Have you ever looked through the RRC Library Juvenile Collection and wondered if there were even more juvenile materials available through Texas State University. Well yes there is. To give you a sample each month the RRC Library will include in its collection some of the newest juvenile books that would normally be found in Alkek Library. This collection of new books will change every month in order to refresh the collection with even newer juvenile books. Any student, faculty, or staff of Texas State University may check these out any of the books on display and return the items to any University Library. It is our hope that you will get a glimpse of the many items coming in to the library system and that you can request these items, and many more, from the Alkek Library. We will of course continue to grow the RRC Library’s Juvenile Collection so make always attempt to make sure we offer a quality collection of materials.
So, come on in and browse many of the juvenile materials we have to choose from on any given month.
Last year, American Libraries published a feature on the trending popularity of coloring programs for adults in libraries throughout the United States. The Round Rock Campus library will be joining that trend next week.
Alkek Library at the main campus in San Marcos began a coloring project during finals week of Spring 2015 with much success. The Round Rock campus will add to the phenomenon for this finals week of Summer 2016. Beginning Thursday, August 4th, crayons and paper with designs for coloring will be made available in the room 255, the main room of the library. There will be four designs to choose from and 8 colors of crayons to use to make you masterpiece. Your work is yours to keep, however, please return the crayons when you are through.
Proponents of the fad claim that coloring can help reduce stress and aid relaxation. This finals season let adult coloring at the Round Rock Campus Library ease you towards calm – Come in and find out more.
Recently, we’ve all been scanning maps of our neighborhoods hoping to catch Psyducks, Jigglypuffs, and Pikachus. Meanwhile, Texas State University Libraries offer services to view and create maps full of geological and sociological information.
SimplyMap allows users to create maps depicting regions as broad as the United States or as finite as individual zip codes. Created maps can be built upon a number of variables including population totals, percent of possible sunshine, or the amount of money spent at sporting goods stores. Users can also search for businesses and have their locations layered on top of the map’s results. SimplyMap is a user-friendly tool to determine demographic details of a chosen region.
OpenGeoSci is a map-based interface plotting points of geological significance based upon articles and data published by GeoScienceWorld. After selecting a category OpenGeoSci will plot the locations that have been mentioned in the literature discussing chosen category. For example: Selecting “General Paleontology” from the list of categories plot 37 locations within a selected land mass that is largely the United States (see below). These plots represent a published study that was done at this location. Clicking on these plots will lead you to the full text article based on these studies. OpenGeoSci can help you see the geological richness of your region.
These and many other can be found through the RRC Library Website. Or come in and find out more – you never know where you might catch a Charmander.
Do you have trouble organizing your research? Have you ever lost track of an article that you had hoped would be helpful? Do you find formatting your citations to be a nuisance? RefWorks might be the answer for you.
RefWorks is an online citation manager available to all Texas State University students. This resource allows users to easily import articles and other media from databases and the library’s collection into user-created folders and subfolders. Placing documents and links into folders allows user to have organized and quick access to previously conducted research. While similar to creating and using folders within databases themselves, using RefWorks and other citation managers allows you to include material from a number of different locations.
RefWorks is also capable of creating a bibliography or works cited with the push of a button. Simply choose the format you want to use and select the works you wish to use and the RefWorks software will develop your list. Also, RefWorks offers plug-ins to Word that make it possible for the program to create in-text citations automatically as you write. As always, be vigilant regarding the accuracy of generated citations.
If RefWorks sound like something that could help you check out some more information here. And if you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to come in and find out more.
Finals are over. You’ve got a couple weeks before summer classes begin. Grab a book from the RRC Library Leisure Reading collection and relax.
The Round Rock Campus Library’s Leisure Reading collection contains popular non-fiction, popular fiction, and contemporary fiction. Several award nominated or winning works – Between the World and Me by Ti-Nehisi Coates (Winner of the 2015 National Book Award, non-fiction), Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff (Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, fiction), and Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family (nominated for the 2015 Man/Booker Prize).
Give yourself an opportunity to read for simple enjoyment with the Round Rock Campus Library Leisure Reading Collection.
Beginning Wednesday, May 11th, the Round Rock Campus Library will have abbreviated hours during the interim between the Spring Semester and the start of Summer classes. Hours for May 11th will be 8:30am through 6pm. Thursday, May 12th through Thursday, June 2nd will have open hours of 8:30am until 5:30pm. Fridays during this period will keep the same hours that are observed during the school year: 8:30am – 4:00pm.
The Round Rock Campus Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th for observation of Memorial Day.
Wednesday, May 11th 8:30a – 6:00p
Thursday, May 12th 8:30a – 5:30p
Friday, May 13th 8:30a – 4:00p
Monday, May 16th – Thursday, June 2nd 8:30a – 5:30p
All Fridays 8:30a – 4:00p
Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day) CLOSED
This week Columbia University announced the nominees and winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes.
The Pulitzer Prize, named after turn-of-the-century newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, has been awarded annually to since 1917 to works of journalism, literature, and music. The university libraries at Texas State University can help you gain access to the newly awarded Pulitzer winners.
A Sampling of Prize Winning Works:
Investigative Reporting – Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune are both available through the NewsBank-America’s News and LexisNexis Academic.
International Reporting – Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
The New York Times is available in LexisNexis Academic
Criticism – Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
The New Yorker is available in through a number of databases including Academic Search Complete and Literary Reference Center Plus
Fiction – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Available in Alkek Library
Biography or Autobiography – Barbarian Day: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
Available in Alkek Library
General Nonfiction – Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
Available in Alkek Library
General Nonfiction Finalist – Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates
Available at the Round Rock Campus Library
Let Texas State University libraries’ collection and databases keep you informed.
Texas State University Libraries have access to a brand new database! The Evidence Analysis Library offers a synthesis of relevant nutritional research on important dietetic practice questions for nearly 40 projects. Evidence summaries, conclusion statements, worksheets, grades, and bibliographies are provided for each project topic.
Modified from an entry on the Alkek Library Twitter site.
April is National Poetry Month. In fact, this month marks the 20th anniversary of the inaugural National Poetry Month developed by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.
Texas State University Libraries offer a number of poetry related resources. Check out call numbers PS301 – 326 for American poetry (you’ll find poetry in other languages throughout the Ps) for books in the stacks. Library databases offer further access to poetry, particularly Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, and Litfinder. Poets will often read from their works at the Alkek Library in San Marcos. This week, Thursday, April 14th, Lisha Adele Garcia and Tomas Q. Morin will be reading at Alkek’s Instant Theatre from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.
National Poetry Month is one of the largest literary events in the world. Let the University Library help you be a part of it.
Happy Opening Day!
Say it IS so! Publications dedicated to baseball are available through University Library databases. A journal titled NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture can be accessed through BrowZine, a helpful database that has an accompanying application for mobile devices (get acquainted here).
NINE is a peer-reviewed journal according to UlrichsWeb. However, it is not alone in its standing as a refereed journal about baseball. Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game and Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues are both available with full-text through America: History and Life with Full Text with Black Ball also being available in Ethnic Newswatch.
If you want to find more, visit the University Library’s Periodical List to find these journals and discover other baseball themed periodicals. The Periodical List is searchable by subject, so simply typing “baseball” will display all of the indexed returns. Follow the links to get full text access. There are also many full text eBooks on the game listed. Follow the links to access those works as well.
Supplement the start of baseball season with offerings from the University Library. Paul Goldschmidt would be proud.