Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today! Free Workshop at Noon

Join us for 30-Minute Thursdays at noon today in Room L-244. We'll be covering all the basics about the Library. 

Bring your questions and see you there!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Website of the Week

Public Policy Institute of California

"The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. We are dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research." 

PPIC reports are routinely cited in the media (from The Los Angeles Times to Breitbart) and are a great way to get beyond a news item to the original source. 

When tasked with finding a 'California angle' to an issue, the PPIC can be an excellent place to start. Topics include: climate change, corrections, the economy, education, population and the political landscape to name a few. To whet your appetite, here are a few titles of some recent PPIC reports:
  • Millennial Voters and California Politics (August 2017). Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, David Kordus, Lunna Lopes . Millennials are less likely to register and vote than older Californians.
  • Californians and Transportation (February 2017). Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, David Kordus, Lunna Lopes . Californians view traffic congestion as a big problem in most regions.
  • Groundwater in California (May 2017) Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak, Thomas Harter Groundwater is a vital component of California’s water supply. On average, underground aquifers provide nearly 40% of the water used by California’s farms and cities..... 
  • Californians and Housing Affordability (September 2017). Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, David Kordus, Lunna Lopes. Californians across the state experience financial strain from their housing costs.
Review by Bruce Johnson, SWC Librarian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SWC Cares

SWC Cares

The SWC Cares webpage provides information useful for Southwestern students that are hungry, homeless, have financial problems, require medical assistance, need a lawyer, and many other services. If you need to find information about a local social service, SWC Cares is a great place to start. 

In addition to providing information about community partners that provide services, SWC Cares provides access to two services here at the college: Jag Kitchen and SWC Cares Emergency Grant. They have a way to donate to the program at the bottom of the page.

The Resources pages has a great collection of links to local services:

Review by John Stanton, SWC Librarian

Monday, October 16, 2017

Falling behind?

Tutoring in the Library is free! Make an appointment today.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Have a question?

Chat with a librarian

Free research assistance
Available for all SWC students

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today! Free Workshop

Join us for 30-Minute Thursdays
Attend one or attend them all!

Ask your instructor if extra credit is available to attend.

Faculty and staff are eligible to earn flex credit.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Serious Search Strategies

Don't waste your time sifting through junk!

Join us for 30 Minutes -- THIS Thursday at noon. We'll be offering a free workshop on Topic Discovery. What are the best search strategies to find those hidden gems?

What: Topic Discovery
When: Thursday, October 12, noon
Where: L-244 (Library Classroom)

See you at the Library!