (not ACC) requires that you register for a free account before

This resource includes over 300 practice tests, including NCLEX, GED, TOEFL,
TAKS, ACT, SAT, and CLEP, plus career and college prep tools.

This resource includes full text of articles from 400 trade and technical periodicals,
as well as articles from trade and industry magazines and journals.

Additional resources!

Career Information Guide - This online guide contains links to online
resources to help you with job searching, résumé building, interview skills, and
books and articles specific to career information.

There's a multitude of information and resources available to you about careers and
employment. If you have a question about how to use these resources,
Ask a librarian! We're always here to help you!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Practice Tests

Do you need to study for an upcoming standardized test? Are you looking for free practice tests that you can complete on your computer? The ACC Libraries have the resources for you!