Wednesday, July 27, 2011

E-books: Check it out

Green Day : A Musical Biography. by Kjersti Egerdahl. Greenwood Press, 2010. E-book accessible via EBSCOhost.

"Green Day is almost certainly the world's most popular pop-punk band. How they got there is the subject of Green Day: A Musical Biography, the first book to follow the band from their beginnings through the spring 2009 release of 21st Century Breakdown.

Tracing the band's evolution from fiercely independent punks to a global powerhouse, Green Day starts with the members' earliest musical influences and upbringing and the founding of the punk club 924 Gilman Street that shaped their sense of community. Discussion of their conflicted feelings about signing to a major label explores the classic rock 'n' roll conundrum of "selling out," while details of their decline and 2004 rebirth offer an inspirational story of artistic rejuvenation. Interviews with the band members and key figures in their lives, excerpted from punk 'zines and other publications, offer a perspective on their methods of self-promotion and the image they have chosen to project over time." (Description from

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Electronic Books

We have just added over 100 new electronic book titles to our collection. A complete title list is listed below. Search the Library Catalog to locate and access these digital treasures.

As an eBook user, you can access library resources anywhere and anytime, even when the library is closed. Once you have created your eBook account, eBooks can be viewed online using any Internet browser. eBooks also have advanced search capabilities that allow the you to perform search within a specific book title to quickly locate information.

For additional information visit our eBook informational webpage that explains how you can create an eBook account or visit the Reference Desk in the library or Ask Us Now by chat, phone or email.

Below is a list of our latest eBook titles.

Daily Life During the Indian Wars {The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series}

21St Century Elementary Library Media Program

Aging, but Never Old : the Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-aging Movement {The Praeger Series on Contemporary Health and Living}

American Film in the Digital Age {New Directions in Media}

American Women of Science Since 1900

Battles That Changed History : an Encyclopedia of World Conflict

Beyond Suppression : Global Perspectives on Youth Violence {Global Crime and Justice}

Che Guevara : a Biography {Greenwood Biographies}

Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels : a History of Graphic Narratives

Daily Life During the Reformation {Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series}

Disarming States : the International Movement to Ban Landmines

Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture

Encyclopedia of Human Body Systems

Encyclopedia of the Vampire : the Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture

Folklore : an Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art {2Nd Ed. /}

Genocide : a Reference Handbook {Contemporary World Issues}

George W. Bush : a Biography {Greenwood Biographies}

Introduction to Technical Services {Library and Information Science Text Series; 8th Ed.}

Medicare {Health and Medical Issues Today}

Multicultural Literature and Response : Affirming Diverse Voices

Profit of Education

Prostitution and Sex Work {Historical Guides to Controversial Issues in America}

Protecting Your Health Privacy : a Citizen's Guide to Safeguarding the Security of Your Medical Information

Public Libraries and the Internet : Roles, Perspectives, and Implications

Reference Reborn : Breathing New Life Into Public Services Librarianship

Sarah Palin : a Biography {Greenwood Biographies}

Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World : Domestic Threat and the Need for Change {Changing Face of War}

Thyroid Disease {Biographies of Disease}

Trials of the Century : an Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and the Law

Brain Matters : Translating Research Into Classroom Practice {2Nd Ed.}

Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning : Innovation As an Engine for Student Success

Everyday Engagement : Making Students and Parents Your Partners in Learning

Focus : Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

How to Plan Rigorous Instruction

Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom

Learning for Keeps : Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners

Raising Black Students' Achievement Through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Transformational Teaching in the Information Age : Making Why and How We Teach Relevant to Students

Aesthetics A-Z {Philosophy A-Z}

Demented Particulars : the Annotated Murphy {2Nd Ed.}

American Pop : Popular Culture Decade By Decade

Archaeology in America : an Encyclopedia

Dynamic Advancements in Teaching and Learning Based Technologies : New Concepts

Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration

Handbook of Research on Transformative Online Education and Liberation : Models for Social Equality

Transition or Transformation? : Helping Young People With Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Set Out on a Hopeful Road Towards Their Adult Lives

Buddhism : the Ebook : an Online Introduction {4Th Ed.}

State Assessment Systems : Exploring Best Practices and Innovations : Summary of Two Workshops

American War Machine : Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan {War and Peace Library}

Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools

Clean Energy Common Sense : an American Call to Action on Global Climate Change

Combat Trauma : a Personal Look at Long-term Consequences

Coming Climate Crisis? : Consider the Past, Beware the Big Fix {Why of Where Series}

Commodified and Criminalized : New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports {Perspectives on a Multiracial America Series}

Dust : the Inside Story of Its Role in the September 11th Aftermath

Envy Theory : Perspectives on the Psychology of Envy

Forensic Science in Court : Challenges in the Twenty-first Century {Issues in Crime & Justice}

Globalization and Islamism : Beyond Fundamentalism {Globalization}

Globalization and Terrorism : the Migration of Dreams and Nightmares {Globalization; 2nd Ed.}

Good Life : Options in Ethics {4Th Ed.}

Heirs of Oppression

Hiroshima : the Autobiography of Barefoot Gen {Asian Voices}

History of Korea : from Antiquity to the Present

How Shelter Pets Are Brokered for Experimentation : Understanding Pound Seizure

How Your Child Heals : an Inside Look at Common Childhood Ailments

James Madison Rules America : the Constitutional Origins of Congressional Partisanship

Jihad and Genocide {Studies in Genocide}

Learning Culture Through Sports : Perspectives on Society and Organized Sports {2Nd Ed.}

Moral University

Mouse That Roared : Disney and the End of Innocence {Updated and Expanded Ed.}

Plagues in World History {Exploring World History}

Police Practices in Global Perspective

Polyamory in the Twenty-first Century : Love and Intimacy With Multiple Partners
Practical Statistics for Educators {4Th Ed.}

Rich, Free, and Miserable : the Failure of Success in America

Rights for Victims of Crime : Rebalancing Justice

Saints and Scamps : Ethics in Academia {25Th Anniversary Ed.}

Schoolhouse of Cards : an Inside Story of No Child Left Behind and Why America Needs a Real Education Revolution

Smuggling : Contraband and Corruption in World History {Exploring World History}

Space, Place, and Sex : Geographies of Sexualities {Why of Where}

Sports Journalism : an Introduction to Reporting and Writing

State of the Parties : the Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties {Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the Political Process; 6th Ed.}

Still Divided Academy : How Competing Visions of Power, Politics, and Diversity

Complicate the Mission of Higher Education

Store in the Hood : a Century of Ethnic Business and Conflict

Street-smart Advertising : How to Win the Battle of the Buzz

Surviving Your Doctors : Why the Medical System Is Dangerous to Your Health and How to Get Through It Alive

Teachers As Servant Leaders

Trade and Globalization : an Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements

Unequal Health : How Inequality Contributes to Health or Illness {2Nd Ed.}

Victorious and Vulnerable : Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How It Is Still Imperiled {Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society}

Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa : Progress Amid Resistance {2010 Ed.}

Academic Turnarounds : Restoring Vitality to Challenged American Colleges and Universities {The ACE Series on Higher Education; 1st Rowman & Littlefield Pbk. Ed.}

Art and Politics of Academic Governance : Relations Among Boards, Presidents, and Faculty {The ACE Series on Higher Educatiion; 1st Rowman & Littlefield Pbk. Ed.}

Back to Common Sense : Rethinking School Change

Critical Survey of Long Fiction {4Th Ed.}

Encyclopedia of American Immigration

Encyclopedia of Global Resources

Solar System

Sociology Reference Guide. Analyzing Crime & Social Control {1St Ed.}
Sociology Reference Guide. Exploring Human Sexuality {1St Ed.}
Sociology Reference Guide. Gender Roles & Equality {1St Ed.}
Sociology Reference Guide. The Effects of Poverty & the Welfare State {1St Ed.}
Sociology Reference Guide. The Process of Socialization {1St Ed.}

Academically Adrift : Limited Learning on College Campuses

Our Magnetic Earth : the Science of Geomagnetism

Sacred Sites : the Secret History of Southern California

Willa Cather : a Writer's Worlds {Cather Studies ; 8}

Buzz : the Life and Art of Busby Berkeley {Screen Classics}

Philosophy of Horror {The Philosophy of Popular Culture}

Philosophy of the Western {The Philosophy of Popular Culture}

Teaching With Student Texts : Essays Toward an Informed Practice

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Access Science: Franklin Institute Awards

Founded in 1824, along with the The Franklin Institute, The Franklin Institute's Awards Program has long been recognized as the oldest, and most comprehensive science and technology honor bestowed in the country and around the world. This month the Access Science database profiles the eleven awardees. Spend some time getting to know the latest winners of the Franklin Institute Awards in physics, chemistry, computer, life science and engineering. Each winner's profile includes an informational video biography.

For off campus use please request the username and password to Access Science at this website For additional information on how you can access our online databases from off campus locations visit our Off Campus Information website

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Searching the Internet without a Keyboard

Search by voice and images may sound like unnecessary features, but once you give them a try, you may be surprised at how well they work. Here's how to enable and start using Google's keyboard-free search features.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Check it out

Inflated : How Money and Debt Built the American Dream, by R. Christopher Whalen. Wiley, 2011. New Book Area HJ8101 .W43 2011

"When it comes to matters of money, most Americans tend to view themselves as reasonably prudent people, reflecting the puritan roots of their European ancestors. Yet, at the same time, Americans also seem to feel entitled to a lifestyle, individually and nationally, that is well above the rest of the world's, and well beyond our current means. Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream explores more than two hundred years of American politics and monetary policy to examine this conflict. In doing so, it asks whether the current understanding of the American Dream, one of entitlement, is so ingrained that to expect Americans willingly to live in a 'deflated' world is unrealistic. This book simply and directly tells the story of inflation and public debt as enduring, and perhaps even endearing, features of American life." (from inside flap)

Books may be checked out for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ARTstor: New Collection American Studies

The ARTstor Digital Library provides thousands of images related to American Studies ranging from colonial times to the present, including photography, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design, painting, and sculpture.

The Digital Library is rich with collections that cover general American history. Notable ones include:
  • Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress): pictorial overview of American history, including images of prints, posters, maps, manuscript pages, photographs, design, movie stills, and cartoons;

  • Native American Art and Culture (National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution): historic photographs documenting Native American subjects (portraits, scenes, etc.);

  • Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection (Harvard University): portraits of women’s work, key participants in the women’s suffrage movement and larger women’s rights movement, as well as women involved in organized labor and vocational training;

  • The Rogovin Collection: social documentary photography of the poor and working class, and his depictions of their lives, communities, and working conditions;

  • George Eastman House: early photographs of the American West by William Henry Jackson and Carleton Watkins, and portraits by Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes, widely considered the first masters of photography in the United States.

    Find hundreds of thousands of further :American images by choosing Browse > Geography > United States. Choose a Classification to narrow your results.

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

  • Monday, July 11, 2011

    Check it out

    Born 1977 - 1997? You are officially a member of the Net Generation.

    Tapscott, Don. Grown Up Digital : How the Net Generation is Changing Your World. NY : McGraw Hill, 2009.
    New Book Shelf QA76.9.C66 T29 2009

    Tapscott interviewed 10,000 people to better understand who this generation is and where they're headed. “As the first global generation ever, the Net Geners are smarter, quicker and more tolerant of diversity than their predecessors. They care strongly about justice and the problems faced by their society and are typically engaged in some kind of civic activity at school, at work or in their communities.”

    Bring your SWC photo ID to check out this book and others for four weeks.

    Thursday, July 07, 2011

    Off Campus Access to the Library

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    Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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