New Alkek Library READ poster and postcards with graduate Daniela Garcia!

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This is our new READ poster image with recent graduate, Daniela Garcia! You can get your free postcards at these locations in Alkek Library:

Circulation and Research & Info desk – main or 2nd floor
Periodicals/Media desk –  3rd floor
Government Info desk – 4th floor
The Wittliff – 7th floor

They will also be available soon at the Round Rock Campus Library.

Here is Daniela’s full testimonial about reading and the library. Her quote is on the back of the READ postcards too:

“Growing up I never truly had immediate access to luxury entertainment thus naturally causing me to shift my attention towards books. My sisters were older than me by a few years so I always found myself connected to characters inside books of many sorts instead. Throughout my public education, I would look forward to the school book raffles sometimes giving me the opportunity to get more than one book! My own personal library has been developing since those times and has even inspired me to write my own stories. Out of this inspiration derived the decision to attempt a degree in English to be able to hone my writing craft. Being surrounded by books to me means surrounded by a myriad number of worlds and characters. Being surrounded by books means surrounded by endless possibilities and opportunities to learn. This is why I love books and why the library is the most magical place for me to be.”

Daniela Garcia
BA in English, Film emphasis
Minor in Anthropology
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society Member

Staff Picks: Matt Taibbi, Financial and Political Journalist

All Matt Taibbi.books herre.

Matt Taibbi makes the world of finance and Wall Street accessible, profane and funny.

Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia is a good place to start to understand how many believe that derivatives and lack of regulation is damaging our financial system. Especially if you like your economic explanations to come with four letter words.

Taibbi – a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone – chronicles our national transition into a casino, where financialization of the economy takes precedence over allocating capital and actual work.

The result? Higher prices for food and oil, government officials paid to look the other way, and a towering edifice of credit and collateral debt swaps supported by a tiny amount of actual capital.

(By the way, that real capital has been sold and leased a hundred times over, so real ownership is unclear at best).

Features a great chapter that explains collateral debt swaps, and the musical chairs aspect of this form of financial insurance.

There’s also a chapter about the ideology of the elite, and its growing influence in what is supposed to be a democracy under rule of law.

Highly recommended.

Export Book Citations Directly into Refworks

You might’ve noticed something when you look up a book. The Ref Works button. If you have not used Refworks, you definitely need to check that out. You can store all of your citations – including journal articles and webpage URLs – and also make works cited page. Oh, and create properly formatted footnotes and endnotes in your paper automatically.

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Researching Justice: Primary Resources at the Alkek Library Exhibit

JANUARY 26 – MAY 30
1ST FLOOR EXHIBIT CASES

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“View of Mount Carmel from sniper’s nest,” ca March 1993, photographer unknown. Photographs, Box 41, Folder 11. Dick J. Reavis Papers, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University.

The Waco Siege occurred in February-April of 1993, when federal agents initiated a siege after a failed raid on the Branch Davidian compound. In the end, four federal agents and 82 civilians were killed. The Alkek Library holds many primary resources on the Waco Siege, in The Wittliff Collections archives and in Government Documents. The exhibit provides background on the events, as well as direction on how to learn more, about this event and other government actions, using library resources. Ashes of Waco is a digital collection from The Wittliff.

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“Aerial photos of Mount Carmel, April 19, 1993” (Andrade vs. Chojnacki, FLIR Evidence, ca 2000 Aerial photos of Mount Carmel on April 19, 1993, before and after fire starts, used as evidence in Adrade vs. Chojnacki civil court case. Trial document, Box 53, Folder 6. Dick J. Reavis Papers, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University.

The miniseries “Waco” premieres Wednesday, Jan 28, and uses archival footage from The Wittliff Collections. And, the first of several documentary film projects for the 25th anniversary of the Waco Siege will be airing on the A&E network January 28-29. The 4-hour, two-part documentary special, “Waco: Madman or Messiah,” uses about 5 minutes of video material from across the Dick Reavis / Ashes of Waco collection.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Alkek Library Film Talks Series will host a screening of the documentary Oklahoma City. The documentary traces the events–including the deadly encounters between American citizens and law enforcement at Ruby Ridge and Waco–that led McVeigh to commit the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.

For more information, contact Government Documents Librarian Rory Elliott at re19@txstate.edu, or Wittliff Archivist Lauren Goodley at l_g138@txstate.edu.

Scopus Database Lets You Search By Most Cited Articles

Check out Scopus!

Scopus   http://catalog.library.txstate.edu/record=e1000956~S1a

Subjects Science, Technology, Medicine, Social Science, Arts & Humanities. Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. With Scopus you can to locate the most highly cited items and the articles that cite them. Tutorials and quick reference guides will help you get started.
Coverage Journals: 1823 – present; Books: 2005-present; Conference proceedings 1980-present
Format Citation analysis tool. This resource does not contain articles or other content.
Type Other Database
Updated Daily

Maximum Users   Unlimited

Available to           Faculty, Staff, Students, Walk-in users

Permitted Uses    Download, copy, print out for academic non-commercial purposes; Print limited portions ;Download limited portions;

Categories: Citation Analysis , Multi-Subject , Research Tools , Science , Engineering and Technology , Humanities

 

 

 

Search Palgrave’s Reference Sources for High-Level Research Help

This is one of my go-to sources for in-depth introductions and entries on complex topics. This is much better than Wikipedia or general encyclopedias. When people start doing research they very often need summaries of their pretty intricate topic. How else are you going to understand those complex journal articles?

All Palgrave’s books here – including online!

 

Staff Picks: Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

Patricia Highsmith is best known for her crime novels The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers On A Train – both made into classic films. But she also wrote a lot of other novels and short stories that feature such disparate subjects as animals taking revenge on cruel people, giant snails, and icy and claustrophobic tales of daily life.

In fact, it was the giant snails that got me as a kid. A professor goes in search of legendary giants snails on a Pacific Island and, well, he does find them.

There’s also the dinner party at which the host’s cat brings in a finger, a mysterious furry thing that lives in the birdhouse that may or may not have gotten into the narrator’s house and lots more stories guaranteed to put a chill in your heart.

All Highsmith books here..

“Obscure, but brilliant, YA Novels”

The Guardian writes: “Teen site member jhansenwrites, creator of #VeryRealisticYA, explores some of the totally unique YA books you’ve probably not come across but really ought to look up”…and all are available at Alkek Library’s 3rd floor Juvenile Collection.