Sunday, September 28, 2014

SWC Guest Writers Series

Patricia Santana
Monday, September 29
12-1 pm
Room L238

Ghosts of El Grullo and Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility are available at the SWC Library for check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

We're open today!

We're open on Saturdays!
10 am - 2 pm

Friday, September 26, 2014

Travel back in time at the Library

The SWC Library is featuring a display of photographs from the college's fifty year history, courtesy of the Library Archives.

The exhibit runs through the end of fall semester 2014.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LexisNexis - Take a Tour

LexisNexis Academic – What is it?

LexisNexis Academic is a database with searchable access to full-text information from over 5,600 sources. The 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.

As a Southwestern College student, you can access of it for free.

New Interface and Added Features

With a “Google-like” search box, LexisNexis Academic’s homepage is easier to use and looks less cluttered compared to its past look. One can still access advanced search features by clicking on the Advanced Options under the search box or limit their search to specific content areas by clicking on the down arrow in the “Search by Content Type” above the right-side of the Search box.

Added Features
Under Advanced Options, the Date year drop down expanded to 30 years. One can narrow their results by date limit by selecting: “date is today, previous week, previous year, etc.”

Business and Industry News and U.S. Newspapers were also added to the “All News” search form, which one gets to by clicking on “Search by Content Type” down arrow and then clicking on “All News” under “News” section.

Another great added feature is accessing “Tax Law” and “Accounting” information as a content type. This is found by clicking on “Search by Content Type” down arrow and then look down for the section, “People, Places and Things”, to click on either section.

Happy hunting!

Review of new interface and added features by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month - Banned Books Week

They wanted to ban what?!

Stop by and visit our display in the Reference Area of the Library.

Celebrate the Right to Read!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Right to Read!
September 21-27, 2014

Visit our display of banned books in the Reference Area.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Salary Surfer

Want to know more about the earnings of recent graduates from California community colleges? The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office created the Salary Surfer to help provide this information to you.

The Salary Surfer uses the collected earnings of graduates from a five year period to estimate the potential wages one may earn two years and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines.

While it is useful to know the potential earnings after receiving a certificate or degree, other important considerations, such as personal interest and skill, should be used in selecting an educational program.

Information about the data and the methodology used to develop the Salary Surfer is available in the documentation on the website. Contact if you have additional questions.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Check It Out

Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era 
By Marty Boardman
New Book Area: Call Number HD 255 B63 2013
New York: Apress, 2013!209334~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab13&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Fixing+and+flipping+real+estate+%3A+strategies+for+the+post-boom+era+%2F&index=ALLTITL

In this highly entertaining and informative book, Marty Boardman explains the four components of the fix-and-flip real estate business: acquisition, sales, rehab and capital acquisition.

Boardman uses specific, real world examples from his career to illustrate concepts and processes for successfully (and unsuccessfully!) flipping real estate. The book is essentially Boardman's own story: from company creation in 2002, to domination in 2006, to crisis/chaos/crash in 2008 (where he lost everything), to comeback in 2010.

The "mystery" of Boardman's "Biggest Loser" example is absolutely hilarious! Boardman received an immediate offer of $575,500 on a gorgeous flipped property ("Cosmos") in Scottsdale AZ but he decided to hold out for more money. The property had 55 showings over the next 45 days but zero offers. Stumped, Boardman contacted several of the agents who showed "Cosmos" and learned that, as one agent put it, the next door neighbor's "f-ing [non-stop barking] dog is costing you a till because the house shows great!" Boardman eventually sold the a $35,00 loss.

Whether you are interested in being a real estate investor, or simply want to know more about buying or selling a house, you will find the book highly informative and amazingly entertaining!

Books in the New Book Area are available for check out for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card.

Review by Rachael Smithey, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Website of the Week

Internet Archive Book Images

The Flickr Commons is a collection of images with no known copyright restrictions, and it is always growing. In this latest addition, it is in the process of adding, “over 14 million images from 2 million Internet Archive public domain eBooks that span over 5 centuries of content, … spanning nearly every topic imaginable. Each image includes detailed descriptions, including the subject tags of the book it came from and the text immediately surrounding it on the page. Perhaps what is most remarkable about this collection is that […] we are suddenly able to view the world’s books not as merely piles of text, but as individualized galleries of one of the richest and most diverse museums of imagery in the world.” (flickr blog, 8/29/14)

Here are some fun search examples from the blog announcement.

“Searching for love yields a myriad images of cherubs and courtship, while mortis (death) offers a glimpse into the early modern period’s fascination with the subject. A search for bird offers a vividly colorful showcase of the world’s bird species, while searching for telephone traces the invention’s history from its introduction as an electric novelty to its widespread adoption.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

Have a question?

Chat with a librarian
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Available for all SWC students

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We are open on Saturday!

The Library is open 10 am - 2 pm on Saturdays.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Check It Out

Cheating the Spread: Gamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball.
Albert J. Figone
University of Illinois Press, 2012
Call Number: New Book Shelf GV 717 F54 2012!209329~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab13&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Cheating+the+spread+%3A+gamblers%2C+point+shavers%2C+and+game+fixers+in+college+football+and+basketball+%2F&index=ALLTITL

Periodically we hear about another cheating scandal in intercollegiate sports. Cheating the Spread: Gamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball is a new book in the library's collection which recounts all the major gambling scandals in college football and basketball and discusses the factors that lead to these scandals and the difficulties in controlling them.

The material in the book is based on exhaustive research in court records, newspapers, university archives and government documents as well as private interviews and makes for fascinating reading. The author finds that game rigging has been pervasive throughout most of the sports' history and concludes that it is unlikely to end.

Review by John Tibbals, SWC Librarian

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate the Right to Read!

Visit our display in the Reference Area of the Library

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Taking classes at National City?

We're glad you're here!

Higher Education Center at National City - Library
880 National City Boulevard
National City, CA 91950
Phone Number: 619-216-6665 x4868

Higher Education Center at National City - Librarian Available
August 18 through December 19, 2014
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Holidays: Library Closed
Labor Day - September 1
Veteran's Day - November 10
Thanksgiving - November 27-30
Winter Break - December 20 - January 19 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Website of the Week

 The San Diego Participant Observer 

Do you like to travel and learn about different cultures? Now you can do it while living in San Diego.

The San Diego Participant Observer is an online magazine that provides information about cultural events, books, movies, cuisines, recipes, news; practically anything connected to cultures around the world. It has been published by the Worldview Project, a non-profit organization, which was founded in 2001.

Volunteer contributors cull the multicultural news every week to gather articles worldwide, and produce a newsletter every Friday that they send to your mail box if you sign up. You can also follow them on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

The online magazine also welcomes volunteers. On their website, the calendar feature gives you dates and locations of many multicultural events in San Diego. Under Cultural Tidings readers can find interesting articles from around the world. On the right side of the page under Articles and Features they present highlights from the current edition. This time there is an article about San Diego’s Chicano Park.

Their new Book Club invites the interested public to read a book and meet once a month to discuss it. The mother organization, The Worldview Project organizes an International Music and Dance Festival for the 4th year now. This year it will take place on September 20th.

This is a very rich source of cultures, literature and music for anybody who wouldn't want to miss multicultural events in San Diego.

Review by Erika Prange, SWC Librarian

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Taking classes at Otay Mesa?

We're glad you're here!

Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa - Library
8100 Gigantic Street
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone Number: 619-216-6750 x4424
Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa - Librarian Available
August 18 through December 19, 2014
Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 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.

Holidays: Library Closed
Labor Day - September 1
Veteran's Day - November 10
Thanksgiving - November 27-30
Winter Break - December 20 - January 19

Friday, September 05, 2014

Check It Out

Eight Bright Candles: Courageous Women of Mexico
Doris E. Perlin
Republic of Texas Press, 1995
Call Number: Stacks CT 3295 .P47 1995

Did you know in the Library’s collection there's a great title honoring Hispanic Heritage Month?!208265~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab13&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Eight+bright+candles+%3A+courageous+women+of+Mexico+%2F&index=ALLTITL

It's called, Eight Bright Candles : Courageous Women of Mexico. It's written by Doris E. Perlin and published in 1995. It is located in the library’s main stacks collection shelves and its call number is CT3295 .P47 1995. It can be found through the SWC Library’s Search the Library Catalog webpage. Just type in the title in the search box and you can find it in the results list.

This book is a great resource that profiles eight strong-minded women who stepped outside the boundaries of subservience to fight for personal and political freedoms, and helped light the path for women who would come after them. Eight Bright Candles offers provides short biographies on women, such as Dona Marina and Catarina de San Juan.

Come to the library to see more Hispanic Heritage-related titles on display this month.


Review by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Taking classes at San Ysidro?

We're glad you're here!

Higher Education Center at San Ysidro - Library
480 West San Ysidro Boulevard
San Ysidro, CA 92173
Phone Number: 619-216-6790 x4907

Higher Education Center at San Ysidro - Librarian Available
August 18 through December 19, 2014
Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday:11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holidays: Library Closed
Labor Day - September 1
Veteran's Day - November 10
Thanksgiving - November 27-30
Winter Break - December 20 - January 19

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

What's a good career for you?

Find out with the Occupational Outlook Handbook!

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 edition. Reference Section HF 5381 A1 O36 2014-15

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is an annual publication of the U.S. Department of Labor and the information in it is updated each year.

It is “a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide the overwhelming majority of jobs in the United States. Each occupational profile describes the duties required by the occupation, the work environment of that occupation, the typical education and training needed to enter the occupation, the median pay for workers in the occupation, and the job outlook into the next 10 years for that occupation."

The information provided for each occupation is comprehensive and current, and users should find the required education and training section and the job outlook section included in each occupation description particularly helpful.

You can find this up-to-date resource in the Reference Section of the Library. Stop at the reference desk and ask the librarian for assistance.

Review by John Tibbals, SWC Librarian