Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Books at the Library

Palomar College Library is continually updating its collection to stay abreast with the research needs of its community.  And we realize that information needs are far-reaching and varied.  Just this month we have received titles that reflect the dynamic quality of the library book collection.  See for yourself:

That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mystery of Revulsion by Rachel Herz.  Author Rachel Herz, Professor of Psychology at Brown University, and renowned expert on the psychology of smell, explores the complex emotion, disgust, and examines the role this emotion plays in our relationship to the food we eat, the partners we choose, and even the political ideologies to which we ascribe.  Find out what the appeal of horror films are, how the human brain processes the emotion disgust, and how and why the definition of disgust varies across cultures and how these variances can play into fears and prejudices.

The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools by Jessica Klein.  This book examines both innocuous and extreme forms of school violence, indicting values and attitudes found within American culture.

Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind by Kitty Ferguson.  A biography of the renowned cosmologist, this work seeks to elucidate not only the man Hawkings, but also his work, by bringing it down from the cosmos to a level that is accessible to the everyday reader.  The author worked closely with Hawkings to translate his complex theories into layman's terms and the text contains useful images, and diagrams as well as personal photographs of different chapters of the scientist's life.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Library Closed Thurs-Sun, but Research Help is 24/7!

Be aware that the library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from 11/22-11/25.
If you need research assistance over the long weekend, avail yourself of the 24/7 reference service, Ask-A -Librarian, available through the Palomar College Library's Homepage.
You can ask a librarian questions via live chat,  to get your research needs met without even coming into the library. Enjoy the break! 

It's Native American Heritage Month!

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the library is featuring artifacts of and publications about California Native American culture.  Don't miss this display of baskets, jewelry, photography and more. See Luiseno, Cupeno, Kumeyaay, and Cuhuilla baskets from the organization,  The Basketry of San Diego Indigenous Peoples.  Beautiful necklaces made from Dentalia (mollusk shells) are also on display as well as photographs.  You can also see an example of just some of the various books and periodicals Palomar College Library has on the history and culture of Native Americans of California.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Need to cite sources? Check out the Easybib Libguide!

Have you tried the citation machine Easybib yet?  If not, it is a good idea to get acquainted with it before the end-of-the-semester rush begins.  Easybib is designed to help students not only cite sources but also keep track of their research projects and notes. 

Palomar College librarians have created guides to help students cite a variety of different types of sources in Easybib.  Visit the Easybib Libguide for details on how to get the most out of this user-friendly citation machine. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Digital access to European Americana is now available through Palomar College Library

Palomar College Library now offers its users access to a digital version of the authoritative reference guide, European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas,1493-1750.

With more than 32,000 records related to European exploration of the Americas, including the Europeans' portrayals of native peoples, this resource is a valuable tool for those interested in European, Latin, or American history, post-colonial studies, and more. It was co-developed by John Alden and the Curator of European Books at The John Carter Brown Library, Dennis Landis. The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846, is a foremost repository of rare books and materials and is a center for advanced research in history and the humanities.

Access this database from the Palomar College Library's Articles link, under either the Arts and Humanities or Behavioral Sciences tabs.  For remote access, a Palomar College login and password are required.  For questions about this other resources, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Databases and Serials Librarian.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New to Palomar College Library! "Sources in U.S. History: The Civil War"

Are you a history buff?  Or are you aspiring to be one?  Check out this new addition to our database collection to experience the magic of history through primary resources. This database contains over 500 digitized items from the Civil War era.  Find personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, regimental histories and photograph albums, legal treatises and even children's books.

Many topics are explored such as battles and campaigns, politics and religion, the experiences of leaders and common soldiers, the home front and the military campground, as well as the causes of war and its consequences.

Find "Sources in U.S. History: The Civil War" on Palomar College Libraries articles page under both Arts and Humanities and Behavioral Sciences tab.  If you are accessing databases off-campus, eservices login and password are required.

For questions, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Database and Serials Librarian.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Films On Demand has a new Help Center

Have you ever used Films On Demand?  It is one of the library's media databases that stores digital educational videos through a streaming video platform.  Users have access to an array of  videos in real time.  Films On Demand is an excellent resource for both faculty and students to access high quality videos from a variety of disciplines.  And now it is easier to use thanks to their newly updated Help Center.  Visit the Help Center for Quick Start Guides and How-To Tips in order to get the most out this database. 

Video sources are easy to cite, and many videos have interactive transcripts and text translation options, allowing those who consider English as a second language to translate text into 53 different languages.

Access Films On Demand from the Articles web page on Palomar College Library's website.  If accessing from off-campus, a Palomar College login is required.  If you have any questions about this or other resources, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Databases and Serials Librarian.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's Banned Book Week! Visit our 3rd floor display!

It's Banned Books Week, a time when libraries across the country raise awareness about intellectual freedom and the right to read freely.  Why do we take this time to raise awareness?  Across time, people have been persecuted for their religious, political, or social views. Books have also been subject to persecution in the form of censorship.  Libraries are against banning books--even if the contents are unpopular or uncoventional-- and strive to raise awareness about the importance of open access to information.

Libraries take a strong stand in favor of the First Amendment and the principles embodied therein, namely, freedom; to read freely, to write freely and for unconstrained intellectual exploration.

To see examples of literature that has provoked controversy, visit the third floor of the Palomar College Library.  There, you will find an exhibit that displays an assortment of titles that have been banned or challenged in the past.  Pick one up and start reading, and celebrate your freedom to read!

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit ALA's Website.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Content in Intelecom

Intelecom, a digital repository of educational clips, just got better by adding an additional 350 clips from National Geographic to its collection.  These educational clips are great for instructors and students.  Faculty can use them in the classroom or embed them in Blackboard.  Students can benefit by using them as additional tutorial support.

New clips are available in the following disciplines:  Anthropology, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Botany, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Oceanography, and Zoology. 

Students and faculty can access Intelecom from the Palomar College Library website.  Click on  Articles.  For remote access, a Palomar College login is required.  If you have additional questions, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Databases and Serials Librarian.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Study and Reading Tips on Display in Library

Have you ever wondered if there is more you could be doing to make the most of your study-time? Try taking a look at the Reading Services Dept.'s exhibit now on display at the Palomar College Library.  Learn strategies to help improve concentration, and tips for reading retention.  It may give you that extra boost needed to knock your study sessions out of the park!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EBSCO Database Research on Mobile Devices

EBSCO databases now autodetect when a user is on a mobile device.  There is no need to switch interfaces manually any longer.  This change makes searching from your phone one step easier.  If you have never tried library research from your phone, perhaps now is the time to attempt it.  From a WIFI connected mobile device, go to the Palomar College Library website, and click the Articles tab.  Select any database with EBSCO in parentheses to enjoy the autodetect mobile device feature.  Palomar College e-services id and password are required for remote access. 
If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Serials and Databases Librarian.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Did you know the Palomar College Library has textbooks?

Grants from Palomar College Foundation President's Associates and the Leichtag Family Foundation make it possible for students to use textbooks in the library.  So before you head over to the bookstore, you may want to check to see if the book is at the library, available to use, for free. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Welcome to Fall 2012 at Palomar College!

The Palomar College Library welcomes faculty and students of the Fall 2012 semester.  We are excited to offer many new databases, books and periodicals this year as well as continuing to offer services that help facilitate student success including online chat and tutorials, information literacy instruction sessions, one-on-one research help at the reference desk, and of course, academic and popular material in digital and print formats.  We have many resources of which we hope faculty and students will avail themselves.  Stop by the library or take a closer look at our website and see the treasures just waiting to be discovered.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What's New in the Library: Online Workshop for Palomar Faculty

Want to earn Professional Development credit? Faculty can familiarize themselves with new Library products and services AND earn 1 PD hour by taking the self-paced online workshop "What's New in the Library" (PD99, 1 hour). Here's how:

1. Login to Blackboard Sandbox with your Blackboard login

2. click Professional Development Training (lower right section of screen)

3. select “What’s New in the Library” (upper left box on screen)

4. select the course link (paper icon)

DON'T FORGET: to receive 1 hour of PD credit for taking this online workshop, you must add PD99 to your 2012 Professional Development proposal.  For more information about the Library or the online workshop, contact Tamara Weintraub, Serials & Databases Librarian. For help with your PD proposal or getting into Bb Sandbox to access PD resources, contact the Professional Development Office.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Databases for Fall 2012

The Library website is the place to go for reliable information at Palomar College, and we’re constantly adding digital content in all subjects. Check out these new databases:

Our oldest digital repository of academic videos is even better with newly added anatomy, physiology, and algebra clips. Streamed on demand, videos in many other subjects and disciplines are also available. Videos can be embedded in Blackboard, or linked on course websites.

Articles from hundreds of journals and books covering the latest information in the dental and oral sciences are found in this database using the familiar EBSCO search program.

This advertising-free database contains evidence-based data on individual natural ingredients used for medicinal purposes (e.g., glucosamine, echinacea, etc.), and the commercially-available brand-named products that contain them. Detailed information on use, effectiveness, safety, adverse reactions, and interactions with prescription/OTC drugs is available.

This contains digitized primary source documents (first-hand personal accounts, pamphlets, monographs, congresses, speeches, maps) produced from 1763 to 1783. Material presenting the European point of view is also included.

Thousands of articles, videos, media-rich content, terms, images, biographies, and the latest news covering current and historical science and technology information is available in this handy reference source. Contributors include renowned science reference publications, online services, and scientists

Current videos covering a variety of topics and events are available in this multidisciplinary collection of streaming academic and educational videos. Videos can be linked in Blackboard or course websites.

AP NewsMonitor Collection (EBSCO)
This is a compilation of domestic and international news harvested daily from the Associated Press reporting service. Content is available through the familiar EBSCO search program.

Access these and other databases by clicking the titles above or on our Online Research Databases webpage (Palomar login required for off-campus or via campus wi-fi). Need help? Call (760) 744-1150 x2616 or "Ask a Librarian" through our 24/7 live chat service (look for the chat box on most library webpages). For more information, contact Tamara Weintraub, Databases & Serials Librarian.

New Journals & Magazines

Did you know that journals and magazines are some of the best sources of information for many of your Fall 2012 Palomar assignments? From the latest full-color design images, to in-depth science data, you’ll find much of this in the Library’s periodical collection. Check out these new titles:

Annals of GIS (print & online)
Location: San Marcos campus library or click title link above
This peer-reviewed journal covers theory, methods, development and applications in the field of geo-information science.

Boom (print & online)
Location: San Marcos campus library or click title link above
This is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal about California, addressing contemporary and historical social, cultural, and political issues.

La Prensa (print)
Location: Escondido Center library

This is one of the premier Spanish language weekly newspapers published in San Diego.

People en Espanol (print)
Location: Escondido Center library
This is the Spanish-language edition of the popular U.S. entertainment magazine.

Pennsylvania Gazette (microfilm)
Location: San Marcos campus library
Includes issues of this historical regional newspaper published from 1728 to 1815

Juxtapoz  (print)
Location: San Marcos campus library
Offers news, features, event listings, illustrations, and photographs of the world, people, and issues of contemporary and underground art and culture. Includes graffiti, tattoo, street art, and other forms of aesthetics and artistic expression.

How (print)
Location: San Marcos campus library
Showcases contemporary graphic designs, designers, inspirations, and projects in all mediums. Also addresses careers in the design business. 

Print editions of these and other periodicals may be read in-library only. Students and faculty may access online editions if available through title links above, or from the library catalog (Palomar login required off-campus or via campus wi-fi). For more information, contact Tamara Weintraub, Databases & Serials Librarian.

Friday, May 18, 2012

New "Look" for Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) has a new, improved look, making it easier to search and find information. GVRL is an online collection of e-reference books, including encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other sources of quick-find facts. Take a look (Palomar College e-services login required off-campus).

Find GVRL and other digital reference books on our Online Research Databases webpage (click the "Reference" tab). Need help with this or other Library resources? Call (760) 744-1150 x2616 or "Ask a Librarian" through our 24/7 live chat service (look for the chat box on the library home page).

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Interactive Transcripts in Films on Demand

One of Palomar College's media databases, Films on Demand, recently launched a useful new feature. Interactive transcripts allow you to view the full text of the video as it plays, search for keywords and jump to that spot in the video and print the text of videos.

As seen in this image, if there is a tab on the video that says "Transcript," this feature is available and easy to use. Also, Films on Demand is adding transcripts to videos every month.

If you have any questions about this feature, you can see the "Help" screen in the database, or contact a Palomar College Librarian.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Palomar Library's best kept secret?

Did you know that the library buys popular fiction along with books and periodicals meant to support your academic research? That we buy the kind of books that you might read for fun between research papers? Or kind of books that have long waiting lists at the public library?

It's true! And these popular novels can often be found sitting on the New Book shelf as you walk in the library, waiting for someone to take them home.

1Q84 is an example of a popular book on the New Book shelf. An instant best seller in Haruki Murakami's native Japan, it is also extremely popular in the States in translation. The book flap quotes The New York Book Review, "Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes  you believe he has supernatural powers... But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves."

Intrigued? Today, 1Q84 was sitting on the shelf here at Palomar. When I ran a search in the San Diego County Library catalog there were no copies available and 107 people on the waiting list! The San Diego Public Library also had a waiting list of 21 people. Picking it up here could save you weeks on the hold list!

Another popular novel that was sitting on the New Book shelf was Jeffrey Eugenides much anticipated third novel, The Marriage Plot.  The summary from the catalog reads, Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while at the same time an old friend of hers resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

The wait list at SDPL was 23 people long and at the County Library there were 194 people waiting for it!

It shouldn't be a secret, if there is a novel that you are interested in reading for fun, or maybe as part of a book club, search the Palomar College Library's Catalog. You might luck out and find we have it on the shelf! If you can't find it, ask a librarian for help- we can order from another library for you. Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How can the library help you? Take our student survey and let us know!

April 9-14 is National Library Week!  In honor of the occasion, Palomar College Library (San Marcos and Escondido) is conducting a survey.  We want to know how we can improve our services to students.  This is a great opportunity to tell us your thoughts regarding how you think the library can better serve you! To participate, fill out a survey, located at the circulation desk at the San Marcos Library and Escondido Center Library.  Submit your answers to the collection box and receive a small gift from us.
Thank you for your help!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Question for Faculty: Do you use videos when you teach?

Faculty, do you use videos in your instruction? Did you know the library has databases of videos you can use to complement your lectures?

Intelecom is one of the video clip databases that the library provides. It offers videos on subjects ranging from Allied Health to Urban Studies. Palomar College library users can browse the site by subject or search by key word for relevant clips to use in class or post to Blackboard.  

Intelecom allows users to create a list of clips and then export the metadata (clip titles and numbers) to an Excel file for easy storage. See this video for more information:

 Students, you can also use Intelecom videos to brush up on concepts that you need a little more help with.

This database is restricted to Palomar College students, staff and faculty. If you are accessing from off-campus, you will need to log in with your e-services user name and password. If you have any questions, ask a librarian!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Youth! Beauty! Fashion!

Fashion Snoops is a database for the fashion industry showcasing trends, forecasting styles and compiling retail reports. Fashion Snoops already includes sections for Ladies, Men, Girls, Boys, Home and Accessories and it has recently added two new sections: Youth and Beauty.

The Youth tab "captures the lifestyle, trends and movements that affect the fashion choices of this generation." A blend of street art, street style, runway fashion, and profiles of "influencers," the Youth sections is buzzing with energy.

The new Beauty tab showcases trends in runway and street make up. There are tabs for trend forecasts, recaps of the fashion season and featured style inspiration- such as make up inspired by The Hunger Games.

Dive into the new Fashion Snoops sections and be inspired! They can be accessed by Palomar College students, faculty and staff from the Library's article pages:

If you have any questions about Fashion Snoops, or any other library resource, stop by the Reference Desk and a librarian will be happy to assist you.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Architecture Display in the Library

Are you an architecture fan? There is currently is display on the 2nd floor of the library showcasing work by Palomar Interior Design and Architecture students and from members of the Palomar College Architecture Club. The display will be up until March 27th. Stop by the library and check it out!

If you have any questions about the display, contact Roy McFarland, an adjunct instructor in Architecture. If you are interested in the Architecture Program at Palomar, check out this link

Are you an art lover? Check this out!

ARTstor, a image library for the Arts and Sciences, has an enormous collection images from art, architecture, archeology and more.

The ARTstor Blog is a great place to learn more about the collections and look at some cool images! There is a recent post in celebration of Women's History Month and another recent post about where to find images of the Beat Generation.

Hope you enjoy the ARTstor blog as much as we do! If you would like some help searching for images in the database, stop by the reference desk and ask a librarian.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Important Update for ARTstor Users

There were some updates at ARTstor Digital Library recently. If you use ARTstor, take note of the following changes:
  • ARTstor now work with Google Chrome browser
  • In your image search results, you may now see icons on the lower right-hand corner of the image thumbnail: "P" denotes Personal Collection (for images uploaded by a campus instructor), and "H" Hosted images (for images visible only at your institution).
  • Folders are now nested in two upper level folders: "Private Folders" and "Institutional Folders." "Private Folders" contains folders viewable only by you. "Institutional Folders" contains folders that are viewable by other users at your institution either as "Public" folders or as "Password-protected" folders.
If you have any questions about these changes, you can take a look at the help wiki. Also, if you have questions about using ARTstor, stop by the reference desk and ask a librarian. We would be happy to show you around all the amazing images ARTstor has to offer.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

NBC Learn: News & Information from the NBC Archives

NBC LearnPalomar students and faculty can now access the entire NBC news archives going back to the beginning of film and television through NBC Learn, a web-based streaming video service. It includes thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, and photographs from the news division of this legendary broadcast media company. The service also includes related original instructional resources in a variety of disciplines and subjects.

Palomar students and faculty may access this database by clicking the link above, or from the Library’s Online Research Databases webpage (Palomar College e-services login required off-campus). For more help, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Library Tech Program at Palomar

Exciting news from the Library Support Staff Certification Program:

"Tracey Hill and Julie Wright, new graduates from Palomar College in San Marcos California, received their Library Support Staff Certification through an agreement between the American Library Association (ALA) and Palomar College. LSSC reviewed the Palomar curriculum and determined it matched the ALA/LSSC competencies, thus Palomar graduates are immediately eligible for Certification as soon as they graduate.

LSSC currently has agreements with five LTA programs that recognize their curriculums as matching the ALA/LSSC competencies: The College of DuPage, Waubonsee Community College, and Illinois Central College in Illinois; the Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana; and Palomar College in California. "
For more information about our Library Tech program see:

Congratulations to Tracey and Julie!