Featured Author: Robert Aickman, Short Story Writer

All Robert Aickman books here.

Robert Aickman was a master of the “strange story.” His style is related to MR James and the ghost stories of Henry James, but Aickman has his own voice. Enigma, vibe and alienation are some of his hallmarks.

Literature Resource Center sums up one Aickman story:

In “The Inner Room,” collected in Sub Rosa (1968), a woman narrates the story of an incident from her early childhood in a struggling family that later splits apart. She receives as a birthday gift an enormous dollhouse that contains a mysteriously inaccessible inner room. Later in life, she visits what is apparently the actual house on which the dollhouse was modeled and comes close to discovering a nameless horror in the inner room, which signifies the hidden life of dream–or rather dream as reality, which creates emotional peril when repressed.

FabJob Books Help You Start Your Career Or Business

All FabJob books here.

FabJob books are well-written, easy-to-read guides to how to get a job or start a business in your chosen field. There are books on becoming a coffee shop owner, a fashion designer, a secondhand close retailer and more. Covers everything from the credentials you might need, to capital requirements and the nuts and bolts of running that business.

Highly recommended.

Mango Database for Languages

Mango is here!

Mango is Foreign Language self-guided courses that go beyond grammar and vocabulary. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Fun mini courses include Endangered Language, Oktoberfest, Pirate, and Soccer.

Featured Author: Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy)


All Douglas Adams material here.

Douglas Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and its various sequels and incarnations. Adams manages to pack a comedy, profound sociological insight, starling science fiction imagery and adventure into the same paragraph.  Heck, sometimes even into the same sentence.

From Hitchhikers’ Guide:
“So this is it,” said Arthur, “We are going to die.”
“Yes,” said Ford, “except… no! Wait a minute!” He suddenly lunged across the chamber at something behind Arthur’s line of vision. “What’s this switch?” he cried.
“What? Where?” cried Arthur, twisting round.
“No, I was only fooling,” said Ford, “we are going to die after all.”
“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”
“Why, what did she tell you?”
“I don’t know, I didn’t listen.”

New! First Research Database For Industry Analysis

Great news for business discipline majors!  The library has subscribed to First Research database.

This database contains over 900 different industry segments. For each segment there are SWOT analyses, growth ratings, and forecasts.
Other industry surveys are located in these databases:

Business Source Complete
Marketline Advantage
Market Research
Standard and Poor’s (industries tab is at the top of the screen)

November Library eNews is Out

Finals tips, therapy dogs, faculty research tools, and more–all in the November finals edition of Library eNews. Hot off the press!


Director’s Message
One Day—October 28, 2014

Hey Undergrads!
Reservable Study Rooms and More for Finals
Therapy Dogs to the Rescue: De-Stress at Alkek

Step Up Your Research
Finding Social Sciences Survey Instruments

Faculty Focus
New Tools for Visual Research Collections

Collections Spotlight
Newest Streaming Video Collection: Kanopy

What Staff Can Do For You
Gaye Wood: Specialized Collections Assistant

News from the North
Stressed Out at Semester’s End?

At the Wittliff Collections
Bill Wittliff and the Tale of the Devil’s Backbone

Gov Info Tidbits & Treasures
Atomic Age Told Through Government Resources

Texas State University History
The Great War Remembered

How to Find Case Studies of Businesses

The best databases for finding case studies are

ABI Inform

Limit under to case study under document type.


Emerald (do not click on the tab marked “case studies,” instead do a keyword search for “case studies” and whatever you are researching. Emerald is management oriented.)

Business Source Complete.(limit under publication type to case study)

Whatever database you use, I recommend you also do a keyword search for case studies and your topic.

New Tool to Manage & Share Your Image Collections!

sharedShelffeatureDo you have a collection of images that you wish were digitized, online, and shareable with others at Texas State University or the world?
We want to hear from you!

The library has invested in Artstor Shared Shelf, an image-hosting platform which enables us to centralize and publish media collections for research, teaching, or for the Web. Images added to Shared Shelf will be discoverable by our university community through searching the Artstor Digital Library. Collections can also be made public and found via Google as well as Shared Shelf Commons.

Faculty from all disciplines are increasingly using Shared Shelf to increase the visibility of image collections that have often remained hidden in faculty and department offices. Examples of collections include biodiversity images, historical maps, ethnographic photographs, drawings of historical costumes, images of posters, paintings, and sculpture, and more.

Want to learn more about Shared Shelf? You can watch The Benefits of Shared Shelf for Faculty video, attend a workshop (RSVP), or check out these other resources below:

If you’d like to discuss a potential project, please email Ray Uzwyshyn, Director of Collections & Digital Services (ruzwyshyn@txstate.edu).