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New Database - Statista

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Statista is the first statistics portal in the world to integrate over 60,000 diverse topics of data and facts from over 10,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into over 20 market sectors, Statista provides business customers, researchers, and the academic community with direct access to relevant quantitative facts on agriculture, finance, politics, and many more areas of interest.

Reset your password for your NEW Library Account

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Because we have a new Library Catalog, we need you to set a new password for your library account. 


  1. From the Library Catalog.
  2. Click on Your Library Account Sign in  (upper right corner)
  3. Click on Forgot your password?
  4. User Name: Enter your student ID number Note: Add an additional 00 to the end.  See the number UNDER your ID’s barcode.
  5. The catalog will email you (to your school email account) a link to a form that will direct you to reset your password.

If you have an problems, please contact us at the library (619) 201-8747 or by email.

Alphabetizing Your Citation List

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Your References (APA), Works Cited (MLA), or Bibliography (Turabian) is probably the last thing you do before turning in your paper.   Are you tired of cut & pasting or dragging citations so that they are in alphabetical order?  There is an easier way.  Make Microsoft Word do all the work.

  1. Highlight the text you want to sort
  2. In the Paragraph box on the Home tab, click on the A/Z (Sort) icon
  3. In the Sort Text dialog box, select Sort by: Paragraphs and Type: Text
  4. Ascending order (A-Z) and OK

That should do it.  If you see problems, Undo the sort and look for formatting errors. Use the Show/Hide icon (Ctl+*) to show hidden paragraph marks and other formatting symbols.

WARNING:  A paragraph mark (what happens when you hit ENTER) will tell Word that that is the end of the citation and will sort each line as a separate entry.  Using Hanging Indents to fix this.

Creating Hanging Indents.

  1. In the Paragraph box on the Home tab, click on the arrow at the lower right of the box, to open the Paragraph dialog box.
  2. Under Indentation, set Special to Hanging by 0.5"
  3. Under Spacing, Before: 0; After: 12 pt; Line spacing: Double (MLA, APA), Single (Turabian)
  4. OK

Upgrade to Library Computers

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Over the Christmas break the IT department upgraded the library's computers to Windows 7 operating system.  With the new  image, they are running faster and have the bells & whistles of Windows 7: like snag it, Aero snap & shake. 

We also loaded the latest version of e-sword & Google Chrome.

To learn more about the creation of Google Chrome, here's The Chrome comic book, by Scott McCloud.

Basic right-click tips

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Here's a blog posting from Microsoft @ Work about using the right-click function on your mouse.  Get your work done faster when you use this feature in Microsoft Office Programs, Files or Pictures.

View article... 

EBSCO databases have a new look! but the pdf viewer might need tweaking.

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Academic Search Premier and the like have improved the results list, detailed view (of a citation), default rankings, and the pdf viewer.

Results List  (see sample screen shot )

  • The limiters and date slider have been moved to the left column.
  • The right has folder items and related information.
  • A 'breadbox' tracks the numbers of results, your search terms, search options, and clusters applied to your search

Detailed View

  • Detailed record, fulltext on the left
  • New toolbox on the right (email, print, folder, etc.)

Default Rankings & Proximity Operator (W5)

  • Result List sort now defaults to Relevance (it was date)
  • The default search option has changed from phrase (as if enclosed in quotation marks) to terms within five words of each other (proximity).

PDF Viewer

  • Can navigate to other articles in an issue or chapters in a book.
  • For a short demo, click here.

Fixing the PDF Viewer
If the PDF opens up in a new screen, you can fix this by the following steps:
Open Adobe Reader | Edit | Preferences | Under Categories, select Internet | Web Browser Options | checkmark Display PDF in browser.

e-Readers? Which one is the best?

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Is it the latest gizmo fad, or are e-readers here to stay?  If you want to have your own e-reader, CNNMoney has come out with their own review of B&N's Nook, Amazon's Kindle & Sony's Reader. 

Computer shortcuts

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Microsoft @ Home has this great blog that posts information about better uses of computers.  The post I've linked to here describes short cuts for the desktop, keyboard, Word and Excel. 

To subscribe to Microsoft @ Home or Microsoft @ Work, scroll down to the News section, and sign up for an email or RSS feed.

Embed a YouTube video into your Presentation

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You have found the perfect video clip on YouTube for your presentation, but putting the URL on the slide looks low-tech.  Can you embed the video right into the actual PowerPoint slide?

For PowerPoint 2003 (and earlier)  -- Note: the classroom computers are still using 2003 (not 2007)!  Instructions for PowerPoint 2007 are located on the website listed at the end of this posting.

You need to download a PowerPoint Add-in --  Download the YouTube Video Add-in for PowerPoint

a.   Extract the Add-in from the Zipped File 

  • Double click on the newly saved zipped file.
  • Right click on the file named YouTubeVideo.ppa.
  • Click on Copy 
  • Navigate to the location on your computer where you wish to save the add-in file.
  • Paste the YouTubeVideo.ppa file to this new location.

b. Install the Add-in into PowerPoint

  • Click on Tools | Add-Ins..
  • In the Add-ins dialog box, click on the Add New... button.
  • Locate the YouTube Videos add-in file named YouTubeVideo.ppa that you saved earlier.
  • Click OK.   The YouTube Video add-in shows in up in the list of add-ins installed in your PowerPoint program.

c.  Now you can add YouTube videos to your PowerPoint presentations.

  • Click on Insert | YouTube Video  (the add-in is located at the bottom of the Insert menu)
  • A YouTube Video Wizard will take you through the steps
  • Paste the URL into the dialog box
  • Set the video size and position on the slide
  • A big box with X is inserted into the slide (it might not show as a YouTube video until you change to slide show view)

d.  The Add-In is temporary (one use only).  Once you close PowerPoint, the add-in disappears.

These instructions were taken from Presentation Software in YouTube Videos and PowerPoint

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