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.

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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.


The Round Rock Campus Library is now housing three skeletons.

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These models have been acquired to help support the new medical professions departments moving to the Round Rock Campus from San Marcos.

Skeleton models can be found by searching the online catalog for models. This option is available within the “advanced search” feature. Select “model/ toy/ 3D object” in the Format menu. Or you can ask the RRC Library staff about the model’s availability.

Other models recently added include brains and intestines. This is a great opportunity to learn anatomy or throw a killer Halloween party…..Come In and Find Out More.

Intersession Hours

The Round Rock Campus Library will have abbreviated hours during the May intersession.

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The RRC Library will be open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am – 5:30pm beginning Wednesday, May 9th and running until Friday, June 1st. Friday hours, 8:30am – 4pm, will remain the same during the intersession. The normal 8:30am – 9pm hours will recommence with the return of classes on Monday, June 4th.

The RRC library, however, will continue to offer all of the same resources during the interim, so feel free to Come In and Find Out More.

Good Luck!!

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to wish everyone the best of luck on their finals as the 2018 Spring Semester comes to a close.

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We would also like to invite everyone to use our space and our resources as you prepare. Located in Avery Room 255, the RRC Library offers access to 38 computers loaded with the full Microsoft Office suite and access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud software. Both color and black and white printing is available. Further, librarians and librarian staff are willing to help.

RRC Library hours are 8:30am – 9:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am – 4pm on Fridays.

Come In and Find Out More …. And Good Luck!

Spring Fever

The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style defines Spring Fever as “a feeling of languor or listlessness that accompanies the warming temperatures of spring”. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “an emotional state supposedly occurring as a result of the arrival of spring, variously characterized as a feeling of listlessness, or of restlessness, excitement, inclination to romance”.

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The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style is a part of the Credo Reference collection available, along with the Oxford English Dictionary, available through the Texas State Libraries’ database collection. Similar resources can be located in the Encyclopedias and Dictionaries section.

We are in the home stretch, so be careful with your “feelings of listlessness”. But if you do find yourself struggling, stop by the Round Rock Campus Library …. Come In and Find Out More.



The Home Stretch

Welcome back from Spring Break 2018. We hope you enjoyed their time off, whether it was relaxing or invigorating. Whichever route you chose we hope it was safe.

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But now the Spring 2018 semester is in the home stretch and work will need to get done. The Round Rock Campus Library is a great spot to get focused.

The library is open Monday through Thursday 8:30am through 9:00pm, Fridays 8:30am until 4:00pm.

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, Lynn Bostwick, and Josh Brynildsen are also available for research consultations. Please, Come In and Find Out More.

Spring Break 2018

The Round Rock Campus Library will be open during Spring Break. The abbreviated hours are as follows:

Monday, March 12th:              8:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday, March 13th:              8:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, March 14th:         8:30am – 5:30pm

Thursday, March 15th:            8:30am – 5:30pm

Friday, March 16th:                 CLOSED

All of the normal services; computer access with printing, databases and online resources, reference and circulation collection, and reference assistance, will be available.

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If you are not able to travel to South Padre Island or New Orleans and your favorite band won’t be at South By Southwest this year … Come In and Find Out More.

The Common Experience: The Search for Justice

Earlier this month, Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, spoke at Texas State University as part of the LBJ Distinguished lecture series and the Common Experience programming. His book Just Mercy, the 2017-2018 Common Reading selection, focuses on the “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century” theme of this year’s Common Experience.

Mr. Stevenson’s work does not begin or end with Just Mercy or his lecture in Evans Auditorium. Texas State University Libraries resources offer a number of pieces by and about Mr. Stevenson and his work; ranging from a transcript from an All Things Considered interview from 1993, to his 2012 “We Need to Talk About Injustice” TEDTalk, to an article published by the Boston University Law Review in January of this year inspired by Just Mercy.

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If Mr. Stevenson’s lecture left you inspired, engaged, or both, the Round Rock Campus library can connect you to further resources …. Come In and Find Out More!     

Copies of Just Mercy are available for free to Texas State student while supplies last in the RRC Library, room AVE 255.

Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865

Among the 125 online history resources available through the Texas State University Libraries’ database page there exists a database called Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830 – 1865. So much credit is given to Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Transcendentalist movement in the fight to end slavery that what goes forgotten is that there were countless members of African diaspora resolved to ending the institution. Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 provides modern historians to those voices.

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The primary resources available through this database consist of essays to speeches to letters-to-the-editor from individuals as well known as Frederick Douglass to anonymous contributor signing as Always Ready. Also included are the papers of Black abolitionists from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 can provide a useful look into the African-American experience and the struggle to end slavery.  If you have questions about the resource feel free to contact the Round Rock Campus library … Come In and Find Out More.

MLK Resources

The Martin Luther King Day holiday was celebrated last week on Monday, January 15, 2018. This blog has been posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The life, teachings, works, and philosophies of the Rev. Dr. King should be present every day.

MLK resources are not in short supply. The King Center in Atlanta, GA offers a thorough website providing links it archived documents, a lengthy bibliography, and a “glossary of nonviolence”.

The Noble Prize website, which provides a page for every recipient, includes an illuminating entry regarding Dr. King’s 1964 Peace Prize. Audio and transcript of his Noble Lecture are featured, in which he states “[Violence] is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.” Video of his acceptance speech is also available.

Stanford University houses The Martin Luther King, Jr Research and Education Institute. Like the King Center, the Institute makes available on its website a searchable archive of King documents, resources, and bibliographies. It also includes resources regarding their Liberation Curriculum, which includes lesson plans and classroom resources.

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It should not go unmentioned that Texas State University Libraries also offers resources on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Come in and Find Out More.