Wondering what’s come in lately? Wonder no more. Our latest new books & DVDs list includes titles we received from November 2015 through the end of January. You can browse these by call number area or search by keyword. Click a title or book jacket to find its record in OneSearch and place a request. If you find a list of titles you like, click the email icon at the top to send yourself the list.
Librarians hear this sort of thing a lot. In fact, as I was starting to write this, a student told me that he couldn’t remember a book’s title or author but could picture it in his mind. At first it’s funny, because you can’t search our catalogs by color. But then, books have covers for a reason (even if you can’t judge a book by its cover, though we all know that sometimes you can).
Blue might not be mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, but it gets around the English language. Take a look at the Oxford English Dictionary entry—it’s an endless scroll, encompassing melancholy, obscenity, sensuality, surprise.
So, whatever your mood as skies get greyer this month, stop by and check out a blue book from our display on the second floor of the LRC.
Here’s a list of titles included in our November Blue books display:
It’s time to buckle down and make progress on those research papers.
If you’re doing research, you’re probably spending some time in OneSearch, which is our main tool for finding books, articles and other library content.
So let’s cover a few tips here.
1. Understand how keywords work
Google makes us lazy; we can type any garbage we like into it and it seems to know more or less what we meant.
Library search tools are much more literal. All they do is match words. So, if you include a keyword and it’s not in the title or abstract or subjects—the item won’t show. That’s why:
Too many words! Plenty of articles on that subject don’t have some the words “method” or “against”, so they don’t show in results. Compare:
Your keywords need to match content in the source, so start with just a few and add on!
2. Limit your results by format
By default, OneSearch will show you all different kinds of content. But what if you’re not interested in articles, and are only looking for books you can check out?
Don’t overwork your retina scanning the page. Instead, use the Books & Videos on Library Shelves limiter.
Once you’ve done that, most of your results will be books. Were you told you need to find scholarly articles? You can limit to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals. Check out the Source Types area for other options.
3. Email yourself ebook chapters
We have been plugging ebooks lately and for good reason—thousands of recently published academic titles are waiting for your attention.
Sometimes it’s not totally clear what to do with these, though. You can read them page by page online but that can be inconvenient. Sometimes the easiest thing is to email yourself a chapter. When you’re in the book, click Email Pages, then look for something labeled This section.
There’s a limit to how many pages you can email yourself at a time, but usually a chapter or two is short enough. If you hit the limit, try later that day and you’ll find that the limit has been reset.
4. Save formatted citations
Is it fun making a Works Cited page? Maybe! But event then, you might want some help. When looking at an article, you’ll see a Cite link; click that and look what happens.
But wait, there’s more. If you’ve used EBSCO databases at all you probably have emailed yourself articles. Well take a look at the options on the email form and you’ll see that there’s something labeled Citation Format.
What could it mean?
The citations aren’t always perfect, but they’re a good start. Remember, we’ve got citation tips over at our Research Guides page.
5. Don’t get frustrated by bad links
One of the things OneSearch does is bring together a bunch of different databases. So you’ll see links to JSTOR, ScienceDirect and others in your search results. Usually these links work, but sometimes…
Don’t despair! If a link appeared, usually it means that we do have the article, even if the link itself fails. So in that case you can click the Ask a Librarian icon and ask us to get you the article.
In general, use Ask A Librarian whenever you’re having problems—we’re here to help.
Belorusian writer Svetlana Alexievich has won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Alexievich, who writes in Russian, is one of the few to win the Nobel on the basis of non-fiction writing.
Featured Library Book – Come and Get It!
SCC Library New Book Shelves LB 2395.7 C38 2014
Review from Choice. Emphases added!
This book by Carnes (Barnard College, Columbia Univ.) examines perpetual intellectual disengagement of students in higher education, dating back to Plato and moving through European/American higher education, and asks the question, “Why are we so bored with higher education?” Desperate to bring life to his courses, Carnes took a bold chance and created role-immersion games through which his students could enter the worlds and times of the subjects being studied. When students’ investigative role-playing learning caused them to forget to leave at the end of class periods and they began to meet on Saturdays and Sundays to continue their experiences, Carnes and his fellow faculty and administration knew something revolutionary was happening.
This semester we launched a new version of OneSearch, which provides access to our book & media collection and most of our research databases. I could tell you all about what it does and how to use it, but our friends at the Cosumnes River College Library made a video that does a much better job, in a very short amount of time, than I could hope to do. Enjoy! And tell your friendly librarians how you’re using it.
For students new to SCC, and for all students hoping to make the most of college opportunities, the SCC Library offers these services:
Ask a Librarian Chat Service. Chat, phone, email, read FAQs, or come on in and talk to a friendly Librarian.
Textbooks. The Library has copies of many required textbooks for short term loan. Ask for help at the Research Help Desk on the second floor of the Learning Resource Center.
Computers, Wi-Fi Connection, and Study Space. Tables, study carrels, and study rooms on the 2nd floor and super quiet study space on the 3rd floor.
Library Workshops. 50-minute face-to-face workshops introduce you to library skills. Sign up at the Research Help Desk or call to reserve your spot: 916-558-2461. PILOT online tutorial, too.
Library Books and Videos You Can Borrow. Check out a few of these to jump start your college life:
- Anderson, Debra J. College Culture, Student Success. 2008.
SCC-3rd Floor LC191.94 .A46 2008
- Atkinson, Rhonda Holt, and Debbie G. Longman. Choosing Success In Community College And Beyond. 2012.
SCC-3rd Floor LB2343.32 .A77 2012
- Bain, Ken. What The Best College Students Do. 2012.
SCC-3rd Floor LA229 .B24 2012
- Gardner, John N., and Betsy O. Barefoot. Your College Experience : Strategies For Success. 2012.
SCC-3rd Floor LB2343.32 .G35 2012
- Garton, Christie. Uchic College Girls’ : Real Advice For Your First Year (And Beyond!). 2015.
SCC-3rd Floor LB2343.32 .G39 2015
- Jacobs, Lynn F., and Jeremy S. Hyman. The Secrets Of College Success. 2013.
SCC-3rd Floor LB2343.32 .J35 2013
- Nist-Olejnik, Sherrie, and Jodi Holschuh. College Rules! : How To Study, Survive, And Succeed In College. 2011.
SCC-3rd Floor LB2343.32 .N57 2011
- Valverde, Leonard A. The Latino Student’s Guide To College Success. 2012.
SCC-3rd Floor LC2670.6 .H57 2012
- Baer, Justin. 7 Secrets Of Savvy Students. [Videorecording] : Study Smarter, Not Harder. 2006.
SCC-DVD-Inst.Med-1st Floor LB2343.32 .S48 2006
- Becker, David. The College Success Video. [Videorecording]. 1987.
SCC-VHS-Inst.Med-1st Floor LB2395.C65 1987
- Ellis, David B., and David B. Ellis. Becoming A Master Student. [Videorecording]. 1988.
SCC-VHS-Inst.Med-1st Floor LB2395.B42 1988
- Sateia, Michael J. Sleep And The College Student. [Videorecording]. 2011.
SCC-DVD-Inst.Med-1st Floor RC548 .S538 2011
See it now, in the Library – Shelves of books you thought were movies!
Get ready to borrow these and other Library books over the break. More info about borrowing over the break in the next issue!
SCC students have lots of ideas about how to keep their planet happy. Visit the Library display for April and add your thought bubble to the tree. Plenty of good reading on the subject, too, both on the second floor display shelves and in the general collection. Search OneSearch for Climate, Conservation, Environment and more. Ask a Librarian.
Pulitzer, Nobel, and Man Booker prizes; National Book Award, Hugo Award, Nebula, Edgar, Caldecott and Newbery Medal; all are on display in the Library. Here’s a teaser list, with more below the fold:
|Title & Author||Library Call Number||Award||Year|
|Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell.||PZ7.D5455 Fl 2013||Newbery Medal||2014|
|Locomotive / Brian Floca.||TJ603.2 .F56 2013||Caldecott Medal||2014|
|Missing person / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Daniel Weissbort.||PQ2673.O3 R813 2005||Nobel Prize||2014|
|Americanah : [a novel] / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.||PR9387.9.A34354 A44 2013||National Book Critics Circle||2013|
|Ancillary justice / Ann Leckie.||PS3612.E3353 A83 2013||Nebula Award||2013|
|Dear life : stories / Alice Munro.||PR9199.3.M8 D43 2012||Nobel Prize||2013|
|Devil in the grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the dawn of a new America / Gilbert King.||HV9956.G76 K56 2012||Pulitzer Prize||2013|