Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Library hours during winter break

The Library will be closed from Thursday, December 20, through Tuesday, January 8.

From Wednesday, January 9, through Friday, January 11, we will be open 1 to 4 p.m.

Closed Saturday, January 12.

Regular hours resume on Monday, January 14. Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, December 17, 2007

This Week in CQ Researcher

Future of Recycling by Jennifer Weeks, December 14, 2007

Is a zero-waste society achievable?

Three-quarters of all Americans recycle at home, making recycling one of the nation’s most popular environmental activities. Skeptics argue that recycling does little to help the environment and often costs more than burying waste in landfills, but rising energy prices and concerns about climate change are strengthening the supporters’ case. Meanwhile, a growing stream of junked computers, televisions and other electronic trash – much of it containing toxic materials – is forcing manufacturers to take responsibility for disposing of their products.

  • Is there a waste disposal crisis in the United States?
  • Do product bans reduce waste?
  • Should producers be responsible for disposing of used products?

To read this article and others visit our Articles and Databases webpage and click on CQ Researcher. Select the Access Off-Campus link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

New Hours for Otay Mesa Library

Beginning January 14, 2008, the hours of operation for the library at the Higher Education Center, Otay Mesa, will be:
Monday and Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (two extra hours each day)
Wednesday and Thursday 12 noon to 7:30 p.m. (one extra hour each day)
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday closed

Friday, December 14, 2007

American Song - Listen to Music Online

American Song is an online music listening service that documents the history of American music. A fully searchable music resource, the American Song database includes over 12,000 tracks of licensed recordings that users can listen to over the Internet. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more.

American Song and three other online music listening resources; the Classical Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound, and African American Song are available on our Articles and Databases website

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Extended Library Hours for Finals Week

The Library is open extended hours during Finals Week.

Thursday, December 13: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday, December 14: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 15: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Sunday December 16

Monday, December 17: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 18: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, December 19: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

For a complete schedule of library hours , see the Library Hours page.

If you need some assistance during hours when the Library is closed, try our Ask Us Now Library Reference service. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Book of the Week

How to Do Everything with Second Life
by Richard Mansfield
McGraw Hill, 2008

Filled with hundreds of practical tips, techniques and hands-on tutorials, this book should make the experience of any Second Life resident easier, more exciting, and more fulfilling. With the help of this book, you’ll master the camera, learn to travel efficiently, find privacy and get help—and that is just in the first chapter. Later in the book, you’ll experience virtual love in its many splendid forms and learn to make money in everything from real estate to selling personal services. Whether you are a newbie or an old hand, this book will help you get the most out of Second Life.

Check out How to Do Everything with Second Life on the New Book Shelf in the Library.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Interactive Online Learning

The LearningExpress Library offers you unlimited, 24/7 access to skill–building interactive courses in math, reading, grammar and writing skills, as well as hundreds of online interactive practice tests that help prepare you for civil service positions, entrance into nursing school, preparation for the GED, and U.S. Citizenship exams.

The LearningExpress Library can be accessed from any web–enabled computer on campus, in the library, or from home. In order to take full advantage of the LearningExpress Library services, set up your own account on campus.

All practice tests include instant score reports which provide immediate feedback on how well you performed in each practice exam and complete answer explanations accompany each response so that you understand why a particular answer is correct or incorrect.

To use the LearningExpress Library and other online library resources visit our Articles and Databases webpage and click on the Learning Express Library link. Select the Access Off-Campus link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

This Week in CQ Researcher

Protestants Today, by Marcia Clemmitt, December 7, 2007

Can U.S. Protestants survive today’s challenges?

The overwhelming majority of Americans once were Protestants, but church membership has been dropping for decades. Today, religious diversity reigns, with Protestantism only one among an array of American faiths.

But declining numbers haven’t dimmed church leaders’ efforts to influence public issues, just as early Protestant churches drove social movements from abolition and Prohibition to the civil rights struggle.

  • Have mainline Protestant groups lost their influence permanently?
  • Would declaring the United States a Christian nation fulfill the intentions of the nation’s founders?
  • Must Protestants take a specific political stance?

To read this article and others visit our Articles and Databases webpage and click on CQ Researcher. Select the Access Off-Campus link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

Friday, December 07, 2007

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New Book of the Week

A Christmas Beginning
by Anne Perry
Ballantine Books, 2007
Book Review by Kate Dunn, SWC Librarian

Superintendent Runcorn of Scotland Yard is spending Christmas on the wild and beautiful island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. On one of his solitary strolls, the lonely bachelor stumbles upon a lifeless body which will soon be identified as the local vicar’s lively younger sister.

As he unlocks the secrets of Olivia’s life and death Detective Runcorn finds that, miraculously, his investigation may open the door to a new future for himself.

You can check out A Christmas Beginning (call number 3077) and our other new book titles on the New Book Shelf in the Library.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Top Shelf

By Patty Gianulis, John Tibbals, and John Stanton
Useful and interesting resources -- for homework or for your off-school hours.

Book Selection
Waller, Don. Ornamental Trees of San Diego. San Diego: San Diego Horticultural Society, 2003. Ref SB 437.65 S36 076 2003

Ornamental Trees of San Diego brings together 230 of the most glorious trees of this area, including photographs, detailed descriptions and cultivation tips. The text provides valuable, often first-hand information including where the plant originated, how long it should be expected to live, how big it will get and how to best care for it. Locations of all the trees shown are included so you can drive by and see how well they work in a garden. Other features include “How to Select a Tree for the Garden”, a color chart of flowering trees, guides to tree locations in Balboa Park and Quail Gardens, a select bibliography, indexes of common and botanical names and a list of local sources to purchase trees. This is an excellent local resource.
-Patty G.

Website Selection
Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents (at CSU San Marcos)

The most useful parts of the website are "Recommended Books in Spanish" and "Recommended Books in English About Latinos". In each area the user can enter a title or a subject, then select the desired grade level up through grade 12 (or search all levels at once by using the default "any"). A list of appropriate books will appear...then the user clicks on a title to get full bibliographic information as well as a summary and review sources. For example searching for the subject "migrant labor", any age, in English generates 23 hits.

The Barahona Center has been at CSUSM for many years and is a widely respected source of information in this field.
-John T.

Website Selection
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2006-07 Edition

From the website's description:
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook—updated every 2 years—is a career reference that describes the job duties, working conditions, education and training requirements, earnings levels, and employment levels and projected employment change, and employment prospects for hundreds of occupations. It presents the analysis of the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment projections, along with related information, to help students and job seekers identify and learn about careers."

The OOH is an excellent resource for college students wanting to investigate potential careers, This website is the online version of the classic reference work and it is available for free in the comfort of your own home. It is just as easy to navigate the online version as the print version.
-John S.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Extended Library Hours

The library will open at 7 am beginning Friday December 7. Here is our extended hours schedule until the end of the fall semester.

  • Friday December 7 - 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday December 8 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Closed Sunday December 9
  • Monday December 10 - 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday December 11 - 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday December 12 - 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday December 13 - 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday December 14 - 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday December 15 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Closed Sunday December 16
  • Monday December 17 - 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday December 18 - 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday December 19 - 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

For a complete schedule of library hours , see the Library Hours page.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

This Week in CQ Researcher

Disappearing Species by Tom Arrandale, November 30, 2007

Does Earth face a mass extinction of plants and animals?

The polar bear may vanish as global warming melts Arctic ice. India 's tigers and Africa 's gorillas are also at severe risk, and thousands of other valuable animals, plants and insects are disappearing as tropical rain forests around the world are cut down. Now honeybees have mysteriously gone missing from American farms, while coral reefs are dwindling and deep-sea fisheries are depleted.

Many scientists fear that Earth faces an irreversible biological catastrophe even more severe than climate change, and that conservation efforts could be too late to preserve much of the planet's irreplaceable biodiversity.

  • Is the mass extinction of wild species imminent?
  • Will global warming increase species losses?
  • Will losing species impair human well-being?

To read this article and others visit our Articles and Databases webpage and click on CQ Researcher. Select the Access Off-Campus link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

    Saturday, December 01, 2007


    For up-to-date news and information on your favorite countries of the world visit the CountryWatch online database located on our Articles & Databases website

    CountryWatch is a continuously updated online resource also provides geopolitical, economic, social, business and environmental information for countries around the world.

    Online access is provide through the Southwestern College Library's website. Select the Access Off-Campus link for information on how to use this resource from off campus locations.