September 28, 2009

bbwbadge_smCelebrate the Freedom to Read during  Banned Books Week , September 26-October 3, 2009. Banned Books Week annually celebrates the importance of the First Amendment, the freedom to read, the freedom to access information and the freedom to express ideas without fear. Intellectual freedom provides the foundation for a free and democratic society to access and express multiple viewpoints regardless of popularity.

Librarians at SDSU are committed to intellectual freedom and unfettered access to information. In celebration of Banned books week, the library features displays on the Main Level and the Lower Level. Check out the Main Level East hallway display case and the Table Display in the lobby near the Information Services Office which includes the 2008-2009 Challenged Books List and examples of books that have been challenged in libraries, schools, bookstores, and communities. The Lower Level display outside the Government Documents Office explores federal publications related to the freedoms protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

See the American Library Association’s Issues & Advocacy pages for more information about Banned and Challenged books

Vickie Mix, Government Documents Librarian

EndNote for the Mac is here and so is APA 6th edition style!

September 18, 2009

EndNote X3 is now available for download for either the PC or the Mac. This software is designed to help researchers keep track of their references and to include those references in writing. This is an excellent tool for anyone who deals with lots of citations.

To access for faculty: log in to InsideState and go to the library’s site. On the right side of the screen, click on the Access to EndNote Bibliographic Software link. Click on the Install File and follow the directions.

To access for students: log in to MyStateOnline and go to the library’s box (in the My Academics tab). Click on EndNote Bibliographic Software link. Click on the Install File and follow the directions.

APA 6th edition: EndNote has finished the filter for the APA 6th style. You will need EndNote installed on your computer before installing the style. Go here to get the package. There are instructions for downloading and saving this style on this page. Be sure to read them.

There will be training on the use of EndNote in the library on Wednesday, September 30 12:00-1:00 and Thursday, October 1 4:00-5:00. Please contact to reserve a space at either of these sessions. Space is limited at these sessions.

~ELizabeth Fox