Monday, December 20, 2010

Catalog Goes Koha!

As of Monday the 20th day of December 2010 the CBC Library has begun using a Koha-based Integrated Library System; this variant was developed and our data is hosted by PTFS/Liblime.

The catalog features much more intuitive searching - it even checks your spelling! If you do get an error message please email us at - we are still troubleshooting and appreciate any information you can give us to help us.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Celebrating Latino Food & Culture

Here are some online titles to go along with our current display.

Janer, Zilkia. Latino Food Culture Greenwood, 2008.

Albyn, Carole L., Lois S. Webb "Latin America." The Multicultural Cookbook for Students. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 1993.

Lovera, Jose. Food Culture in South America. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2005.

Note: these were titles that appeared in our subscription to Daily Life Online, which now has significantly revised content intended to be more academic in nature - for example, see "Food & Drink in 20th Century Latin America." by Molly Todd. Daily Life through History. ABC-CLIO, 2010.

Nobel Prize in Literature - Latin America

The CBC Library is currently displaying selected books from our collection by Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, along with those of the other Latin American laureates, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Short biographies of each author may be found in our Gale Virtual Reference Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. Ed. Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer. 2nd ed. Scribner's, 2008.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New to Gale Virtual Reference

The Princeton Companion to MathematicsThe Princeton Companion to Mathematics
Presents entries written by the world's leading mathematicians. Introduces basic mathematical tools and vocabulary, traces the development of modern mathematics, explains essential terms and concepts, examines core ideas in major areas of mathematics, describes the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians, and explores the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2009-2010 Database Cancellations

During the Spring 2010 database renewal cycle it was determined that the following databases would not be renewed, due to low usage:

Cancelled as of June 1st, 2010

  • Annals of American History

    Cancelled as of July 1st, 2010

  • AccessScience

  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

    Please contact CBC Library Reference if you have comments or need help locating alternative resources.
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    New to Gale Virtual Reference

    • The Gale Encyclopedia of CancerThe Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. 3rd ed. Gale, 2010.
      Comprehensive survey of 120 cancers, cancer drugs, traditional and alternative treatments, side effects and diagnostic procedures.

    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical TestsThe Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests. Gale, 2009.
      Provides coverage of numerous surgical procedures, medical tests and related topics, such as anesthetics, common lab test and procedures, medications and postoperative care. Entries for medical test and surgical include definition; purpose; demographic information; diagnosis/preparation; aftercare; risks; morbidity and mortality rates; alternatives; and more.

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Summer Hours for Richland Library

    The Richland library will have the following reduced hours for Summer 2010.

    Closed: June 19-27

    June 28-August 27
    Monday-Thursday: 8am-1pm
    Friday-Sunday: Closed
    Closed July 5

    Closed: August 28-Sept 19

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    Choose Privacy Week

    Choose Privacy Week May 2-8, 2010The American Library Association has declared May 2-8, 2010 the first 'Choose Privacy Week,' calling for "a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age." Among the resources posted is a new video, available online May 1st:

    Choose Privacy Week Trailer from 20K Films on Vimeo.

    New study shows young adults value online privacy but many "believe incorrectly that the law protects their privacy online and offline more than it actually does." (p.4): Hoofnagle, Chris Jay, King, Jennifer, Li, Su and Turow, Joseph, How Different are Young Adults from Older Adults When it Comes to Information Privacy Attitudes and Policies? (April 14, 2010). Available at SSRN:

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    7 Day Loan Videos

    To encourage usage of our videos (DVDs & VHSs), we have pulled more than 150 videos from closed stacks and put them out near the new books shelf next to the Reference Desk. These videos can be checked out for 7 days by CBC faculty, staff, and students.

    Short URL to the list of videos:

    Sunday, April 25, 2010

    DUI meeting

    The once-a-month DUI victims panels are no longer held in L-102 at CBC. They now hold them on the first Saturday of each month at the Grange building in Kennewick located at 2611 S Washington. Individuals should contact Mark Pickard at 374-0901 for registration and specific details.

    Friday, April 2, 2010

    EBSCOhost Interface Updates

    EBSCO has announced several updates for its EBSCOhost interface. The most significant is the PDF navigation sidebar, which allows users to browse a PDF full text publication without having to close the viewer; they've included a video demonstration in the release info. They have also added a text-to-speech function for their HTML full text articles, with your choice of American, British or Australian accents!
    A minor but helpful change is the addition of the word 'Cite' to the previously mysterious golden page button that generates article citations in MLA, APA, and four other styles.

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Bookstore Hours during Spring Break

    March 29 -- 7:30am – 3:30pm
    March 30 -- 7:30am – 3:30pm
    March 31 -- 7:30am – 3:30pm
    April 1 -- 7:30am – 3:30pm
    April 2 -- 7:30am – 12:30pm

    Hours during the quarter are posted on their website: Note that the bookstore sells textbooks and is located in the H building on the 2nd floor. The library is located in the L building and only has textbooks reserved for library use when provided by the instructor/department.

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Copyright Resources

    Below is a list of selected informational materials related to copyright available in the Library and on the Web.
    The Laws
    Quick Resources For Faculty
    Extensive Learning Resources
    Other Useful Websites:
    Updated 5/17/2012 yy

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Open Textbook Resources

    updated 10/29/2010 y.y.

    Open Textbook Websites

    Textbooks from CCOTC (College Open Textbooks is the website of Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative. "College Open Textbooks has peer-reviewed more than 100 open textbooks for use in community college courses... Open textbooks are freely available for use without restriction and can be downloaded or printed from web sites and repositories." Read more on their About page.)

    Connexions (Connexions® is a registered trademark of Rice University. Connexions is a large open repository of learning modules that anyone can contribute to and anyone can download the content freely. Modules are small unit of educational material. Related modules are grouped into "collections", which can be journal articles or used as textbooks. You can either search everything by keyword limited to subject area or browse. You can also limit your search to just "collections". Connexions uses "Lenses" for quality control. "Lenses are content selected by an organization or individual". View the list of Connexions Featured Content.)

    Flat World Knowledge Catalog (This publisher works with authors to publish open, customizable textbooks that includes teaching supplements and uses editorial and peer review process. Students can choose to use the free online format, or purchase at a relatively lower cost printed textbooks, audiobooks, e-books for mobile devices, or print at home options.)

    OER Commons (Click on one of the featured searches on the left "Open Textbooks".)

    Openstax College (Rice University, new in 2012 as reported in an article published in Inside Highered.)

    Merlot search results limit to Type: Open Textbook (more than 600 results)

    Orange Grove Texts Plus, a joint initiative of the University Press of Florida and the Orange Grove, Florida’s Digital Repository

    The Global Text Project

    Learning Units from the Open University

    Supplemental Resources from MIT Open Courseware (Online textbooks are marked by the icon with a white "T" in red background)

    California Free Digital Textbook Initiative Review Results (for California Schools)

    List of Open Textbooks compiled by PIRGs

    Writing Spaces, "an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses", consisted of peer-reviewed essays.

    Updated 2/7/2012 yy

    Sample Open Textbooks

    Understanding Creative Commons Licenses

    • Creative Commons Homepage
    • Creative Commons Licenses
    • New Creative Commons Information Pack from National Copyright Unit and Creative Commons Australia. The information pack includes the following eight quick guides in PDF.
      1. What is Creative Commons?
      2. How to Find Creative Commons (CC) Licensed Material
      3. How to Find CC Licensed Material Using the Creative Commons Search Portal
      4. How to Find CC Licensed Material Using Google
      5. How to Find CC Licensed Material Using Yahoo
      6. How to Find CC Licensed Material Using Mozilla Firefox
      7. A Quick Reference Guide to Finding CC Material
      8. How to Attribute CC Licensed Material

    Ebooks From the CBC Library

    CBC Library licenced ebook collections (These are general book collections, but some may be suitable to be used as textbook or supplemental readings.)

    ACLS Humanities E-Books (unlimited access)

    Ebrary (unlimited access)

    Ovid Books (unlimited access)

    EBSCOhost eBook Collection (1 simultaneous user, fine for optional readings)

    We also have reference book collections online:
    ABC-CLIO Reference Ebooks

    Gale Virtual Reference

    Free ebooks From Publishers

    Flat World Knowledge Catalog

    Free monthly sample e-book
    from University of Chicago Press

    Gutenberg-e, free online award-winning monographs from Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association.

    Texas A&M UP Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology (15 books as of 3/2010)

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Available at Circulation

    We have just added two Iogear 56-in-1 Memory Card Reader/Writers to the equipment available at the Circulation Desk. Plug them in to any of our lab computers' USB ports, wait a minute for it to install itself, and you will be able to read/write to compact flash, SD, Micro SD, Mini SD, and many other types of memory card. These may be checked out for use in the library. Note that our Epicenter computers have this capability built in.

    We also have headphones (computer and AV), calculators, and book/paper holders available for library use from the Circulation desk - and pen drives that can be checked out for 1 week.

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    Tutor Center Hours - Winter 2010 Finals Week

    March 22-24, 2010
    Mon -- 8:00am-2:50pm
    Tues -- 8:00am-8:00pm
    Wed -- 8:00am-12noon

    Note that CBC Students have access to eTutoring as well. This service allows you to submit drafts of papers or questions to tutors in:
    Anatomy & Physiology
    Math (Developmental through Calculus)
    Medical Coding
    MS Office 2007
    Web Development (xHTML, CSS, and Adobe Dreamweaver)

    Live chat-based tutoring in Accounting, Calculus, Math, and Statistics is also available.

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    New to Gale Virtual Reference

    • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of MusiciansBaker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
      Covers all musical genres, with new entries written by a distinguished group of area specialists as well as the original articles by Nicolas Slonimsky. This work continues the tradition of offering the most comprehensive and authoritative information on musicians, along with interesting and insightful evaluations of their contributions to the musical world.

    • Encyclopedia of BioethicsEncyclopedia of Bioethics
      Covering a wealth of topics on the ethics of health professions, animal research, population control and the environment, the set helps researchers to consider the impact of new scientific knowledge and its potential to harm or benefit present and future generations.

    • Encyclopedia of Gender and SocietyEncyclopedia of Gender and Society
      Covers the major theories, research, people, and issues in contemporary gender studies. Offers a cross-national/cross-cultural perspective that provides comparative analyses of the life experiences of men and women around the world.

    • Encyclopedia of Race and CrimeEncyclopedia of Race and Crime
      Covers issues in both historical and contemporary context, with information on race and ethnicity and their impact on crime and the administration of justice. Explores the similar historical experiences of varied racial and ethnic groups and illustrates how race and ethnicity has mattered and continues to matter in the administration of American criminal justice.

    • Encyclopedia of Science and ReligionEncyclopedia of Science and Religion
      A multidisciplinary approach that addresses all aspects of the dialogue between the sciences and the world's religions, reaching into the humanities as well as into the physical sciences and technology. Examines controversial issues such as human cloning and stem cell research long with more traditional questions such as the origins of life, the nature of sin, and the philosophy of science and religion.

    • Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and EthicsEncyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
      This Encyclopedia considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the ethical and political issues raised by science and technology in an increasingly complex and global society. This broad coverage supports the numerous courses in applied and professional ethics and policy related to the practice of science and technology in education.

    • Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and TheoriesEncyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and Theories
      Provides descriptions of the most famous scientific concepts, principles, laws, and theories that are known in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, medicine, meteorology, and physics.

    • Encyclopedia of Sex and GenderEncyclopedia of Sex and Gender
      Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; examines issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; of sexuality and the body; of social institutions and the structures of representation. Topics include changing conceptions of "the feminine," the family and masculinity, religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy and society and many more.

    • Encyclopedia of Social ProblemsEncyclopedia of Social Problems
      Provides as comprehensive an approach as possible to this multifaceted field, utilizing experts from numerous disciplines. These subject areas include anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, communications, criminal justice, demography, economics, education, environmental studies, geography, health, history, languages, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and women's studies.

    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental HealthThe Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
      Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders.

    • The Gale Encyclopedia of ScienceThe Gale Encyclopedia of Science
      Covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, as well as mathematics and the medical and health sciences, while providing a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology. Entries typically describe scientific concepts, provide overviews of scientific areas and, in some cases, define terms.

    • Van Nostrand's Scientific EncyclopediaVan Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia
      Covers emerging technologies affecting genetics, global warming, communications, informatics and nanotechnology.

    Qwidgets Everywhere!

    We have deployed the Qwidget version of our "Ask a Librarian" service in our reference webpage, our Topic of the Week blog, the Library Research sections of WebCT and Angel, and on the results page of every EBSCOhost search. These use OCLC's QuestionPoint software to provide you live 24/7 web-based text chat with librarians from Washington state and beyond. Qwidgets are great for quick questions, but the full window versions, either frames or no frames, would be better for more involved research help.

    Of course, we still hope that you will come in to our libraries and let our reference librarians assist you, live and in person. But if you're at home struggling with your research paper late at night when the library is closed, isn't it nice to know you can still Ask A Librarian?

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    LitFest 2010 Authors

    Mid-Columbia Literary Festival Homepage

    CBC Library LitFest Display

    Upcoming Presentations

    Jack Hamann - Thursday May 20th, 7 PM

    Past Presentations

    Chris Crutcher - May 5th
    Jess Walter - March 4

    Pete Fromm - March 4 Tod Marshall - April 20

    Monday, February 22, 2010

    MLA Format for Research Papers in MS Word 2007

    Posted to YouTube March 31, 2009. Video created by Dr. Tonya-Marie Howe, assistant professor, Literature and Languages, Marymount University. Covers formatting margins, line spacing, headers, hanging indent for works cited, and more. Audio is music-only. Some instructions are specific to her classes, such as the requirement to use a serifed font - MLA only requires "an easily readable typeface (e.g., Times New Roman)." MLA 7th, 4.2.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    New Sortable/Searchable Resource List

    We have created a new sortable/searchable library database list

    Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    Monday, January 4, 2010

    Expanded Green Zone

    Welcome back and Happy New Year!
    During last fall quarter, we noticed that students are really great about following the rules for the library zones, especially in the red Silent Zone. Thank you! :) The green Collaborative Zone was very popular too and we realized that we need more tables in the Green Zone where you can talk normally and collaborate with others. That became one of our projects for the winter break and we really like the new look and we hope you do too!
    1. The reference collection was weeded and some volumes were moved to Archives;
    2. The reference shelves in the middle of the library were shifted to the west;
    3. Four large tables were added to the Green Zone outside of the Epicenter;
    4. “Reserve Ref shelf”: All reserve reference books (those books that your professors pulled for specific classes and have different loan periods) are on a standalone “Reserve Ref shelf” behind the reference desk and the new books shelf now.
    5. “Oversized shelf”: All oversized books (art books, etc.) are on the “Oversized shelf” at the end of the main collection now.