Check out the Library’s 2nd floor display of NEW Books to help students succeed with Math, English, ESL, Study Skills & LIFE! These & many more books on these subjects are available to check out for 3 weeks:
Have you checked out the newest arrivals at the library? Ranging from guides that can help you with your courses to
the latest best-selling non-fiction, these new arrivals are not to be missed. Not sure where to start? You can browse the New Books List or search by title, author, or subject.
Don’t forget to visit the New Books & Videos page to find out about the latest books, DVDs, and eBooks. Each listing has a link directly to the library catalog, so you can quickly locate or request the item.
Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can borrow
these new titles. Checking out books or DVDs is simple; all you need is your student or employee ID card and you are good to go! Using ebooks might take some figuring out—when you have questions, take a look at our ebook guide or Ask a Librarian.
Top 20 ebooks you’ve cracked open this semester:
There’s an election next week; have you figured out what you’re doing about Proposition 47? (Have you even heard of Prop 47?) How about Measure L?
Librarian Becky Boyd put together a list of useful election-info sites to help an ENGWR 300 class researching these topics, but they are useful for all of us. Take a look at the ones below, or for more resources visit the guide itself.
You can borrow your
You can find millions of journal articles
You can request books electronically from other campuses in the District.
The top 10 challenged books for 2013:
Find some of these titles and more in an exhibit on the second floor of the LRC – through October.
Read more about banned and challenged books of the 21st century.
A few new offerings have been added to library Research Databases, based on trials we did in the Spring. Here are the details:
This periodical database features some of the highest-impact journals in the field, such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. When we tried out this database in the Spring, it quickly became one of our most-used sources of full-text articles. Journals in this database have no embargo period; in other words, the most recent issues are included, which isn’t always the case in our databases.
A couple notes:
This database provides statistical information on a large number of topics. We find that students are often looking for information on topics including criminal justice (how many people are incarcerated in the California?), income (number of children in poverty in the US?), and education (what is the high school dropout rate and does it vary by race or ethnicity?). Much of this information is available via various government websites. RAND has pulled together many of the most-requested items and made them easy to find in a single database, making available tables that you can eyeball for the number you need or download to Excel or similar software for further analysis or mashups.
This database is replacing last year’s offering of the Statistical Abstract from ProQuest, which saw little use and was not quite as user-friendly as RAND’s product.
This database includes educational videos covering history, the sciences, and the arts. All the videos are closed-captioned. While these videos should be embeddable in D2L courses, we are running into some problems with doing so, so for now please just link to the site itself.
Many of the programs include downloadable supplementary documents and lesson plans. We are also thinking of this as a one-year trial, to see how interesting it is to the campus at large. So please, let us know if this is the sort of thing you need from the library!
Over the summer, two rooms for group study were added to the 2nd floor of the Learning Resource Center.
These rooms, made from portable office materials, are bigger than the permanent rooms, so feel free to take a larger group in there. Sign up for a room at the Research Help desk on the second floor of the Library.
The purpose of all Library study rooms is for group study among current students, and demand has been very strong. Tutors, please ask your sponsor if they can provide an alternative space for SCC tutoring.
Welcome Karen Tercho, SCC’s newest librarian. Karen brings experience as an adjunct librarian at the CRC Library as well as full-time work as solo librarian at Bryan University. We asked Karen to list “Five Things You Don’t Know about Me.” Now you know!
Come to the 2nd floor of the Library and visit the display celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out any of the books in the display, including books about Hispanic culture, politics, artists or authors!