Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Updated MLA Formats Coming Soon

Just when you thought you'd mastered the MLA style for citing sources, a new edition is coming out soon!

The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook will be released this spring and will recommend  one set of citation guidelines that will apply to whatever source you're using - books (in paper format), e-books, audiobooks, articles, various types of Web sources, and so on. The Modern Language Association promises that this redesigned edition will be shorter and much simpler to use.

Because  we are into the fifth week of the spring semester, instructors who are using the seventh edition (2009) might choose to continue using that older edition until the fall semester.

Copies of the new edition will be ordered for the library bookshelves.The library will also be revising its MLA handouts as soon as the new handbook is released. The updated handout should be ready for distribution at the start of the fall semester in late August.  Watch for it!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Welcome back! We're starting the 2016 Spring semester with exciting news: You now have two new databases available for you to use for your course assignments -- Films on Demand and Oxford Art Online.

 From your AccessRio account, click on the Library tab and look in the center column under Library Online Databases.
1. With Films on Demand, you can choose from thousands of films, from Anthropology to Health & Medicine, from Physical Sciences to World Languages. By creating a MyFilms account you can create film clips for your English, Speech, Sociology, or any other course presentation and save the clips in folders that you set up. You can also create Playlists of selected video and audio content to share with others. Available films and clips range from a couple of minutes to two hours long.

The Films on Demand database contains acclaimed documentaries, prize-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos. Its films come from productions of more than 40 multi-awarded institutions, including PBS, CNBC, TED, BBC, MacNeil/Lehrer, Ken Burns, California Newsreels, National Geographic, Nova, and others.

2.  Not just for Art majors, the Oxford Art Online database from the Oxford University Press contains access to online encyclopedias such as The Oxford Companion to Western Art and the Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture. Oxford Art Online complements our existing ArtStor database by providing links to images from the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and numerous international art galleries and artists.
Explore your two new databases and discover how to use them to earn your papers and presentations an "A" grade!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Just in Time: Library Research Workshops!

The Fall 2015 round of workshops started Monday, Oct. 19. Pick up your copy of the October and November schedules in the library today. Workshops are offered Monday through Thursday, at 1:00-1:50pm and/or 5:30-6:30pm. Other times are by appointment only, for groups of 4 or more.

These drop-in workshops consist of a brief  overview of the topic, followed by hands-on work. For example, you must bring in the sources (articles, books, URLs) that you're using for your assignment to the workshop on MLA citations so that you can work on formatting them correctly with the librarian's help. You will receive a certificate of attendance for each workshop you attend.

Library research workshops cover seven different topic areas:
  1. Developing a research topic into a research question
  2. Tips for using the library's online catalog to find books
  3. How to use online databases to find articles
  4. Evaluating a web site's credibility
  5. Advanced Google search techniques
  6. Using correct MLA citation formats (APA and ASA formats by appointment only)
  7. How to avoid plagiarism when you write up your paper
Remember: To arrange for a workshop for your group of 4 or more students at a more convenient time, contact a librarian. Call (562) 908-3484 or stop by the reference desk.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Now Available: Research Consultations

Need help with your research assignment? Book a 30-minute appointment with a reference librarian who can help you clarify and narrow (or broaden) your topic, find a variety of scholarly sources for your paper, and format your citations.

Call the reference desk at (562) 908-3484 or drop by the reference desk anytime to book your appointment. Or, you can email with the Subject line: Research Consultation.

Get a head start on your assignment and book early! Your friendly reference librarians are happy to help.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

PaperCut is coming this summer to the Library!

Rio Hondo College will soon have a unified printing system. Called PaperCut, this cardless system will be installed in the Library in mid-July. You may have already used it if you've ever printed recently from the computers in the District Lab (B107 and B108 in the Business building).

If you still have a copy card for printing and photocopying in the Library's Copy Center, please use up the money on your account by July 15. Please call a reference librarian for more information at (562)908-3484.

Or talk to a librarian at the reference desk. Summer library hours are:
June 8-18: Mon-Thur  7:30AM - 4:00PM
June 22-July 30: Mon-Thur  7:30AM - 8:00PM
Aug. 3-13: Mon-Thur  73:30AM-4:00PM
We are closed on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

They're Baaaack! (Research Workshops in April & May)

Drop-in research workshops are back! These 50-minute workshops cover seven research-related topics: narrowing your research topic, using the library catalog to find books, searching for articles in online databases, evaluating websites, advanced Google search techniques, how to avoid plagiarizing your sources, and citation formats (MLA/APA/ASA).

Find the schedule of workshops here and make plans to attend!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Borrowing Course Textbooks? Activate Your Library Privileges First

Welcome to the Spring 2015 semester! The library’s busiest place at this time of the year is most likely the circulation desk (“Circ”) – the front desk as you enter the library – where you can activate your library privileges and check out textbooks kept in course reserves.

Activating your library privileges:
Bring in your current Rio Hondo College ID to the circulation desk to be verified in the library system. Once your status is updated for Spring 2015, you can check out circulating books and use in-house materials such as course reserves, videos, CDs, laptops and headphones.

Check out textbooks from course reserves:
Many (not all) instructors loan us a copy of their textbook for use by their students. These textbooks are kept in course reserves behind the Circ desk. If you know your textbook is in the course reserve collection or want the Circ staff to do a quick check, you can present your activated student ID at the circulation desk and tell the Circ staff the course number and book title and, even more helpful, your instructor’s name. All textbooks are 2-hour use inside the library only.

Alternatively, you can check whether the library has a copy of your textbook by using the online catalog. Start by clicking on “Reserve Desk” in the left column of the catalog and then search by one of three methods: by Course Name (e.g., College Composition), Course Number (e.g., ENGL 101), or Instructor Name (e.g., Reilly). The catalog will give you a list of the textbooks the library has for that course or instructor. You can also ask a reference librarian for help or call the reference desk at 562-908-3484.