What’s New in the Library Fall 2013

Want to earn Professional Development credit? Faculty can familiarize themselves with new Library products and services while earning 1 PD hour by taking the self-paced online workshop “What’s New in the Library” (PD99, 1 hour). Here’s how:

1. Login to Blackboard Sandbox with your Blackboard login

2. click Professional Development Training (lower right section of screen)

3. select “What’s New in the Library” (upper left box on screen)

4. select the course link (paper icon)

DON’T FORGET: to receive 1 hour of PD credit for taking this online workshop, you must add PD99 to your 2013/14 Professional Development proposal. For more information about the Library or the online workshop, contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management Librarian. For help with your PD proposal or getting into Bb Sandbox to access PD resources, contact the Professional Development Office.

New! Permanent Collection of the National Gallery, London is available for viewing in ARTstor

Would you like to visit the National Gallery, London, but don’t have time to swim across the pond?  No problem!  Now every painting in the permanent collection of the National Gallery, London is available for viewing in ARTstor.  

National Gallery, London, has one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world! Composed of 2,300 works dating from the 13th century to the early 20th centuries, the collection encompasses most major developments in Western painting.

Highlights include Cézanne’s Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Piero della Francesca’s The Baptism of Christ, Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34, Holbein’s The Ambassadors, Uccello’s The Battle of San Romano, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne, van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait, and Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus.

This is an incredible resource for students of the arts, as well as for those studying history, political science, cultural studies and other divisions of the humanities and social sciences.

Access ARTstor by clicking here, or from the library homepage, click on Articles and select the Arts and Humanities Tab.  Palomar College login required off-campus or with on campus wi-fi.  Need help?  Call (760) 744-1150 x 2616 or “Ask a Librarian” through our 24/7 live chat service (look for the chat box on most library webpages).  For questions, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collections Management Librarian.

Annual Report on Trends in Health Statistics

Are you interested in U.S. health care issues?  If so, please take a moment to review one of the library’s new reference books entitled Health, United States, 2011.  This government issued reference resource contains interesting statistics, trends, and demographic data on various aspects of health care such as health care status and determinants, health care utilization, health risk factors by various population groups, prevention, health insurance (who has it and who does not), morbidity, mortality, and personal health care expenditures. Furthermore, tables and charts capture significant data about  U.S. health care resources, facilities and services, offering the reader a better sense of the current health care environment. 

The report uses demographic data to create bridges between distinct categories.  For example, in the “highlights” section there are charts that outline the relationship between socioeconomic status and health.  One statistic draws a correlation between education level and life expectancy.  To that end, according to the report, on average in 2006, 25-year-old women without a high school diploma had a life expectancy 8.6 years fewer than those with a Bachelor’s degree.  Find out more about how education level impacts health-related issues by taking a closer look at this resource.

You can view this reference book, Health, United States, 2011, by visiting the Reference section at Palomar College Library or you can also link to the online version of the report via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website.


New! National Geographic Archives Online

Palomar College has acquired the National Geographic magazine archive online from 1888 through 1994. Students and faculty may view full-color digital copies of every page of every issue, on campus or off.
Fascinating, well-researched articles, stunning photographic images, and iconic maps produced by the National Geographic Society on every topic and location imaginable have made this publication a valued cultural and educational artifact for over a century. Search for articles by topic, image, or even location!
The Library also has the complete collection of National Geographic magazine in print (1888 to the present) and on microfilm (1888-1997) at the San Marcos campus. 
Access the digital archive by clicking the link above, or go to the Library homepage (click the Catalog link, and search title National Geographic). Palomar eServices login required off-campus or on campus wi-fi. Need help? Call (760) 744-1150 x2616 or “Ask a Librarian” through our 24/7 live chat service (look for the chat box on most library webpages). For more information, contact Tamara Weintraub, Collections Management Librarian.

New online reference titles available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

Context context context!  When writing research papers, providing contextual information is essential to situate a topic, bring it to life, and make it more meaningful to your reader.  We have several new reference books that are excellent resources for compiling background information on a variety of subjects. 

It can be intimidating to begin research on a topic that has a long, complicated history.  For example, those interested in Middle Eastern affairs may want to learn more about the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Learn the back story.  Take a look at the e-book, Middle East Conflict Reference Library.    Find much-needed background information dating back to the nineteenth century and beyond. Large segments of time are quickly summarized to provide a better sense of the parameters of the topic.

Or perhaps you are exploring issues of race as a social construction.  The Gale Encyclopedia of Race and Racism 2 ed. covers modern racism with a focus on the 1400’s to the present (see the first edition for more extensive historical coverage).  Explore the economic, religious, social, historical, and political underpinnings of racism from a global perspective.

To find these reference e-books, go to the  Palomar College Library Homepage, click on Articles and select Gale Virtual Reference.  For off-campus access, a Palomar College e-services id and password are required.  If you have questions about this or any other database, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collections Management Librarian.