Wednesday, December 28, 2011

CW's EBSCO eBooks

The EBSCO eBooks collection at CW is an online library that offers a comprehensive selection of full-text titles in core subject areas including business, allied health, digital media, and information technology. These materials can be accessed from the computers on campus, and can be accessed off-campus using your CW credentials.

The EBSCOhost interface allows users to navigate with ease and provides thorough instruction on how to search and download books. Here are some important facts to keep in mind when using CW’s EBSCO eBooks database:
  • If you want to create and save notes as you read through your eBook, or download an eBook for offline use on your computer or on a portable device, you will need to create an EBSCO user account (for free). Simply click the “Sign in” link at the top and then select “Create a new Account” on the right-hand side. Fill out the concise form and you’ll be on your way to having your very own account.
  • To use the book offline on your computer or on a portable device, select the “Download This eBook (Offline)” link on the left-hand side of the book record (the book record is what appears when you click on the title of a book. It will contain the title, author, subject terms, and table of contents). You have the option to download the eBook for up to 7 days as a PDF (Portable Document Format).
  • Lastly, you can always read the eBook online by clicking on the “eBook Full Text” link on the left-hand side of the book record.
If you encounter any problems or have any questions regarding how to use EBSCO eBooks, please contact the CW Library. Happy reading!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Online Library News Coming Soon

CW Community:

Please catch news about Online Library developments here on the Library Blog beginning this month.  

Look forward to news about the Online Library in the CW Review and on the Library Blog!

We appreciate your readership.

Monecia Samuel

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NYPL Thanksgiving Project

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is planning to open a new exhibition in 2012 featuring your Thanksgiving feast! This is a rare opportunity for New Yorkers to partake in the NYPL's initiative to capture "stories, photographs, videos, and audio clips about your traditions on turkey day—the food you eat, your specific preparation methods, and your customs (old and new)."

Submit your content in the areas provided on the NYPL Thanksgiving Project homepage.

The CW Library wishes you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Online Citation Tools

It's that time of the year again! Professors are handing out syllabi and assinging the first round of assignments, which may involve citing sources. One thing is for sure: students dread citation styles. However, there are tools out there that can help students understand the breakdown of citations.

The following are a sample of online citation builders that are geared towards helping students with the main academic citation styles: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago Manual of Style. Even though these online citation builders have worked hard to provide consistent citations with the rules set out by the citation style guides, users are ultimately responsible for the citations and should proofread them for accuracy.

KnightCite is maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College, Michigan. The service was created in 2004 and is available to members within and outside of the Calvin community. It generates bibliographic citations for MLA, APA and the Chicago Manual of Style, and it cites a variety of materials ranging from sacred texts to cartoons.

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries developed the Citation Builder. The Citation Builder does citations for books, chapters or essays from books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, journal articles, and web sites. After filling out a form, only the bibliographic citation is provided.

The Son of Citation Machine is a great aid for writing a research papers and assignments. Established in 2000, the site lets the individual choose the citation style (MLA, APA, etc.). Next, the individual chooses the type of source: book, journal, magazine, website, and various other types. After filling out the appropriate fields based on citation standards and submitting the form, the individual conveniently gets the bibliographic citation and in-text citation.

Lastly, BibMe is a free auto-fill bibliographic generator that will format your bibliography to the main citation styles. It uses a search engine powered by World Cat to automatically produce the citation of a book and the engine also gathers basic information for other source types. 

It's important for students, teachers, and scholars to remember that although these generators create the bibliographic citation, it is important to check the accuracy of the citation before incorporating it into your research paper or assignment. Best of luck in your future academic achievements!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Medical Resources

The School of Allied Health at The College of Westchester prepares its students to be the health professionals of tomorrow. As a result, the Library has gathered up reliable medical resources available online in order to help students in the field.

Medical Dictionaries
  • MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, in partnership with Merriam-Wesbster provides users with a search engine to find medical terminology.
  • mediLexicon is a comprehensive free online medical dictionary powered by Stedman's Medical Dictionary.
  • WebMD stores medical terminology deriving from Stedman's Medical Dictionary, which also makes it a great tool.
Medical Encyclopedias
Medical Handbooks and Manuals
Health Information Sites
The College of Westchester Library also has books on health and health professions. The following are a sample of the collection:

Left: Medical Terminology: A Living Language
Center: Medical Terminology for Health Professions
Right: Medical Terminology with Human Anatomy

Google Search

Searching in Google is easy, right? For basic information Google provides immediate answers. However, for more elaborate search queries, anyone can get lost in the overwhelming number of hits and websites.

For example, let us imagine that a student is interested in searching for reliable information on the prevention of diabetes. The student can easily type "diabetes prevention" in the search engine, but get back over 7 million hits. 

Here are some basic facts you should know about searching with Google to help reduce that 7 million mark to a manageable number:
  • Typing "new york times" and "New York Times" is the same thing. The Google search engine is case insensitive.
  • By using "quotation marks" around a word, you are asking Google to search for the exact words in that exact order. 
    • Example: "Alexander Bell" will only get you results with Alexander Bell, but will ignore search results that had Alexander G. Bell. Use the quotation marks wisely.
  • Using site: can help you get results from a specific website.
    • Example: Typing iraq will give you results about Iraq from from the New York Times website only.
  • You can also use site: to look up topics in a type of site, such as .gov, .org, .edu, etc.
    • Example: Typing iraq will give you results about Iraq from .gov sites only.
  • Adding a minus sign before a word means you do not want the results to have this word.
    • Example: Typing diabetes -recipes -diet will give you results about diabetes that do not talk about recipes and dietary issues.
If you'd like to use other similar features as the ones listed above, visit Google's Basic Search Help for more information.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cover Letter Tips and Resources

cover letter is a formal letter often submitted with a resume to employers when applying for a job. The letter serves as an introduction to your resume and it allows for you to elaborate on your qualifications and experience.
Left: Sample cover letter
Right: Sample resume
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when writing your cover letter:
  • Use the standard Times New Roman font with 12 point font size.
  • Keep your cover letter brief and simple as seen with the sample cover letter above.
  • Address the letter to a specific individual. If you can not find a name, use a job title instead (Example: Dear Director of Human Resources).
  • Be confident, creative, and enthusiastic. This is where you want your personality to shine.
  • Spell check and proofread your letter for errors.
  • Review cover letter samples to get ideas on how to format and write your cover letter.
Here are some reliable resources that will help you write a proper cover letter:
  • Optimal Resume at The College of Westchester allows you to build your cover letter, resume, and portfolio online. 
  • Here are a variety of cover letter formats to adopt in during your writing process.
  • Here are some sample cover letters to review and help you with your cover letter.
  • These sample cover letters focus on a variety of fields including business services, banking & investment, financial services, healthcare, and marketing.
Lastly, The College of Westchester Library has several books on career planning as well as resume and cover letter writing. Here are sample books you might want to browse through the next time you visit the Library:

Left: Cover Letter Magic
Center: The Complete Book of Resumes
Right: Dynamic Cover Letters

Monday, August 1, 2011


How to Text Your Questions Anytime

1. Save CW Library (66746) to your contacts.

2. When you draft your message, type CWL before your question.


Example: CWL How late are you open on Saturday?

Note: Text messages are received on the Web and not on Librarians’ personal cell phones.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Free Online Courses from the Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration offers the following online courses for free:

1.How to Start and Grow an Online Business

2.How to Prepare a Business Plan

3.Franchising Basics

4.Technology 101: A Small Business Guide

The courses are self-paced 30 minute sessions. You can access the site from the title link of this blog entry.

Monecia Samuel, MSLS
Library Director

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Evening Students - Get Your College ID

If your first class is this evening or tomorrow night, please stop by to secure a CW College ID if you have not already.  The ID takes approximately 5 minutes to shoot and print.  It will display your picture, full name and signature.  The ID can be used for student discounts with retailers and it also serves as an official ID, as it diplays your official signature.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Monecia Samuel
Director of the Library

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A CW Library Internship Experience

During the course of the Winter 2011 Semester, as a General Education Elective, I had an opprotunity to work as an Intern in the Library. This was an interesting internship experience  because I've never worked in a library before and I got to see what it was like. I've learned a lot from this internship, for example, the differences between the CW library databases and those at other college libraries. My Supervisor, Ms. Monecia Samuel, Director of the Library, taught me how to enhance my research skills and how libraries work. At every session I learned something new, for example, how the Library classification system works, and how to organize all the periodicals according to subject. Additionally, there were times when I helped by cheking the IDs of students entering the Library. Also, I got to assist Ms. Samuel and Chris Postma, the Technical Services Intern, while giving a library presentation during a classroom visit. When I look back at this experience after I finish my studies at the school, I'll be glad that I was able to advance my career searching and research techniques.

By: Deanna Bergenson, Class of 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Outside Scholarship Listings for March and April

Outside Scholarships

New scholarship postings with application deadlines for mid-March to early April 2011 are displayed at the Library entrance.

If you have any questions about applying for an outside scholarship, please ask any one of us in the Library for assistance.

Monecia Samuel, Director of the Library