Thursday, April 24, 2014

Website of the Week

The Royal Institute of Great Britain 

and its Christmas Lectures

2013 Christmas Lectures, Credit: Paul Wilkinson
The Royal Institution of Great Britain was founded in 1799. The founders’ goal was to introduce new technologies and to teach science to the general public. Education for the young in the sciences was fairly rare at that time. There had been science lectures at the Royal Institute for adults from 1800, but not for children.

Michael Faraday was one of the famous scientists who worked in the Royal Institute, and in 1826 he started the tradition to give lectures during the Christmas season. The lectures became popular during the years, only stopping during WWII. Topics were various from zoology to chemistry, and in the last decades it included space science, computers, history, music or geology, by famous scientists, such as Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins or David Attenborough: .

You can watch previous televised lectures on the Royal Institute’s website. In the 20th century, the lectures also published as books to provide even wider audience for science.

Review by Erika Prange, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Math is hard.

Get some help!

Whether it's math, writing, or computers -- there are many subjects the tutors in the Library can help with.

It's free for SWC students, and it takes just 30 minutes to meet with a tutor. Why not try it out?

  • When: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Where: Library ITC Desk, 3rd floor 
  • What: Subjects include Accounting, Computers, English, Humanities, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. 
Appointments can be made at the ASC (Building 420) and the ITC Desk on the 3rd floor of the main Library.

Call the Library ITC Desk for more information: 619-421-6700 (x5198).

See you there!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Extended Hours Are Coming!

Do you wish you had more time to research and to write that paper that's due in May? Extended hours begin May 12!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Check It Out

When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death
by Scott Taylor Smith with Michael Castleman,
Scribner, 2013
New Book Shelf: HQ1073 .S65 2013

When Someone Dies is a small book which is chock-full of practical information, advice, and checklists for what to do before, during, and after a person’s death. It is written not only for executors and trustees, although it is primarily directed towards those individuals; it is also for people want to know what things they can do ahead of time to make their death easier on their survivors.

The primary author, Scott Taylor Smith, says that he made costly and unnecessary mistakes when his mother died, because a practical book like this one did not exist. Smith is a partner at Viant Capital, a boutique investment bank and tech business. Michael Castleman is an award-winning journalist and writer. Since state laws vary, the reader who is also acting in an official capacity, such as an executor, is cautioned to consult an attorney in addition to reading this book.

Review by Ann Willard, SWC Librarian

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Closed for Spring Break

The SWC Libraries are closed April 14 - April 20. 
Regular hours resume Monday, April 21. 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Database of the Month

Looking for articles and statistics about a current issue? Try Opposing Viewpoints!

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a library database covering a wide range of topics. This searchable database organizes current issues into Topic Pages, where you can find a topic overview, current periodical articles, book chapters, statistics, primary sources, and hand-picked web sites on your topic.

Working from home? No problem. Just click on "Opposing Viewpoints" on the Library's Articles and Databases page. Enter your username (your WebAdvisor ID) and password (your birthdate) for full access to this database.

All of the Library's 35 databases are available to SWC students from off campus.

Have a question? Ask a librarian!