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.

stars, holly leaves, and berries, with text reading "happy holidays"

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.

hand holding mobile phone with Library app displayed
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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Films on Demand adds 254 new titles during June

254 new films added

✔ View your newly added titles: View a full list of the new titles just added to your collection.

Explore Films on Demand.

Requires Library Card account login.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

AtoZdatabases introduces a new mapping tool

What is AtoZ?

AtoZdatabases is a premier marketing database. This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on businesses and households within the U.S. 

AtoZ will help you: Find a business; find a job; develop mailing & email lists; and find a person.

To use AtoZdatabases, login with your PLS Library Card. To see other business and entrepreneurship database search tools available at CSM, visit the CSM website.

New Map Tool

CSM Library is excited to share the Map Tool feature with you! You can now visualize density in businesses or residents across the geography and other criteria of which you selected. You will use the map tool in the 30 Million Businesses and Executives database as well as the 220 Million Residents database for any searches that yield less than 500,000 results.

You can select the tool once you are on the results page, then simply click the “Map” button. You are able to Zoom in and out on the map as well as Download, Print, or E-mail this information.


a to z database search results with the map tab selected, map of Florida with data points

Monday, March 13, 2017

Try out Kanopy Streaming Film database through April 15

Let us know what you think of Kanopy!

kanopy landing page featuring film categories such as popular documentary, world cinema, and criterion collection films

What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges offering a "Netflix-like" user experience and a broad selection of over 26,000 documentaries, feature films and training videos from thousands of producers. 

Touching on all topics, featured producers in Kanopy's collection include Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, The Video Project, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, BBC, and many more. Films can be watched from anywhere, anytime by all staff and students.

How do I watch Kanopy films?

You can explore their films on our trial website until April 15, 2017. You'll need to login with your Peninsula Library System Library card account number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number) to watch the movies.

Then just add popcorn & soda! You are ready to enjoy. 

If you have trouble accessing the trial database, contact a Librarian during Library open hours.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Andy Warhol collection in ArtStor launches with 35,000 images

Andy Warhol with vintage 1907 camera; 1971. Images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and Andy Warhol artwork © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Andy Warhol; Red Jackie; 1964. Images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and Andy Warhol artwork © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Explore ArtStor, using your PLS Library Card account.

Michael Hermann, Director of Licensing at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, explains how the Foundation’s collection, split into two parts in the Artstor Digital Library, provides a comprehensive view of Warhol’s cultural impact--as well as insight into his personal life.

Thirty years after his death, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture. Warhol’s life and work continue to inspire creative thinkers worldwide thanks to his enduring imagery, his artfully cultivated celebrity, and the ongoing research of dedicated scholars. The extensive Andy Warhol Foundation launch available on Artstor provides a thorough presentation of the prolific artist’s works in one place for the first time through more than 35,000* images including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and photography spanning four decades.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

New documentaries available from Films on Demand!

Films on Demand: New Titles Notification


Account: College of San Mateo
Number of New Titles: 265

We are pleased to announce the new titles that were added to our On Demand subscription over the past month. Login with your PLS Library Card is required to view films from off campus.

✔ View your newly added titles

Featured Film

Nightline follows the journey of Syrian refugees who now call America home. Meet students attending American schools for the first time and see protests against refugee arrivals. An ABC News Production.