Thursday, February 28, 2008

Please Enjoy Our Periodicals

The library provides a display of over 50 current magazines and periodical titles in our New Books and Current Periodicals display area near the entrance of the library.

You'll find the most recent issues of various magazines and journals in this section.

To view our complete list of periodicals use our Periodical Holdings List or check with a librarian at the reference desk in the library.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Check it out

Wake Up and Smell the Planet
Mountaineers Books, c2007.

Call number: GE 197 W348 2007
Available in the New Book Area until February 29.

This little soy-ink recycled-paper book covers a typical day chronologically, from morning showers and coffee, what to wear, what to eat, and on to chores and various entertainments at home. The standard topics are covered: saving water, choosing paper or plastic or neither, eating locally grown foods, reusing clothing by buying secondhand, carpooling, composting.

More unusual topics are also covered. Should your cat use the litter box or the toilet? What should you do with the lime you put into the beer bottle that you now want to recycle? Video games. Sex toys. Caskets.

Everyone can find at least one new idea for making life greener in this book.

Book review by Karen Smith, SWC Librarian.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Friends of the Library essay contest deadline March 24

You can win $250 in the Friends of the Library essay contest. The deadline to submit your essay is Monday, March 24, at noon. This will be the first day back after spring break, so take advantage of your time off from classes to polish your entry. Read the rules for the contest by clicking here

Monday, February 25, 2008

Daily Life Online

Exploring Everyday Life Past and Present” is now possible from the Library’s web page.

The Daily Life Online database offers a detailed portrayal of what life was like for ordinary people in different cultures throughout history. You can search or browse by subject, historical time period and region of the world.

Daily Life Online is accessible via the Library's Articles and Databases web page. Select the Access Off-Campus link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

Friday, February 22, 2008

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Check it out

Facing the Lion: Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe
by Simone Arnold Liebster
Grammaton Press, c2003

Numerous memoirs of the Holocaust have been published with vivid, moving accounts of personal struggles. This one is no exception, but in Liebster's memoir the reader witnesses experiences of the Holocaust through the faith of a Jehovah Witness. The reader becomes aware that the Holocaust didn't affect just one population. This book is informative and compelling in its depiction of a young girl who struggles as a prisoner of war, yet continues to live by her faith.

Call Number: Leisure Reading 3108 (on the New Book Shelf until March 3rd)

Book review by Tanya Carr, SWC Librarian

Monday, February 18, 2008

This Week in CQ Researcher

Discipline in Schools, by Thomas J. Billitteri, February 15, 2008

Are zero-tolerance policies fair?
The search continues for effective methods to curb classroom misconduct. Zero-tolerance policies, widely adopted during the 1990s, have led to skyrocketing suspension and expulsion rates in many school districts, sparking criticism that get-tough conduct codes are ineffective at stopping misbehavior and harmful to the education process.

Civil-rights and child-advocacy groups say such codes have led to too many cases of harsh punishment for relatively minor violations, sometimes sending youngsters out on the street where they get into worse trouble.

  • Have zero-tolerance policies made schools safer?
  • Is racism responsible for high suspension rates among minorities?
  • Should students have more legal rights in discipline cases?

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, February 15, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

A 100 ways to say I Love You

Happy Valentine's Day!
Tell that special someone "I love you" in 100 different languages.
Es tevi mīlu (Latvian) ... Kei te aroha au i a koe (Maori) ... Ti amo (Italian)

Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day?
Visit the Canada Virtual Museum to find out the history and traditions of today's holiday.

What's Valentine's Day without chocolate?
Books about chocolate, cooking with chocolate, and websites about chocolate from the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New ARTstor images

The ARTstor digital image library includes art, architecture, archaeology, and other visual culture from around the globe. Nearly 9,000 new images have been added from the Frick Art Reference Library.

Selections from the Art Reference Library are represented in two ARTstor collections. The A.C. Cooper and Releated Archives which include over 5,000 new images that focus on paintings, prints and drawings. Also the Sansoni Archive contain an additional 4,779 images documenting paintings, fresco cycles and other forms of architectural decoration throughout Italy.

On the ARTstor "Welcome Page" click the "GO" button in the upper right hand corner to launch ARTstor. To browse these images, click on the link in the "Browse ARTstor by Collection" area and then select "A.C. Cooper and Related Archives or Sansoni Archive. Or search "frick cooper" or frick sansoni".

For information on how you can access, view other ARTstor images and register for an ARTstor account visit our ARTstor information website at

Monday, February 11, 2008

Check it out

Katherine Dunham: Dancing a Life
by Joyce Aschenbrenner
University of Illinois Press, c2002.
Call number: GV1785.D82 A73 2002
Available in the New Book Area until Feb. 15

This remarkable African-American woman, born in 1909, overcame racial and sexual prejudice to become a published writer, professional dancer, and choreographer. She loved dancing from an early age, even producing and starring in a revue for her local church. She studied Anthropology at the University of Chicago and used her field experience as inspiration for her dance. She seriously considered a career in Anthropology but left academe to become a professional dancer. She choreographed and danced in Broadway musicals and motion pictures in the 1930's and 1940's and formed her own dance troupe. Later in life she became an acclaimed teacher who used her cultural experiences in Africa and the Caribbean as inspiration for her dance style.

Book review by Patty Gianulis, SWC Librarian

Friday, February 08, 2008

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Explore more than 2,500 new and revised words from Purpress to Quit Shilling in the most recent update of the Oxford English Dictionary Online.

Access OED Online by visiting our Articles and Databases webpage and select Oxford English Dictionary. Use the Access Off-Campus link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

Essay Contest - Win $250

Essay Contest
The Friends of the Library are sponsoring an essay contest for currently enrolled SWC students. There will be two prizes of $250 each. To find out all the details, read this Essay Contest blog post.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Check it out

A Turbulent Decade Remembered: Scenes from the Latin American Sixties
by Diana Sorensen
Stanford University Press, 2007
Call Number: PQ 7081 S688 2007 (in New Book Area until 2/15/08)

Sorensen's book studies the sixties, a turning point when Latin America entered the international arena in politics, literature and artistic expression. The book addresses defining events such as the massacre at Tlatelolco in 1968 and the impact of the Cuban Revolution but with a twist. Sorensen prompts the reader to rethink the memorialized events with a more complex reflection than has been presented by her predecessors. This book engages the reader in some very engaging perspectives.

Book review by Tanya Carr, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

February e-book of the Month

The bestselling textbook Science and Technology in World History studies the historical relationship between science and technology. Tracing this relationship from the dawn of civilization through the twentieth century and presenting its findings in a global context.

If you have already established a NetLibrary account through Southwestern College Library, visit and log in to read Science and Technology in World History or any of our other 19,000 e-book titles.

If you do not have a NetLibrary account, you can create your own account from any computer on the Southwestern College campuses. Visit our NetLibrary e-book page for more information.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Does shutting off your computer save money?

Found this interesting article "Save Money by Watching the Watts" on how to monitor and reduce the power our technology gadgets use. The article was written by Tom Mainelli in the February 2008 issue of PCWorld.,140796-page,1/article.html

Sunday, February 03, 2008

This Week in CQ Researcher

Immigration Debate by Alan Greenblatt, February 1, 2008

Can politicians find a way to curb illegal immigration?

The number of illegal immigrants in the country has topped 12 million, making immigration once again a central topic of debate.

Enacting tougher enforcement policies has become a dominant theme in the 2008 presidential campaign, particularly on the Republican side. Just in the past year, states and localities have passed hundreds of bills to crack down on employers and illegal immigrants seeking public benefits. But Congress has been unable to act, despite a bipartisan deal brokered last year by the Bush administration.

  • Should employers be penalized for hiring illegal immigrants?
  • Can guest worker programs be fixed?
  • Should illegal immigrants be allowed to attend public colleges and universities?

  • 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, February 02, 2008

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