Saturday, April 29, 2017

We're open today!

SWC Library Hours - Chula Vista campus
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm

Have a question but the Library is closed? Ask us now!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Have you read this one?

SWC College Book (2011-12)

This semester we are highlighting twenty years of SWC College Book selections. Stop by the display on the second floor of the Library to take a stroll through past picks. Which ones have you read so far?

You know a book is a showstopper when HBO makes it into a show. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is about the intersection of science and the soul. It is a must-read must-see for anyone who cares about life, medicine, education, sociology, and ethics.

The story follows Henrietta Lacks and her cells long past Henrietta’s short life. Referred to as HeLa cells (the first two initials of Henrietta’s first name and first two initials of her last name), humanity has relied heavily upon these cells for polio vaccines, space exploration, and so much more!

What makes this story an interesting read, even for the not-so-scientifically minded, is that it is also a story about a daughter trying to find out more about her deceased mother. This book will not only change the way you think about the medical community; it will also change the way you think about our society.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


College Book - More Information

HBO Movie - More Information

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Database of the Week

Having a difficult time choosing a research topic for your English, History, Humanities, or Sociology class? Why not give our Newsbank: America’s Historical Newspapers database a try?

Discover topics dating from 1690 to 2000. Hundreds of topics can be browsed or searched and are divided in to three categories. The three categories are “Government, Military, and Political Events,” “Social and Cultural Issues,” and “Discoveries, Inventions, and Firsts.” They are then divided into eras starting with the “Colonial Era” and ending with the “Globalization and Information Age.”

Topics range from the “Boston Massacre” to the “World’s Fair and the First American Olympics” to “Pong” and the invention of video games. An overview for each entry is provided as well as links to PDF files of related newspaper articles. The article links show an actual picture of the newspaper article or sometimes the full page where the story first appeared.

 It’s incredible to look at articles that date 200 to 300 years back! This database can be accessed from the SWC Library Articles and Database page.

If you love the history of baseball, here’s a great example!

Review by Nate Martin, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time to Cite Those Sources!

Join us for a free, half hour workshop on how to cite sources. We will cover MLA and APA, and we can answer any specific questions you have. See you at noon tomorrow -- THIS Thursday, April 27!

30 Minute Thursdays -- Citing Sources

Noon - Room L-244

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Essay Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ms. Marsha Choc for her winning essay about the 2016-2017 College Book selection, Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates! She was awarded an iPad mini. The essay contest was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Great job, Ms. Choc!

Southwestern College selects a College Book each academic year. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the College Book. Stop by the Library to visit our display highlighting all of the former SWC College Books! We have copies of the books available to check out for 28 days with your SWC student ID card.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Extended hours are coming soon!

The Library is open extra hours Monday, May 15 - Wednesday May 24, 2017.
Finish up that final project and study for finals!

SWC Library 
Extended Hours
May 15, 2017 - May 25, 2017
Monday - Thursday: 7 am - 9 pm
Friday: 7 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Database of the Week

Overwhelmed? We can help!

Are you seeking credible, reliable reference sources for your research? Take the guess work out of it and let the library help you find what you need. Credo Reference database includes thousands of articles taken from 826 reference books, and provides them online for your research needs.

Faculty, staff and currently enrolled students 24/7 access to databases and other e-resources via MySWC. Visit and select “Credo Reference" to explore these features:
  • A subject search option for browsing all subjects or limiting your search to one topic such as Art, Health & Medicine, Psychology, or Technology & Engineering
  • A Basic Search box enabling you to narrow your search
  • A Mind Map that assists in brainstorming about a particular topic, or navigates where to go next in your research

  • An Advanced Search where you can select criteria and limit searches by publication dates, entries that contain specific types of media, and entry types 
Review by Tanya Carr, SWC Librarian

Friday, April 21, 2017

Over 300 new books!

Which ones will you take home?

New books are to the left of the main entrance to the Library. Bring your SWC photo ID card and you can check out up to 25 books for four weeks!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time to Catch Up

Need a little time to catch up? The Library is open this Saturday, April 22! Take advantage of some quiet study time at the Library.

On Saturday we are open 10 am - 2 pm.

See you at the Library!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Check It Out

April is Autism Awareness Month! 

Did you know in the library’s Ebook Collection there's a great title honoring this theme to check out? 

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
Author: Sarita Freedman
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publications, 2010
Electronic Book Collection

This e-book is accessible through the library’s EBSCOhost E-book Collection. Go to the Articles & Databases page on the Library's website and select the Electronic Book Collection (EBSCOhost). Type the title information and click on “PDF Full Text” to start reading.

E-books are available to all currently-enrolled SWC students, staff, and faculty.

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome shares insights on identifying autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. This e-book specifically notes the challenges faced by college-age students who are on the autistic spectrum. However, it provides positive tips to help these students pursue their higher education goals.

Come to the library to see more Autism Awareness-related titles on display.


Review by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month

Visit the Library display on the third floor. We have books, e-books, articles, and streaming videos on the topic of autism, including diagnosis, treatment, and statistics.