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Child Development 208 Orientation  -  C. Sigala
November 14, 2007

  • Intro & welcome

  • Reference books and journals on cart

  • Library Web site -  your "research portal" with access to the catalog, online databases, subject guides, & many other features

  • How to find books - the best place to get overviews, background information, and in-depth treatments of your topic.

    1. Library Catalog (Sirsi WebCat)

      I. Subject heading searches:
      Homeless persons OR homelessness
      Substance abuse
      Drug addiction
      Children health and hygiene
      Child consumers
      Teenagers  tobacco use
      Teenagers drug use
       [insert word here] and prevention  -e.g. smoking and prevention


    2. Gale Virtual Reference Library e-Books **

  • Tour of Library


  • Just Added!   Suggestions for how to find volunteer opportunities

    • «««««  The Rainbow Resource Directory - wonderful guide to social services in L.A. County. See especially the listings for adoption/foster care, child abuse prevention, disabled/special ed., family planning, health care, homeless, hotlines, housing, literacy, and youth, among others. We have this directory in print on the 2nd floor, call number Ref HV89.R53x. It's also available online at:

    • ««« L.A. Works - offers up to 150 team-oriented volunteer projects each month that impact the most pressing social issues in L.A. Projects include repairing wheelchairs, serving meals to the hungry, helping children with special needs, reading to kids, mentoring at-risk teens, providing companionship to seniors, landscaping parks and planting trees. The list is endless. Go to for more information.

    • ««« Volunteer Center of Los Angeles - a service of the Assistance League of Southern California, the center helps fulfill critical needs for 100,000 children, families, seniors, and other individuals each year. Upcoming opportunities are listed in the left-hand box on the web site at :


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