Archive for September, 2009

New Find Articles and DBs Coming Soon

Compare the new Articles & Databases and the old Find Articles & Databases.

The Library is about to roll-out a new version of the popular Find Articles and Database pages that students and faculty use to access over 200 databases subscribed to by the Library.

The new version has a simpler look and feel, while providing enhanced services. For instance, the new SimpleSearch feature will allow you to search up to 10 databases at one time. The default is to search the Most Useful databases for a given subject, but you can check and un-check databases to include a mix of Most and Also Useful DBs. To see how this works, try the link below and select a subject, Anthropology or Business are good choices, then click the Search Multiple Databases link under the SimpleSearch heading. Note that there is a reason these are called Simple Searches. To get the most out of a database, it’s always best to search that database directly.

We’re shooting to make the new version of Find Articles and Databases live on Monday September 28th. In the meantime, take a look and let us know what you think.

Compare the new Articles & Databases and the old Find Articles & Databases.

Add comment September 18th, 2009

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2009

Be it fear of wizards, concern over words, or the threat of ideas,
books have been banned and challenged by local school boards,
governments and religious leaders. Celebrate the freedom to read
September 26-October 3 by checking out and reading a banned book.

Recent examples in the Library’s collections:

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein and Edmund White

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Shame: A Novel by Tasalimā Nāsarina

Add comment September 18th, 2009

New to campus?

Check out this orientation guide for using your university library. Learn how to checkout books, use computers, print, get research help and more.

Add comment September 14th, 2009

Digital Textbook Workshop for Faculty

Digital Textbooks Demystified: Sept. 17, 3:30-5pm

All faculty are welcome to this discussion on digital textbooks in Burk Hall 333.

Worried about the price of textbooks for your students? Unsure about the logistics of digital book technology, accessibility and distribution? This 90 minute workshop will help you find some answers. Experts from the J. Paul Library, the SFSU Bookstore and Academic Technology will help you explore how to find, select and assign digital books to your students, as well as report on trends in the textbook publishing industry and statewide digital textbook initiatives.

Given recent developments in California k-12 schools and the Google Books settlement we should have much to talk about! For more information contact Mira Foster or go to

1 comment September 14th, 2009

ILLiad Down for Upgrade

ILLiad, one of the Library systems that allows students, faculty and staff to borrow books not available in the Leonard Library from other libraries, will be down for a software upgrade on Friday September 11th. The upgrade will start at around 7am and should be done by 3pm. During this time ILLiad will be unavailable. The impact of the upgrade will be mostly behind the scenes. There will be minimal changes from the end user point of view.

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