Monday, May 16, 2016

It's the Week Before Finals: De-Stress!

When you need to relax between study sessions or take a break from research, drop by the library lobby and play one of our board games, available May 17, Tuesday, through May 26, Thursday.

Good luck on your finals and congratulations to the Class of 2016!

And don't forget during finals week: Free light breakfast available in A-102, May 23-26 (Monday through Thursday).

Monday, May 02, 2016

Need More Whiteboard Space? You've Got It!

If you're looking for more whiteboard space in the library's group study rooms, come to the reference desk and we'll help you wheel one (or more) whiteboards into your study room. Whiteboards are double-sided and come in two sizes: large (4' x 6') and small (3' x 4'). The surfaces are magnetic so you can easily post your materials on the whiteboard. The reference librarians can provide you with dry erase markers and erasers if needed.

See how these students made full use of their group study room's whiteboard space!

P.S. When using the group study rooms, please make sure to erase your work on the whiteboards before you leave. The next group will thank you for the courtesy!

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.