A Very Short Introduction

In 1995 the Oxford University Press released Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson. On July 24, 2018 Demography: A Very Short Introduction by Sarah Harper was published. In between, Oxford University Press has offered a Very Short Introduction to 568 topics ranging from The Koran to The History of Cinema to Sound and beyond.

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Texas State University Libraries offers access to many, many of the entries to the collection – both physically and digitally. The digital editions are available through both ProQuest’s EBook Central and EBSCO’s eBook Academic Collection.

An interim period is coming up in a few weeks allowing for a few moments of free reading, grab a couple copies from the A Very Short Introduction series and Come In and Find Out More.

World Cup ’18

The 2018 World Cup, crowning a champion this Sunday, has been a thrilling display of athleticism and endurance, sportsmanship and teamwork, and national pride and geopolitics. The 32 participating countries each have their unique style of play, but also their own unique national identity consisting of a history, culture, and political systems. Fortunately, Texas State University Libraries offers numerous resources to help familiarize the world.

According to Gale’s Countries of the World and Their Leaders, 32% of the population of Belgium speaks French. A good lip reader may detect a number of French vulgarities exchanged during the semi-final match against France. Texas State University Libraries also offers the opportunity for students to learn French through Rosetta Stone.

World map featuring Belgium

Semi-Finalist Croatia and Group E participants, Serbia, were both formerly part of a historical nation called Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia reached the semifinals in the 1930 and 1962 World Cups. Visit CountryWatch for more information about Croatia and Serbia.

England is often cited for creating soccer. However, ProQuest’s CultureGrams will only go as far as to say that England develop the modern rules for the sport. The national team’s current run into the semi-finals (as of the time of this writing) has inspired their supports to sing “It’s Coming Home”.   

Between matches … Come In and Find Out More.