Preview the New OneSearch

OneSearch logoOver the last few months, the library has been working on a new look and feel for OneSearch, the tool that provides access our books, videos, and a large chunk of our online databases. OneSearch has been very widely used at SCC for the last couple years; when you do a search from the library homepage using the “All” tab, that’s where you end up.

You can now preview the new version of OneSearch. When you do a search from the library home page, you’ll see a link asking if you want to go to the new version. Click it, and you’ll get there.

You’ll find several new features aimed at improving access to our locally held books & videos. Searching for textbooks on reserve? Click the “Find Textbooks on Reserve” link at the top of the screen to launch special search form similar to the one you find on the library website. Want to text a call number to yourself? From a book’s page, click the “Share” icon next to the call number and you’ll be able to do so.

We’ll be continuing to work on the new OneSearch through the summer. In the Fall semester, we’ll be sending the older library catalog (often known as “LOIS”) into semi-retirement. So let us know what you think of OneSearch! After you’ve used it for a little, you’ll get a survey prompt. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Yoga in the Library (and Puzzles, Too!)

Bust your stress and bust out some easy yoga poses, or try your hand at puzzles and coloring for added focus. Our list for you:

Breathe, stretch, and stabilize with a 20-minute yoga break in the LRC Lobby (no mat or special clothes are necessary) –

  • Thursday, May 14 @ 12:15
  • Monday, May 18 @ 12:15
  • Tuesday, May 19 @ 12:15
  • Wednesday, May 20 @ 12:15

Other fun things:

  • Enjoy jigsaw puzzles or color a beautiful design (crayons provided!): all floors May 11- 20
  • Pick up ear plugs at the Research Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC.

The Library wishes our students all the best for much success in Spring 2015 Finals and beyond!

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It’s Up to You. What Will You Do?

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.

Students' thoughts about living greener.

Stapled, Taped, and Punched @ Your Library

Sometimes it’s the little things, like school supplies!  We know you need them, and as always your library staff wants to help.

Here’s what we have for you:

  • At the Research Help Desk, help yourself to the use of staplers, staple removers, three-hole punches, tape, and a paper-cutter.  Ask for scissors, rulers, and paperclips, too.
  • Punch a free handout on MLA or APA and stash it in your binder to ease your late-night citation blues.desk supplies
  • Need an index card?  We have a few of those, too, for you.
  • At the Circulation Desk, buy pens, pencils, green exam books, and transparencies.
  • Roll out a portable whiteboard and markers for an instant study session anywhere on the 2nd floor – no reservation required.
  • Get help using the printers and copiers – and now you can get change, too.
  • You can send faxes (for a fee) at the College Store as well as at FedEx across Sutterville Road.

And don’t forget the big things:  Librarians are here to help you find your textbook, understand your assignment, choose a topic, find books and articles, choose research-worthy sources, and much more.

Come and see us, call, chat, email, or read the FAQs.  We’re here for you!

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.

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