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.

image from Black Abolitionist Papers database

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.

Agriculture and Information

Texas State University Libraries offer access to numerous volumes of periodicals. Titles such as Time, Sports Illustrated, and Vogue can be located through the Libraries Periodical List. Of course, the Periodical List also links to academic and scholarly journals like Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Mineral Economics, and Janus Head. Access to journals are essential to academic research, the Periodical List can make access easier.

The Periodical List can be located from the Round Rock Campus Library home page by selecting the “Databases” tab and revealing the drop-down menu. Following the link will lead users to the Periodical List page. Here known magazine or journal titles can be searched by title or ISBN. Below the search bar is a box of subjects providing links to lists of journals by subject. For example, Agriculture and Agribusiness has 1,108 titles affiliated with the subject. Following the link will provide users with a list.

Cover Image of Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment

Journal Citation Reports, a service designed to “objectively determines the relative importance of journals within their subject categories”, lists Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environments as the most impactful journal of the discipline. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry and Agricultural Systems are ranked second and third. All three are available through Texas State University Libraries and can be accessed through the Periodical List. For more information about the Periodical List or its content, contact the RRC Library …. Come in and 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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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?

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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.

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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

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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.     

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?

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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.

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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.