Thursday, July 24, 2014

Like Comic-Con? You'll love our graphic novels and nonfiction.

Stop by the Library or browse a list of titles available for check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

One Unit Classes @ SWC Library

Two classes are offered this fall!

8/18/14 - 12/19/14
Fridays: Lecture: 9:00 - 9:50 AM; Lab: 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Room L-244
Offered: HYBRID - On Campus and Online

Introduces library resources in both print and non-print forms. Focuses on research in the college library as well as design and implementation of research strategies.
[D; CSU; UC]  Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent

8/18/14 - 10/11/14
Offered: Online
Fee: $2.

Focuses on the Internet as a research tool. Includes finding, evaluating, downloading, citing Web resources, Web browsers, search engines, directories, databases, and Web pacs. Emphasizes the development of Internet search strategies and how to evaluate sources.
Recommended Preparation: CIS 150 or equivalent

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Have a question? We can help!

Chat with a librarian
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Available for all SWC students

Monday, July 21, 2014

Website of the Week

Did you know that Roses, Apples, and Almonds are related? They are all part of the Rosaceae family, which includes 2,830 known species.

Discover interesting scientific relationships between plants, animals, fungi and more with the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), a comprehensive database of the world's organisms. EOL features beautiful images, videos, maps, detailed descriptions, and taxonomies of all life on Earth. Because this database features known organisms that interact with one another, it can be used to better understand greater ecosystems (and potentially pest control). There is even a set of really useful tools for identifying organisms, including an online forum.

And, if you're interested in learning more about the biodiversity of the world, there are great resources available on the same site including:

  • Podcast Series
  • Field Guides
  • Games for Educators and Students
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library  
The best part: this database is totally free and accessible from anywhere there is internet! The content is also available in over 15 languages.

Take some time to explore the world around you through the Encyclopedia of Life!

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Website of the Week

What's better than Wikipedia to find out facts about a country? The CIA World Factbook!

With overviews of over 250 countries, the World Factbook is a great first stop for information about a country or region's geography, politics, economy, culture, and more! Well-organized and easy to navigate, this free online database makes finding basic facts and statistics about a country painless. It is updated weekly, which ensures the most timely information on a world entity.

Their beautiful, high resolution maps and flags make it a great resource to use for PowerPoint presentations and poster projects, as well. And, because it is published by the Central Intelligence Agency, it is appropriate to use in academic research.

The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July is Park and Recreation Month

Visit our display on the 3rd floor of the Library!

Books on display are available for four week check out with your SWC photo ID card. Stop by the Circulation Desk for assistance.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Check It Out

Did you know there’s a great e-book related to National Park and Recreation Month available to access online?

It's called, Touring the National Parks of California. It's written by Larry H. Ludmer. Hunter Publishing published it in 2009. It can be found through the SWC Library’s Search the Library Catalog webpage. Just type in the title in the search box and you can find it in the results list.

Since it is an e-book, it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with any computer or mobile device with Internet access. If you are on-campus using a school computer, you can click on the e-book weblink to access it immediately. If you are off-campus, you will need to enter your WebAdviser user ID information and the password you use for it before accessing the e-book. More information about off-campus access to library e-books or article databases is available through the Off-Campus Access weblink found on the library’s homepage under Quick Links.

This book is a great resource for anyone interested the national parks located in California. Touring the National Parks of California provides information on how to get these parks, what’s there to see or do, and tips on when to go to avoid the crowds. 

Come to the library to see more national park and recreation-related titles on display this month.


Book review by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian