Essay Contest Results!

ImageThanks to everyone who submitted essays for the Library essay contest! If you will remember, the essay prompt was to write about how the Yuba College Library contributed to your academic success. Well, we have our winners (drum roll, please) …

First Place Winner: Lisa Shepard, with an essay “Cerebral Sanctuary”

Honorable Mention: June Leal, “Success from a Library”

Honorable Mention: Kris Ramirez, “Tips on How You Can Succeed”


If you know or see our winners around campus, be sure to congratulate them on a job well done! The essays will be posted in the library for all to see. Thanks again to all our contestants!


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Come Join us for World Book Night!

Want something fun and social to do tho month? Come hang out with us during two different events as we celebrate World Book Night. What’s WBN?

World Book Night is an international event where publishers, libraries, and book lovers come together to celebrate and pass on the love of reading. The publishers have printed special event versions of favorite books and your library has some free ones to give out! Join us in two locations to hear readings and presentations of some of our favorite books:

Yuba College World Book Night Event

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 12 – 1 pm in the Yuba College Theatre. Featured presenters: Dr. Aya Ueda, Brian Condrey, Susan Ramones, and Walter Masuda. Come and see what they have to say about their favorite books!

World Book Night

The second event will be held at the Eating Well Cafe (part of the Harmony Health Family Resource Center), on April 24, 2012 from 5 – 7:30 pm. The Eating Well Cafe can be found at 1908 N. Beale Rd. Ste. B, Marysville, CA 95901.

Come join us for either or both of these fun events and celebrate and share the joy of a favorite book! It will be a great evening.

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Library Service

Did you know that your library offers over a dozen different services? Your Librarians have been specially trained in research and are experts in helping you navigate your research project.

Your librarian can help you:

  • Find resources.
  • Cite resources.
  • Use basic computer software like Word, Excel, and even Blackboard.
  • Develop a topic.
  • Use a citation management tool.
  • Find resources that the library doesn’t have through interlibrary loan.
  • Find the answer to copyright questions and help you to use copyrighted items ethically.

Your library offers:

  • A computer lab with printing and copying.
  • Library databases, including over 20 databases from EBSCO, Credo Reference, Jstor, ProQuest Nursing, Gale Literature Resource Center, and more!
  • Textbooks and articles on reserve.
  • Regular print books, magazines, & newspapers.
  • CDs.
  • Videos and tutorials on the research process and databases, available on the MyCampus library webpage.

And there is always more! If you are ever unsure about something, please just ask your Librarian. They are experts at helping you find answers.

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Library Research Workshops!

Attention all students! We are hosting a round of library research workshops at the WLDC (Room 1251A) this semester.

They will be held thursdays at 2 pm.

All workshops are approximately 50 minutes in length or less. Please arrive 5 minutes early to register with the WLDC.

DATABASES FOR RESEARCH – Be introduced to the many databases to which the Library subscribes for research and answer all your questions about how to access them and what kinds of information can be found using them. Scheduled for March 1 and repeated April 5. 

MLA FAQ – Learn the basics of citing sources with MLA formatting and the easi-est way to cite your sources properly. Scheduled for March 8 and repeated April 12. 

AVOIDING PLAGIARISM – Learn to identify various forms of plagiarism, the basics of properly citing your sources, common ways that plagiarizers get caught, and the ways to avoid plagiarism. – Scheduled for March 15.

USING GOOGLE FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH – Sharpen your search skills to quickly locate quality resources using Google, Google Scholar, Google Books and more. Scheduled for March 22


So mark your calendars and set an alarm on your phone – these workshops will be so helpful!

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An Essay Contest!

The Yuba College Library presents:

An essay contest! How has the library contributed to your academic career?

Contest Rules:

  • Contestants will submit an original essay between 400 – 600 words on how the Yuba College Library has contributed to the success of their academic career.
  • Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, and substance.
  • There will be one winner and two honorable mentions chosen. The winner will receive $50 and the two honorable mentions will receive $25 each. Each will receive a certificate of recognition, and the winning essay will be posted in the library and on the library website.
  • Be sure your essay has your name, phone number, and email address on it.
  • Please submit your essay via email to your Yuba College Library at, or turn them in at the Circulation desk!
  • The deadline to turn your essay in is April 27, 2012, by 4L30 pm.
  • Winners will be notified on May 4th.

Please see the posters in the library for more information.


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Intro to Database Searching

As the semester begins, it is usually a good idea to brush up on your search skills because you know that a research paper is headed your way sometime this semester! When you first start a paper, the amount of information that is available can be overwhelming.

Information Overload

Are you drowning in information?

This is called “information overload” and can be very daunting. Well, have no fear, your Yuba College Library has a bunch of specially chosen, highly reliable scholarly information just waiting for you.

Check out our new EBSCO databases (Health Source, Consumer Health, GreenFile, ERIC, Primary Search, Military & Government Collection, and many more!). You can access these from the library website or your MyCampus portal. You can also check out Credo Reference for a ton of encyclopedic material. It’s great for background research and narrowing your paper topic!

Check out these tutorials for search tips and keyword skills that will help you in the coming semester. And remember, you can always come in, call, email, or text! Your research help is only a question away.


Here is a tutorial from EBSCO about how to search their databases:

And here is a tutorial from Credo Reference about how to use their visual search, or mind map. It’s great for finding connections between ideas and brainstorming:


So check out these tutorials and feel a little bit more secure in jumping into your research. Your library databases have made the information overload a lot less overwhelming.

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Welcome Back!

Hello Yuba College students! It’s time to kick off the spring semester with a bang. Is anyone ready for academic success this semester?

Well never fear, your Yuba College Library is ready to help you succeed. We have a lot of news for you this month. First, if you don’t already have a Yuba College ConneX library card, please check out our new video to learn how to sign up for one:

The other exciting news is that Yuba College now has access to over 20 scholarly databases through EBSCO. The databases include EBSCO, the Gale Literature Resource Center, and ProQuest Nursing. These new databases are a treasure trove of highly reliable and citable information. The EBSCO access is a set of over 20 databases and include such specialized subjects as nursing, health & medicine, science & technology, education, history, and many more!

Just go to the Yuba College Library website ( and check out the list of online databases, or you can reach them from your MyCampus portal. Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of these new scholarly resources in the coming weeks. There is a lot of ground to cover this semester, so I hope you’re ready! Happy studying!

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