Happy Earth Day

This Saturday, April 22nd, will be the 47th annual celebration of Earth Day. Founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day was meant to bring awareness to issues such as pollution, sustainability, and endangered species. The passage of bills such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act as well as the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency have been attributed to the success of the observation (2017).

Texas State University Libraries offer a number of resources to help with environmental literacy. A number of databases available through the libraries’ website are dedicated to the environmental studies. For example, Ebsco’s Environment Complete provides full-text access to scholarly articles on a number of topics related to the study of environments. BioOne Complete offers access to a number of journals published by smaller environmentally minded societies that may not be currently indexed elsewhere.

environmental studies database

The Round Rock Campus Library encourages you to have a fun and mindful Earth Day weekend. A day at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at the San Marcos Campus could be enjoyable. But when it’s time to get back to studying, stop by the Round Rock Campus Library … Come in and Find Out More.

 

(2017). The History of Earth Day. Retrieved from http:// http://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/

The Path to the Periodical List

Have you ever needed to quickly access a single, particular periodical: a newspaper, a magazine, or a scholarly journal? Did you know that you can quickly access that publication through Texas State Libraries’ Periodical List?

Periodical List 1

The Periodical List allows users to search for publications by title, ISSN (International Standard Serial Number), or Subject. Also, users can browse by discipline. For instance, check out the 3,591 education journals available through the University Libraries or the 105 Dance journals.

Periodical List 2

Titles located through the Periodical list will provide links to full-text access (when available), making the quest for scholarly information easier. Don’t forget about the Periodical List when needing to retrace a citation, or stop by the Round Rock Campus library – Come in and Find Out More.

All the News

The New York Times is available to students, faculty, and staff of Texas State University through the University Libraries.

Perhaps the quickest way to gain access to The New York Times is to locate the US Major Dailies through the libraries’ database page. Here users can access the full-text of the daily print edition from June 1, 1980 through the current day, the online edition from March 24, 2015 through the present, the weekly New York Times Book Review from January 19, 1997 though present, and New York Times Magazine from January 5, 1997 through the present issue. US Major Dailies also provides full-text access to the several edition of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post

.US major Dailes

Full-text articles from The New York Times are also available LexisNexis Academic, Opposing View Points in Context, and Science in Context.

 The New York Times Upfront, the publication’s news magazine for young people, can be found in full-text at Education Source and MasterFILE Complete.

While articles are available in full-text through these resources, unfortunately, no images are available and the original formatting is not present.

If you are curious as to how to read The New York Times stop by the Round Rock Campus. Come In and Find out More.     

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.