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.