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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library


November is National Scholarship Month

November 10, 2015

According to data from the Labor Department, the price index for college tuition grew by nearly 80% between 2003 and 2013. That’s nearly twice as fast as growth in medical care costs. In fact, the price of higher education is growing faster than most household incomes can keep up with.

California Ghosts

October 19, 2015

Myths and stories about ghosts exist in cultures all over the world thoughout history. The earliest tales of ghosts in America arose in the Puritan colonies of Massachusetts in the 1600s.

Test Preparation for Municipal Occupational Exams

October 10, 2015

Some of the most commonly requested items from the Social Science, Philosophy and Religion department are study guides for municipal occupational exams, such as the Administrative Clerk position (formerly called Clerk Typist).  While the Los Angeles Public Library owns several copies of the

The City of Los Angeles' 311

September 19, 2015

In the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department we often field questions from residents of the City of Los Angeles pertaining to city services and the government.  In support of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s commitment to increasing access to city services,  the Los Angeles Public L

New Test Preparation for High School Equivalency Certificate Exams

July 29, 2015

In recent years, high school education in America has evolved to prepare students for the changing demands of entry level careers, vocational and technical schools and introductory college courses.  Change has also come to the GED (General Education Development) high school equivalency exam,

Take a trip down Memory Lane

July 07, 2015

Recently, we found a folder tucked away at the back of a file cabinet in the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May 20, 2015

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush declared that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, after resolutions passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.

Conflicting Feelings and “Opposing Viewpoints”

April 28, 2015

April brings conflicting feelings. The weather is warming up and you know what that means?  It’s time to have some fun outdoors. Barbeque season has arrived!  Throw that nice piece of ribeye steak on the grill and ‘cue it just right.

Don’t Wake Me Up If I’m Dreaming

March 12, 2015

“The theories of philosophers, theologians, and psychologists will never do justice to the fullness of our existence if they only focus on the qualities of waking life.” – Kelly Bulkeley


Environmentalism in Religion

February 04, 2015

The origins of the environmental movement in the United States began in response to increasing levels of smoke and air pollution during the Industrial Revolution.