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How to GET HELP from a LIBRARIAN
Need help with finding sources, searching databases, formatting citations, or deciding on a paper topic? The NCC Librarians are here for you.
Both the Mack Library (Bethlehem) and ESSA Library (Monroe) are open if you'd like to visit in person, or you can chat online with a Librarian no matter where you are! Go to the Library's home page and click on the orange "Ask the Librarian" tab to start chatting.
To find out when we're open, take a look at the Library's hours.
For more ways to reach us, and answers to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here. You can also send an e-mail question to firstname.lastname@example.org, or set up a private appointment with a Librarian by using the "Book A Librarian" request form.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Researching Topics in Science & History
This Research Guide will help you find Library resources such as books, periodicals, online databases, videos and websites that discuss the development of science and technology throughout history.
Directions to NCC
To download and view a map of each NCC campus, click here.
Library to Go pickup at the Bethlehem campus is located at the Circulation Desk in Mack Library, on the 4th Floor of College Center (building number 3 on this map).
Library to Go pickup at the Monroe campus is located at the service desk in the ESSA Library, which is in Keystone Hall (building number 2 on this map).
NCC Bethlehem campus
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
From North, East or West: Find your best route to Route 22. Take the Route 191 exit. At end of the ramp, turn RIGHT onto Route 191 North. One-tenth of a mile from the exit ramp, turn RIGHT onto Brodhead Road (before the Brodhead Road stoplight). Follow Brodhead Road until you come to a stop sign, turn RIGHT onto Hecktown Road. Proceed past the Hecktown Road entrance and turn left onto Green Pond Road. The Green Pond Road entrance to the campus will be on your RIGHT. The entrance to the Gates Center will be on your LEFT.
From the South: Take Interstate 78 to Route 33 North. Go to second exit, William Penn Highway, and turn LEFT. Pass Farmersville Elementary School on left, Municipal Building on right. Take the first RIGHT after the Municipal Building onto Oakland Road. Stay on Oakland Road until you see the entrance to the College on your RIGHT.
NCC Monroe campus
2411 Route 715
Tannersville, PA 18372
From Interstate 80: Take Exit 299 for Tannersville. Go SOUTH on Route 715 for one mile. The College entrance is on the RIGHT at Warner Road, just past Railroad Avenue.
From Tannersville & Route 611: Take Route 611 to Route 715 South. Go SOUTH on Route 715 for one mile. The College entrance is on the RIGHT at Warner Road, just past Railroad Avenue.
From points west of Tannersville: Take Route 715 NORTH toward Tannersville. The College entrance is on the LEFT at Warner Road, one mile before Interstate 80.
NEW e-books in the NCC Library collection!
Illustrated History of Science by
Call Number: Q 125 .C78 2019 Online
Publication Date: 2019
To be human is to wonder. The impulse to ask questions is hardwired into our DNA, and for 300 millennia, people have been searching for answers. In this book, author Mary Cruse takes readers on a fascinating journey through the evolution of this discipline in its many strands. Throughout the centuries, our conception of what constitutes 'science' has developed and expanded, from ancient natural philosophers and medieval alchemists to Renaissance scholars and Enlightenment reformers. Modern science evokes images of bubbling test tubes and spotless lab coats, but this limited perception inhibits us in truly understanding the progress of science throughout history. Cruse does not fall into this trap. Learn about the development of agricultural tools, the study of weather patterns, mapmaking, mathematics and modern geology. Delve into the cutting-edge science of the 21st century: genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, sustainable energy projects, and more. Filled with useful timelines, fun facts, and profiles of key characters, this book is a fascinating read.
Truth About Tesla: The Myth of the Lone Genius in the History of Innovation by
Call Number: TK 140 .T4 C66 2015 Online
Publication Date: 2015
Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest electrical inventors who ever lived. For years, the engineering genius was relegated to relative obscurity, his contributions to humanity (we are told) obscured by a number of 19th-century inventors and industrialists who took credit for his work or stole his patents outright. In recent years, the historical record has been 'corrected' and Tesla has been restored to his rightful place among historical luminaries like Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Gugliemo Marconi. Most biographies repeat the familiar account of Tesla's life, including his invention of alternating current, his falling out with Edison, how he lost billions in patent royalties to Westinghouse, and his fight to prove that Marconi stole 13 of his patents to 'invent' radio. But, what really happened? Consider this: everything you think you know about Nikola Tesla is wrong. Newly uncovered information proves that the popular account of Tesla's life is itself very flawed. In this book, author Christopher Cooper sets out to prove that the conventional story not only oversimplifies history, it denies credit to some of the true inventors behind many of the groundbreaking technologies now attributed to Tesla, and perpetuates a misunderstanding about the process of innovation itself. Are you positive that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone? Are you sure the Wright Brothers were the first in flight? Think again! With a provocative foreward by Tesla biographer Marc. J. Seifer, this book is one of the first to set the record straight, tracing the origin of some of the greatest electrical inventions to a coterie of colorful characters that conventional history has all but forgotten.
It's easy to borrow books with LIBRARY to GO!
Even though both NCC Libraries are open again, you can still borrow books and other materials remotely by using our Library to Go service. You can choose quick pickup on campus, or free delivery to your home.
Use Library to Go PLUS to request:
- Access to materials that your instructor has put on electronic reserve in Blackboard;
- Scanned pages from reference books like encyclopedias;
- Scanned articles from print journals in the Library's Periodicals Tower.
This Research Guide was updated on December 12, 2022 by Anne Bittner.