Graduate Workshops Coming Up

Basic Library Research

This session is for students enrolled in a CSUSB master’s program who have little or no experience in online database searching. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the deep web, the literature review, and basic search strategies in general databases.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 4:30 – 5:50 pm

Advanced Library Research

In this workshop, we’ll explore more databases and search tools, the current information economy, and how to immerse yourself in the literature of your field so that you gain confidence in your subject expertise. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the basic workshop first.

Monday, Oct. 13, 4:30 – 5:50 pm


In this hands-on workshop, students enrolled in a CSUSB master’s program will download free software and learn to use Zotero, a free citation management tool.

Tuesday, October 21, 4:30 – 5:50 pm

Register now on our workshop calendar.

All library workshops take place in PL-2005 (2nd floor Library Addition)

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Movie Reviews: The Lincoln Lawyer

Movie Reviews: North By North LesThe Lincoln Lawyer

Four stars.

2011,  118 mins., directed by Brad Furman.

Successful adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer: a Novel by Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is an L.A. street smart criminal defense attorney whose “office” is a Lincoln Town Car. He is driven to his various appointments by a former client who is working off his legal fees. A dream case falls into his lap involving Louis Roulet (played by Ryan Phillippe) the playboy son of Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher), a real estate magnate. Roulet is accused in the beating of a prostitute. What appears to be a straightforward case, turns into a nightmarish cat and mouse game. The film features an excellent supporting cast. Marisa Tomei plays his ex-wife, who also happens to be a prosecutor, William H. Macy is his private investigator, and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) portrays a local detective. As directed by Brad Furman, the film is shot with numerous tight close-ups, giving it a very intimate feel – appropriate for a character-driven courtroom drama. Highly entertaining, as McConaughey effectively captures the essence of the “Lincoln Lawyer.”  See the record for The Lincoln Lawyer.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.

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The Mendoza Line Movie Screening

The Mendoza Line Poster

Free and Open to the Public

Wed. October 1, 2014

5:30 p.m. in PL-4005

See Kiosk for Free Parking

About the film: An independent feature film set in the world of minor league baseball about dreams, family and finding your way home. “‘The Mendoza Line’ is a reminder that, although dreams may not always turn out the way we want them to, the journey to achieve them often is more rewarding than the dream itself.” –Addison Recorder

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Cesar Chavez Movie Screening

Cesar Chavez movie poster. "Cesar Chavez: History is made one step at a time."JOIN US FOR A FREE SCREENING OF CESAR CHAVEZ: HISTORY IS MADE ONE STEP AT A TIME

Thursday OCT. 30, 2014


5:30 P.M.



Bring a friend, and enjoy this hit about civil rights activist, Cesar

Chavez, and his battle against injustice, starring Michael Pena,

John Malkovich, Michael Cudlitz, and America Ferrera!

Discussion Led By: Andres P. Chavez

Raised in the tradition of the farm worker movement his grandfather, Cesar Chavez, founder, Andres Chavez, 20, has participated in many movement activities, including marches, rallies, picket lines, union conventions, and political campaigns, including those for immigration reform. The youngest son of Socorro and Paul Chavez, Cesar Chavez’s middle son, Andres grew up at La Paz, in Keene, Calif., where the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument is now located. His childhood was spent greeting visitors and guests who came to visit La Paz and taking them on tours of the mountain community. He graduated in 2012 from Tehachapi High School and is now a third year student at California State University, Bakersfield, majoring in public policy and administration. Andres is presently a curriculum specialist with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, writing curriculum for Si Se Puede Learning Centers, after-school academic tutoring and character education programs for children located in most of the foundation’s 42 affordable housing communities in four states.

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Talent is Overrated: Writing Edition

With author Andrea Fingerson

Located in PL-4005

Writing isn’t glamorous and it isn’t easy, but it is worth it! With determination and hard work you can become a writer, but you have to choose to be one. Join me for a 5-meeting workshop where you will learn how to become a writer.

(Note: there will be homework! Please be prepared to commit to the workshop.) We will discuss what is means to be a writer, share strategies that will help you develop the necessary discipline, and review basic fiction techniques and strategies that will help you write a short story or picture book. By the end of this workshop you will have a completed and edited a story that is formatted for submission.

Writing is in your future. Let me help you get there!


  • Sept. 25, 6-9 p.m.
  • Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m.
  • Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m.
  • Oct. 30, 5-6 p.m. (optional- see below)
  • Nov. 13, 6-9 p.m..
  • Nov. 20, 6-9 p.m.

There will be an optional, “stay on course” one-hour meeting on Oct. 30, 5-6 p.m. for those who want to check in and talk through any issues.

A project of Pfau Library, Poets and Writers. and the Inlandia Institute.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Vassilakos-Long at or call (909) 537-7541.

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FREE Neighbors Movie Screening



October 2, 2014 at 5:30p.m.

Bring a friend and a blanket and join us for a service project and free screening of the film “neighbors” on the library lawn! Family First Taco stand with Drinks and Cotton Candy!

Special thanks to ASI for providing the movie screen. Free Parking Available (see kiosk)

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Freshman Workshop Registration is Live

New to college-level research? Attend Pfau Library’s Freshman Workshop series to learn essential skills for academic research.

Workshops begin October 14th. Registration is required, and all workshops must be attended in sequence.

Register here.

We hope to see you there!

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Workshop Registration is Live!

The library’s workshop registration is open, register here.

  • Graduate Studies workshops begin Oct. 7.
  • Transfer/Junior bootcamps begin Oct. 9.
  • Freshman Workshop Series begins Oct. 14.

Registration is REQUIRED for all workshops.

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Library Hours Fall 2014

Welcome back, students! Pfau Library’s regular hours for Fall Quarter start on Sept. 25, 2014:

Monday-Thursday 8 AM-10PM
Friday 8 AM-5PM
Saturday 9 AM-2PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM

For additional details, check our Hours page.

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Linking to Library Resources

Instructors, as you prepare for the new quarter, now’s a good time to think about using Pfau Library resources on your course web pages. Anything in the library’s subscription databases can be linked so long as it has a stable URL and includes the library’s proxy information. Complete instruction are in Linking to Library Resources on the library’s web site, or contact me directly (Stacy Magedanz, or 909 537 5103) for help creating links.

Here are just a few examples of material you can link to:

An ebook: Theorizing Twilight

A research database: PsycINFO

An article: James Hawdon and John Ryan. “Police-Resident Interactions and Satisfaction With Police: An Empirical Test of Community Policing Assertions.” Criminal Justice Policy Review (March 2003) 14: 55-74.

A journal: TESOL Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on John Stuart Mill

Company financial report for Starbucks Corp.

Streaming video of “The Cuban Missile Crisis, (A&E Television Networks)”

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