Monday, December 3, 2012

New Gale Virtual Reference title - Encyclopedia of Drug Policy

Encyclopedia of Drug Policy. Mark A. R. Kleiman and James E. Hawdon, eds. Sage, 2011. 2 vols. in print. Offers broad, concise and readable coverage of United States drug policy, along with some coverage of the drug policies of select other nations. From the introduction: "entries can be grouped into six broad categories: drugs, laws and policies, organizations and individuals, control strategies and their underlying theories, drugs in select countries, and drugs and other social problems." Other titles in the Gale Virtual Reference library look at drug issues from health, addiction, social problems, law enforcement, historical and scientific views.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Gale Virtual Reference Books!

Encyclopedia of Gender in Media. This "does a remarkable job of providing an orientation to two vast topics--media (film, television, radio, music, reading material, and new media, represented by online sources), and gender (female, male, lesbian, gay, transsexual)--in slightly over 170 entries." [CHOICE, Nov. 2012] While this includes many of the topics one might expect - advertising, the Beauty Myth, television, stereotypes - it also includes blogs, MMORPGs, Reality TV Makeover shows, Facebook, Video Games, and YouTube.

Encyclopedia of Modern China. Ed. by David Pong. Gale, 2009. Over 900 articles, 2000 pages, nearly 500 authors, hundreds of illustrations including many full-color photographs and 53 primary source documents cover China "... from 1800 to the present; topics range from the daily life of common folks to the ever-changing structure of the banking system that is part of the engine of China’s recent transformation." Rated 'outstanding' by the RUSA and CHOICE and honorable mention for the 2010 Dartmouth prize (the winner was the Encyclopedia of Human Rights, also available from CBC Library).

Friday, November 9, 2012

Double Sided Brochure

This how-to is designed for Word 2007 but all of the instructions work for Word 2010:

Once you have created your brochure you may print it in color in the library.  Double-sided or duplex printing in color is not available from NetPrint - you must use the printer behind the Circulation desk:

File > Print
1) Select printer G835
2) Choose to Print on Both Sides Flip pages on short edge

Friday, November 2, 2012

EBSCOhost Mobile

Automatic Mobile Access (for any mobile device)

EBSCOhost Mobile’s new smart technology auto-detects when an user is visiting from a mobile device and auto-directs the user to the same database in a clean, frameless search environment that is much easier to work with on the small screen. (Off campus, you will need to log in with your MyCBC ID and PIN. )

EBSCOhost App (for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android Phones)

If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch or an Android Phone - there's an EBSCOhost app for that. The advantage of using the app as opposed to using the mobile site is that you can get an authentication key and don't need to log in (when off campus) every time with the CBC Library Database password for 9 month. The tradeoff is that you will have to spend the time to download the app first and get the authentication key following the steps below: 

Step 1: Log in to the CBC EbscoHost website using either the mobile site with your mobile device or regular EBSCOhost with a desktop computer

Step 2:  Click on the link at the bottom of the screen that says 'EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Application'

Step 3: Enter your email address (this must be accessible from your iPhone/Android Phone) to send yourself an email with a link to the app store and an authentication key.

Step 4: From your device, access the email account used in the previous step.

Step 5:  Download the app (If you haven’t already).

Step 6:  Tap the “authentication key” link in your email, which will authorize your device for use with CBC’s EbscoHost databases for 9 months before you'll need to acquire a new key.

They have a help page if you have any difficulties.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Library Database Remote Access

Two ways to find the CBC library database page:
  1. Direct link:, or 
  2. From the CBC home page, hover over "Current Students", look under "Academic Resources" to find the link "library". Click on the link to go to the library homepage, then click on "All Resources (A-Z List)” to see our database list.

Login to library databases:
  1. Click on one of the databases such as EBSCOhost, CQ Researcher, etc.
  2. If you are off-campus, you will see the following page. Click on "I am a CBC student" or "I am a CBC faculty/staff member".   (Note: This is new starting September 2012.)
  3. Log in with your student or employee ID/PIN. The same ones you use to log into MyCBC.
  4. Start searching the database!
For more information,  see our troubleshooting page at

Research Help: 509-542-4890
Library Information: 509-542-4887


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New CBC Homepage

At midnight on July 31st, 2012 Columbia Basin College switched to a redesigned website.  Our library homepage and resources page have new addresses; in case it is more convenient here are direct links to our most popular databases:


  • CBC Library Catalog - provides information about our collection of books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, and other resources. 
  • Ebrary - over 26,800 ebook titles


  • EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier - more than 4,600 full-text periodicals, including nearly 3,500 peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
  • ProQuest - more than 2,000 full-text periodicals, including several major national and Washington state newspapers, magazines, and nearly 1,000 scholarly journals.


  • Oxford Reference Online - more than 130 general and specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other references covering most academic disciplines and seven foreign languages.
  • Gale Virtual Reference - over 70 encyclopedias and handbooks in business, law, history and the social sciences, and medicine.

Should you have any difficulty locating needed library information on the redesigned site please contact CBC Library Reference at 509-542-4890 or

Friday, June 15, 2012

New - Encyclopedia of Adolescence (Online)

The Encyclopedia of Adolescence
Edited by B. Bradford Brown and Mitchell Prinstein. Elsevier, 2011.
Table of Contents | Search
This encyclopedia, 3 volumes in print form, is available online to unlimited numbers of authorized CBC users on or off-campus.  Essays are cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and substantial. The volumes have scholarly titles that are not entirely suggestive of the articles within. Volume 1, Normative processes in development, does include articles on brain development and executive function but also adolescent driving, music listening, sleep, nutrition, self-esteem and sexual orientation. Volume 2, Interpersonal and sociocultural factors, has articles on family relationships and social support but also bullying, discrimination, homelessness, media influence, sports, vocational training and youth gangs. Volume 3, Psychopathology and non-normative processes, includes addiction, gambling, learning disabilities, mental and physical diseases, risk-taking, stress, tobacco use, and much more.
Note - while the 'further reading' section in each article includes links you will need to search our catalog or Journal Finder to determine whether or not we have access to the suggested sources - or contact a librarian for help.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New - Encyclopedia of War (Online)

The Encyclopedia of War
Search | Browse Topics
Edited by Gordon Martel. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
This encyclopedia, 5 volumes in print form, is available online to unlimited numbers of authorized CBC users on or off-campus.  It is "the most recent and comprehensive published source on all topics related to armed conflict [and] displays a worldwide scope from ancient times to the onset of the 21st century." (CHOICE, June 2012)  Articles are varied, substantial and scholarly, such as Women and war, which runs 17 pages in pdf including a page and a half of references and suggestions for further reading.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Library Catalog Upgrade Monday 6/11/2012

The catalog system will be upgraded starting at 7:30 PM Monday the 11th. While this will also mean our circulation system is down, we'll be closed so it shouldn't impact those services. Our online library catalog will be entirely down for no longer than 1 hour. This will be followed by an extended period where the catalog may be slow or produce inaccurate search results. This should be resolved before 7:30 AM on Tuesday the 12th. This is necessary to provide enhanced functionality and to improve search results afterwards. If you have any questions please contact us | 509-542-4890.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Classical Music in Video

Classical Music In Video - A database of streaming videos which "will contain performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world." [More About the Database].  Videos stream at 400kbps in the small viewer and 800kbps large screen; requires Adobe Flash Player. Subscription started 5/1/2012.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Journals - Science and Nature

The CBC Library subscribes to Science and Nature online. Both sites provide access to current and archived weekly issues featuring original research in the sciences, as well as daily science news, podcasts, and other special features. Use the links above to login for off-campus access.

Monday, April 23, 2012

ProQuest Databases Added

When the Statewide ProQuest contract was renegotiated the database lineup changed somewhat. The following databases are now available on our resources page.

ProQuest History Study Center - “History Study Center™ offers valuable historical reference material that spans from ancient times through today's current events. It houses over 40,000 documents that showcase historical events and provide quick and valuable facts for a variety of users from high school students to history scholars.” [Product description]
Resources provided include Reference articles, Biographies, Historiography, Maps, Primary sources, Images, Journal articles and Web links.

ProQuest Learning: Literature - “ProQuest® Learning: Literature provides more than 180,000 full-text works of poetry, prose, and drama from around the world. This unique resource also offers secondary sources such as author biographies and multimedia, as well as literary criticisms, essays, reviews, and interviews drawn from 100+ full-text literary magazines and journals.” [Product description]

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer - “SIRS Discoverer, an award-winning general reference resource for beginning learners and researchers in grades 1-9, makes learning fun and intuitive.” [Product description] The articles, activities and stories have Lexile reading scores. There are also thousands of images and age-appropriate websites.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arbor Day Display

The Library is having an Arbor Day Display showcasing books about trees and wildflowers. You can take a look at the online list of books on display.

CBC has been designated as a Tree Campus USA and will celebrate Arbor Day on April 11 with a tree planting ceremony. Details can be found on the News Release about this event.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ebrary - Now Available for Download!

(Originally published Tuesday, November 1, 2011)
Over 25,000 ebooks are now available for 'check out' through our ebrary database. While before you had to have an internet-connected computer to read them, now you will be able to download part or all of an ebook to your computer or compatible ereader for your offline reading pleasure.
Update: Instructions for iPhone users (Please ask a librarian to show you how.)

1. Download the free app "ebrary" to your phone first.

2. Right now, you need to use the Facebook Account Sign-in feature to use the MobileApp. (We understand how this would be inconvenient if you don’t have a Facebook account.)

How to link your ebrary account to your Facebook account (a one-time setup):
a. Go to the ebrary site using a browser
b. Sign in to your ebrary account with your student ID.
C. Click “My Settings” link at top-right of ebrary screen
d. Under “Link your account to Facebook“, click “Log In“
e. On Facebook log-in screen, enter your Facebook credentials, click “Log In“
Important note: The Facebook Sign-in feature does not access or post anything on Facebook accounts, it just takes advantage of users’ Facebook authentication.

Now, go back to the ebrary App and click on the blue button that says “sign in with Facebook”. Input your facebook login and password

2. You will be asked for an Adobe ID. If you don’t have one already, click on “create an ID”. Fill out the form, only the starred fields are required, to create your adobe ID. Authorize your device with the adobe ID.

3. Tap near the bottom of the screen and you will see “Online Search”, tap on it, then tap on one of the search fields on the left, type in your search and click on “Search” below.

4. You will find the book appear on the right side of the screen, tap on it and you will be previewing it

5. Tap near the middle of the bottom of the screen, and you will see a link that says “Download”, tap on that to download it to your phone.

6. The downloaded book has much better resolution than the preview. You may download 10 books at a time.

7. When you are done with the book, tap near the bottom of the screen, and you will see a link that says “Return”.  

Another option:
 1. download the book on to your computer
2. transfer the book to your iOS device using iTunes
3. open the book using BlueFire.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Embed a YouTube Video into PowerPoint 2010

This is easier if you start with a blank slide.
  1. Click the Insert tab
  2. Drop down the 'Video' to 'Video from Web site...'
  3. Switch to your web browser with the YouTube video
  4. Click the 'Share' button below the video
  5. Click the 'Embed' button within the share box
  6. Make sure the embed options are displayed
  7. Click 'Use old embed code' box
  8. Copy embed code
  9. Return to PowerPoint
  10. Paste embed code into 'insert video' box and click 'insert' button
  11. Resize video display window as needed.
There is another option that is more complex - see for information on using the 'developer' tab to embed flash videos and set their properties.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Black Women in American Culture and History Display

February is Black History Month. We are having a display honoring black women in American culture and history. This is a theme chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History(ASALH).

The list of books on display can be viewed in our catalog. You are welcome to check them out.

You can also find basic information about the four women featured on the ASALH poster in one of our library reference databases. See examples below.

1. Dwight-Barrett, Margaret L. "Wells-Barnett, Ida B." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Ed. Colin A. Palmer. 2nd ed. Vol. 5. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. 2275-2277. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 15 Feb. 2012.

2. V. P. Franklin " Bates, Daisy Lee Gatson " Black Women in America. Ed. Darlene Clark Hine. Oxford University Press, 2005 African American Studies Center. Oxford University Press. Columbia Basin College. 15 February 2012 (Oxford Reference Online database)

3. "Mary McLeod Bethune." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 15 Feb. 2012.

4. Nadasen, Premilla. "Burroughs, Nannie Helen." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Ed. Colin A. Palmer. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. 368-369. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 15 Feb. 2012.