Two New Database Trials

Sage Knowledge

Sage Knowledge touts itself as the “premier social science eBook platform”. Included in this database of more than 4,200 titles is content from SAGE and CQ Press. SAGE knowledge provides access to scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. Try it today until October 31. Let us know what you think.

Sage Research Methods

SAGE research methods provides access to 1000+ books, encyclopedias, and journal articles, as well as features such as Methods Maps, a visual browsing tool that uses a custom taxonomy of 700+ methods terms. Try it today until October 31. Let us know what you think.

You can access these and other research tools we’re currently testing from our database trials page.

Plan Ahead for Disruption of MeLCat Service

Many students and faculty take advantage of Hope’s participation in MeLCat, the virtual catalog that combines resources from more than 400 libraries throughout the state.  Books, CDs, and DVDs are requested daily through MeLCat and are then delivered to the requesting patron.  This service will not be available towards the end of the Fall Semester.  Beginning on Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed while the entire system is transferred to new servers.  This outage is planned to last through December 11.  So it will be unavailable the final 3 weeks of the semester, just when students are working on their final papers for various courses.  Please take this into account when assigning papers, and make sure students know to request items sooner rather than later.  Items can be requested right up through November 17 and will be delivered as usual. No requests can be placed through MeLCat from November 18 through December 11. Interlibrary loan will still be an option to request material, but it often takes longer for items to arrive due to various shipping methods used by other libraries.

Changes Afoot at the Research Help Desk

The sign says “ASK HERE,” and ask you shall!  At least, that’s what we hope.  The Research Help Desk is the library’s epicenter for all things “research.”  Need to check if the we own a particular book?  ASK.  Want help figuring out the best database to search for your research topic?  ASK.  Don’t know how to search said database upon becoming cognizant of its existence?  ASK.  No idea where to start, or what types of sources you could be consulting for your assignment?  ASK.  Just need someone to talk to?  Okay, fine, but please do try to slip a library-related question in here and there.  Oh, and about those changes afoot mentioned in the title of this post: Starting this fall, the Research Help Desk will be solely staffed by students—highly trained and knowledgeable students.  Librarians, situated in the office suite directly behind the Research Help Desk, will be standing by for any and all research inquiries requiring their expertise.  As always, help will be available both at the point-of-need (i.e., walk-up questions) and via scheduled research consultations.

A student employee of the Van Wylen Library helps her peer find the right resource.

–by Todd Wiebe, Head of Research and Instruction, Associate Professor, All-around good guy


Digital Video Streaming with Films on Demand

The Library is pleased to announce the availability of Films on Demand, a new campus-wide digital video-streaming database. Films on Demand includes educational films from some of the best producers, including the BBC, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Open University, PBS, A&E, National Geographic, Bill Moyers, ABC, NBC, CNBC, California Newsreel, WNET/Thirteen, TED, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and more. The films, which are broken into segments, can be embedded in webpages or Moodle. Playlists can be created using segments taken from any number of full-length videos. Our package includes 11,000 titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences and 4,000 titles from the Archival Films & Newsreel collection. Interactive transcripts and Closed Captioning are available for many of the videos.

To create playlists, faculty need to create an account from the Films on Demand home page, which can be accessed on the Library Databases A-Z list. It is recommended that a personal account be created so that all functionality is available when accessing Films on Demand from off-campus..

Quickstart guides can be found on the support center page.

Screenshot of Films on Demand main page at the Library

lynda.comThe library now subscribes to Two dedicated kiosks are available in the Techlab on the 2nd floor. is an online learning company. Cultivate skills in business, software, technology and more to boost your resume while achieving your personal and professional goals. Experts teach these skills using self-paced online video courses.

Browse through the hundreds of videos available in a multitude of topics. Interested in learning Adobe products? Want to learn more about web development? Maybe you want to sharpen your photography skills? These and many other topics are available through our library subscription to Video tutorials are available to help you learn how to use the video library. Any questions? Contact us today!

MeLCat Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary!

MeLCat Celebrates 10 Years!
MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

Van Wylen Library has over 600,000 items. Using MeLCat increases the number of items available to you to over 45 million. You can get items from all types of libraries – from public to large academic institutions. MeLCat is a great resource for research materials as well as non-academic, popular books, music and movies.

Van Wylen Library has participated in MeLCat since June 2005. *In that period of time, Hope College has lent and borrowed over 88,000 books, DVDs and CDs!*

You can get books, CDs and DVDs delivered right to Van Wylen from over 400 other Michigan libraries. Search for your item at, click on the “Get this from MeLCat” button, select Hope College from the drop down list, enter your 1Hope username (without and password, and the item will be delivered to the library in about a week.

If you haven’t yet used this great service and have questions the Research Help Desk staff will be glad to assist you!

Michelle Yost, Interlibrary Loan Associate

Info in the Arts: New Naxos App

naxosimageFor those of you who haven’t used it before, Naxos is the library’s primary tool for online streaming classical music.  It contains over 100,000 CDs from 100s of labels such as Naxos, Sony Classical, Albany, and Inova.

Naxos has recently released a new version of its app, available for apple and android.  Use this app to easily stream their content on your smartphone.  To use, simply create an account through their website and download the app.  You can use the app to create search for Naxos content, browse recent additions, or listen to public playlists that Naxos has created.  Looking to get in a festive mood?  They even have holiday playlists (listed in the Seasons folder).

Note: We have a limited number of seats in Naxos, so please log out of the app when you are done using it, to make room for others!  Contact Jessica ( if you are regularly having trouble getting in.

— Jessica Hronchek, Research and Instruction Librarian, Visual and Performing Arts

Info in the Arts: Music in the Visual Arts

Image of madonna and child with Angels by Pedro SerraDo you have an interest in the intersections between music and the visual arts?  If so, you should check out the Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM).  Don’t be intimidated by the French name!  This free online database indexes over 2,100 depictions of musical instruments in works of art ranging from the 14th to the mid-20th century.  The database makes it easy to browse or search, by instrument, artist, location, or many other facets.  Many of the records include images or links to the artworks on other websites.  So, curious about how the bagpipe has been depicted throughout history?  Take a look at RIdIM!

— Jessica Hronchek,  Research and Instruction Librarian, Liaison to the Visual and Performing Arts.


Editor’s note: This post by Gloria Slaughter, Technical Services Librarian at Van Wylen, is in response to an actual question posed by a student at the reference desk. You can contact Gloria at

Question: Can I check out a book and a laptop at the same time?

Short Answer: Of course! You may have up to 50 library items checked out at the same time (books, dvds, cds, digital cameras, laptops, iPads, etc.)

Long Answer:

  • You must have your student ID to check out library materials
  • Your student ID can be used to check out library materials at the Western Theological Seminary library as well as Hope College libraries
  • You can renew your library materials online through the library’s catalog, HopeCAT  Instructions can be found here
  • You can place a hold on items in the library’s catalog, if it is currently checked out, HopeCAT. Instructions can be found here
  • You can borrow items from other Michigan libraries through MeLCAT.
  • If needed items are not available at our library or from other Michigan libraries, you can borrow materials through InterLibrary Loan
  • -Most library databases, ebooks and ejournals are accessible from off-campus and are available 24/7 through the library’s website
  • You can contact us anytime here

Info in the Arts: Digital Theatre Plus now more than plays!

digital theatre plus logoIf you haven’t stumbled across this yet, I wanted to make you aware of a newer resource that the library subscribes to, Digital Theatre PlusWe subscribed to this last year to support the theatre department with a streaming drama resource.  It is a growing database of major plays, including contemporary British theatre productions and portions of the Broadway Theatre Archive, a collection of plays produced for television.  However, it has started to expand to support of other forms of performing arts.  It currently contains two musicals, Into the Woods, and Merrily We Roll Along.  This summer it added a collection from the Royal Opera House that now has six operas and three ballets.

If you have courses in which you want to engage with drama, music theatre, opera, or dance, consider this as a resource, particularly for easy out-of-class viewing of streaming performance.  Or just consider it an option if you are looking for some entertainment this weekend!

– Jessica Hronchek, Visual and Performing Arts Librarian

Update: If you are a Hope student or faculty member and need to use this resource off campus, please contact or x7904 and we will provide you with a username and password.