Friday, May 23, 2008

Closed for semester break

Library reopens June 3

Semester Break Library Hours
May 24 - June 2, 2008: CLOSED

June 3 (Tues) : 1 - 4 p.m.
June 4 (Wed) : 1- 4 p.m.
June 5 (Thurs) : 1 - 4 p.m.

Summer Session Library Hours (6/9/08 - 8/7/08)
Mon- Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Sat and Sun: CLOSED

Information about library hours for Main campus, Otay Mesa, and National City may be found on the library's website.

Monday, May 19, 2008

This Week in CQ Researcher

Financial Crisis by Kenneth Jost, May 9, 2008
Did lax regulation cause a credit meltdown?

Investment banks in the United States and elsewhere are taking billion-dollar losses as they are forced to revalue their holdings. The flood of subprime mortgage defaults roiling the U.S. housing market is also feeding a worldwide credit crisis.

The U.S. Treasury Department has proposed a major overhaul of financial-markets regulation, but the sweeping plan offers little by way of immediate relief. In any event, any proposals for additional regulation will face stiff resistance from the financial community.

  • Should the Federal Reserve be given more power to prevent financial crises?
  • Should regulation of commercial banks and investment firms be tightened?
  • Should the markets for credit derivatives be more closely regulated?

  • 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, May 16, 2008

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    Tuesday, May 13, 2008

    How to find articles

    Working on a research paper? Use the library databases to search for full-text articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. As a SWC student, you may access these amazing resources for free. For more information, read about remote access.

    If you need help choosing a database, searching for your topic, or citing an article you found, contact our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service. Or stop by the reference desk -- the library is open extended hours through finals week.

    Thursday, May 08, 2008

    Extended library hours!

    Beginning Friday, May 9 the library will be open extra hours to help you finish up your assignments and prepare for your finals.

    Extended Hours: May 9 - May 22
    Monday- Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed

    On Friday, May 23 we will be open regular hours: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Check the library website for detailed information about library hours at Main campus, Higher Ed Center-National City, and Higher Ed Center-Otay Mesa.

    Remember, the Online Library is always open!

    Tuesday, May 06, 2008

    Check it out

    Cite it Right : the SourceAid Guide to Citation, Research, and Avoiding Plagiarism
    by Tom Fox
    Osterville, MA : SourceAid, 2007 (3rd ed.)

    Are you finishing up that final paper? Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out how to correctly cite your sources.
    • You used a quote in your paper. How should you cite it?
    • You found an article in one of the library's databases. What format should you use to cite it in your Works Cited page?
    • Have you plagiarized any of your sources? What is plagiarism?

    Cite it Right is a handy how-to guide for all of your citation questions. There are separate chapters for a variety of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style. These chapters outline how to correctly cite within your paper and on your Works Cited page. In addition, if you are just beginning to write your paper, Cite it Right has an entire chapter on how to organize your thoughts to get started writing.

    Cite it Right is in the New Books Area and it may be checked out for 4-weeks. For more information on how to cite using MLA or APA citation styles, use the library's citation help page. This page provides you with PDF quick reference guides and links to useful citation websites.

    Any questions? Ask a Librarian!

    Monday, May 05, 2008

    Library Tutorials and Help Guides

    Need help finding resources in the Library Catalog? Having trouble locating reserve materials for your course? The library has recorded several online tutorials on how to use basic library tools. The tutorials are a great introduction to helping you locate materials both in the library and online.

    The online tutorials are available on the library website at

    You will also find additional Help Guides and library research handouts at

    For additional help there is always a reference librarian available to help you at the Reference Desk whenever the library is open.

    Friday, May 02, 2008

    This Week in CQ Researcher

    Cyberbullying by Thomas J Billitteri, May 2, 2008

    Are new laws needed to curb online aggression?

    Child advocates say a growing epidemic of “cyberbullying” – the use of computers, cell phones, social-networking sites and other technology to threaten or humiliate others – is putting young people at risk, sometimes with deadly consequences.

    Court precedents on school discipline and students’ First Amendment rights provide limited guidance to educators grappling with the emerging world of cyber communication, especially transmissions originating off school grounds.

  • Are new laws needed to curb cyberbullying?
  • Do cyberbully laws violate constitutional rights?
  • Should parents be held liable for cyberbullying offenses?
  • 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.

    Thursday, May 01, 2008

    May e-book of the Month

    The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means by George Soros is the May eBook of the Month and is available through May 19.

    In a concise essay that combines practical insight with philosophical depth, Mr. Soros makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the great credit crisis and its implications for our nation and the world.

    If you have already established a NetLibrary account through Southwestern College Library, visit and log in to read "The New Paradigm for Financial Markets" 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.