Database – Stratfor Global Intelligence

Stratfor database Stratfor Global Intelligence provides strategic, geopolitical analysis and forecasts on international political, economic and security issues for more than 175 countries. This database is updated daily.

You can browse for information using the following topics: Economics/Finance, Energy, Military, Politics, and Terrorism/Security. Quarterly forecasting is also available.

So use this database to take a look at the world.

Happy Holiday Break! Hours and checkouts

You made it through the semester – Congratulations!
If you’re looking for some entertainment over the break, don’t forget about the popular movies and Leisure Reading collections available at the library.

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If you check out items during Finals week or week after, the earliest they will be due is January 5, the date the RRC Library opens after the break.

The RRC Library will have altered hours in between semesters and during the holiday break:

  • Week of 12/15: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. (closed on the weekends)
  • Saturday, December 20 through Sunday, January 4 – Closed
  • Week of 1/5: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. (closed on the weekends)
  • Week of 1/5: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. (closed on the weekends)

Have a good break and see you in the New Year!

Thanksgiving RRC Library Hours

Happy Thanksgiving from the RRC Library!

The RRC Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov 27-28. We will reopen for at 8:30 am on Monday, December 1. Click here for information about RRC Library Hours.

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While we’re out of the office, we’d like to leave you with some turkey facts –
Amaze your family and friends!

  • A hundred years ago, turkeys almost disappeared from Texas due to unregulated hunting and loss of habitat. Between 1987 and 2003, hunters, landowners, and environmentalists worked together to increase the Texas turkey population. Turkeys are making a steady comeback with turkeys now living in 223 of the 254 counties in Texas.
  • Wild turkeys can fly – 40 to 55 miles per hour! They can also run up to 12 mph.
  • Young turkey are called “poults.” Poults can fly at 8-10 days of age.
  • Spurs, or spikes, on the back of a male turkey’s leg can grow to 1 1/2″.
  • The fleshy appendages on turkeys’ heads are called wattles, snoods, or caruncles.
  • A male’s head turns red, white, and blue during the mating season.

Facts from Texas Department of Wildlife and New York State Conservationist found in Texas State database General Science Full Text.

Nursing Students – Have you tried the STAT!Ref Database?

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STAT!Ref is a valuable resource for all nursing and medical students. It compiles over 100 medical resources such as texts, guides, and calculators that can be used for school and while working at the hospital. This database includes information on many topics, including drugs, their uses, side effects, and routes of administration. You can also calculate drug dosages and even find nursing diagnoses, what they’re related to, actions and interventions, and nursing priorities.
STAT!Ref even has an app you can download to your phone or tablet!

Set up a STAT!Ref account:

  1. Go to the Texas State Library website and click on Databases.
  2. Under Browse Databases by Subject, click Health & Medicine.
    (Health & Medicine databases are great tools to use when writing Nursing School papers!)
  3. STAT!Ref is on the second page – click on the STAT!Ref link to get started.
  4. Set up your login account – start by clicking the blue My STAT!Ref in the upper right corner.
  5. Enter your Texas State email address.
  6. Select “No, I want to create a My STAT!Ref account” and click the Log In/Create Account button.
  7. Enter the requested information and click the Create Account button.
  8. Your account is now set up. Your login is “temporary,” but you can renew every 90 days as long as you are a Texas State student.

Download the STAT!Ref app to your phone or tablet.

  1. Download the app onto your phone or tablet – search for the app as you normally do on your device.
  2. Enter your login email address and password.
  3. Congratulations! Now you have access to over 100 medical resources on your phone or tablet and can take this information with you on the go!

STAT!Ref is easy to navigate, provides valuable information, and its costs are included in your tuition- take advantage of this great resource!

Contributed by Mandy Snyder, nursing student and library student assistant.

Texas State Library Snapshot Day Tuesday Oct 28, 2014

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In October, libraries all over Texas take part in Library Snapshot Day to help show the incredible impact libraries have on learning. Libraries participate by collecting statistics, comments, and photographs to show what a typical day is like in the library.
October 28th is Library Snapshot Day at Texas State.

Love your Texas State Library? Then come visit us – share your thoughts, use computers, check out books, consult library staff, and, if you’d like, we’ll even take your picture. The images, comments, and statistics are used to promote Texas libraries.
Hope to see you here!

Tolkien Week 2014

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Tolkien Week, September 21-27, honors the author J.R.R Tolkien (along with his son and editor, Christopher) through promotion of the reading and enjoyment of his works. September 22 marks the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the unlikely heroes of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This occasion, known as Hobbit Day, falls during Tolkien Week.

RRC Library Assistant Alan Matthews elaborates. “Tolkien thought and wrote on multiple levels: epic storyteller, scholar of languages and language history, obscure humorist; he actually made puns in the languages he himself created. Why not savor his work on as many levels as we can, and have fun in the process? Our library has resources that let us do exactly that.” Click on the images above to find Tolkien’s works at the RRC Library.

Weather and work permitting, Alan plans to hold impromptu readings from Tolkien’s works by the fountain in front of the Avery Building this week. Check the library bulletin board, or ask a library staffer for more information.

Contributed by Alan Matthews, Library Assistant.

New Database – Dictionary of American Regional English

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The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is different from other dictionaries in that it does not include words that are commonly used throughout the United States, but rather focuses on the regional aspects of the English language in America. This resource documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. The DARE database is a digital edition of the original 6 volume print set, and includes enhanced features such as 4,000 audio clips, interactive maps, new searching options, plus the full raw data of the 1965-1970 survey.

Give it a try! Look up a common word such as sandwich and see different meanings of the word and how its use varies from region to region.

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.

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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

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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.