Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism

A new Reference book has arrived in the library. Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism was published in 2010, but it has information that is still relevant today. It contains entries on the many concepts that pertain to vegetarianism, including industries, people, practices, religions, societies, popular culture, countries, science, and agriculture. Some of the topics include:

  • Veganism
  • Transcendentalism
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • Childbearing and Infant Feeding
  • Meatless Diets before Vegetarianism
  • Internet, the
  • Kellogg, John Harvey

Entries are comprehensive, and will refer you to other, related topics. In addition, each entry is followed by a list of recommended books, websites, and articles for further information.

This book would be really helpful if you are doing research on vegetarianism, environmentalism, or any topic that may be touched or is somehow affected by (or affects) vegetarianism. Or you can just browse it if you are interested in the topic.


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With the new semester comes a change in the way we access our online resources. If you go to the library home page, you’ll notice that the two green buttons are gone. Instead there is one orange button, labeled “Library Resources.” Click on this button: it will take you to our new Library Resources page.

You’ll notice that there are links to many of our different databases, as well as to our Twitter feed and Facebook page. There’s also a search box up at the top of the screen that allows you to search in a lot of different ways: you can search just the VC online catalog (so you can find books in the library), all the databases at once, the catalog and databases simultaneously, or the catalogs for Oxnard, Moorpark, and Ventura Colleges at once.

The new system takes a little getting used to, admittedly. But we at the Reference Desk would be happy to help to help you out. If your instructors don’t have your class scheduled to come in for library instruction this semester, ask them if they would consider bringing you in so that we can get you up to speed on all the changes.

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Lending Library is Alive and Well

Welcome back for another semester! We hope you enjoyed your time off.

Things are humming here in the library, as students print out their schedules and hover around the Textbook Lending Library. One thing to remember: although the Lottery for the Lending Library has already passed, you can continue to check out books from the Lending Library throughout the semester. If you don’t find a book that you are looking for in the Lending Library, check to see if it is on Reserve at the Circulation Desk. The Reserve books can be used for two hours at a time in the library.

If you don’t know what textbooks you need for your class, you can go to the Library Home Page and click the link “Create a Booklist,” located on the left-hand side of the screen.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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