Travel the World

Texas State University Libraries offer many, many resources through the databases page. Hidden with the box on the right, titled “Browse Databases by Type”, is a hidden drop-down menu offering another way to access databases. Amongst the options is a type called “Country Studies”. Hitting the “Go” button with this option highlighted will open a world of information.

DatabasesByType

One of the resources available is the Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Developed by Columbia University, the Gazetteer of the World offers users the opportunity to learn about the Norwegian fishing village of A or Zeeland; the Dutch province, the town in Michigan, or the North Dakota village.

culture grams logo

For information on Canadian Provinces, ProQuest’s CultureGrams is a terrific resource. Simply select “Provinces Edition” on the home page to access days’ worth of facts about our neighbor to the north. Fun Fact: Port Morien in Nova Scotia was the home to the first Boy Scout troop in North America. One rad aspect of CultureGrams is its recipe section. If you were interested in the Nunavut bread Bannock, also called palaugaaq by the Iqaluit, the recipe is available. The World Edition also features recipes. Check it out to discover Maqluba, a dish from the West Bank and Gaza.

The world is just a few clicks away through the Round Rock Campus Library …. Come In and Find Out More!

Happy Haunting

The humble populations of Slaughter Beach, Delaware (pop. 255) and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (pop. 7,121) will be just a meager portion of those celebrating Halloween this year. The United States Census Bureau estimates that over 41 million (US population of individuals between the ages of 5 and 14)  ghost, ghouls, and Paw Patrol characters will creep and crawl about the streets of America requesting treats from outside the thresholds of illuminated households. 66.6 million of those homes will require a minor ascent – perhaps an opportunity for a phantom to float.

ghosts in the graveyard

The U.S. Census Bureau website includes a page titled Facts for Features offering information related to a number of events throughout the year. For instance, did you know that the U.S. population consists of 23.8 million Americans of English heritage versus 6,500 Wampanoag people – the two cultures who shared the first Thanksgiving. Or, where you aware that there are 185 counties resting on hurricane threatened coastline and those counties, which stretch from Texas to Maine, are home to 59.6 million people, having grown 9.4 percent since 2006.

The Round Rock Campus library is privy to such information. For more facts, Come In and Find Out More.

Keep In Touch

The 2017 Major League Baseball season has been whittled to four teams: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and the Houston Astros. These teams represent the four largest cities and media markets. Naturally, the newspapers published in these cities are some of the country’s most influential. Fortunately, Texas State University students have access to these cities’ major publications.

US Major Dailies, a ProQuest database, offers access to New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune (The Washington Post is also available, but, to follow the theme of this blog, the Nationals were eliminated).

Daily editions of the Houston Chronicle can be located in NewsBank. NewsBanks is a remarkable resource offering access to newspapers from throughout the world. Publications included range from Daily Nation from Nairobi, Kenya, the Fiji Times, the Daily Mirror from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and The Floyd Press, Laramie Boomerang, and the Austin American-Statesman from the United States.

newsbank

The library’s Periodical List will direct users to the appropriate database upon searching a title. For help on locating your hometown’s weekly or your dream destination’s daily, Come In and Find Out More.

We’ve Got History

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 is the 77th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Selective Service and Training Act of 1940, instituting the military draft leading into World War II.

The University Libraries at Texas State University offer many resources to put the historical moment in perspective. For example, an article headlined, “16 Million Youth Ready to Register: Executive Order Awaited to Send Boards into High” marked the event in the September 17, 1940 edition of the Austin American-Statesman. Older editions of the Austin American-Statesman can be found in the Austin American Statesman – Historical database provided by ProQuest.

cq researcher

The Selective Service and Training ACT of 1940 and the subsequent implementing of the draft is not without controversy, however. Fortunately, both sides of the issue are discussed through a series of articles featured in CQ Researcher, another database offered by the University Libraries. A search of “military draft” will return opinions and conversations on the topic going back to 1939.

Should you ever feel lost in history look the RRC Library can help navigate …. Come in and Find Out More.

Welcome: Fall 2017

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to extend a welcome to all the students new to Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus and welcome back to all returning students.cropped-3ofus.jpg

Beginning Monday, August 28th, the RRC Library will return to its normal hours of 8:30a-9p Monday through Thursday and 8:30 through 4pm on Friday. For holidays and hours during intersessions check here.

The RRC Library offers many resources and services that can help you out. There are 11 public computers available in RM 255 and another 27 in RM 255D within the library. These computers have access to the full Microsoft Office Suite, a number of Adobe products, and other pieces of software. They are also connected to both a black and white and color printer. And of course students have access to all of the Texas State University Library’s online resources through these computers.

Students will also have access to the library staff who are available to answer questions, help guide research, and assist with circulation. Librarians Anthony Guardado and Josh Brynildsen are also available for research consultations. Please, come in and find out more.

Meet Your Maladies with Malacards

Malacards

Malacards is a database indexing human diseases. Each entry known as a “disease card”, includes annotations on the malady including aliases and colloquial terms for the disease, symptoms, drugs used for treatment, affiliated genes, academic articles on the subject (full-text of the articles can be searched in “Start Your Research”), and related diseases.

The annotation, in many instances, concerning related diseases will include a graphic illustrating the connection between maladies and links to their entries within Malacards.

Diagram of network of disaeses

Malacards, with over 18,000 diseases and disorders listed, is a valuable resource and study guide for health and medicine students. Log in to Malacards to find out more.

Research Consultations

Did you know that Round Rock Campus librarians are available for research consultations by appointment? The librarians will be able to help point you in the right direction to begin your research by explaining appropriate databases, field-related periodicals and books, as well as direct you to helpful formatting and citation resources.

Selecting the “Ask a Librarian @ RRC” on the RRC Library homepage is the first step towards requesting an appointment. Towards the bottom of the Ask a Librarian: Round Rock Campus Library page there is a box titled “More Ways to Help”, where a “Make an Appointment” link is present. This is the link that will lead you to the Request a Research Consultation form.

Link to research consultation formThis is the standard Request a Research Consultation form for both the Round Rock Campus Library and Alkek Library in San Marcos. The form suggests that appointments can be made Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, however, at the Round Rock Campus, appointments can be made from 9am – 6pm, Monday through Thursday, 9am – 4pm on Friday. Be sure to select the Round Rock Campus and librarians Anthony Guardado or Josh Brynildsen in order to be in contact with RRC librarians.

The Round Rock Campus librarians are always happy to assist students with their research, so make an appointment and Come In and Find Out More.

Take a Dip in the Cool, Refreshing Waters of Streaming Media

It is too hot to go outside. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it could also be a danger to your health.

Now, one may argue that staying indoors with the blinds drawn for months on end will stifle one’s ability to explore and become familiar with the world. My rebuttal would be that all Texas State University students, staff, and faculty have access to the University Library and its content, which includes a number of databases that offer access to streaming movies.

From the Library’s Databases page, you’ll notice a column on the right side of the screen. At the top of the column you’ll find several links, one marked “streaming”. Follow this link to the list of databases offering streaming media, including movies.

 

streaming link

 

At this point you may argue, “Come one, these are all gonna be bland and boring educational documentaries design for academic instruction. That isn’t something I’m going to want to watch while I’m trying to enjoy my summer out of the heat.” This time my rebuttal would have to be, “You’re wrong.”

Kanopy, a streaming film service, provides access to many, many films that make up the Criterion Collection along with many other feature films. And while documentaries are very much available, the films are popular documentaries, made for the wider population with the intent to entertain as well as inform. Recent films, such as I am Not Your Negro and American Anarchist are available.

Films on Demand is another service offered through the University Library. This database offers streaming documentaries from the likes of PBS, featuring their always engaging Frontline series and Ken Burns productions, the History Channel, and HBO, where you can watch the creepy new film about the Slender Man.

Like most databases available through Texas State, Kanopy and Films on Demand are accessible from home, however, feel free to Come In and Find Out More.

Request an Item from Alkek

Have you ever found a great resource using the Texas State University Library catalog only to be disappointed when you realize that it is only available at the Alkek Library in San Marcos? Well, did you know that you are able to request most items from Alkek to be delivered and held at the Round Rock Campus library?

Each entry in the catalog will have a check mark icon follows by the word “Request”.
request optionThis is a link to the form that will allow users to place a request to have an item sent to the location of your liking.

request form

Simply type in your NetID and password, then hit enter.

A second screen (see below) will appear asking where you want the item held.

request form 2

A message will be sent to your Bobcatmail when the item is available, inviting you to come in and find out more.

Welcome Back: Summer 2017

Welcome Back: Summer 2017

 

So it turns out Alice Cooper was wrong: School is not out forever. It is not even out for the Summer. Though knowing the central Texas heat, spending time in the air-conditioned Avery Building is a pretty wise decision. Spending time in the Round Rock Campus Library, located in Avery Room 255, would be an even better decision.

image of sun shinning on generic calendar page

The RRC Library offers a number of resources and services that can help you out. There are 11 public computers available in RM 255 and another 27 in RM 255D within the library. These computers have access to the full Microsoft Office Suite, a number of Adobe products, and other pieces of software. They are also connected to both a black and white and color printer. And of course students have access to all of the Texas State University Library’s online resources through these computers.

 

Students will also have access to the library staff who are available to answer questions, help guide research, and assist with circulation. Librarians Anthony Guardado and Josh Brynildsen are also available for research consultations. Welcome to the RCC Library for the Summer 2017 term. Please, Come In And Find Out More.