Pultizer Prize Winners 2016

Cover image for Barbarian Day by William Finnegan   Cover image for Black Flags by Joby Warrick   Cover image by The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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.

National Poetry Month

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.

National Poetry Month

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.

National Pastime Periodicals

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.

President Wilson throwing out first pitch

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.

New Juvenile Books Added: Use the Library Catalog to Find More Information

A new set of books has been added to the Juvenile Exhibit cases in Alkek Library (tinyurl.com/new-juv-alkek). If you click on the title for any juvenile book, you can see what awards a book might have won, an Accelerated Reader level if available, and see a clickable award note to see other titles that won the same award(s).  See the image below to identify the areas of the catalog with this information.

Remember the RRC Library also has a sizable collection of juvenile books on site.  These can also be searched in the library’s catalog.

Detailed catalog record of a juvenile book.

Modified from an entry on the Alkek Library Facebook page.