Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Free Films for Ethnic Studies courses, and the Umoja Learning Community

Streaming Film from Swank Digital Campus!
Free with your Library Card Account 

Explore Swank Digital Campus, a database of streaming film titles selected for courses and learning communities at CSM. Available free to students, faculty, and staff of CSM with your PLS Library Card. Contact a librarian if you have questions.


The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes. Directed by Barry Jenkins (2016).

Featured for the Umoja Learning Community.


Who do you become when you can't be yourself?

A black teenager living in Brooklyn embraces her identity as a lesbian, but she struggles with how much she can confide in her parents.

Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Sahra Mellesse. Directed by Dee Rees (2011).

Featured for Professor Erin Persley's FILM 100: Intro to Film course.

Get Out

A brilliantly crafted thriller! 

It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones. Directed by Jordan Peele (2017).

Recommended by Professor Robbie Baden. Featured for the Umoja Learning Community.


In 1923, a black town in Florida was burned to the ground, its people murdered because of a lie. Some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people. This film is for them.

Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Esther Rolle. John Singleton directed (1997).

Featured in Dr. Frederick Gaines ETHN 288: African-American Cinema course.


The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon. Directed by Jeff Nichols (2016).

Featured for IDST 110: College 1 course taught by Professor Fi Tovo & Professor Allie Fasth.

Additional Films Include:

  • Fruitvale Station (2013): Drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area father who was gunned down by a BART subway officer on New Year's Day in 2009, and whose murder shocked the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. [Selected for Umoja]
  • Do The Right Thing (1989): Racial tensions grow in a Brooklyn neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer. A Spike Lee joint. [Selected for FILM 100 & FILM 130]
  • Crash (2005): Ensemble drama about racism in present-day Los Angeles. Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon. Directed by Paul Haggis. [Selected for FILM 100]
  • Chi Raq (2015): A group of women take a vow of abstinence to help stop the violence in Chicago's South Side, stating that their pledge will only end when their men decide to bring peace to the city. Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson. A Spike Lee joint. [Selected for Umoja]
  • The Queen Of Katwe (2016): Biopic of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi traces her journey from the slums of Katwe, where she is forced to abandon her schooling at the age of nine, to the upper echelons of the chess world. Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Mwine, Madina Nalwanga, Martin Kabanza. Directed by Mira Nair. [Selected for ETHN 288]
  • Imitation Of Life (1934 Version): A widow builds up a business, aided by a black woman. Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Warren William. [Selected for ETHN 585]

International Stories & Films of Interest:

  • District 9 (2009): A field operative is exposed to alien biotechnology while working in an internment camp for extraterrestrial refugees. [Selected for FILM 100]
  • Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2014): Docudrama based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography chronicles his long struggle against apartheid and his contributions to South Africa. Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett. Directed by Justin Chadwick. [Selected for IDST 110]
  • Invictus (2009): Nelson Mandela inspires the South African rugby team to strive for the World Cup in hopes of soothing the country's racial tensions. Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [Selected for IDST 110]
  • City of God (2002): Based on the novel by Paolo Lin about gangland violence in the slums of Rio in the 1960s and '70s. Shifting alliances result in a brutal gang war, which is documented on film by an amateur photographer. [Selected for FILM 100]
  • Running Dry (2005): The Global Water Crisis - RUNNING DRY is a comprehensive public information/education project, established to raise awareness regarding the worsening global humanitarian water crisis. The projects' centerpiece is an explosive and enlightening in-depth documentary. It was inspired by former U.S. Senator Paul Simon’s book TAPPED OUT. [Selected for International Education]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Welcome to Spring Semester!

CSM Library Faculty & Staff Wish You a Happy 2018!

Welcome back to CSM Library! We are ready to help you meet your learning goals and find success this semester.

Reach out to our faculty and staff to get help with your research projects or get answers for library account questions. Need to reach a specific faculty or staff member? Refer to our Staff Directory online.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

CSM Library will be closed for Winter Break

Happy Holidays from CSM Library!

Congratulations on making it through Fall semester. Keep in mind that the Library will be closed during winter break. We will reopen January 17, 2018, when Spring semester begins. Visit our website for more information about hours at CSM Library.

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Need to return something you've checked out?

Our staff will periodically check the Library "book return" box located outside of the Library building (next to the stairs). However, it won't get checked every day. 

If you are concerned about a late fine, we recommend returning your item to one of the public libraries in the Peninsula Library System (PLS). Check for the nearest location.

Need research help from a Librarian?

Take advantage of our partnership with PLS! Reference Librarians at any of these locations can help you with your research needs. Visit or call to get your questions answered. Check for the nearest location.

Need to talk to a staff member about your account?

Take advantage of our partnership with PLS! Library Staff at any of these locations can help you with your Library Card Account questions. Visit or call to get your questions answered. Check for the nearest location.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

LexisNexis Academic is now Nexis Uni

LexisNexis has rebranded and updated its database for college students. Check out what's new in Nexis Uni!

Nexis Uni™ features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

Nexis Uni replaces LexisNexis Academic

Nexis Uni is designed to address three key components requested by millennial students: personalization, collaboration and quick discovery. Nexis Uni offers many new features to address these needs, and is a better research experience overall for students. Below is a snapshot of each feature:


  • You may self-register for a user account, giving you added benefits and an improved research experience
  • Create alerts on topics or publications of interest
  • Save searches, add sources to favorites, and bookmark documents to save time

Quick Discovery

  • Usable on your mobile device
  • Search all types of content at once, or search specific content like legal cases or company profiles


  • Create and share folders for group research projects
  • Save documents to shared workspaces
  • Mark it up! Highlight or make notes to share your comments with your group

Attention Faculty

If you are sharing links to LexisNexis Academic, or permalinks to individual articles or other content from this database, please be aware that these links will change. Be sure to update your syllabi, Canvas, or other documents in which you are sharing links with your students.

Please ask a Librarian if you need assistance finding the best link to share with your students.

New PLS Library Account App Coming Soon -- Discover, search, check-out, and more!

Your PLS Library in the Palm of Your Hand

We’re offering a new and improved mobile App starting this February.

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The New Library App is Coming Soon!

Now you can:

  • Discover new materials
  • Find your nearest library
  • Search, renew and checkout items
  • Look for events
  • Display your digital library card
  • View social media feeds and more….
Stay tuned for the release date!
Brought to you by the Peninsula Library System

What about the old app?

If you have been using the old app, please note that it will be discontinued January 3. We apologize for any inconvenience. You may log in to your Library account online in the mean time, or contact your Library directly to renew materials, place holds, and more.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Changes coming soon to our EBSCO databases

ebsco host logoThe Library contract with EBSCO is changing Spring 2018 semester, and as a result, there are a few changes you might notice to content available from EBSCO.

What's New 

The most exciting change is that both Academic Search Premier & MasterFile Search Premier will both be upgraded! We will get access to a lot more new content, covering more topics.

Some specific resources will be discontinued, as follows:
  • Auto Repair Resource Center
  • Book Index with Reviews (BIR)
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Professional Development Collection
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection

Recommended resources to use instead

Here are our recommendations for finding the content you need from the databases that will be discontinued.

Auto Repair Resource Center: A lot of auto repair information and how-to videos are now available freely online. Please check with a Librarian if you need assistance searching the internet for auto repair information.

Book Index with Reviews: The Library has other databases with book review information. Additionally, many book review resources can be found freely online.
Library databases to try include Literature Resource Center and Magill's Literary Annual. Online sources include Booklist OnlineNew York Times Book Reviews, NPR Book ReviewsGoodreads, and many more.

Consumer Health Complete: The Library has many health databases to turn to when you need to answer your health questions. See recommended health databases on the Library website. Of particular note are Health Source (Consumer Edition), Salem Online, and Natural Medicines.

Professional Development Collection: The Library recommends turning to ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center in place of the Professional Development Collection.

Religion and Philosophy Database: Content from this database will be included in our updated Academic Search Premier database. However, for additional information on Philosophy, we recommend JSTOR, ProQuest Research Library, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Attention Faculty

If you are sharing links to any of the seven impacted databases, or permalinks to individual articles or other content from the impacted databases, please be aware that these links will change. Be sure to update your syllabi, Canvas, or other documents in which you are sharing links with your students.

Please ask a Librarian if you need assistance finding the best link to share with your students.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stream feature films assigned for class with our new database Swank Digital Campus!

New at CSM Library

Swank Digital Campus

Swank Digital campus browsing interface - various film poster art

This streaming film database has a Netflix style viewing experience, and features a selection of films from the many major Hollywood studios as well as many independent, foreign, art house, and documentary offerings.

Easily watch films assigned in class from home. The Library is working with Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, and others across campus to provide access to as many films we can that are being assigned for you to watch in class.

Your Library Card is required for login when viewing films from off campus. Please contact a Librarian if you have any questions.