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