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.

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

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.


New Alkek Library Juvenile Books Now on Display at the RRC Library

Have you ever looked through the RRC Library Juvenile Collection and wondered if there were even more juvenile materials available through Texas State University.  Well yes there is.  To give you a sample each month the RRC Library will include in its collection some of the newest juvenile books that would normally be found in Alkek Library.  This collection of new books will change every month in order to refresh the collection with even newer juvenile books.  Any student, faculty, or staff of Texas State University may check these out any of the books on display and return the items to any University Library.  It is our hope that you will get a glimpse of the many items coming in to the library system and that you can request these items, and many more, from the Alkek Library.  We will of course continue to grow the RRC Library’s Juvenile Collection so make always attempt to make sure we offer a quality collection of materials.

New Alkek Library Juvenile Materials on Display at the RRC Library

So, come on in and browse many of the juvenile materials we have to choose from on any given month.

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

Leisure Reading Collection

Finals are over. You’ve got a couple weeks before summer classes begin. Grab a book from the RRC Library Leisure Reading collection and relax.

Leisure Reading fates and furies          Leisure Reading between the world          Leisure Reading Did you ever

The Round Rock Campus Library’s Leisure Reading collection contains popular non-fiction, popular fiction, and contemporary fiction. Several award nominated or winning works – Between the World and Me by Ti-Nehisi Coates (Winner of the 2015 National Book Award, non-fiction), Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff (Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, fiction), and Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family (nominated for the 2015 Man/Booker Prize).

Give yourself an opportunity to read for simple enjoyment with the Round Rock Campus Library Leisure Reading Collection.

Pultizer Prize Winners 2016

Cover image for Barbarian Day by William Finnegan   Cover image for Black Flags by Joby Warrick   Cover image by The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This week Columbia University announced the nominees and winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes.

The Pulitzer Prize, named after turn-of-the-century newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, has been awarded annually to since 1917 to works of journalism, literature, and music. The university libraries at Texas State University can help you gain access to the newly awarded Pulitzer winners.

A Sampling of Prize Winning Works:

Investigative Reporting – Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune are both available through the NewsBank-America’s News and LexisNexis Academic.

International Reporting – Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times

The New York Times is available in LexisNexis Academic

 Criticism – Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker

The New Yorker is available in through a number of databases including Academic Search Complete and Literary Reference Center Plus

 Fiction – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Available in Alkek Library

Biography or Autobiography – Barbarian Day: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Available in Alkek Library

General Nonfiction – Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

Available in Alkek Library

General Nonfiction Finalist – Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates

Available at the Round Rock Campus Library


Let Texas State University libraries’ collection and databases keep you informed.

National Pastime Periodicals

Happy Opening Day!

Say it IS so! Publications dedicated to baseball are available through University Library databases. A journal titled NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture can be accessed through BrowZine, a helpful database that has an accompanying application for mobile devices (get acquainted here).   

NINE is a peer-reviewed journal according to UlrichsWeb. However, it is not alone in its standing as a refereed journal about baseball.  Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game and Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues are both available with full-text through America: History and Life with Full Text with Black Ball also being available in Ethnic Newswatch.

President Wilson throwing out first pitch

If you want to find more, visit the University Library’s Periodical List to find these journals and discover other baseball themed periodicals. The Periodical List is searchable by subject, so simply typing “baseball” will display all of the indexed returns. Follow the links to get full text access. There are also many full text eBooks on the game listed. Follow the links to access those works as well.

Supplement the start of baseball season with offerings from the University Library. Paul Goldschmidt would be proud.