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August 2002

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NEW (and Renewed) Research Databases
How index-learning turns no student pale, yet holds the eel of science by the tail!  Alexander Pope  Dunciad, Book 1.

orientations information competency
new books new media SCC students who learn how to use the Library’s online indexes and databases can find enough reliable information to hold any course by its tail.  Databases currently include:
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On Exhibit: (re)consider 9-11
2nd floor of the LRC

Sept. 9 to Oct. 5
On loan from City College of SF

General Databases – all topics

Specific Subject Areas

InfoTrac Expanded Academic Index

Access Science (new)

ProQuest Research Library Complete (new)

Ethnic NewsWatch (new)

CQ Researcher

Gale Literature Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints (new)

ProQuest Psychology Journals (new)

Oxford Reference Online (new)

Country Watch

Newsbank (includes Sacramento Bee)

Proquest National Newspapers

Encyclopaedia Britannica (starts in November)


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Library Credit Classes

Get Oriented to the Online Library

Fall Credit classes include research skills, online searching, and consumer and medical resources.

Library 15 (Library Research and Information Literacy) teaches the information competency skills students need to do research with an emphasis on the evaluation of those resources.  Resources include print, online databases, and the Internet.  Library 15 is offered both on campus and online.  Library 15 begins Saturday, Sept.7 and continues for nine weeks.

 Library & Information Technology 35 (Internet Research Skills) introduces students to the use of the Internet for academic and personal research.  Students learn how to use Internet search tools and how to evaluate web sites.

Credit courses also include:

  • Consumer Business Reference

  • Online Searching

  • Medical Information Resources

Look up Library and Library Information Technology Classes in the SCC schedule for more information.

So how do all those databases work?  The librarians teach ongoing orientations to help you and your students find your way. 

 1.      Bring your class to the library for a customized orientation to the online catalog and research databases or the Internet.  Book at least one week in advance on the web or by calling Stephanie McDonald (2014);


2.      Send your students to the reference desk to sign up for a hands-on, drop-in orientation on their own time (online schedule).   Students learn how to use the online catalog and databases or the Internet (including critical evaluation).  They also receive a "Proof of Attendance" slip. 

Topics include:

  • Section A:  finding books, magazine and newspaper articles using the computer
  • Section B:  introduction to Internet searching
  • Section C:  Internet evaluation and citation
Special sections: book reviews, literature, art, CQ Researcher (current issues)

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Information Competency Moving Forward 

If you think students should be able to “find, evaluate, use and communicate information in all its various formats,” the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges agrees with you and has sent forward Information Competency as a graduation requirement for degree students.  It will be on the Board’s consent calendar for the Sept. 9-10 meeting, and if all proceeds as expected, will become effective in the fall of 2003. 

SCC is forming a task force, reporting to Academic Senate and the Curriculum Committee, to explore the various issues and options for implementing Information Competency as a graduation requirement. There are several different models that are possible, and this task force will examine the different options and make recommendations to the SCC community. 

New librarian Sue Chen joins the Library reference team from Ohlone College this fall to lead the Library’s Information Competency drive.  You will also see Sue on the reference desk and leading Library orientations; stop by and say hello.  

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New Books

New Media

The Library has added hundreds of new books to the collection in 2002.  Browse the SCC Library New Materials Lists for new books and media, or visit the new book display on the second floor of the Library to find the latest titles, including:

Genetically engineered food: changing the nature of nature.  Martin Teitel and Kimberly A. Wilson.  TP248.65.F66 T45 2001

 Understanding China: a guide to China's economy, history, and political structure.  John Bryan Starr.  DS779.26.S737 2001

Have a suggestion for a new book?  The librarians welcome your ideas.  Call or email the librarian for your department, send a list of titles (prioritized, including as much information as you have), use the online materials suggestion form, or drop a card in the suggestion boxes on the first and second floors of the Learning Resource Center.  The librarians also rely on faculty expertise to help weed outdated books from the collection (for Flex credit all year).  The Library and Instructional Media Center have a new collection development policy to guide the selection of materials.

Call your librarian with your ideas about the collection – we’ll come to a department meeting or schedule an update in the Library’s classroom.


Class sleepy?  Wake them up with a new video from the Instructional Media Center:

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle.  Rustin Thompson takes his camera into the tear gas at the 1999 WTO Convention. Up-close footage captures the expression of freedom of speech, assembly, and press.
Call number:
NEW 2002 711

The Church of Scientology: Religion or Cult?  Scientology has attracted powerful political friends and celebrities. But is it a religion or a cult? ABC News delves into the church's history, mission, and practices.
Call number:
NEW 2002 842

The Donner Party.  This Ric Burns production tells the story of the ill-fated pioneers and their attempt to reach California in 1846. This narrative is one of the most enduring episodes to come out of the West.
Call number:
NEW 2002 832

Want more?  Use LOIS, the online Library catalog, or visit the Library’s New Materials Lists.  You’ll find videos on theater make-up, health care, business ethics, hate groups, art history, sports nutrition, affluenza, cane toads, and the IRS.

 To recommend videos for purchase, find titles in vendor catalogs or visit We Buy Videos.  Send the title and vendor (as much information as you have) to Nicole Woolley.  Please prioritize lists.  You’ll receive a memo once the title is ready to borrow.

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Links and Contacts

More Information

SCC Library homepage: http://wserver.scc.losrios.edu/~learnres/library/

Access LOIS (online catalog) and the research databases
Request a customized orientation, view the drop-in and Library credit class schedules
Suggest a book or video and browse the new materials lists for recent acquisitions

Librarian contacts for collection development
by department

Collection Development Policy

LRC Service Desk Phone Numbers

Reference Desk


Circulation & Reserve Desk


Interlibrary Loan


Periodicals Desk


3rd Floor Access Services Desk


Instructional Media Desk


Academic Computer Lab (LR 141)


Business Building Lab (B 153)


Tutoring Information Desk


LRC Division Office (LR 236)



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March 27, 2008