Friday, December 16, 2011

New to Online Classes?

Spring 2012 Blackboard Orientations

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ready to relax?

Take home a fun book for Winter Break! Stop by the library and browse the Leisure Reading collection on the third floor.

Our Leisure Reading collection has lots of great books to choose from -- mysteries, classics, fiction, short stories, adventure, memoirs, and more. All are available for a four-week check out with your SWC photo ID.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Studying for Finals?

Study at the Library
Main Campus, National City, Otay Mesa, or San Ysidro.

Library Hours (through December 16, 2011):

Main Campus
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday

Higher Education Center at National City - Librarian Available
Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa - Librarian Available
Monday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Higher Education Center at San Ysidro - Librarian Available
August 16 through December 15, 2011
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Libraries are Closed for Winter Break:
December 17 - January 8

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Check it Out

The Black History of the White House, by Clarence Lusane. City Lights Books, 2011. New Books Shelf F204.W5 L87 2011

"In this work, the author presents a comprehensive history of the White House from an African American perspective, illuminating the central role it has played in advancing, thwarting, or simply ignoring efforts to achieve equal rights for all. Here are the stories of those who were forced to work on the construction of the mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the determined leaders who pressured U.S. presidents to outlaw slavery. They include White House slaves, and servants who went on to write books, Secret Service agents harassed by racist peers, Washington insiders who rose to the highest levels of power, the black artists and intellectuals invited to the White House, community leaders who waged presidential campaigns, and many others. Juxtaposing significant events in White House history with the ongoing struggle for civil rights, the book makes plain that the White House has always been a prism through which to view the social struggles and progress of black Americans." (review from publisher)

This book is available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Website of the Week

SANDAG—San Diego Association of Governments -
Review by Laura Galvan-Estrada, Library Faculty.

It is usually not an easy task to find local information, aside from heading to the local newspapers and digging through national resources. This is where SANDAG comes to the rescue.

Ever since a former map librarian and data specialist introduced me to the SANDAG resources, I’ve been a big fan. They compile reports and offer data related to our region. I especially like the Data Services part of the website. In this website, you can find local statistics such as border crossings, 1998-2010, by port of entry and type of entry (vehicle, pedestrians) or you’ll find a detailed report on crime in San Diego over the last ten years. You can also find facts about each city in the county, transportation statistics, and all sorts of demographic data. If you are a GIS fan, this is your place for local information and maps. Though not the most user friendly website, the data is there. Give it a try and you’ll be surprised at what you find!

Friday, December 02, 2011

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Help with Citing

Done with writing your paper? It's time to cite your sources.

The Library has helpful MLA and APA citation guides. They offer examples of how to cite the most commonly used sources, including information you find on the library's databases.

Additionally, you can get help with your citations from a variety of websites.

The four SWC Libraries own copies of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

If you need additional help, contact the SWC Writing Center or the SWC Online Writing Center.

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