The Birds (Not the Movie)

If you have not yet seen the amateur video of a flock of turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat, check it out here.

Man, that is creepy.

From walking in a circle around a dead cat (Wild Turkeys), to pole-to-pole migration (Arctic Tern), to learning to talk (Common Raven), birds can be an interesting bunch. Fortunately, Texas State University Libraries offers Birds of North America Online through its database collection to help explain (and/or celebrate) all of the idiosyncrasies of our avian neighbors.

illustration of Birds of North America logo

Birds of North America is a searchable database, organized by species, offering information on every fowl found in from Panama to Canada. For each species, a number of full-color images are available depicting both male and female throughout the lifespan. Charts on molting are also included.

Reports on behavior, diet, and vocalization (the Willow Ptarmigan) are included in each species’ entry. Migration information is also included, with some species getting a really impressive video plotting their course from south to north and back week by week (American Redstart).

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to invite anyone in to Come In and Find Out More before you head out to Spring Break … After all, South Padre Island is a premier birding destination.

Stay Informed with Congressional Publications

Did you know that Representative John R. Carter is currently sponsoring 30 pieces of legislation, two of which have already passed within the House of Representatives? Where you aware that during the 114th Congress (2015-2016) Senator John Cornyn voted with the majority 83% of the time? How about Ted Cruz’s chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness?

Did you know that through ProQuest’s Congressional Publications, available through Texas State University Libraries’ databases, you can help you stay informed with what’s happening within the United States Congress?

us capitol

Congressional Publications allows users to search legislation (introduced to signed into law) by topic or title. Returns will provide summaries of the legislation, links to full text reports of debates concerning the legislation, the multiple versions of the bill, reports and hearings related to the bill, and a link to Bill Profile Report, which includes list of sponsors and co-sponsors, the bill’s status, and even links to the legislation’s full-text.

Congressional Publications also allows users to search by member. A member search will link users to a Member Profile page that will offer a brief biography, contact information (including links to social media), tabs listing sponsored legislation, committee membership, statements from the floor, voting history, a record of campaign finance, and a sample of social media posts.

Let Congressional Publications and the Round Rock Campus Library keep you informed.

Welcome Back

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to become part of your routine with the Spring 2017 now in full swing.

The RRC Library, room 255 in the Avery Building, is open Monday through Thursday 8:30a – 9pm and Friday 8:30a – 4pm.  11 computers, along with a computer lab offering 27 more computers, are available in the RRC Library. Essential software is available on each machine and black and white and color printing is an option. All of the databases and online resources available through Texas State University Libraries are accessible within the RRC Library.

Dell OptiPlex 9030 in main room

The RRC is home to a small but relevant collection of physical material. However, should a necessary item be only available at Alkek Library in San Marcos the library staff is happy to help request the item be delivered and held at the RRC Library. Speaking of the RRC Library staff, we are always available to answer questions and help with research….Come In and Find Out More.

Winter Break Hours

It is time for us here at the Round Rock Campus library to remind our users of adjusted hours as the semester winds to its conclusion.

The RRC Library will maintain its regular hours (Mon.-Thurs.: 8:30am-9pm, Fri.: 8:30am-4pm) through the remainder of this week and Finals Week: Monday, December 12th through Friday, December 16th.

Beginning Monday, December 19th, the Round Rock Campus Library will be closed in observance of the Winter Holiday. The RRC Library will reopen again on Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

snowman skiing

Upon opening in the New Year, hours will be 8:30am-5:30pm though Thursday, January 12th. Friday, January 6th and January 13th will have regular Friday hours of 8:30am-4pm.

The RRC Library will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Classes for Spring 2017 will begin on Tuesday, January 17th. The RRC Library will resume regular hours (Mon.-Thurs.: 8:30am-9pm, Fri.: 8:30am-4pm).

Good luck with your finals and enjoy your break.

American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

 

Since 1994 the United States has observed American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month (previously referred to as National American Indian Heritage Month) during November. This month the U.S. Census Bureau has presented a number of statistics about America’s Native American population.

U.S. Bureau of the Census logo

6.6 Million

“The nation’s population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race. They made up about 2.0 percent of the total population in 2015”.

 

19.5%

“The percentage of Alaska’s population identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, alone or in combination, in 2015, the highest share for this race group of any state. Alaska was followed by Oklahoma (13.6 percent), New Mexico (11.8 percent), South Dakota (10.3 percent) and Montana (8.3 percent)”.

 

567

“The number of federally recognized Indian tribes in 2016”.

 

5.7%

“The percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives, alone or in combination with other races, age 30 and over, who were grandparents living with at least one of their grandchildren in 2015”.

 

53.1%

“The percentage of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native householders who owned their own home in 2015. This is compared with 63.0 percent of the overall population”.

 

27.1%

“The percentage of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives age 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home in 2015, compared with 21.5 percent for the nation as a whole”.

 

For more information on Native America, check out these books from the Round Rock Campus Library – Come in Find Out More.


Before Columbus cover     The Birchbark House cover

 

New vs Classic (RefWorks)

RefWorks, a citation management service, has released a new, updated version of its product. New RefWorks, as it is being called, offers a cleaner, more user-friendly interface along with some new features that will make the service an even more valuable resource.RefWorks logoMany of the features that made Classic RefWorks, as it is now being called, such a valuable service have made the transition to New RefWorks. New RefWorks still offers the ability to create citations and organize a bibliography (always double check formats with the appropriate handbook when using any citation builder) and creating folders and sub-folders to maintain organization of research, the primary function of the service, of course remains a feature. However, adding information from websites has become much easier with a Save to RefWorks plugin for web browsers. Further, when full-text .pdfs are available it is now possible to upload the documents into RefWorks and highlight and annotate completely within the website.

Classic accounts can be converted the New RefWorks by simply following the link at the very top of the Classic RefWorks page (see below). Once a New RefWorks account is established, which there will be a prompt, the folders and resources will automatically be present.

refworks conversion

If this sounds like it can help your research or you are interested in converting your Classic RefWorks account into a New RefWorks account, Come in and Find Out More!

Read All About It!

Texas State University Libraries now offers up-to-date access to the major daily newspapers of the United States. US Major Dailies by ProQuest provides users access to the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

The ProQuest database allows users to search within each publication by subject or scan headlines by date. Other publications associated with each newspaper (for example, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, and the New York Times Online) are available and can also be searched.

New York Times

US Major Dailies can be found through the Library’s Database page or by searching under “U” or use the “News” link in the “Browse by Type” box. If you have any questions feel free to contact a librarian via our chat service or Come In and Find Out More.

Common Reading Book at the RRC Library

The Round Rock Campus Library is distributing free copies of What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes while supplies last, courtesy of the office of Dr. Edna Rehbein. What It Is Like to Go to War is the 2016-2017 selection for the Common Reading Book.

Common Reading

The Common Reading Program is a part of the annual Common Experience initiative. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is “A Century of Conflict: Dialogues on the U.S. Experience of War since 1917”. A number of events including film screenings, concerts and plays, lectures, and author readings discussing the theme will take place throughout the year. A schedule of events and other resources can be found online at txstate.edu/commonexperience.

Please visit the Round Rock Campus Library in Room 255 of the Avery Building to claim a copy of What It Is Like to Go to War while they are available. If all free copies have been given away before you stop by, the library does have copies in the collection.  Come in and find out more.

 

Color in the Library

Last year, American Libraries published a feature on the trending popularity of coloring programs for adults in libraries throughout the United States. The Round Rock Campus library will be joining that trend next week.

Alkek Library at the main campus in San Marcos began a coloring project during finals week of Spring 2015 with much success. The Round Rock campus will add to the phenomenon for this finals week of Summer 2016. Beginning Thursday, August 4th, crayons and paper with designs for coloring will be made available in the room 255, the main room of the library. There will be four designs to choose from and 8 colors of crayons to use to make you masterpiece. Your work is yours to keep, however, please return the crayons when you are through.

Proponents of the fad claim that coloring can help reduce stress and aid relaxation. This finals season let adult coloring at the Round Rock Campus Library ease you towards calm – Come in and find out more. Owl drawing

Map It Out

Recently, we’ve all been scanning maps of our neighborhoods hoping to catch Psyducks, Jigglypuffs, and Pikachus. Meanwhile, Texas State University Libraries offer services to view and create maps full of geological and sociological information.

SimplyMap allows users to create maps depicting regions as broad as the United States or as finite as individual zip codes. Created maps can be built upon a number of variables including population totals, percent of possible sunshine, or the amount of money spent at sporting goods stores. Users can also search for businesses and have their locations layered on top of the map’s results. SimplyMap is a user-friendly tool to determine demographic details of a chosen region.

OpenGeoSci is a map-based interface plotting points of geological significance based upon articles and data published by GeoScienceWorld. After selecting a category OpenGeoSci will plot the locations that have been mentioned in the literature discussing chosen category. For example: Selecting “General Paleontology” from the list of categories plot 37 locations within a selected land mass that is largely the United States (see below). These plots represent a published study that was done at this location. Clicking on these plots will lead you to the full text article based on these studies. OpenGeoSci can help you see the geological richness of your region.

Example of OpenGoeSci map

These and many other can be found through the RRC Library Website. Or come in and find out more – you never know where you might catch a Charmander.