January 13 - May 20
Welcome Back to Spring Semester!
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Laptops for Loan!
The Library has purchased 21 laptop computers for students to check out and use on the 3rd floor only (at this time). We have installed a new wireless network on the third floor which means that Internet access is possible with no wires or cables to get in the way. In brief, the rules for checking out a laptop are:
The laptops are installed with Windows XP, Microsoft Word and Excel and various other programs. Printing will be available, but print jobs will be picked up from the printer station on the 2nd floor. We highly encourage you to save your work to a floppy disk - as saving to the hard drive is not possible. The laptops come with floppy disk and CD/DVD drives. You can also check out an optical mouse and headphones.
Group Study Rooms
The library can now offer three Group Study Rooms - two of which are located near the Periodicals area on the 2nd floor, and the third across the hall from the library. Two of the rooms contain whiteboards.
Rooms can be booked in 2-hour increments and please do show up once you've booked a room! All Group Study Rooms can be booked at the Help Desk, 2nd floor.
The Annual Used Book Sale
... will be held in March this semester. A wide range of books will be offered, on subjects such as:
Most books are $1.00 with sets and art books individually priced. Don't miss "BUCK-A-BAG" which takes place at 6:00 p.m.
This database has a wealth of information that includes:
This is a very good database to use when you want an overview of an issue – it will give you thorough coverage of the topic as well plenty of scope for further research. Recommended!
Take a Virtual Tour of the Library Web site
We completed a record
number of orientations in Fall semester -- serving over 5,000 students.
The majority of these were general orientations but we were pleased at the
growing number of customized orientations that are being requested by faculty.
are available to present workshops on individual online databases or search
techniques as well as the general "Introduction to the Library"
Students can also arrange individual workshops with a librarian - now with "hands-on" that utilize the library laptops. Select from the following:
This is a handbook prepared by two reference librarians here at Rio Hondo College, specifically for Rio Hondo students. In it you will find proven strategies on how to successfully approach and complete a research paper. The tips range from how to choose and narrow your topic to how to cite your sources. The handbook can be downloaded and printed from the Library Web site. Highly recommended!
Q. What is the quickest way to find books, videos, journal articles, and Web sites for your next research paper??
A. Subject Guides!
Q. What ARE subject guides and how do I find them?
Think of subject guides as research launch-pads! Web site links, a list of
selected books, and access to online periodical articles are included in
the guides. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and
annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians specifically to meet the
research needs of Rio Hondo College students. You find them on the Library
home page under "Guides & Tutorials" or by clicking
A. Many academic libraries are providing this kind of research help. Click on go to Other Guides for some specific suggestions.
Old Timer’s Quiz
There is something about Rio – if you get a job here, you tend to stay! Many faculty and staff have 20 or more years under their belts and will have a distinct advantage in finding the answers to this quiz. For the rest of you – it will be a challenge to your research skills! [HINT: El Paisano]
1) In what year did a California Governor recommend a $20 PER YEAR fee for full-time community college students?
2) Which Rio Hondo librarian has been honored with the "Marian Marion Library Award" given by the California Library Association?
3) When did Jane Fonda speak on the Rio campus?
4) What was originally on the site of the present Police Academy?
5) When was KRHC on the air?
Send your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first person to send in the correct answers wins the outstanding prize of a copy card with $5.00 credit on it!!