Get (Library) Help!

Librarians are here to help with your course assignments, class projects, speeches, debates, and research papers.

Contact us – call, chat, email, or come on  in.

When in doubt, visit your library.

Library hours including Spring Break.

We can also help you get on a computer, print your research paper, find your textbook, make copies, and more.  Just ask.

Want to know more?  Sign up for a library workshop, or do the online PILOT library activities on your own.

We are looking out for you.

Library Display – Choose an Award-Winning Book

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 & AuthorLibrary Call NumberAwardYear
Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell.PZ7.D5455 Fl 2013Newbery Medal2014
Locomotive / Brian Floca.TJ603.2 .F56 2013Caldecott Medal2014
Missing person / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Daniel Weissbort.PQ2673.O3 R813 2005Nobel Prize2014
Americanah : [a novel] / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.PR9387.9.A34354 A44 2013National Book Critics Circle2013
Ancillary justice / Ann Leckie.PS3612.E3353 A83 2013Nebula Award2013
Dear life : stories / Alice Munro.PR9199.3.M8 D43 2012Nobel Prize2013
Devil in the grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the dawn of a new America / Gilbert King.HV9956.G76 K56 2012Pulitzer Prize2013

Award winning books on display

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Try out Statista: Statistics with Flair

We are currently providing trial access to Statista, a site that compiles statistics from various sources and presents them in visually arresting ways. Many of the stats have a business angle, but variety is the key word here. Some examples:

You get the idea.

You can easily toggle between different kinds of charts, and then download a high-quality image, PDF or PowerPoint slide, or export the data as an Excel file.

Where does the info come from? According to Statista,

data sources include market research reports, such as the Ipsos Affluent Survey published annually by Ipsos Media, Simmons National Consumer Studies and Consumer Insights from Scarborough Research, as well as trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases.

Threshold for Herd Immunity for Select Diseases 2013

What do you think? Let a librarian know. You can find it through March 27 on our Research Databases page, or click below.

Go to Statista

Celebrate African American History Month!

Come to the 2nd floor of the LRC and choose a book from the display honoring African American History Month.  You can borrow books on display for 3 weeks.

Rita Dove poem

Read about African Americans in WWII, Jazz and Blues, African American art, African American women writers, Buffalo soldiers and much more!

Low On Funds and Need a Textbook?

We’ve got you covered. The library has a copy of most of your required textbooks at the Circulation Desk.  (Find them in the Library Catalog.)   If your instructor approves the use of an older edition of the textbook, the library has some previous editions on the third floor of the Library. These older textbooks check out for three weeks.

Library catalog textbook search

The Library has copiers that can print a page or two or save those pages to your USB. If you need assistance searching for course materials, ask a librarian at the Research Help Desk.

Still strained financially? There are numerous sites where you can purchase a book at a discount or rent a book for the semester. The price may be half what it costs to buy the book new, and you can sometimes sell it back.

Take advantage of this list of sites to purchase and rent textbook materials:Student finding books on Library third floor

Students: Jump-Start Your Research Skills!

Library Workshops Start Monday, February 2.

Jump in!  You will:

  • Get ahead on your assignments and papers.
  • Take the guesswork out of finding books, ebooks, online journal and newspaper articles, and the many other resources available to you through the SCC Library.

50-minute, face-to-face Library workshops are held throughout the semester on the second floor of the LRC.

For details, visit the Library website.

happy students

Academy Award Contest

Guess the winners and you could win two movie passes!

Fill out your ballot at either the Instructional Media Desk on the 1st floor or
the Library Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Learning Resource Center.

Ties will be broken by a random drawing. Winners will be contacted by email.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on February 22, 2015. Check out the nominees.

Oscar statuettes

Spring Semester Starts Saturday

Classes start Saturday! The library will be open its regular Saturday hours, 9 am – 3 pm. A few things to remember:

  • If you are looking for your textbook, the best way to see if we’ve got it is to fill out our online form. If we have a copy, it is most likely on 2-hour reserve. You need to grab the call number and bring it to the Circulation Desk. Ask a librarian if you need help.
  • You must have a Student Access (ID) Card in order to check out books. Don’t have one yet? On Saturday the 17th you can get one from 7 – 2:30 on the first floor of the LRC. You can also do it earlier in the week at City Café. For the full schedule, see the calendar (PDF file). To get your Access card and be eligible to check out books, you must be in at least one class (not just on a waiting list).
  • Be patient. Things can be very hectic early in the semester. We are really doing our best to help you get started with the semester, but sometimes there are delays, so try to keep a cool head!

Robin perched on bare branch

Get vacation reading while there’s still time!

The library closes for Winter Recess on Thursday, December 18 at 8 pm. Until then, if you are a continuing student or an SCC employee, you can check out books and videos and they will not be due until Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

13/365: Statler & Waldorf

So find your summer reading! Some titles of interest from the last couple years, all of which are on the shelf as I type this:

The Luminaries by Eleanor CattonThe Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth KolbertThe Teacher Wars by Dana GoldsteinBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonSo We Read On by Maureen CorriganThe Goldfinch by Donna TarttThe Innovators by Walter IsaacsonCapital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

More in the New Books section on the 2nd floor, or browse our new arrivals online!