Library News and Much More!

June 15, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Statista Chart of the Day – Spending on Father’s Day

How much will you end up spending for Father’s Day? Statista, the Portal for Statistics, charts the numbers:

Infographic: The Numbers Behind Father's Day Spending In The U.S. | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

It might not be a surprise to learn that the US doesn’t provide any paid parental leave for fathers since we’re one of just two countries not providing paid leave to new mothers. What might surprise you is the country that offers the most paid leave for fathers. Guess where? Go to the Statista page, “Where Fathers Get the Most Paid Parental Leave” to find out.

Statista is a database providing over 1 million statistics from 18,000 sources. Charts, graphs, and infographics are exportable in PNG, PPT, or XLS formats, and can be embedded in websites with auto-generated HTML codes.  Thousands of dossiers and reports on companies, industries, and countries are available as PDFs. Ask a librarian if you have any questions about Statista.

March 13, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

What is JoVE Science Education?

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first peer-reviewed science video journal.  The Library has started a limited access trial to JoVE’s Science Education Database which provides nearly 1,000 videos covering scientific fundamentals.  Easy to understand video demonstrations on laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. Watch this short video to learn more.

For more info about JoVE and Leeward’s trial access, see last week’s blog post.

March 13, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

World Religions is Now Available

Just in time for the Holi festival celebrated by Hindus around the world, the World Religions database is available to all Leeward users. Click here to access.

Image of the World Religions main page

World Religions main page

The Infobase World Religions database was acquired by the Library after receiving positive feedback from religion faculty members during our recent database trial. World Religions can be accessed from the Library’s homepage.

Go to Select Research Databases button and scroll down the complete list of library databases to select World Religions

Library website ( showing the Research Databases button view and database drop-down menu.

Contact me or any librarian to learn more about our research databases and other electronic resources.

March 12, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

US West Newsstream Replaces ProQuest News & Newspapers

ProQuest News & Newspapers, an important resource for accessing full text article content from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Advertiser, and Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers was recently replaced by a new database.

US West Newsstream (also by ProQuest) is the new database for accessing articles from the Honolulu dailies. In addition, US West Newsstream also includes coverage from 270 news sources from Alaska, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Contact a librarian if you have any questions about database access or content.

February 27, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Database Trial: World Religions

Trial ended. World Religions is now available for all Leeward users.  Click here.

The Infobase World Religions database provides historical and contemporary coverage of major world religions and spiritual movements. World Religions is not a comprehensive religion resource. It offers access to concise articles on each religion, select primary source materials, sacred texts, music clips, and videos. Supplemental resources include images of religious art, architecture, and rituals; historical timelines; maps and graphs; and a calendar of religious holidays and observances.

Students can use World Religions as a gateway to exploring religion-related topics in a structured and unbiased manner, or as a resource for maps and images that can be used to provide a finishing touch on their research assignments.


October 3, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

NEW TRIAL for PrepSTEP: A College Skills Learning Platform


PrepSTEP is an online learning platform designed to help students build the skills they need to succeed in college.  Core modules contain self-guided online tutorials, e-books, quizzes, and videos covering,

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Core English Skills Review
  • Core Math and Science Skills Review
  • Placement Test Preparation
  • Career and Workplace Preparation
  • College Success Skills
  • And more…

The Library has initiated a 30 day trial for you to explore this platform.  The trial expires on October 26th.

A username and password is required to access the trial account. You are free to test drive all the features in PrepSTEP but be aware that everything is shared and nothing will be saved once the trial ends.

To begin, click this link:

  • User Name:
  • Password:     password

IMPORTANT:  The trial account is shared.  DO NOT edit the user name or password at any time as this will make PrepSTEP inaccessible to the rest of the campus.

After you’ve had a chance to explore PrepSTEP, please take a few minutes to complete our feedback form. Your feedback will be considered in the Library’s resource acquisition decision-making process.  Submit your feedback here.PrepStep flyerPrepStep flyer

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