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Very few libraries possess every article, book, or CD your research requires. However, that doesn’t change the fact that you need those resources for your work. If you search the SDSU Library’s catalog and can’t locate the material you need, try our Interlibrary Loan. Briefly:

  • Circuit is the fastest way to borrow a book from a participating institution (UCSD, USD, SCU San Marcos, San Diego County Libraries, and San Diego Public). Books are generally available for pickup at the Circulation Desk within 1-2 days.
  • WorldCat can locate books for you that aren’t available at the SDSU Library or through Circuit. WorldCat is a catalog that indexes thousands of library materials worldwide and allows you to request a book using Interlibrary Loan.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is able to acquire a much broader range of materials. When you submit an Interlibrary Loan request, an ILL staff member will perform an in-depth search of library catalogs worldwide to locate the item you need.

You can learn more about borrowing books on ILL’s FAQ page.  You will need to set up a free account to use our borrowing services.


Earth DayTomorrow is Earth Day. Maybe you have a paper due about sustainability, or you just want to learn more about how you can live greener. The SDSU Library has a huge number of resources available that cover the whole gamut of the green movement and the environment. Here’s a few:

    Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise, by Gaylord Nelson with Susan Cambell and Paul Wozniak, with a foreword by Robert Kennedy, Jr. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
    3rd Floor Books, Call # GE195 .N45 2002

Have you ever wondered who created such a cool concept as Earth Day? We have some books that give you the history:

    The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson, by Bill Christofferson. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
    3rd Floor Books, Call # E748.N43 C47 2004
    Not in Our Backyard: The People and Events that Shaped America’s Modern Environmental Movement, by Marc Mowrey and Tim Redmond. New York: W. Morrow, 1993.
    3rd Floor books, Call # GE180 .M68 1993

Do you need environment-themed project ideas for your children or elementary school class? Here’s an online resource from the Environmental Protection Agency I found in our online catalog:

If you prefer to watch something about the environment, we can help you there, too:

    Biosphere and Biosurvival: Nature of the Environmental Crisis (#2), videorecording, Media Center, TV3186V
    Show Me Science. Environmental Science, videorecording, Media Center, DVD-4668

Do you want to do further research on environmental issues? We have a research guides for environmental sciences and sustainability to get you started:

    Environmental Science:

If you need further assistance, each infoguide page provides the name and contact information of the librarian(s) who specializes in that area. Give them a call!

Happy Earth Day!

automatic coffee machine in the SDSU LibraryShe can’t make clever, swirling designs in the foam of your latte, but she is on the job 24-hours a day, seven days a week, dispensing hot java to bleary-eyed, late-night library patrons.

In case you haven’t met “her” yet, she’s the automatic coffee machine that was installed earlier this semester in the 2nd floor hall between the dome and the 24/7 Study Area, just next to the vending machines. From what I hear, she does a brisk business. Black coffee, latte, cappuccino, short espresso, and even hot chocolate are her specialties, and she dispenses her steaming beverages for a cool $1.50. She may not be Starbucks, but she’ll taste awfully good at 2 a.m. when you’re running out of steam and you have two more hours of research to do!

The library doesn’t operate the coffee machine; an outside vendor owns and maintains it. An email address and telephone number are provided on the machine’s instruction panel if you have suggestions or need a refund.

Richard KatrovasThis Thursday marks the beginning of the Spring 2011 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series, and it’s getting off to a good start by featuring author Richard Katrovas.

Katrovas, an SDSU graduate, is the author of five books of poetry, including Green Dragons, Snug Harbor, The Book of Complaints, and Dithyrambs; a book of short stories, Prague USA; a memoir, The Republic of Burma Shave; and a novel, Mystic Pig. He is also the founding academic director of the Prague Summer Program, which explores creative writing, Jewish studies, Central and East European Studies, and photography. Katrovas teaches at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.

The reading is scheduled for February 10 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library. As always, it’s open to all with no admission charge. We’d love to see you there!

Civil War ExhibitWelcome to Spring Semester 2011! As your classes are getting underway, we are developing a full slate of exhibits and programs to educate, inspire, and entertain you. Here’s a sample of what’s ahead:

  • “Echoes of the War: The Civil War Sesquicentennial,” an exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. It runs from January to June in the Donor Hall.  Several lectures will be held in conjunction with the exhibit (time and place TBA).
  • “Sources of Conflict: Researching War in Special Collections” is an exhibit that features materials on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and II, Spanish Civil War, and the Vietnam War. It is located in the area outside Special Collections on the 4th floor of the Library Addition.
  • This year also marks an anniversary for the Peace Corps—it’s their 50th—and they will be sponsoring an exhibit in the Reference Services area this March.
  • We have a lot of authors visiting us this spring, including David Kirby on March 24, Nikola Madirov on April 18, and Rikki Ducornet on May 9. The Hugh Hyde Living Writers Series begins next month, with Richard Katrovas presenting a reading on February 10, Joe Haske and Eric Miles Williamson on February 16, Susan Conley on March 3, Glover Davis on March 15, and Harold Jaffe on April 13.

I’ll be posting more information on these events as it becomes available.

Hey…you! Yes, you over there…biting your nails, sweat trickling down your face, eyes wild with frustration. I realize finals begin next week. I know you have papers you haven’t started yet. I can see that you’re overwhelmed. That’s why I’m talking to you. You see, I’ve got people. People who have the answers to your problems, who can help you find resources, references, and facts. They’re called librarians, and here’s how you contact them:

Visit the Ask Us page on Infodome

You can call them, text them, send them an email, or visit the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor of the Library Addition in person. If it’s after hours, we can help put you in touch with a librarian at another university who’s burning the midnight oil. So stop suffering in silence! We can help!

We are proud to offer three literary research sources online for students and faculty. Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Author Online are each now available from the library Databases A-Z list.

Please note that if you are denied access to any of these databases on your first attempt, try clicking the refresh button on your browser and this should resolve the issue.

I can feel the tension in the air. I can sense your desperation, your dread, your frustration. And I know what cloud hangs above you, what bogeyman hides beneath your desk…final exams begin next week.

You need not fear; you aren’t in this alone. The SDSU Library has the people and resources to help you slay the most vicious term paper. Just follow me…

It’s 5 a.m. and you have a burning question. The library doesn’t open until 7 a.m. What can you do? Visit our home page and click on the “24/7 Live Help” button located on the left menu. Fill out the form on the right and click “connect.” There’s a librarian on the other end willing and able to come to your rescue.

You found the perfect article to round out your research paper…but our library doesn’t have it. No problem-o…that’s what Interlibrary Loan is for! They offer a lot of cool options for acquiring books, articles, and media from other libraries and institutions around the world.

It’s 10 p.m. and your crazy roommate has the stereo cranked up and a room full of friends talking and laughing. Where the heck can you get some peace and quiet? Try the 24/7 Study Area on the 2nd floor of the Library Addition. If you need a space for your study group to meet, click here for a list of locations.

Gosh darnit, your computer has a virus, and your printer is on the fritz! And your professor said “absolutely, positively NO late papers!” Aaagghh! You’re toast, right? Wrong, my friend. I’ll let you in on a little secret…the Student Computing Center. They have PCs, Macs, printers, scanners, and resourceful people at the help desk to answer your computing questions.

One more problem…you’re hungry! Your stomach is growling like an angry rottweiler, and the people at the next table are giving you the hairy eyeball. Yes, the library does allow food in certain study areas (look for the slice of pizza on the maps), but if you want something more exciting than vending machine fare, there’s plenty of eateries nearby.

Take a deep breath…feel better? No reason to panic. We’re here to help!

We have an “eventful” week coming up at the library, beginning with Jerry Griswold’s lecture on April 20 (see previous post). On April 21, two guest speakers will visit the library, the first being George Peale, professor of modern languages and literatures at CSU–Fullerton. His presentation, which will be given in Spanish, is titled “Dos Calas en las Estructuras Profundas de la Tragedia Moderna–El Caballero de Olmedo de Lope y Lorca.” The location is Room LL430 and the time 2 p.m. Sponsoring this event are the Sociedad Estudiantil de Lenguas, Artes 7 Culturas Hispanicas and the SDSU Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Also on April 21 will be a lecture given by Thomas Morgenfeld, a retired Navy captain and former test pilot. His talk will be held in Room LL430 at 7 p.m., and it’s sponsored by the SDSU Student Branch of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series continues on April 22 with a reading by mother and son authors Debra Ginsberg and Blaze Ginsberg. Come to Room LL430 at 7 p.m. and prepare to be enlightened!

…that the Student Computing Center has 286 PCs and 26 Macs? That they’ll help you set up a ROHAN account? That their Website has tons of useful information and tips? Check it out!

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