Thursday, July 30, 2015

One Week Left! Study at the Library

Summer Semester Hours
June 8 - August 6, 2015

SWC Library - Chula Vista

Library -- Main Campus
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone Number: 619-482-6397
TTY: 619-482-6490
Library Hours - Librarian Available
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: Closed

SWC Library - Otay Mesa

Library - Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone Number: 619-216-6750 x4424
Librarian Available
Monday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday: Closed

SWC Library - San Ysidro
Library - Higher Education Center at San Ysidro
480 West San Ysidro Boulevard
San Ysidro, CA 92173
Phone Number: 619-216-6790 x4907
Librarian Available
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: Closed

SWC Library - National City

Library - Higher Education Center at National City
Closed for Summer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Help! My research paper is due soon!

We're here when the Library is closed!

Chat with a librarian
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Free research assistance from academic librarians
Available for all SWC students

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Three Reasons to Use Library Databases

Number 3: "Online Pregnancy Test"

Seems like a good idea... but wait, how would that work exactly??! There is no such thing -- this is a fake website that looks real and sounds real, but is totally made up.

Library databases contain credible information from published sources such as journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and e-books. You won't find any fake information there!

Number 2: "List of Hoaxes on Wikipedia"

Here is a collection of deliberate hoaxes -- fake pages and incorrect information on Wikipedia. The Wikipedia page warns readers: "A hoax is considered notable if it evaded detection for more than one month or was discussed by reliable sources in the media. This list is incomplete, as many hoaxes remain undiscovered."

Library databases contain credible information from authors who have the appropriate education and background that makes them uniquely qualified to write articles, books, or reference book entries.You won't find any hoaxes!

Number 1 Reason to Use Library Databases: THEY ARE FREE

Library databases are free for all currently-enrolled SWC students and staff! They are also accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Search for credible information from thousands of sources at once!

Have a question? Ask a librarian! We are happy to help.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Check It Out

by Sean Cliver 
Gingko Press, 2009
Main Campus Stacks GV859.8 .C55 2009

Available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

In The Disposable Skateboard Bible, legendary skateboard graphic artist Sean Cliver (who, in 1989, landed his first job as a designer at the skateboard company Powell-Peralta) provides a fascinating history of skateboard art and culture, from the 1950s to the present. The book is a comprehensive encyclopedia of the skateboard, with hundreds of images of deck designs over the past 60 years. I was amazed to see not only the skateboard I rode *everywhere* in Chula Vista in the 1960s and 1970s, but also the skateboards the neighbor kids had!

In addition to encyclopedic info about the designers and companies, the author includes many brief essays written by skaters and designers. My favorite story is of "the $6000 Hawk", a thrilling tale of how, in 1992, a UK collector found (in a warehouse) a stack of six Powell-Peralta Tony Hawk boards. He wasn't particularly thrilled to find them (as he was looking for something else), but decided to buy the least-scuffed one for 25 pounds ($50 USD). He later sold it on eBay for nearly $2000...and the buyer turned around and resold it to another buyer for $6000! The commentary by the UK collector *and* by the $6000 buyer (who has had tons of offers, and is unwilling to sell), is an exciting read. Amazingly, no one knows what became of the other 5 boards!

Even those who are not interested in skateboarding will find the book fun to look through - the artwork itself is superb!

Review by Rachael Smithey, SWC Librarian 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Advice from Dr. Seuss

American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991) sits at his drafting table in his home office with a copy of his book, The Cat in the Hat, in La Jolla, California, on April 25, 1957. (Photo and caption credit: Biography Resource Center.)

On Monday, UC San Diego announced that Audrey Geisel donated $3 million to their main campus Geisel Library. The library is named for her and her husband, Ted "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. According to KPBS, "The gift will fund improvements to interior public spaces at the 43-year-old library to meet the needs of students, faculty, and other users in the digital age."

UC San Diego Geisel Library (Photo credit: UCSD)

Want to know more about this famous children's author? Check out the SWC Library's books about Dr. Seuss, or learn more about him in the SWC Library's database of articles, videos, and more -- Biography Resource Center (free for all SWC students and staff).

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Here are some memorable quotes from his books, courtesy of the New York Public Library's blog.

“A book is just like life and anything can change” From One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” From Happy Birthday to You!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” From Oh, The Places You'll Go!

It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.” From The Lorax 

“The more that you read, The more things you will know. The more that you learn, The more places you’ll go.” From I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” From The Cat in the Hat

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Why wait? Free Tutoring!

Tutors are available to help in a wide range of subjects. Stop by the Library's ITC Desk on the 3rd floor, or call (619) 421-6700 Ext. 5198.

Tutoring is free for all current SWC students! All you need is your student ID number.

Most students quickly find that reading and studying in college are more demanding than they have previously experienced. To make this transition easier, SWC is committed to supporting students to become efficient, independent learners.

As partners in learning, tutors help students master course material through the application of effective learning strategies.

See you at the Library!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Check It Out

Plastic Purge
by Michael SanClements
St. Martin's Press, 2014
Call Number: TP1122.S24 2014
Available for 4 week check out with your SWC photo ID.

The best summary of this book is contained in its subtitle, "How to use less plastic, eat better, keep toxins out of your body, and help save the sea turtles." In fascinating detail the author covers how ubiquitous plastics are in our lives, and how toxic bad plastic can be to our environment and our health.

Spoiler alert: there is a section called "Bottled Water is for Suckers"!

Review by John Tibbals, SWC Librarian