Break is over although many of us wish that it would have never ended, but now it’s back to school! So how do we get into a good rhythm with classes after a relaxing worry free winter break? The Pearson Library offers many services that will help you get back into the swing of things. Get a jump start on your research papers by taking advantage of the many resources available  from thousands of hard copy books, over 150 online databases, to hundreds of  DVDs .

With the library’s Interlibrary Loan Service, you can request to loan materials which are unavailable at Pearson Library. So if we don’t have a book or item that your looking for, don’t worry we can get it for you!

Probably the most visited department in the library is the Circulation Desk or “Circ Desk” for short. The Circ Desk provides many services including checking library materials in and out, accessing course reserves, and, of course, assistance in locating items. Did you know that you don’t have to call or contact the Circ Desk to see the items that you have checked out and/or to review your items? That’s right! All you have to do is log in to access your library account. Have questions? Ask the Circ Desk.

Also if you just have a question or don’t know where to start on finding help for your research, our Information Commons Desk will provide you with the answers you looking for. You can just walk up and ask them virtually anything. If you don’t have the time to visit the library to ask your question – that’s not a problem – send them an instant message.

Last but not least, if you have any trouble at all with your student account, Black board, or any technological problems our Help Desk will be glad to assist you.

Now you have all of the basic tools that you’ll need to get a jump on a great semester!

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Did you ever hear that there is something in turkey that makes you tired? Or maybe you felt for yourself that tired or drowsy feeling after the big Thanksgiving feast. Well it’s true that turkey does contain an amino acid called L-Tryptophan (el-trip-toh-fan) which is known to be a  natural sedative, as stated in an article called, “Effects of L-tryptophan on sleepiness and on sleep” by Ernest Hartmann in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. This amino acid travels through the blood stream up to the brain, then the brain converts the L-Tryptophan into a chemical called Serotonin (sare-uh-toh-nin) which calms us down and helps us sleep. However, L-Tryptophan would have to be taken by itself with no other protein or amino acid in order to make you drowsy, and since there is plenty of protein in turkey, the turkey is not the culprit! In fact, in an article from Physiology and Behaviortitled ”Meal composition and its effect on postprandial sleepiness” nutrition experts, William C Orr, Gregory Shadid, Michael J Harnish, and Sigrid Elsenbruch believe the reason you are really tired after that Thanksgiving feast is because of all the consumption of carbohydrates found in bread, potatoes, yams, and pumpkin pie. So next time you hear someone say that turkey makes you tired, know that its all just a myth.

You can find these articles and much more using just one of our many  library databases. These articles were found using ScienceDirect, which provides full-text access to peer-reviewed journals on health and life sciences topics. This database and many others can be found on the Pearson Library Information Sources page.

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Halloween

Boo! Its October that means its time for Halloween, but how much do you really know about the holiday? Scary huh? Don’t worry California Lutheran has got you covered. Here at the Pearson Library we offer tons of print books, electronic book (eBooks), articles and even movies to expand your knowledge about Halloween. No matter if you want to find out where the holiday originated from and how it got to the United States, or if you simply wanted to know why we wear costumes, tell ghost stories and go trick-or-treating. You could find it all in our Library’s extensive collection!

If you just want to relax with your friends or family and watch a scary movie, we also offer a wide varity of  horror films. From the classic “Halloween” the Micheal Myers story to more recent thrillers like “The Fourth Kind.” Search for these movies and many more popular DVDs in our Online Catalog

 Halloween (DVD)

Falcon International Productions ; Moustapha Akkad presents ; produced by Debra Hill ; screenplay by John Carpenter and Debra Hill ; directed by John Carpenter. 

 In 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally killed his older sister. The silent child was incarcerated in the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium under the care of psychiatrist Sam Loomis. Michael’s hometown of Haddonfield was slowly beginning to forget the tragic crime. That is until Loomis returns to the town to warn them of Myers’ escape from Smith’s Grove. With Michael set on killing a group of high school students, Loomis gets the hesitant town sheriff to help him stop Michael before it’s too late.  

The Fourth Kind(DVD)

Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films present a Chambara Pictures & Dead Crow Pictures production, an Olatunde Osunsanmi film ; produced by Paul Brooks, Joe Carnahan, Terry Lee Robbins ; story by Olatunde Osunsanmi & Terry Lee Robbins ; screenplay by Olatunde Osunsanmi ; directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

Since the 1960s, Nome, Alaska, has seen a disproportionate number of its population being reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler begins videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.
 
Halloween
Joyce K Kessel; Nancy L Carlson
 
Explains the origins of the holiday of Halloween and such traditions as black cats, jack-o-lanterns, witches, bonfires, and trick-or-treating.

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ebrary

   Tired of checking out tons of books and having to carry them home? Well  Pearson Library offers a great collection of eBooks in our ebrary! Thousands of books available at the click of a mouse or the touch of a finger with Ipads circulating amongst our student body.

   With our growing eBooks collection, ebrary covers all academic subject areas. For the month of September a wide variety of subjects were viewed from Psychology and Religion to Pop Culture. Some of the top viewed books include:  ”Children in Family Context: Perspectives on Treatment” by Combrinck-Graham, Lee and “Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture” by Inness, Sherrie A.  

  Using the ebrary’s Infotools you can highlight text,  take notes,  link to online resources to expand your research and even share folders with your peers. If your tired of reading yourself , all you have to do is highlight some text and ebrary’s Unity Reader will read it for you. With ebrary’s Bookshelf feature you can save and organize your research for future reference. The best part of all is that you can access ebrary from ANYWHERE!

For more help and information about ebrary check out the Trainnig Video!

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO USE THE ADDED FUNCTIONALITY OF THIS DATABASE: Once on the Ebrary website click Sign In link (upper right corner) to utilize the Bookshelf functionality. Also, Ebrary’s Plug-in has to be downloaded by clicking on Ebrary Reader button located by the title.

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Poet Brian McGackin

Poetry Reading with BrianMcGackin!

Join us on Monday, October 3rd, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM in the Lundring Events Center, as poet Brian McGackin reads from his new book Broetry: Poetry for Dudes. Mr. McGackin will be available to sign copies of his book after the reading. You can purchase your own copy of Broetry: Poetry for Dudes at either the CLU bookstore or at the event. In the meantime enjoy the cover poem of Broetry: Poetry for Dude, a clever “broetry” riff on William Carlos Williams’ “This Is Just To Say.”

Broetry: Poetry for Dudes

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Read Banned Books


In the last decade, what’s been the most challenged book (or book series)?

What are challenged books, you say? These are books that have been asked to be removed from libraries, schools, museums, etc. If a challenge is successful, the item will be removed from the library, school, museum, etc. and be listed as a banned book. Book challenges and bans often come from concerned parents. They are worried that the material is too sexually explicit, contains offensive language and violence, or is unsuited to any age group. It is completely understandable but censoring an author and/or censoring ideas is not. Concerned parents should monitor what their children read and apply rules accordingly.

Celebrate banned books week with us (Sept. 24 – Sept. 30) by standing up against the injustice and read a banned book. Most (if not all) of the titles are available at the Pearson Library or at the Thousand Oaks Library.

Oh yes, the answer to the question above. Here’s the top 5:
1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
(Reference: American Library Association wesite)

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Welcome new and returning CLU students!
Welcome CLU class of 2015 and transfer students, and welcome back current students! We are excited to begin this new school year with you and to help you go beyond google for your research.

Below are the top 5 questions that get asked at the Pearson Library. Have you ever asked these questions before? And, are there other questions you want to ask? 

Top 5 FAQs at Pearson Library (countdown)

5. Is the writing center in the library?
Yes, CLU’s Writing Center is in the library. Their knowledgeable staff will help you with developing a thesis statement, working on syntax and grammar, and every other writing need you may have. It is recommended that you schedule an appointment with them on their website.

4. I need research help! How can I get research help?
There are lots of ways to get research help. You can call us at 503.493.3255, send us a text message at 209.LIB4HLP (or 209.542.4457), send us an IM from the library webpage, find us on facebook and/or twitter. You can also come into the library too.

3. Where should I go to start finding sources for my research project?
You have access to 244,8800 books and ebooks, 158 databases, and 2166 DVDs/movies. It can be overwhelming. Start with WorldCat Local (WCL) where you will find everything you need, including books, ebooks, full-text articles, and videos. If you  need help using WCL, see the tutorial page we have put together for you.

2. I need to research for chem but I’m an art major, where can I go to find information quickly?
All of the majors at CLU have their own research guide. The guides have information on the best databases for the subject, how to cite sources, and who can help you with your research, making it easy to find sources on any topic.

1. What are the library hours?
Generally, the library’s hours are Monday-Friday 8:15am-11:45pm and Saturday-Sunday 10:15am-11:45pm. There are some variations in the schedule because of holidays, breaks, etc., so look at the complete schedule to make sure.

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Welcome to the new academic year! There’s a lot to look forward to. Along with your new classes are the usual challenges of tackling research papers and assignments. But this year the process should be a lot easier and you’ll become a more efficient researcher because you’ll be using the Pearson Library’s new cloud-based “discovery” tool called WorldCat Local.

It’s called a “discovery tool” because it enables you to do a simple keyword search and access a vast array of content including books, eBooks, full-text articles and video from the Pearson Library AND from libraries worldwide.

Learn more about WorldCat Local and watch some brief tutorials featuring the library staff explain and demonstrate its cool features.

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If you’re a senior, you’re probably tired of the question, “What are you doing after graduation?”  To help you figure that out, the library has some great resources regarding grad school, internships, and/or finding a job.  This is great even for those who are not seniors but are already thinking about grad schools, internships, or finding a summer job.

GRAD SCHOOL / INTERNSHIPS

FINDING A JOB
Prepare for the job search by thinking about what you want: From school to a career : a student’s guide to success in the real world (LC1037 .J44 2005) and After You Graduate: Finding and Getting Work You Will Enjoy (eBook).

For more resources or personal advice, contact Career Services on campus.  They offer graduate school fairs, career counseling, internship workshops, and a slew of links to help with applying for grad schools or internships and many tips on finding a job.

Lastly, congrats to the California Lutheran University class of 2011
from the staff at Pearson Library/Information Systems and Services!

Don’t forget, even as Alums, the library still offers a lot of great resources and services to you: including checking out library books for free and access to two library databases.  Which ones?  Find out by clicking on this previous post.



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It’s easy to identify the common cold: scratchy throat, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, slight aches and pains, and a cough.  It’s not as easy sometimes to navigate through the library’s list of databases to find one that fits your needs.  Here are 2 great go-to databases where you can find the resources that you need for practically any class assignment.  They are easy to use, multidisciplinary, and contain not only scholarly articles but also newspaper and magazines articles, book reviews, and more!


Academic Search Premier – EBSCO
The world’s largest scholarly, multidisciplinary full text database.  Find journal, newspaper, and magazine articles, book chapters, primary sources, and educational reports.  Document types include case studies, directories, poems, literary criticism, interviews, etc.  This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study.
Pros and Cons:
Contains a lot of full text articles (nearly 4,500 journals, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles).  When you’re in a hurry, this is especially helpful.
Multi-disciplinary means you’ll be able to find information on practically any topic.  This makes it a great place to start researching for any class.
It’s easy to search multiple EBSCO databases at once by clicking on “Choose Databases” (found above the search boxes).  This will help to cut down searching time because many databases can be searched at once.
Not everything written about a particular topic will be found in Academic Search Premier.  To do an exhaustive search, it is best to start here and then search in a subject specific database to find other articles.
Although there are a lot of full text articles, not everything will be available in full text; you may only get an abstract of an article.  If that is the case, click on the “Click here for full text” link (also known as the 360 link) – this will search all of our databases to see if the article is available in full text.


ProQuest (all modules) – ProQuest
A multidisciplinary database with a large number of full text materials including conferences, correspondence, and etc. from journals, newspapers, and books.  Also includes a large offering of dissertations, theses, and newspapers.  (Click here for info on searching ProQuest).
Pros and Cons:
The most extensive selection of dissertations and theses spanning from 1861 to the present day.  Full text is available for most dissertations added since 1997.
Look through full text issues of the L.A. Times and the New York Times.  This is the database to find newspaper articles.
Multi-disciplinary means you’ll be able to find information practically any topic.  This makes it a great place to start researching for any class.
Not everything written about a particular topic will be found in the ProQuest databases.  To do a more extensive, try a subject specific database.
Although there are a lot of full text articles, not everything will be available in full text.  If you are only given an abstract, click on the “Click here for full text” link (also known as 360 link) – this will search all of our databases to see if the article is available in full text.
The new interface is nice for finding resources but (as of right now) there are issues with the database timing out (even when it really shouldn’t), wasting time and effort.

Summary:
Academic Search Premier (by EBSCO) and ProQuest (by ProQuest) are great places to go to begin your research, but they are not always the best places to end.  The best place to end is with a subject specific database where you’ll find a more comprehensive list of articles for a particular topic/subject.  Not sure which subject specific database to use?  The librarians at Pearson Library created research guides that can help you with that: libguides.callutheran.edu.

Need more help?  Contact the librarian for that subject: www.callutheran.edu/iss/research/information_specialist.php.  We are always happy to meet with you to help you find what you need!


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