Friday, October 30, 2009

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Internet Resource: Voxalead News Video Search

Voxalead News, finds keywords in transcriptions of video from mainly major US and French broadcast news resources. Run your search and the video clips appear on the screen, choose the one that you're interested in and the video starts a few moments before your word(s) appear to put it into some sort of context.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Top Ten Things You Should Not Share on Social Networking Sites

Charles W. Bryant writes for HowStuffWorks about the Top 10 Things You Should Not Share on Social Networks. Even if you think you’ve got social networking figured out, you will want to read through the author’s discussion and warnings for each item on the list.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Check It Out

Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA
Julia Alvarez

Call Number: New Book Shelf GT2490 .A45 2007

In Once Upon a QuinceaƱera, a fascinating book about the celebration of a girl's coming of age, bestselling novelist Julia Alvarez, author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and In the Time of the Butterflies, studies the ancient ritual that unites the U.S. Latino community and is rapidly evolving and spreading across ethnic lines.

Ms. Alvarez finds that with a growing Latino population in the United States, this tradition has a strong positive aspect: It binds Hispanics together. You might be Honduran, but you can hire Andean flutes, have a full court of 14 chambelanes and damas -- believed to be a Mexican practice -- and follow the Puerto Rican tradition of changing from flat shoes to heels. Some girls, are now combining the Latino ritual with the Sweet 16 parties common in the United States.

Check out Once Upon a Quinceanera, available on the library's New Book Shelf

Monday, October 26, 2009

100 Free Tools to Tutor Yourself in Anything

The website Online Classes has put together a mega-list of 100 Free Tools to Tutor Yourself in Anything. Find a wide range of online tutorials and websites in the following categories in this useful post:

  • General
  • Language
  • Music
  • Life Skills
  • Around the House
  • Technology
  • General Academic
  • Business
  • Health and Fitness
  • Math and Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Fine Arts

Sunday, October 25, 2009

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

President Obama has declared that October 2009 is National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.

Southwestern College library offers these courses that will improve your information literacy skills:

Contact the Admissions Office for enrollment information 619-421-6700 x5215

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Check It Out

Zoom: the global race to fuel the car of the future
by Iain Carson and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

Call Number: New Book Shelf
HD 9710 A2 C27 2007

In Zoom, Iain Carson and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, award-winning correspondents for The Economist, show why and how geopolitical and economic forces are compelling the linked industries of oil and autos to change as never before. Drawing on years of industry research-including dozens of interviews with motor and energy executives, top policymakers, and latter-day Fords and Edisons-Carson and Vaitheeswaran explain:
  • How Toyota became the world's largest automaker through innovation and superior performance.
  • Why American politicians have, for decades failed to address our energy issues and global warming-and how grassroots movements, along with individual entrepreneurs, innovators, and outsiders, are making real reform possible.
  • How these Green revolutionaries are creating new products powered by hydrogen, electricity, bio-fuels, and digital technology.

Check out Zoom: the global race to fuel the car of the future today, available on the library's New Book Shelf.

Friday, October 23, 2009

This Month in CQ Global Researcher

Rescuing Children by Rob Kiener,
October 2009

Is the global community doing enough?

The numbers are grim: Every day more than 25,000 children under age 5 – the equivalent of 125 jetliners full of youngsters – die from hunger, poverty or easily preventable illnesses, such as diarrhea and malaria. Millions of others are abandoned, trafficked into prostitution, forced into armed conflict or used as child laborers – mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

While governments and nongovernmental organizations struggle to help, aid cutbacks due to the world economic crisis could trigger 200,000-400,000 additional child deaths each year. Meanwhile, experts and policy makers disagree over how best to combat AIDS among children, and whether more foreign aid would do more harm than good. Others question whether the United States should ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United States is the only nation besides Somalia that hasn’t adopted the treaty.

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

Friday, October 09, 2009

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ARTstor: Architecture of California

ARTstor is partnering with Occidental College to share approximately 2,500 images of California architecture from the archives of Robert Winter in the Digital Library. A noted architectural historian, Winter photographed buildings and sites throughout California for over 40 years.

His photographs document major 19th and 20th century styles from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco, Spanish Colonial to Mission Revival, with a particular focus on the Arts and Crafts movement. Robert Winter's images are available due to the generous donation of his slide collection to Occidental College.

To view the Robert Winter: Architecture of California (Occidental College): go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click "Robert Winter: Architecture of California (Occidental College)" or enter the keyword search: "robert winter".

Southwestern College library has a number of books written by Robert Winter. Search the Library Catalog to location these items.

To view ARTstor from off campus locations you need to create an ARTstor account at from any computer on the Southwestern College campuses.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

October e-Book of the Month

In recognition of Banned Books Week, OCLC NetLibrary and HarperCollins Publishers are pleased to announce that Burn This Book will be available as the October eBook of the Month.

Published in conjunction with the PEN American Center, Burn This Book explores the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. Contributors including Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, David Grossman, Nadine Gordimer and other literary heavyweights, discuss the importance of writing from various views, both political and social. They illustrate the need for freedom of speech and human rights, and they emphasize the target writers become in a tyranny.

Burn This Book will be provided with free, unlimited access October 1-31, 2009.

If you have already established a NetLibrary account through Southwestern College Library, visit log in to read "Burn This Book" or any of our other 20,000 electronic book titles from your home, work or any other off campus location.

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 information page .