Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today! Free Workshop at Noon

Join us for 30-Minute Thursdays at noon today in Room L-244. We'll be covering all the basics about the Library. 

Bring your questions and see you there!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Website of the Week

Public Policy Institute of California

"The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. We are dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research." 

PPIC reports are routinely cited in the media (from The Los Angeles Times to Breitbart) and are a great way to get beyond a news item to the original source. 

When tasked with finding a 'California angle' to an issue, the PPIC can be an excellent place to start. Topics include: climate change, corrections, the economy, education, population and the political landscape to name a few. To whet your appetite, here are a few titles of some recent PPIC reports:
  • Millennial Voters and California Politics (August 2017). Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, David Kordus, Lunna Lopes . Millennials are less likely to register and vote than older Californians.
  • Californians and Transportation (February 2017). Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, David Kordus, Lunna Lopes . Californians view traffic congestion as a big problem in most regions.
  • Groundwater in California (May 2017) Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak, Thomas Harter Groundwater is a vital component of California’s water supply. On average, underground aquifers provide nearly 40% of the water used by California’s farms and cities..... 
  • Californians and Housing Affordability (September 2017). Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, David Kordus, Lunna Lopes. Californians across the state experience financial strain from their housing costs.
Review by Bruce Johnson, SWC Librarian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SWC Cares

SWC Cares

The SWC Cares webpage provides information useful for Southwestern students that are hungry, homeless, have financial problems, require medical assistance, need a lawyer, and many other services. If you need to find information about a local social service, SWC Cares is a great place to start. 

In addition to providing information about community partners that provide services, SWC Cares provides access to two services here at the college: Jag Kitchen and SWC Cares Emergency Grant. They have a way to donate to the program at the bottom of the page.

The Resources pages has a great collection of links to local services:

Review by John Stanton, SWC Librarian

Monday, October 16, 2017

Falling behind?

Tutoring in the Library is free! Make an appointment today.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Have a question?

Chat with a librarian

Free research assistance
Available for all SWC students

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today! Free Workshop

Join us for 30-Minute Thursdays
Attend one or attend them all!

Ask your instructor if extra credit is available to attend.

Faculty and staff are eligible to earn flex credit.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Serious Search Strategies

Don't waste your time sifting through junk!

Join us for 30 Minutes -- THIS Thursday at noon. We'll be offering a free workshop on Topic Discovery. What are the best search strategies to find those hidden gems?

What: Topic Discovery
When: Thursday, October 12, noon
Where: L-244 (Library Classroom)

See you at the Library!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Check It Out

Financial Planning for Your First Job 
by Matthew Brandeberg Brandeberg
Call Number: HG179 .B734 2009  
Available for four week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Financial Planning for Your First Job lays a solid foundation for twenty somethings to learn the essential steps in creating a manageable financial plan. Readers are introduced to straightforward financial strategies such as: savings, investing, insurance, managing debt, and surviving a recession.

Brandeberg breaks down the planning process with helpful worksheets and a list of financial terminology. Although written with the college student in mind, this short and concise book can be relevant to anyone who is interested in taking charge of their financial independence.

Review by Margaret Drehobl, SWC Librarian

Monday, October 09, 2017

Financial Wellness

 October is Financial Planning Month

Stop by the Library's third floor to see our display about Financial Planning! We have books, e-books, articles and more on this topic. Ask a staff person if you would like to check out any of the books on display.

Friday, October 06, 2017

New Books Available

Check It Out

We have 174 new books to browse online, or stop by the Library's New Book Area to browse them in person! To check out any new book for four weeks, bring your SWC photo ID card.

We are open on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm.

See you at the Library!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Digital Reality Check: Online Primary Sources

October is American Archives month. The website of the National Archives and Records Administration, our nation's record keeper, says that, of all the documents and materials created by the United States government in more than a hundred years, only about 3 percent are legally and historically important enough to be kept forever. NARA’s website is usually the number one resource recommended by librarians and course instructors to search for primary sources online. Its well-known collection of 100 Milestone Documents is now available in digital format, as are more than 2 million other digitized historical documents.

DocsTeach, a popular tool for teachers and students, offers thousands of primary sources organized by historical era, from the nation’s founding to the present: documents, letters, maps, charts, audio, and videos. Students can browse Special Topics and find textual and visual illustrations for research projects in history, science, or English. Immigration, one of the special topic pages, contains 560 files.​

The National Archives site is also a great source for genealogy and personal history research. Military service record requests can be submitted via NARA’s online eVetRecs system, and genealogy guides and tutorials are posted on the Research Your Ancestry page. On October 25th, NARA will be hosting the annual Virtual Genealogy Fair, the biggest genealogy event of the year that will feature sessions on family history research and offer advice for all skill levels. The fair will be broadcast live on YouTube.

Digitized documents and the majority of images posted in DocsTeach and Special Topics & Tools are in the public domain and may be freely used for research or study, whether you want to look for family history, find proof of military service, or learn about historical events and people. When citing primary sources, credit the National Archives and Records Administration as the original source. 

Review by Svetlana Kondratenko, SWC Librarian