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.

Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it by Kate Harding. The trouble with post-Blackness edited by Houston A. Baker and K. Merinda Simmons To the cloud : big data in a turbulent world / Vincent Mosco The republic of imagination : a life in books by Azar Nafisi The Peripheral by William Gibson Ida, a film by Paweł Pawlikowski

We post shorter lists of new books weekly, and new DVDs monthly. You’ll find those at the main New Books & DVDs page. You can get new books via email as well.

Guess the winners and you could win two movie passes! Entry forms available at the Academy Awards display on the 2nd floor of the LRC (look for the reels of film) and in the Instructional Media room on the first floor.
Film with dvds in the background

Did you know the library’s DVD collection has over 250 Oscar winners ready for checkout?

Study up on the nominees, and get your entry in before Oscar night (Feb. 28).

To be successful, you need to work with information. LIBR courses will help you succeed. This Spring we are offering the following courses:

Full Term

LIBR 325: Internet Research Skills (3 units)
This course is a full introduction to online information resources. Learn to use the tools you have available to their fullest extent.

First 8-week term

LIBR 318: Library Research and Information Literacy (1 unit)
Step-by-step help in understanding how to do college-level research.

Second 8-week term

LIBR 307: Medical Information Resources (.5 units)
If you are thinking about studying anything health-related, take this course.

Find more info in the Class Schedule, and also explore our Library & Information Technology program, which offers a Certificate and Associate’s degree.

Sacramento City College Faculty AuthorsOur current display features Sacramento City College faculty novelists, poets, playwrights and editors. Come browse the collection at your leisure; but don’t wait too long, since we’ll close for Winter Recess on Thursday, December 17.

Want to check something out for the break? Employees and continuing students can borrow items and not have to return them until Wednesday, January 20.

For a list of books in the display, see the list below.
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Dog and cat in a blanket
Please help the Learning Resource Center collect pet supplies (big or small) for homeless pets at our local Front Street Animal Shelter. Donation boxes are located in the LRC 1st and 2nd floor lobbies now through December 16.

The shelter greatly appreciates the following items:

  • Dry and canned cat and/or dog food
  • Cat litter
  • Collars and leashes
  • Medications
  • Cat & dog beds
  • Blankets & towels
  • Cat and dog toys
  • Newspapers

Thank you for your generosity!

This Friday, November 20 in LR105, be part of International Games Day @ Your Library from 1-5 pm. An assortment of games, including Timeline, Star Fluxx, Sushi Go, Munchkin: Treasure Hunt, Trophy Buck, EcoFluxx and Choose One, will be on hand and ready to play!
International Games Day @ Your Library

This is a world-wide event. So join the global community and get your game on this Friday! Students, faculty, staff are all welcome.

Library display. Poster says "I can't remember the title, but the cover was blue."
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.

Michael Graves, buildings and projects, 1995-2003. edited by Karen Nichols Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe death and life of the great American school system : how testing and choice are undermining education by Diane Ravitch

Imagining Black America by Michael Wayne. Edible : an adventure into the world of eating insects and the last great hope to save the planet by Daniella Martin Blasphemy by Sherman AlexieUkraine : an illustrated history by Paul Robert Magocsi.

Here’s a list of titles included in our November Blue books display:

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It’s time to buckle down and make progress on those research papers.

OneSearch, Los Rios Libraries

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.

Google search for: where are tho hamtsers who eat tacos. Spelling corrected, includes relevant results about burritos

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:

 a search for methods of preventing domestic violence against women brings fewer than 40 results

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:

Query domestic violence prevention programs brings 4,000 results

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.

Books & Videos on Library Shelves limiter in OneSearch

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.

Email chapter of EBSCO ebook
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.

Email MLA citation in EBSCO record

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…

404 page in ScienceDirect
Ask a Librarian - Live ChatDon’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.

Welcome International Students!

We invite you to take a tour of the Library and Learning Resource Center (LRC) with Antonio López, the new librarian at SCC.

Library 3rd floor study space

Learn how to reserve a study room and how to find books, textbooks, DVDs, magazines, and online materials through the Library home page.

Meet Antonio in the lobby of the Learning Resource Center at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 6th.

Take a tour of the Library and invite a friend to discover what we have for you at the LRC!