Thursday, December 16, 2010

Facelift for ProQuest Databases: New Look and Features

Sometime in January 2011, all our ProQuest online research databases (ProQuest Newspapers, Historical Newspapers, GenderWatch, and Ethnic NewsWatch) will get a new look and features. All the same great content will be there, but you'll find it easier to search for, locate, and manage the information. Also, you will discover greater functionality for downloading, printing, and sharing article results, creating reference lists, and narrowing or sorting results.

Other features include the ability to:

  • Set up your own user account with "My Research"
  • Create RSS feeds
  • Organize results and manage saved documents
  • Create content alerts to be sent to you via email
  • Assemble lists of results for sharing on your favorite social networking site

New ProQuest will be accessible through a new durable URL, This means individual article URLs will change as well. You can try it out now if you're using a networked computer on-campus, by clicking the link above. (Off-campus and wireless access to the new interface will be available after final implementation in January.) Until the change-over, access on- and off-campus will continue to be provided through the old interface by going to the Online Research Databases page and selecting the database you want to search.

Once the change occurs, please check and update your links to these databases and articles on your webpages, syllabi, Blackboard sites, etc. Re-directs will be provided from the old pages to the new site for a limited period.

If you have any question, please contact Tamara Weintraub at after January 10.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oxford English Dictionary Online: Changes to URL and New Features

On November 30, 2010 the website address for Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online changed to Library users may access this database directly through URL or go the the Library database web page. The old URL will continue to be availabl e until March 31, 2011 to allow time to update bookmarks and other links from the site.

All current standard web browsers will be supported, including Internet Explorer for Windows (version 7 and higher), Firefox Mac and Windows (versions 3 and higher), Safari Mac and Windows (versions 3 and higher), Opera Mac and Windows (versions 9 and higher), and Google Chrome Mac and Windows. If you are currently running Internet Explorer 6, it is advised that you upgrade.

In addition to greater search functionality, the new website includes the entire text of the Historical Thesaurus to the OED (published in book form in 2009), allowing searchers to follow semantic links throughout the dictionary. For example, go to the OED's entry for utopia, and follow the Thesaurus links to the terms heaven (Old English), Cockaigne (c1305), El Dorado (1596), nonesuch (a1618), Fiddler's Green (1825), never-never land (1900), the Big Rock Candy Mountain (1917), etc. More information about other new features can be found at

Questions? Please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Sites and Photos": Images of archaeological and architectural Sites

Palomar students and faculty may now view over 90,000 images in ARTstor of ancient sites and in-situ art provided by archeologist and photographer Shmuel (Samuel) Magal and the stock media company, Sites & Photos. The photos and detailed data capture Classical, Megalithic, Islamic, Crusader, and Gothic archaeology and architecture primarily from religious and biblical locations in Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Malta, and Cyprus. The collection also includes pictures of Greek and Roman painting, sculpture, mosaics, and decorative arts. Click here for more information.

Access images by clicking the above link, or go to the Library’s database web page where you'll find more information about this and other databases (Palomar college e-services or network login required off-campus). For more information, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Free AND Useful Research Tool on the Web: Wolfram|Alpha

WolframAlpha is a free and open computational knowledge engine that retrieves factual information on just about anything you can think of. Enter a math formula, and get the solution as well as a proof. Input a unit of measurement, and get all conversion possiblities. Ask about a city, and learn the population, unemployment rate, cost of living, etc. It covers everything from mathematics, physics, dates and times, sports, units of measure, history, linquistics - if you can think of it, you can probably find it. According to its FAQ, it contains trillions of pieces of data and growing!

WolframAlpha pulls its information from external sources, as well as an internal knowledge base of data derived from official public and private websites and other primary sources, compiled and organized by WolframAlpha folks. A "Source information" button at the bottom of results pages provides sources and references to data retrieved. Check the site FAQ for more information about the site and its content. Click the link above to begin filling your knowledge base!

Intelecom Update: New Video Player Released

Intelecom video clip database has installed an upgraded video player, with faster load times and improved stability. You will automatically see and use this new player when you select a clip in the database and click the "URL" button to play it. However, if you previously inserted a clip into a Blackboard site, webpage, etc., using the database "Embed" button, you must re-embed the clip into your page in order to view it in the new video player.

Intelecom has announced that it will continue to keep the old player active, but it will no longer support (e.g., within new browsers) or troubleshoot it.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Library or Intelecom technical support at

Intelecom may be accessed by clicking the link above or on the Library database web page (Palomar College e-services or network login required off-campus). For more information, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vote for the 2010-2011 Palomar Reads Book Selection!!!

From now until September 31st, vote as often and as many times as you like for your choice for the 2010-2011 Palomar Reads Book Selection.
Palomar Reads is a program that seeks to build community on the Palomar College campuses by reading a common book and having discussion groups, events, lectures, and other activities based around the themes found in the book we choose. Each of the finalists for this year’s Palomar Reads has something for the students, faculty, and staff of Palomar College to relate to and consider. So, please, help us choose our book by voting for your favorite!

Visit: to read more about it and to vote for your choice.
The three books to choose from for this academic year are:

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario.
Highwire Moon by Susan Straight.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin.

Click on any of the titles listed above to get more information and vote for your choice!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Want your students to have better research skills? Register for a library instruction session. Just visit
This week Fashion 132 and Counseling 110 are scheduled for a library instruction session.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Don't find your textbook in the Library? Ask your professor to give us a copy to put on reserve for you and your classmates. That's a win-win!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Welcome to the Fall 2010 Semester!

Textbooks are available thanks to a donation from the President's Associates. This year we have a new donor, the Leichtag Foundation. Their support for the students is wonderful. We are very grateful for their thoughtful gift.

The Library will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Drop in for a visit soon. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, May 7, 2010

New Databases: ScienceDirect, Intelecom, FashionSnoops, and International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance

Online in time for summer! Four new online resources are now available to Palomar students and faculty. Take a look, and get a jump start on your summer and fall courses:
  • INTELECOM is a hosted digital repository of academic video clips - streamed on demand, covering a variety of video collections including Biological Sciences, Oceanography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Health, and Environmental Studies. Videos may be downloaded and embedded into course software such as Blackboard. To connect, go to the Library database webpage and choose the appropriate link, Intelecom (on-campus) or Intelecom (off-campus/wireless). Passwords required to use off-campus (request from Library). This subscription was made possible by generous funding from CCCConfer.
  • ScienceDirect offers full-text coverage of over 650 journals in the physical sciences, and access to citations and content from other journals and books in many more disciplines.
  • FashionSnoops is an online forecasting, consulting, and reporting service and tool for the fashion and design industries. It includes up-to-the-minute industry reports and news covering trends, concepts, shows, retail, and vintage, as well as a customizeable interactive design board. This subscription was made possible by the joint research of Fashion, TechEd, and Library faculty.
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance contains the full 14 volumes of the IBTD published by the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College. It comprises a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries since 1984. Select full-text is also included.
Any of these resources may be accessed by clicking the above links or from the Library’s database web page where you'll find more information about them and other databases (Palomar college e-services or network login required off-campus). For more information, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Need Something to Do? Read a Magazine in the Library

Have a few minutes between classes, and looking for something relaxing to do? Come read in the Library. The San Marcos campus and Escondido Center libraries have comfortable reading areas where you can find the latest issues of your favorite magazines and newspapers, like North County Times, Sports Illustrated, People, Vogue, Scientific American, and many others. Or, discover something totally new and interesting, like Newsmax (at San Marcos), and Latina (at Escondido), both of which were recently added to our collection.

You can also read one of the Library's online periodicals, like Science or Nature, anytime, anywhere. Just search for them up in the Library catalog or List of Periodicals and connect! And, thousands of current articles from other periodicals are also available in our periodical stacks or online. Just click one of the links above to see what's here. (Palomar login required for wireless or off-campus connections.)

Can't find the magazine you want? Contact us by phone, email, or stop in one of the libraries and ask. We're happy to help.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Back in our collection: Aztlán

We constantly review our collection to ensure that it is relevant and meets our students' needs. Currency to curriculum and instruction at Palomar College is one of several criteria we use to select periodicals and other resources in all formats. With this in mind, we've resumed a subscription to Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Published by the flagship Chicano Studies Resource Center at UCLA, this has been considered the "journal of record" in the field since 1970. Scholarly, interdisciplinary articles and other content address research and issues that are "informed by the Chicano experience."

Aztlán is published twice a year, and is available for reading in print at the San Marcos campus library or online (Palomar eservices or network login required through wireless or off-campus connections).

Friday, April 16, 2010

New online journal: Economists' Voice

The Economists' Voice (EV) has joined a growing list of important online scholarly journals available to Palomar College students and faculty. Published by Berkeley Electronic Press since 2004, EV consists of brief articles by experts in the field of economics, including Nobel Prize winners, past chairs of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, and intellectuals whose analyses and opinions help shape modern economic theory and policy. Registered Palomar students and staff may access this publication anywhere in the world (your Palomar ID and password is required to login off-campus or through a wireless connection).

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Online: TESOL Journal

The Library now provides access to the new periodical, TESOL Journal (TJ). Published by the association, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., this is a peer-reviewed electronic journal covering current theory and research in the field of ESOL. It serves as a forum for teachers of second and foreign languages at all levels.

Readers of this publication may also be interested in TESOL Quarterly, another peer-reviewed research journal for ESOL practitioners, other educators, and theorists. Previously available in print at Palomar College, it, too, is available now in electronic format only.

All registered students, faculty, and staff may retrieve and read articles in these journals on campus or anywhere in the world. You will need your Palomar ID and password to login off-campus or through a wireless connection (no login required with networked computers on campus).

Friday, March 5, 2010

New Photography Periodicals: Photo District News (PDN), and Color

Money may be tight, but we're doing everything possible to ensure students have the resources needed for a good education. Just added to our growing collection of current photography publications are two industry leaders, Photo District News (PDN) and Color. PDN provides the latest news, analysis, interviews, and portfolios from the photography world, including reports and in-depth features on issues of concern and interest to professional and student photographers. Color presents articles on contemporary photographers, as well as extensive photographic essays and images. Both magazines are available on the 2nd floor of Palomar's San Marcos library.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Periodicals: Bon Appetit, Lenswork, B&W

Even in troubling economic times, the Library continues to provide resources that students want and need to succeed at Palomar! We recently added three new periodical titles to our collection: Bon Appetit, Lenswork, and B&W: Black and White Magazine for Collectors of Fine Photography. All are available for reading in print at the San Marcos campus library. Just 'Ask A Librarian' if you need help finding them.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New in ARTstor: Images of 19th and 20th Century American and European Costumes from the Brooklyn Museum

ARTstor, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has added nearly 6,000 high-resolution images of American and European costumes and accessories from the Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection , established in 1902, contains a comprehensive collection of American fashion from the late 19th to mid-20th century, and features masterpieces by many prominent designers from this period. The images in ARTstor represent highlights of the Museum's entire collection of 23,500 objects. Learn more about this collection and how to access it (Palomar College e-services or network login required off-campus).