Skip to Content
Palomar College Learning For Success

Search Results for: databases

New Research Databases: Ethnic NewsWatch and GenderWatch

The economy may not be great, but Palomar College Library still provides wonderful resources to help with class assignments. New for Spring semester 2009 (and available now, just in time for Fall finals!) are two research databases that greatly expand our offering of electronic resources:

GenderWatch

This includes scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and NGO, government and special reports that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With archival material dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of historical perspectives on the evolution of the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years.

Ethnic Newswatch

This is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. ENW titles offer additional viewpoints to the mainstream press.

Both databases use the familiar ProQuest search interface employed by several other Palomar databases (ProQuest Newspapers, Historical New York Times, and Historical Los Angeles Times). Off-campus access is available with your campus e-services login.

Additional information about these and other databases are available on our Research Databases web page. Please contact Tamara Weintraub, Serials Librarian, with any questions, comments, or recommendations.

Personalize the Online Databases with Your Own Settings

Make the research experience all your own by creating personalized accounts in some of the Library’s online research databases. These accounts allow you to save search strategies and results, organize research into folders, or save screen settings to retrieve later. Some databases let you share account information with others or set up “alerts” that automatically notify you when new articles appear.

You can set up personalized settings in the following databases:

  • EBSCO databases (includes Academic Search Premier, Psycharticles, CINAHL, and many more): choose “Sign In To My EBSCOhost” at the top of any screen to begin
  • JSTOR: select “MyJSTOR” at the top of any screen
  • NetLibrary: click “Create a Free Account” at the top of the screen to set up, and “Log In” anytime after.
  • CQ Researcher: select “Log In” under “Your Profile” in the left-side navigation box.
  • ArtSTOR: click the “Log In To ArtSTOR” box at the top right-hand corner of the screen to register for the first time or login afterward.
  • ProQuest Databases (Historical New York Times, Historical Los Angeles Times, Newspapers): choose “Set Up Alert” or “Create RSS Feed” from any results screen to have updates automatically delivered to you by email or a feed.

For help setting up personal account, select “Help” in any of the databases. Or, just explore the features on your own!

NOTE: You will need your Palomar ID and password to login off-campus to all of the databases listed above or any of the Library’s other Online Research Databases.

Questions? Comments? Come into the Library or call us at (760) 744-1150 x2616 during operating hours or email us at library@palomar.edu. After hours, or any other time, use our free Ask A Librarian online chat service.

New Online Research Databases

Palomar College Library subscribes to many web-based databases covering topics in all disciplines, most which contain full-text articles from from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. We also have numerous electronic book collections that are ideal for distance learning. Take a look at what’s new this semester (off-campus, you must login with your Palomar e-services or network login):

Descriptions of these and other databases are available by clicking the “Databases/Articles” link in the box to the right, or by going to the Library home page. Please contact Tamara Weintraub, Serials Librarian, with any questions, comments, or recommendations.

Quick Answers for Students

The materials on this page are provided to give you quick answers to your questions.  For more support, please connect with a Librarian.

Show Me How Videos

Searching

How Can I Find Databases and Articles? Video

How Can I Find eBooks and Streaming Videos? Video

How Can I Find Free Articles Beyond the Library? Video

Generating Useful Keywords for Your Database Searches Video

Searching Databases with Keywords Video 

Citing

MLA 8th Citation Style Video (Prepare to log in with your Palomar ID number and your eServices password to access this video.)

APA 7th Citation Style Video 

RefWorks Citation Management  

Getting Support

How Can I Get Help From a Librarian Anytime? Video

 

Text-based Guides

Searching

How Do I Find Databases and Articles? Guide

How Do I Find eBooks and Streaming Videos? Guide

How Can I Find Free Articles Beyond the Library? Guide 

How Do I Find Articles with Google Scholar Guide

Citing

MLA 8th Citation Style 

APA 7th Citation Style

Annotated Bibliographies 

Getting Support

How Can I Get Help from a Librarian Anytime? Guide

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Check this list  of Frequently Asked Questions  if you would like to see if we already answered your question.

 

Library FAQ – Fall 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about the Library

How long can books be checked out?

circ-rules (1)
**During the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19.

How do I get a Library card?  Can children get a Library card?

If you are a Palomar College student or employee, you do not need a library card to check out materials.  You can check out materials with a government issued photo ID and your eServices number.

All other persons who are 18 years old or older may register with the Library as a “Community Patron” to borrow materials. A valid picture ID and proof of current mailing address is required.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19.

Are there computers for students to use in the Library?

Internet -accessible computers are available on all floors of the Libary/LRC, and may be used for searching the Internet and typing papers.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19.

What are “Stacks?”

“Stacks” refers to the area of the 4th Floor of the Library where books that can be checked out are located.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19.

Help! I have to write a research paper. Where do I start?

Palomar College Library has many resources and services to help you write your term papers and reports. For help with a specific question connect with a Librarian using either: our virtual reference desk (Library Zoom Room), our chat service or email .

You may also find valuable assistance on your own from one of the Library’s many online resources:

1. To find books or media in the Library, search the online catalog. Go to the Library home page and input keywords (e.g. title, author, subject) into the  catalog searchbox.
NOTE: During the current library closures only online materials (eBooks, database articles, eVideos, etc.) will be available to support your research.

2. To find journals, magazines, or newspaper articles, search one of several online databases that the Palomar College Library subscribes to. To access, go to the Library home page, and click the “Databases” menu link.

NOTE: To access or search databases from home you will need to be a current Palomar student, faculty, or staff member and use your e-services login and password .

Is there a copy of my textbook in the Library?

Generally the Library does not keep copies of all the textbooks – we generally purchase other books which supplement the textbooks assigned in class. This is because (1) they go out of date or change editions so frequently that it is not cost-effective to purchase them (the Library does NOT get free copies of textbooks – we have to purchase them just like you); and (2) we do not have the space to shelve all the books.

In some cases, there may be a copy of your textbook in the Library general collection (or at least an older edition that you could use). Also, many instructors put their own extra copies of textbooks on reserve in the Library for you to use.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19 so these materials are not available .  In some cases an ebook version of your textbook may be available from the Library, To locate copies, search the online library catalog. You can look the book up by author name or title, or click the “Textbooks” link just below the  catalog search box.

Can I access Databases from off campus?

Current Palomar College students, faculty, and staff can access online research databases from off-campus.  Users must click on any database link and at the login screen, type:

  • Students: student ID# and password (same as student
    eServices login)
  • Faculty and Staff: network user name and password (same
    as email login)

Can non-students check out books from the Library?

Yes.
Click here for details.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19.

My Instructor told me she put a book on reserve in the Library. Where do I find the Course Reserves?

Instructor Reserves are course materials (books, articles, videos, etc.) set aside by instructors for reserved student use. Reserves are shelved by course title and kept behind the Circulation Desk at our San Marcos and at the public services desks of our Center Libraries.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19 so these materials are not available .  In some cases an ebook version of a textbook may be available from the Library. To locate copies, search the online library catalog. You can look the book up by author name or title, or click the “Textbooks” link just below the  catalog search box.

When is the Library open?

**During the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19.

Can I access other library catalogs at Palomar College?

Yes. Many libraries have online catalogs which can be accessed via the Internet. For links to San Diego area, national, and foreign libraries
see https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/other-libraries/
**During the Fall 2020 semester those libraries’ hours are uncertain due to COVID-19 closures. Please visit their websites for current information.

How do I print from computers in the Library?

Printing is available from computers in the Library Reference area on the 1st Floor at San Marcos, or in the Center Libraries. Charges are 10 cents per page for black & white printouts, and payment is by using an existing GoPrint account. Color printouts are also available at
all locations for 30 cents per page.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries remain closed due to COVID-19.

Are there rooms available for group study?

Group study rooms are located on the 4th floor of the Library/LRC.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries remain closed due to COVID-19.

Do you have photocopiers? What forms of payment can I make for copies?

Yes.  At the San Marcos Library/LRC, the photocopier is located near the main stairway on the 1st floor.  Black & white copies are 10 cents/page, color copies are 50 cents/page. Payments are with cash only.

Center Libraries – black & white copies are 10 cents/page, color copies are 50 cents/page. Payments are with cash only.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries remain closed due to COVID-19.

Does the library accept donations?

Yes. Read about the process.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester this is not possible since the San Marcos and Center Libraries remain closed due to COVID-19.

Can I check out periodicals (magazines, newspapers, or journals)?

Periodicals do not circulate. You may, however, photocopy any article you need.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19.

Can I return books when the Library is closed?

**During the Fall 2020 semester the book drop at the San Marcos campus is the only location where you can return materials. It is located in Lot 12 of the San Marcos campus and can be accessed from the Avenida Azul entrance..

Who was Ernest J. Allen and why is the Escondido Educational Center Library named after him?

Ernest J. Allen was a local dairy man known for his generosity. Upon his death in 1996, his estate provided the funding for the establishment of Palomar College’s first branch library in the Escondido Educational Center.

As a student at Palomar College, is there anything I can do to improve the Library Collection?

Yes, we welcome all suggestions for titles that would improve our collection.
**However, during the Fall 2020 semester while library locations remain closed due to COVID-19, please submit any suggestions by using either: our virtual reference desk (Library Zoom Room), chat service or email .

Can I borrow videos from the Library and does it cost anything?

**During the Fall 2020 semester the San Marcos and Center Libraries will remain closed due to COVID-19. However, Palomar owns many evideos and subscribes to several databases with evideo content. You can use our catalog or Databases link to locate such items. For help locating evideos connect with a Librarian using either: our virtual reference desk (Library Zoom Room), chat service or email .

Where do I pay any Library fines?

**During the Fall 2020 semester while all library locations remain closed due to COVID-19 no Library fines can be paid and no new fines will occur for unreturned items from the Spring 2020 semester. We will notify everyone promptly about library reopenings  using our webpage.

Can I borrow books from CSUSM or Mira Costa College Libraries?

Yes-if you are a registered Palomar College student or faculty member, you may borrow books from either CSUSM or Mira Costa College Libraries.
**During the Fall 2020 semester those libraries’ hours are uncertain due to COVID-19 closures. Please visit their websites for current information.

CSUSM Library –  https://biblio.csusm.edu
Mira Costa College Library – https://library.miracosta.edu/homepage

Zoom for Library Help
Closed 11/23-11/27
Mon-Thur 9am-9pm
Fri 10am-2pm
Sunday Nov 29, Dec 6 & 13
760.744.1150 x2612
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos CA 92069

library@palomar.edu