Friday, December 20, 2013

See you January 21st!

SWC Libraries are closed December 21 - January 19 for Winter Break, and on January 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Libraries resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 21. Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ready to Relax?

Spend your holiday break curled up with a good book! There is still time to pick out a few books before the library closes for winter break on Friday at 2 PM.

The Library's Leisure Reading Collection is located on the 3rd floor (near the elevators). Browse books by popular authors, current nonfiction, and a wide range of fiction.

You may also want to browse the New Book Area, located on the 2nd floor of the Library near the main entrance.

You may check out up to 25 books for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card.

Have a restful break, and we'll see you Spring Semester!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Closed for Winter Break

SWC Libraries are closed December 21 - January 19 for Winter Break, and on January 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Libraries resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 21. Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Finals Week at Your SWC Libraries

SWC Libraries at Main Campus, Otay Mesa, San Ysdiro, and National City are open and we are ready to help you! Stop by, or visit us online.

Library Hours

Main Campus - Chula Vista
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 December 21)

Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa
Monday: 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Higher Education Center at San Ysidro
Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Higher Education Center at National City
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Closed

All SWC Libraries will be closed for Winter Break: December 21 - January 20.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Check It Out

It’s National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. 

The Library recently added a new book about prescription drug abuse to its collection:

Prescription Drug Abuse. Margaret Haerens and Lynn M. Zott (editors). Greenhaven Press, 2013.

The book's call number is RM146.7 .O55 2013 and it's currently in the display case on the 3rd floor. Ask the Circulation Desk for assistance if you would like to check it out.

This book is a great resource to learn about issues involved in medication abuse. Issues range from over the counter and prescription drug abuse with its impact on social behaviors, like driving, to national abuse prevention programs.

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ask a Librarian

Real people, Real Help

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Spend Friday the 13th at the Library

There are no classes this Friday, December 13. Take advantage of the free day to study for finals or finish up that final project! The SWC Library on the Chula Vista campus is open 8 AM - 2 PM on Friday.

We are also open Saturday, 10 AM - 2 PM.

See you at the Library!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Here come finals...

The semester is almost over, and the Library is here to help!

  • Books, e-books, articles, and other great academic resources for your paper
  • Staff who can assist you with finding what you need
  • Over 100 computers for students
  • Quiet study space
  • Study rooms for finishing up group projects
Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Check It Out: Nelson Mandela

This book was written by Anthony Sampson and published by Vintage Books in 1999. It is located on the library’s New Books collection shelves and its call number is DT1974 .S26 1999. It is available for 4-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Sampson focuses on the South African freedom fighter’s incarceration spanning from 1962 to 1990. After his release from incarceration, Nelson Mandela became a master politician who believed in forgiveness, reconciliation, and support for a multiracial democracy.

Nelson Mandela passed away this week at the age of ninety-five. Mandela will be missed by not only his home, South Africa, but also the world.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

New Library Display

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Visit the Library's display case (near the elevators on the 3rd floor) to find resources and information about this topic.

All books are available for four week check out with your SWC photo ID card. E-books are available to all SWC students, faculty, and staff.

Monday, December 02, 2013

CQ Researcher: Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling: Are minorities unfairly targeted by police?
by Kenneth Jost.

"Civil liberties and minority groups are pressuring police departments to eliminate racial and ethnic profiling in pedestrian and traffic stops, while police groups and some experts insist the complaints about the practice are exaggerated. African-Americans have long complained of traffic stops seemingly for 'driving while black,' and many — including President Obama and Oprah Winfrey — said recently they have felt profiled by store clerks for 'shopping while black.' Hispanics and Muslims also feel singled out as suspected immigration violators or terrorists. Two big law enforcement agencies — the New York City Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, which covers Phoenix — are under court order to eliminate the practice. In New York, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is expected to change the NYPD's aggressive stop-and-frisk policies after he takes office on Jan. 1."

Read the full report in the library's CQ Researcher database. Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

The SWC Libraries are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. All libraries resume regular hours on Monday, December 2.

Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Libraries close early on Wednesday

The SWC Libraries close early on Wednesday, November 27:
  • Main Library closes at 4:30 PM.
  • San Ysidro Library closes at 4 PM.
  • Otay Mesa Library closes at 4 PM.
  • National City Library (closed)
All libraries remain closed until Monday, December 2, when regular hours resume.

Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism edited by Patrick L. Mason
Macmillan, 2013 (2nd ed)
4 volumes (e-books)

This authoritative encyclopedia examines the anthropological, sociological, historical, economic, and scientific theories of race and racism in the modem era. It delves into the historic origins of ideas of race and racism and explores their social and scientific consequences. It also includes biographies of significant theorists, as well as political and social leaders and notorious racists.

Available online in the Gale Virtual Reference Library for all SWC students, faculty, and staff.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ask a Librarian

Are you stuck? Do you have a question about your research? Ask a librarian -- we are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Movie Night - Tonight!

Free Movie Night! Sponsored by the SWC Book Club

Join us for "Matilda" the movie. Free food will be provided.

Friday, November 22: 4:30 PM
Student Union East

Thursday, November 21, 2013

We're here on Saturday

Need a quiet place to study? Working on your paper? We are open 10 AM - 2 PM on Saturdays.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Check It Out

Two Nations Indivisible : Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead.
by Shannon K. O'Neil.
Oxford University Press, 2013.
New Book Shelf: E183.8.M6 O54 2013.
Available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Five freshly decapitated human heads are thrown onto a crowded dance floor in western Mexico. A Mexican drug cartel dismembers the body of a rival and then stitches his face onto a soccer ball. These are the sorts of grisly tales that dominate the media, infiltrate movies and TV shows, and ultimately shape Americans' perception of Mexico as a dangerous and scary place, overrun by brutal drug lords. 
Without a doubt, the drug war is real. In the last six years, over 60,000 people have been murdered in narco-related crimes. But, there is far more to Mexico's story than this gruesome narrative would suggest.

While thugs have been grabbing the headlines, Mexico has undergone an unprecedented and under-publicized political, economic, and social transformation. In her groundbreaking book, Two Nations Indivisible, Shannon K. O'Neil argues that the United States is making a grave mistake by focusing on the politics of antagonism toward Mexico. Rather, we should wake up to the revolution of prosperity now unfolding there.  
The news that isn't being reported is that, over the last decade, Mexico has become a real democracy, providing its citizens a greater voice and opportunities to succeed on their own side of the border. Armed with higher levels of education, upwardly-mobile men and women have been working their way out of poverty, building the largest, most stable middle class in Mexico's history.  
This is the Mexico Americans need to get to know. Now more than ever, the two countries are indivisible. It is past time for the U.S. to forge a new relationship with its southern neighbor. Because in no uncertain terms, our future depends on it.

review from publisher 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hours for Thanksgiving Weekend

The SWC Libraries close early on Wednesday, November 27:

  • Main Library closes at 4:30 PM.
  • San Ysidro Library closes at 4 PM.
  • Otay Mesa Library closes at 4 PM.
  • National City Library (closed)

All libraries remain closed until Monday, December 2, when regular hours resume.

Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Website of the Week

Page created by Phil Bradley

Everyone loves Google, and it’s easy to forget that other search engines specialize in certain types of searches. Use the drop-down menu at the top of this page to create a list of search engines specializing in the type of data you need.

Interested in news and current events? Children’s search engines? How about the hidden or invisible web? There are search engines and directories unique to your need. My favorite are the country based search engines – there are 85 for Russia!

If you’re curious about how comparable search engines stack up, select “Comparing Results” from the drop-down menu. Among the comparison engines is Blindsearch – the “search engine taste test” where results are given in three columns. Vote for your favorite column and it reveals which search engine you chose as the best.

“Phil Bradley has a background as an information professional and has worked in the field of electronic publishing for the last ten years. He is currently an independent internet consultant and is well known throughout the industry for his talks, training courses, lectures, books and articles on various aspects of electronic publishing and the internet.” (biography from Amazon)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

CQ Researcher: Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: Are federal programs helping to curb abuse?
by Barbara Mantel
November 15, 2013

Incidents of domestic violence have declined by more than half over the past two decades, according to U.S. Department of Justice crime surveys. Some attribute progress to the growth in shelters, more aggressive enforcement and laws such as the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which have poured billions of dollars into shelters, social services and training programs. But some victims' advocates say the Justice Department underestimates the problem and cite a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, which shows that more than 12 million adults suffer physical violence, rape or stalking each year. The confusion has left advocates, researchers, prosecutors and judges divided over the best ways to reduce intimate partner violence. Meanwhile, new technology such as GPS and social media have made it easier for abusers to track and intimidate their victims.

Read the full report in the library's CQ Researcher database.

Courtesy CQ Researcher

Friday, November 15, 2013

Have a question?

A reference librarian is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Check It Out

Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality 
by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
Harper, 2010
New Book Area: HQ12 R93 2010

The authors of this book ask, “What is the essence of human sexuality and how did it get to be that way?” This husband and wife team believe that “…human beings evolved in intimate groups where almost everything was shared – food, shelter, protection, child care, even sexual pleasure.” However, “… seismic cultural shifts that began about ten thousand years ago rendered the true story of human sexuality so subversive and threatening that for centuries it has been silenced by religious authorities, pathologized by physicians, studiously ignored by scientists, and covered up by moralizing therapists….The campaign to obscure the true nature of our species’ sexuality leaves half of our marriages collapsing under an unstoppable tide of swirling sexual frustration, libido-killing boredom, impulsive betrayal, dysfunction, confusion, and shame.” According to the writers they have found “…overwhelming evidence of a decidedly casual, friendly prehistory of human sexuality echoed in our own bodies, in the habits of remaining societies still lingering in relative isolation, and in some surprising corners of contemporary Western Culture.” Therefore, monogamy is not a natural state for humans.

In setting forth the defense for their thesis Ryan and Jetha answer all sorts of interesting questions: Why are human testicles so much larger than those of gorillas but smaller than those of chimps? Can sexual frustration make us sick? How did the lack of orgasms cause one of the most common diseases in history, and how was it treated? To say that this is a fun, interesting, and very controversial read is probably totally unnecessary.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

You found the information you need...

... But is it reliable?

Here are five easy steps for evaluating the quality of information before you use it in your paper or speech.

    • Who wrote it? Why do you believe them?
    • Is the author a qualified expert in the field? How do you know?
    • What is her/his occupation, position, education, experience?
    • What are her/his credentials?
    • Who published the information?
Objectivity and Bias
    • What is the purpose of publication? Is it intended to inform or to persuade?
    • Are assumptions and opinions clearly identified?
    • Are conclusions supported by cited facts? 
    • Is the site supported by advertising or run by a business?
    • Is the author affiliated with particular organizations, institutions, or associations?
    • What were the author's sources? Are they cited?
    • Was the work peer reviewed and/or edited?
    • Is the work free of grammatical and typographical errors?
    • Do facts and conclusions check out with other reputable sources?
    • When was the work written and published?
    • Are the author's sources up-to-date?
    • Has the information been updated or revised?
    • Is it clear what topics are covered? Was something left out?
    • Are topics covered in sufficient depth?
    • What is their relevance to your research?
Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Website of the Week

DeepDyve – a service for finding, browsing and renting journal articles

DeepDyve ( has been around since 2009 as a journal rental service. The service was developed by two bioinformatics scientists who were frustrated by the inconvenience and cost of accessing peer-reviewed journal articles. Their goal is to reduce the cost of buying articles online by up to 90% and provide much greater access to scholarly journal articles.

They recently added a free service to let people who have signed up with them to browse journal articles for free for five minutes. They also developed a browser plug-in that suggests journal articles related to your searches with Google and other sites.

DeepDyve allows any user who signs up to read over 32 million articles from authoritative sources.

Publishers include Wiley, Springer, Elsevier, Nature, IEEE, and a variety of university presses. DeepDyve has also integrated access to over 10 million open access articles from places such as PLOS and PubMed Central. All the latest content is available, with no embargo periods. The articles are full-text .

After signing up for the freemium service a user can go to the DeepDyve website and look at the content of an article for five minutes. The patron can only look at that particular article once per day for free. This allows a user to determine if the article is something they really want. It is possible to rent journal articles for 30 days. It costs $20 to rent 5 articles. Rented articles cannot be printed.

DeepDyve offers a web browser plug-in. For users who have the plug-in a link will show up if DeepDyve holds content related to searches. For example doing a Google search on the phrase “strain theory” brings up several articles on the subject as part of the search results from Google. The DeepDyve Plugin also automatically links searches from PubMed and Google Scholar to articles on DeepDyve.
You can find related information for every article discovered by clicking the “More like this” button on the search results page or any article page. DeepDyve accounts provide features that allow you to create a personalized home page. You choose your favorite journals and all the newest articles are displayed for quick browsing.

DeepDyve is seeing interest from smaller colleges and universities and is willing to discuss allowing institutions access to journals. Institutions only pay for what it actually used by people affiliated with the intuition. Users can be aggregated by IP addresses.

Review by John Stanton, SWC Librarian

Monday, November 11, 2013

SWC Libraries Closed Today

All SWC Libraries are closed today, Monday, November 11, 2013, in observance of Veterans' Day.

Libraries resume regular hours on Tuesday, November 12.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Have a question?

Real people, real help

Friday, November 08, 2013

Check It Out

It’s National Adoption Month!

Did you know in the New Books collection there's a great title related to this theme to check out?

It's called, Parenting. It's edited by Roman Espejo and published by Greenhaven Press in 2013.

It is located on the library’s New Books collection shelves and its call number is HQ755.8 .O55 2013.

This book is a great resource for students to learn about issues involved in parenting. Issues range from discipline to parental liability for kids drinking at home. It is also an appropriate resource to support the School of Social Sciences, Business and Humanities, the School of Counseling and Personal Development plus the Child Development Center.


Review by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Website of the Week

LexisNexis Academic –
Get Company Info Widget Box
Click "Articles and Databases" and select "Lexis-Nexis: Academic"

LexisNexis Academic online database provides searchable access to full-text information from over 5,600 sources. This database includes national, international and regional newspaper sources, federal and state court opinions, statutes as well as company financial information, industry reports and market news. It is accessible with any computer with internet access. One must be a currently enrolled student to access this database from off-campus using one’s Webadvisor student identification information for username (e.g. ab0123456) and date of birth for password (e.g. 010194).

Doing research for a business class or looking for more information on a company you want to work for? Check out the following featured tool offered by LexisNexis Academic.

Get Company Info Widget Box
The Get Company Info widget box allows a person to get a company profile by entering a Company Name or a Ticker Symbol. Company Profiles include Hoover's Company Records, LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations, Standard & Poors Corporate Descriptions, and Nelson's Analyst Company Coverage to name a few. To do more in-depth Business research, navigate to the "Companies" section on the left-side navigation bar or click on the "Company Dossier" link provided at the bottom of the widget.

If one uses the left-side navigation bar and click on “Companies”, one sees links to the “Company Dossier," “Dossier Create a Company List,” “Dossier Compare Companies,” “Company Profiles,” and “SEC Filings.” If one clicks on the “Company Dossier” link at the bottom of the widget, one gets access to the same tools as listed in the “Companies” left-side navigation link plus an option to find information on a particular company executive (use the Executive Tab) or a specific industry (use the Industry Tab), like finance.

Happy hunting!

Review by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

SWC Libraries Closed for Veterans' Day

All SWC Libraries are closed Monday, November 11, 2013 in observance of Veterans' Day. Libraries resume regular hours on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

November is National Adoption Month

Stop by the 3rd floor to visit our display highlighting National Adoption Month. Books may be checked out for four weeks with your SWC ID card. The Circulation Desk on the first floor can assist you with checking out books on display.

 Children and Youth in Adoption, Orphanages, and Foster Care 
 Adoption in America 
 Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men 
 Babies without Borders 
 The Girls Who Went Away 
 Issues in Adoption 
 Blue-Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love 
 International Adoptions 
 Kinship by Design 
 Interracial Intimacies 
 Every Year on Your Birthday 
 Strangers and Kin 
 Are Adoption Policies Fair? 
 Cultures of Transnational Adoption 
 The Baby Business 
 Making Babies, Making Families 
 Weaving a Family Two Little Girls

Monday, November 04, 2013

Workshops on Primary Sources - This Week

Monday - November 4, 5:30 PM
Tuesday - November 5, 9:00 AM
Wednesday - November 6, 11:00 AM

All workshops are held in the LRC classroom, L-244.

What are primary sources, and how can you find them? Attend one of our free, one-hour workshops. There's no need to sign up -- just be on time. See you there!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Website of the Week

Part of the Pew Research Center, this site has been doing surveys and tracking Internet related activities since 2000. They started with a 2000 survey on the general role of the Internet and e-mail in people’s lives and they’ve been at it ever since.

The site contains timely reports, surveys, data on the use of technology. Topics range from online dating to banking to video sharing to the digital divide. Topics/reports are highlighted on the main page and one can also browse their topic categories. The information is presented in accessible formats and oftentimes, eye catching graphics are included (they call them infographics), such as this one on online dating.

If you like to manipulate data to create your own reports, they also provide data sets. Additionally, they provide information on the experts who work on this site, providing short biographies and contact information for each individual. Topics often times go beyond Internet or link to other non-Internet activities. For example, check out their report book readership. And just to put a plug for libraries, they have a section especially devoted to library issues!

Review by Laura Galvan-Estrada, SWC Librarian

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Check It Out

by Guevarra, Rudy.
Rutgers University Press, c2012.

New Book Shelf:
F869.S22 G78 2012

"Becoming Mexipino is a social-historical interpretation of two ethnic groups, one Mexican, the other Filipino, whose paths led both groups to San Diego, California.

"Rudy Guevarra traces the earliest interactions of both groups with Spanish colonialism to illustrate how these historical ties and cultural bonds laid the foundation for what would become close inter-ethnic relationships and communities in twentieth-century San Diego as well as in other locales throughout California and the Pacific West Coast.

"Through racially restrictive covenants and other forms of discrimination, both groups, regardless of their differences, were confined to segregated living spaces along with African Americans, other Asian groups, and a few European immigrant clusters. Within these urban multiracial spaces, Mexicans and Filipinos coalesced to build a world of their own through family and kin networks, shared cultural practices, social organizations, and music and other forms of entertainment. They occupied the same living spaces, attended the same Catholic churches, and worked together creating labor cultures that reinforced their ties, often fostering marriages. Mexipino children, living simultaneously in two cultures, have forged a new identity for themselves. Their lives are the lens through which these two communities are examined, revealing the ways in which Mexicans and Filipinos interacted over generations to produce this distinct and instructive multiethnic experience.

"Using archival sources, oral histories, newspapers, and personal collections and photographs, Guevarra defines the niche that this particular group carved out for itself."

Description from publisher

Monday, October 28, 2013

Free Workshops on Primary Sources

PRIMARY SOURCES – What are they and how do you find them?

Tuesday, Oct. 29 -- 2 pm
Monday, Nov. 4 -- 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 5 -- 9 am
Wednesday, Nov 6 -- 11 am

All workshops are one hour long and are held in the SWC Library classroom, L-244. No need to sign up -- just be on time!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Saturday? We're open!

The Main Campus Library is open 10 AM - 2 PM on Saturdays. Stop by to study or to get help with your research. We have over 100 computers in the Library -- start working on that paper!

Remember, the Online Library is always open! E-books, articles, online resources, and chat reference are available 24/7, even when the library is closed.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Free Workshop - Today @ 11 AM

Lexis-Nexis Academic: Legal and Business Information
Room L-244 in the LRC
11 AM - 12 PM

No need to sign up, just be on time! See you there.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Free Workshop - Today!

Primary Sources - What are they and how can you find them?
Room L-244 in the LRC
11 AM - 12 PM

No need to sign up, just be on time! See you there.