Ask a Librarian@RRC!: Chat with Library Staff at the Round Rock Campus

Ask a Librarian@RRCHave you ever wanted to ask a quick question but did not want to pick up a telephone or come in person.  Well we have a great service for you.  Ask a Librarian@RRC allows you to chat with one of the staff at the Round Rock Campus Library by sending text messages back and forth using a computer or mobile device. You do not need to install any apps or software; simply go to our Web site: http://rrc.library.txstate.edu.

This service is great way to ask a quick question:

  • “Do you have this book?”
  • “What time do you close today?”
  • “What is the population of the United States?”

If you have a more in depth query we suggest you come into the RRC Library (Avery 255) or contact us by telephone (512.716.4700).  You can even e-mail us as well (rrclibrary@txstate.edu).  Our preference is for you to come in to the library so we can work side-by-side to help you get the information you need.  Plus, we always enjoy seeing you.

RRC Library…
Come in and find out more.

New Database – Artemis Literary Sources

Gale has introduced a cross-searchable platform for its literary resources called Artemis Literary Sources.This platform allows you to search several Gale Literary databases at once:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resource Center – LRC
  • LitFinder
  • Scribner Writers
  • Twayne’s Authors
  • The Dictionary of Literary Biography (coming soon)

The new integrated platform also provides some cool tools to help you visualize your results: Term Frequency and Term Cluster.

The Term Frequency tool allows you to enter a search and a time period and produces a graph that shows you search results from the time period you selected. Click on a point in the graph to see the articles available from a specific time.

clusters

The Term Cluster tool generates a visual representation of your results by topic and subtopic, as in the image above. The first 100 words of the first 100 search results per Content Type are analyzed for frequently occurring and related terms. Click any term to bring up a list of articles related to that term.This visualization is helpful for narrowing a research topic, as well as finding research on a topic.

Try using these tools in your own research and look at your topics in a new way!

New Database – GeoScienceWorld

GeoScienceWorld

GeoScienceWorld gives you access to earth sciences resources from 1918 to the present in the form of journals, charts, figures and tables, includingarticles and archives from 45 top-tier digital journals with more than 120,000 articles.

This database also includes an integrated version of the GeoRef abstract and index database containing more than 3.3 million records. This is a collaborative effort of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geosciences Institute , Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London, Mineralogical Society of America, Society for Sedimentary Geology, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

You can use the interactive map to find street level views, then search for earth science articles about the area. Try finding your residence and see if any articles have been written about the land.

Research Guides Help You Get Started

LibGuide sample screenHave you ever been given a research topic and just do not know where to start?  Well you may be interested in the University Library’s set of Research Guides.  These guides have been developed by librarians at Texas State University to support majors and disciplines taught at the university.  These guides provide information about resources to begin your research and may include resources such as reference materials, indexes to literature, streaming media, DVDs, print and electronic books, and much more. Each guide is divided into tabbed sections.  Each guide also includes a way to contact someone for additional information or assistance.

Go to this link for a list of Research Guides currently available.