Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Research Databases: Ethnic NewsWatch and GenderWatch

The economy may not be great, but Palomar College Library still provides wonderful resources to help with class assignments. New for Spring semester 2009 (and available now, just in time for Fall finals!) are two research databases that greatly expand our offering of electronic resources:


This includes scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and NGO, government and special reports that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With archival material dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years.

Ethnic Newswatch

This is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. ENW titles offer additional viewpoints to the mainstream press.

Both databases use the familiar ProQuest search interface employed by several other Palomar databases (ProQuest Newspapers, Historical New York Times, and Historical Los Angeles Times). Off-campus access is available with your campus e-services login.

Additional information about these and other databases are available on our Research Databases web page. Please contact Tamara Weintraub, Serials Librarian, with any questions, comments, or recommendations.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Palomar-Encuentros Inauguration

Campaign for Community Clean-up

This Encuentros student activity will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2008 from
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Students will meet at the College Clock Tower and will go throughout the campus making the campus environment clean and green.

If you would like to participate, please contact

Monday, November 3, 2008

Updated Resources on The Environment and Sustainable Living

We have had some very thought-provoking presentations on the Campus Explorations theme of The Environment and Sustainable Living: Global Crises and Solutions. If you have the opportunity, please join us each Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in Room P-32.

In support of these presentations, the Library has updated its research page with links to new articles, websites and other material on this subject. These resources are useful for faculty, students and staff. Anyone interested in preserving our environment and saving our planet will find something of interest here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Personalize the Online Databases with Your Own Settings

Make the research experience all your own by creating personalized accounts in some of the Library's online research databases. These accounts allow you to save search strategies and results, organize research into folders, or save screen settings to retrieve later. Some databases let you share account information with others or set up "alerts" that automatically notify you when new articles appear.

You can set up personalized settings in the following databases:
  • EBSCO databases (includes Academic Search Premier, Psycharticles, CINAHL, and many more): choose "Sign In To My EBSCOhost" at the top of any screen to begin
  • JSTOR: select "MyJSTOR" at the top of any screen
  • NetLibrary: click "Create a Free Account" at the top of the screen to set up, and "Log In" anytime after.
  • CQ Researcher: select "Log In" under "Your Profile" in the left-side navigation box.
  • ArtSTOR: click the "Log In To ArtSTOR" box at the top right-hand corner of the screen to register for the first time or login afterward.
  • ProQuest Databases (Historical New York Times, Historical Los Angeles Times, Newspapers): choose "Set Up Alert" or "Create RSS Feed" from any results screen to have updates automatically delivered to you by email or a feed.

For help setting up personal account, select "Help" in any of the databases. Or, just explore the features on your own!

NOTE: You will need your Palomar ID and password to login off-campus to all of the databases listed above or any of the Library's other Online Research Databases.

Questions? Comments? Come into the Library or call us at (760) 744-1150 x2616 during operating hours or email us at After hours, or any other time, use our free Ask A Librarian online chat service.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Campus Explorations @ The Library: Am I really saving the planet? It’s your right to know!

In support of the College’s general education curriculum, the library is now offering instructional sessions that focus on the Campus Explorations theme, the Environment and Sustainable Living: Global Crises and Solutions. Instructors, student groups and others are encouraged to come to the library for a discussion on the conflicting research and news reports regarding the environment and sustainable living. For example, hybrid cars are the rave, but some sources say the cost of the production is not worth the benefit of driving one. Discussion on conflicting sources of information will be followed by instruction on how to find and evaluate information about the environment and sustainable living. If we believe it’s our responsibility to save the earth, it’s also our right and responsibility to be informed about how to save it.

To schedule a session, please complete the library instruction request form or contact Katy French at or ext. 3640. We can also customize the session to support specific course assignments and student learning outcomes.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Online Tools Help You Find Books and Articles

The Library provides many online tools that help you find books and articles at Palomar College or other nearby libraries:

  • For searching and gathering documents across multiple databases, try our federated search engine. One nice feature is the ability to simultaenously search the library book catalogs of Palomar, MiraCosta, CSUSM, SDSU, USD, UCSD, San Diego County Library system, and our online e-book collection. Select Library Books & Media at the search screen.
  • If you’re want to locate a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper, search our periodical website. This quickly tells you whether we have it online or in hardcopy. It also lets you connect to most online articles right away (for hardcopy titles, it will tell you which issues we have on the shelf).

Still can't find what you're looking for? Request an interlibrary loan (see post below).

These tools may be used in the Library or from any on-campus computer. Off-campus or through the campus wireless network requires a Palomar e-services or network login. More

Contact Tamara Weintraub, Serials Librarian, with any questions, comments, or recommendations.

New Online Research Databases

Palomar College Library subscribes to many web-based databases covering topics in all disciplines, most which contain full-text articles from from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. We also have numerous electronic book collections that are ideal for distance learning. Take a look at what's new this semester (off-campus, you must login with your Palomar e-services or network login):

Descriptions of these and other databases are available by clicking the "Databases/Articles" link in the box to the right, or by going to the Library home page. Please contact Tamara Weintraub, Serials Librarian, with any questions, comments, or recommendations.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Can't Find that Book? Request it Online.

If the library does not own the books or articles you need, it may be possible to get them from another library. To request books use our online request form or for periodicals/journals use this form. Interlibrary request forms are also available at San Marcos from the Reference and Circulation Desks, and at the Escondido Center Library.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Reserve Your Slot Now for Library Instruction

The calendar for Library Instruction sessions is filling quickly. If you want your class to have an instruction session, tailored to your needs, please complete this form. Our librarians will work with you to make certain your students learn to use the library databases and other information resources. Questions about this process? Please contact Katy French (

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Welcome to the Fall Semester!

GoPrint is now available in the library.

You can now use your GoPrint account to print from the computers in the library. You must have money on your account to use this service. If you need to add money to your account, you may do that in ATG on the first floor of the library.

Don't have a GoPrint account? You may set one up by visiting ATG.

Want to use cash? Choose that option from the computers on the second floor of the library. We are here to help. Just ask us!