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 library@palomar.edu. 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 kfrench@palomar.edu 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!