¡Tenemos Disponibles Nuevos Libros Electrónicos!

Decoration April 7, 2014

Estamos felices de anunciar una gran cantidad de libros electrónicos nuevos. Ahora, más de 2,400  libros y revistas electrónicas en español están disponibles para estudiantes de SDSU. La biblioteca ha  comprado estas colecciones de las bases de datos Digitalia y EBSCO.

Para usar las colecciones:

  • Entra a “PAC” en español:  http://libpac.sdsu.edu/search*spi/X .
  • Escribe un titilo o unas palabras claves.
  • Limite a “Libros digital (en línea)” en las opciones.
  • Ponga “Enviar.”


***Necesita un Red ID y PIN para usar los libros***



New Spanish E-books Available

We are very proud to announce that over the past two years we have purchased and cataloged more than 2,400 electronic books and periodicals in Spanish.  These collections were produced by EBSCO and Digitalia. 

To find these books:

  • From the “PAC”, go here: http://libpac.sdsu.edu .
  • Type in a title or keyword in the search box.
  • Under “Material Type” select “E-Book (Online).”
  • Push “Submit.”

***You need to have your Red ID and PIN handy to access these books.***



Google Glass Demos

Google glass March 26, 2014

Curious about Google Glass?  Try out the Library's pair and experience what it does during one of our pop-up demos in the Reference Area. 

One of our librarians will show you how to navigate the web, take and post photos to social media sites, and send messages.  We'll also ask you to fill out a short survey at the end, to let us know what you think.

Take a look at our Google Glass page on Facebook, which has photos from past demos.

Even more streaming video resources

Play icon February 6, 2014

We're pleased to announce the acquisition of additional streaming video resources for the SDSU community.

Opera and dance lovers should check out two new collections from Alexander Street Press. 

Opera in Video includes around five hundred hours of performances, spanning the operatic cannon. Videos can be streamed from your computer and mobile devices operating on 3G networks or greater. Works can be searched by type, genre, composer, time periods, and more (alexanderstreet.com).

Dance in Video currently includes over 700 works and 500 hours of video. Genres include ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental and more. These videos can also be streamed directly from your computer or mobile devices (3G networks and greater). Videos in this collection are searchable by genres, material types, and more (alexanderstreet.com).

To access both of these collections, simply click on the databases A-Z link from the library’s website, and select Opera in Video or Dance in Video.

Science majors should check out three new titles from JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments: bioengineering, chemistry, and neuroscience. Videos are broken down into chapters for easier viewing, with each chapter representing an article. Each video article is accompanied by a summary, citation information, abstract, introduction and protocol.

To access the JoVE titles, click on databases A-Z from the library’s website, and select titles I-L.

Two New Streaming Video Collections Available to Members of the SDSU Community

Decoration January 8, 2014

The library has added two new streaming video collections which can now by accessed by SDSU students, faculty and staff.

Ambrose Streaming Videos

The library's 512 new streaming videos from Ambrose Video 2.0 cover a wide variety of subject areas. Faculty members may embed these videos into course websites by using the tools available from the Ambrose Video web interface. When viewing a video, an iframe HTML tag can be retrieved by clicking on the “View Permalink and Embedding Information” box in the lower left-hand corner. This tag can be copied and pasted into any course website for easy viewing.

To see a full list of Ambrose streaming videos click here: http://www.ambrosedigital.com.libproxy.sdsu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=176&Itemid=187

These streaming videos can also be found in the library’s catalog (just run a search for "Ambrose Streaming Video"): http://libpac.sdsu.edu/search/~?searchtype=X&searcharg=ambrose+streaming+video&SORT=D


Another new addition to the library's online collection is psychotherapy.net, which includes videos covering case studies and therapy methods for psychoanalysts and other professionals. The videos in this collection can be browsed by therapy approach, therapeutic issue, expert or population.

Psychotherapy.net can be viewed from this URL: http://www.psychotherapy.net.libproxy.sdsu.edu/stream/sdsu

Remember: in order to access these new video collections you'll need to have your current Red ID and Library PIN handy.

By Tyler Rogers

(The man in this photo is Geoffrey Chaucer.  The Ambrose Video Collection includes videos about Old English writers like him).

PubReader and EPUB Files Now Available for All Free Pub Med Central Articles

EPUB Logo November 18, 2013

Looking for a new way to read and organize your scientific journal articles?  Then check out the new PubReader with EPUB files in the PubMed Database from the National Library of Medicine.  Now, when you find the full text of an article in PubMed, you have the option of viewing the article in the new, tablet-friendly, PubReader interface or downloading the article in the EPUB format.

With the ability to download EPUB files to your desktop or tablet computer, you can have a more feature-rich reading experience on your web browser, or in an e-book reader program like iBooks or Adobe Editions. 

If you’d like to download an EPUB document from Pub Med, just make sure the article you’re looking at reads “Free PMC Article” in your results list (not all the results you’ll find in PubMed will have this option).  Next, when you click on the article you should see the PubReader option on your right.  If you use PubReader, you then have the option of saving the document in the EPUB format (this option is in a drop-down menu at the top of the screen).  If you use a Mac the article should open up in iBooks and if you use a PC it may open up in Adobe Editions.  While this option is currently in "beta" status, we think it's definitely worth trying. 

Want to get started with EPUB Files in PubMed?  Start your search now by going directly to the PubMed Central database: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?otool=casdsulib

EPUB books are also available the library's Nook devices, which can be checked out in the Media Center. 

What is EPUB?  Currently on its 3rd version, EPUB is a specification maintained by the International Digital Publishing Federation for using web standards in digital publishing.  At its core, EPUB is a standard for packaging files formatted in HTML, CSS and other web standards so they can be read and saved on e-readers, allowing for useful functionality and rendering.  When you download an EPUB document you’re downloading something similar to a zip file with all the files you’d need to view to read a normal webpage, except the EPUB file is designed specifically for tablets.

Want to learn more about the EPUB format?  Visit the website of the International Digital Publishing Forum: http://idpf.org/epub

Written by: Tyler Rogers


EBSCO Databases Go Mobile

EBSCOHOST Logo February 20, 2013

The SDSU Library subscribes to a number of EBSCOHost article databases. You can now get access to these databases, and the full-text journal articles they contain, on your Android or Apple phone or tablet in just a few steps.

  1. Install the EBSCO app on your phone or tablet
  2. Visit an EBSCO database like Academic Search Premier from your desktop
    • Note: this link will send you through the library proxy server (You may need your RedID)
  3. At the very bottom of the resulting webpage click the link for "EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications" and enter your email address
  4. You will receive an email with instructions, view this email on your phone/tablet and click the "authentication key" link in step 2
  5. Your App should now be authenticated

New Campus Wayfinder

Campus Map May 24, 2012

The library has a new web service to help you find locations on campus, the Campus Wayfinder. Find a campus building from the dropdown list and either text the coordinates to your phone, or download the link from the QR Code.

Once your smartphone has the coordinates you can use walking directions from Google Navigation to take you directly to the building.


Borrow an eBook Reader

Woman using ebook reader February 17, 2012

The library now has Nook and Nook Simple Touch ebook readers for you to borrow. These devices are being offered as part of a pilot project to determine their usefulness to SDSU students, staff, and faculty. Along with the readers the library has developed a list of places to find content for ebook readers, or ebook reader apps.

Help us evaluate these devices by filling out our quick survey and letting us know if we should be providing more support for electronic books. You can find the ebook readers at the circulation desk under the Dome.

Along with ebooks for readers the library has a large selection of online books that can be read in a web browser. Search our online books from the eBooks page. You can access any of these online books offsite using your library PIN.



Do you iGoogle?

Library iGoogle tab January 19, 2012

Please note: Google will be retiring the iGoogle service in November of 2013. The library will maintain its iGoogle Widgets until that time.

iGoogle is a personalized Google homepage that you can customize with frequently used gadgets, tools, and news feeds. The SDSU Library & Information Access has a number of Google Gadgets that you can add to your iGoogle homepage individually, or as a collection on an SDSU Library tab.

The following library gadgets allow you to use library services from your iGoogle homepage. Click on a link below to add the gadget to your homepage, or add them all by visiting [link removed, no longer supported] (or by clicking on the Google icon at the bottom of the library website).

Contact Keven Jeffery for more information about the SDSU Library gadgets. Visit the iGoogle support site for more information about using iGoogle . 

Group Study Room Upgrade

Media:scape station November 3, 2011

The group study rooms in the 24/7 Study Area have been upgraded to group collaboration rooms!

The seven group study rooms in the 24/7 Study Area have all been remodeled with new furniture, glass whiteboards and technology to help you collaborate on your group projects. 

Three rooms (A, B and C) have had Mac Minis and large LCD monitors installed to help you work more efficiently together. The dedicated computers in these rooms have a full suite of software installed including Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash and Acrobat.

The other four rooms (D, E, F and G) have been outfitted with Steelcase media:scape stations. These stations have a large LCD monitor and connections for up to six laptops. You can share the work on any of the laptops with the press of a button.

You can reserve any of the 24/7 Study Area group study rooms for up to four hours per day by stopping by the 24/7 Study Area help desk up to one week in advance (no phone reservations). Find more information on library group study rooms at http://library.sdsu.edu/services/eat-drink-study.

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