Welcome to the 18th year of the Century

Every new year calls on the review of the past – what has come before. Progressing into the year 2018 provides a unique opportunity to focus on the events of 1918, 1818, and 1718. What has the 18th year of the previous three centuries brought us? What might 2018 have in store?


New Orleans and San Antonio would be established in early May of 1718; New Orleans by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville of the French Mississippi Company and San Antonio by Fray Antonio de Olivares of the Mission San Antonio de Valero.

Only a few months later, in July, the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn would die.


The influential minds of Frederick Douglass and Karl Marx would come into the world while Paul Revere and Abigail Adams would pass onto the next.

In New York City, Brooks Brothers would open for the first time. And in London Frankenstein would be published.

In South America, Chile would declare its independence from Spain.


The last Carolina Parakeet, a colorful parrot indigenous to the southern Appalachian region would die at the Cincinnati Zoo in February. The following July, the Romanov family would be executed in another violent moment of the Russian Revolution.

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In Mvezo, South Africa, Nelson Mandela would be born

.And in the United States, while Congress was establishing time zones and daylight savings time, Billy Graham and Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, would be born.

Happy Holidays

The Jewish holiday of Tu Bi-Shevat occurs on the 15th day of Shevat, falling on January 30, 2018. The Round Rock Campus Library is giving you plenty of time to prepare.

Tu Bi-Shevat, the New Year for Trees or Arbor Day, was the cut-off date for tithing regarding the production of orchards, determined by the rainy seasons within Israel. Evert W. van de Poll, in his book, Messianic Jews and their Holiday Practice: History, Analysis and Gentile Christian Interest, interprets the spiritual significance of the holiday as signifying “the goodness of God in creation; for others [Messianic Jews] it signifies the need for believers in Jesus to be like a tree that bears abundant fruit”.


Texas State University Libraries’ offers a number of ebooks and online encyclopedias filled with all sorts of information. The information concerning Tu Bi-Shevat was found in The New Encyclopedia of Judaism available through Credo Reference, the Encyclopaedia Judaica from Gale Encyclopedias, and Messianic Jews and Their Holiday Practice supplied by eBook Central. For more information on ebooks, digital reference books, or obscure Jewish holidays … Come In and Find Out More.


New year for trees. (2002). In G. Wigoder, F. Skolnik, & S. Himelstein (Eds.), The new       encyclopedia of Judaism (2nd ed.). New York, NY: New York University Press.               Retrieved from http://libproxy.txstate.edu/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/nyu            pencyjud/new_year_for_trees/0?institutionId=1143

van, D. P. E. W. (2015). Messianic jews and their holiday practice : history, analysis and      gentile christian interest. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.txstate.edu

Ydit, M. (2007). Tu Bi-Shevat. In M. Berenbaum & F. Skolnik (Eds.), Encyclopaedia            Judaica (2nd ed., Vol. 20, p. 167). Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. Retrieved              from http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX2587520083/GVRL.encyclopedias?u=txshracd25 50&sid=GVRL.encyclopedias&xid=26a1077f

Good Luck!

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to wish everyone the best of luck on their finals as the 2017 Fall Semesters 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!

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.

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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.

Travel the World

Texas State University Libraries offer many, many resources through the databases page. Hidden with the box on the right, titled “Browse Databases by Type”, is a hidden drop-down menu offering another way to access databases. Amongst the options is a type called “Country Studies”. Hitting the “Go” button with this option highlighted will open a world of information.


One of the resources available is the Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Developed by Columbia University, the Gazetteer of the World offers users the opportunity to learn about the Norwegian fishing village of A or Zeeland; the Dutch province, the town in Michigan, or the North Dakota village.

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For information on Canadian Provinces, ProQuest’s CultureGrams is a terrific resource. Simply select “Provinces Edition” on the home page to access days’ worth of facts about our neighbor to the north. Fun Fact: Port Morien in Nova Scotia was the home to the first Boy Scout troop in North America. One rad aspect of CultureGrams is its recipe section. If you were interested in the Nunavut bread Bannock, also called palaugaaq by the Iqaluit, the recipe is available. The World Edition also features recipes. Check it out to discover Maqluba, a dish from the West Bank and Gaza.

The world is just a few clicks away through the Round Rock Campus Library …. Come In and Find Out More!

Happy Haunting

The humble populations of Slaughter Beach, Delaware (pop. 255) and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (pop. 7,121) will be just a meager portion of those celebrating Halloween this year. The United States Census Bureau estimates that over 41 million (US population of individuals between the ages of 5 and 14)  ghost, ghouls, and Paw Patrol characters will creep and crawl about the streets of America requesting treats from outside the thresholds of illuminated households. 66.6 million of those homes will require a minor ascent – perhaps an opportunity for a phantom to float.

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The U.S. Census Bureau website includes a page titled Facts for Features offering information related to a number of events throughout the year. For instance, did you know that the U.S. population consists of 23.8 million Americans of English heritage versus 6,500 Wampanoag people – the two cultures who shared the first Thanksgiving. Or, where you aware that there are 185 counties resting on hurricane threatened coastline and those counties, which stretch from Texas to Maine, are home to 59.6 million people, having grown 9.4 percent since 2006.

The Round Rock Campus library is privy to such information. For more facts, Come In and Find Out More.

Keep In Touch

The 2017 Major League Baseball season has been whittled to four teams: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and the Houston Astros. These teams represent the four largest cities and media markets. Naturally, the newspapers published in these cities are some of the country’s most influential. Fortunately, Texas State University students have access to these cities’ major publications.

US Major Dailies, a ProQuest database, offers access to New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune (The Washington Post is also available, but, to follow the theme of this blog, the Nationals were eliminated).

Daily editions of the Houston Chronicle can be located in NewsBank. NewsBanks is a remarkable resource offering access to newspapers from throughout the world. Publications included range from Daily Nation from Nairobi, Kenya, the Fiji Times, the Daily Mirror from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and The Floyd Press, Laramie Boomerang, and the Austin American-Statesman from the United States.


The library’s Periodical List will direct users to the appropriate database upon searching a title. For help on locating your hometown’s weekly or your dream destination’s daily, Come In and Find Out More.

New Logo for RRC Library

Well it is official.  The Round Rock Campus Library has a logo for the first time since opening in 2005.  And here it is:

RRC Library Logo

There are variations of this logo and variations of one that has a horizontal theme that you will begin to see over time on various materials from the RRC Library.  Anthony Guardado, Head RRC Librarian commented, “We are excited about having a logo to help our patrons identify resources and services available from or through the Round Rock Campus Library.  Of course we assist all students, faculty, and staff of Texas State University and the community and we hope this log will be synonymous with great customer service.”

So remember when you see this logo “come in and find out more.”

We’ve Got History

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 is the 77th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Selective Service and Training Act of 1940, instituting the military draft leading into World War II.

The University Libraries at Texas State University offer many resources to put the historical moment in perspective. For example, an article headlined, “16 Million Youth Ready to Register: Executive Order Awaited to Send Boards into High” marked the event in the September 17, 1940 edition of the Austin American-Statesman. Older editions of the Austin American-Statesman can be found in the Austin American Statesman – Historical database provided by ProQuest.

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The Selective Service and Training ACT of 1940 and the subsequent implementing of the draft is not without controversy, however. Fortunately, both sides of the issue are discussed through a series of articles featured in CQ Researcher, another database offered by the University Libraries. A search of “military draft” will return opinions and conversations on the topic going back to 1939.

Should you ever feel lost in history look the RRC Library can help navigate …. Come in and Find Out More.

Welcome: Fall 2017

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to extend a welcome to all the students new to Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus and welcome back to all returning students.cropped-3ofus.jpg

Beginning Monday, August 28th, the RRC Library will return to its normal hours of 8:30a-9p Monday through Thursday and 8:30 through 4pm on Friday. For holidays and hours during intersessions check here.

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 and Josh Brynildsen are also available for research consultations. Please, come in and find out more.