Library Updates: June 2020
We are excited to announce library updates for the Alder Community! We’ll include library resources as well as other interesting gems periodically!
"Ok, writing shouldn't be so hard." "Everything I want to say is in my head..." "I just have to transfer it from my brain to this computer." "Writing: The most impossible short distance in the history of humanity." (Source:
Current Library Databases
SAGE eJournal Collection
In addition to research articles, SAGE also provides important readings in the field of education for professional development learning. See here for basic research video.
New ebooks are added on OverDrive. Selected course books and test prep materials for CSET and CBEST are available on OverDrive as well. This includes the Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zertta Hammond (available as an ebook). Once you login, you can search for the book directly.
Studying for CSET, CBEST or RICA? Check out Mometrix database to get test prep materials and sample questions on these exams all online. Note: You must be online to access the materials. The database does not allow users to download or save these files. 
From the U.S. Department of Education, Educational Resource Information Center, ERIC provides 1.5 million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides. When searching, please be sure to click on “Full text available on ERIC.”
To access these databases, visit  and watch this short video to learn how to access the library resources on Populi.
Writing Resources
  • - Need help with writing? is a database for all residents who would like to get feedback on their writing and citation support. It is a 24/7 service that residents can meet with a live tutor or submit their papers for feedback. To access this database, visit the library’s page, or your course canvas page or Populi. Have more questions on writing? See this short video for more information
  • Academic Writing Sessions - Missed them in June on academic writing and citation formatting? Check out the recordings for Session 1 and 2.
Free Learning Resources and Activities
  • Wow Science - “Are you looking for fun science resources for young people in your life? Let Wow Science do some of the leg work for you. Wow Science is a platform "searching out the best primary science activities," and cataloging them in an easily searchable database. These resources are categorized into six sections: Games, Activities, Apps, Videos, Experiments, and Websites.” (The Scout Report, June 19, 2020)
  • Storytelling: Oral Traditions - “Storytelling: Oral Traditions is perfect for upper-elementary or middle school educators looking to explore the ways stories shape cultures and spark creativity. This lesson plan, part of a four-part curriculum on storytelling from PBS LearningMedia, highlights the "diverse nature and form of narratives." Designed to last one or two class periods, the plan is divided into two parts: What Makes a Good Story? and Stories in the Oral Tradition. Educators are provided with three videos (all of which are under five minutes) that explore the oral traditions of Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native storytellers.” (The Scout Report, June 12, 2020).
Additional Training Resources
We have very short videos on how to access library resources (including ebooks) and conduct basic research on Sage. Be sure to check them out!
Of Possible Interest
Poetry Books for the Beginners, Haters or the Utterly Confused” by Myra Nunnally (Book Riot, June 22, 2020).
Reading is Only a Step on the Path to Anti-Racism” by Nicole A. Cooke (Publisher Weekly, June 19, 2020).
About the Librarian: Ray Pun
Hello all, I look forward to meeting you all! I’ve been a librarian for over 15 years now. Most recently, I completed my doctoral study focusing on critical race theory and exploring ethnic communities’ experiences under the digital divide in Central Valley California. 
As your librarian, I am happy to support your research and writing needs! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. We can zoom, chat on the phone or correspond via email. Best of luck for this year! 
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