Just looking to find a book? This video tutorial explains how.
“Since arriving at the Texas State University Philosophy Department two years ago, the library has been an incredible resource. In terms of my teaching, librarians have provided customized learning sessions for both my lower- and upper-level classes, and I frequently use the “Ask a Librarian” feature to find a fact or statistic before I go into lecture. I also have been able to order books that I have adopted in classes so that I can place them on Reserve for the students. And if the library does not have an article I would like to assign my students to read, the Copyright Officer purchases access to it. In terms of my research, interlibrary loan has been invaluable. Moreover, after I have written a piece, the Copyright Officer will not only help me determine what copyright permissions need to be obtained, the Officer will actually do the work to get those permissions. Finally, in terms of character, the librarians with whom I have worked have always been friendly, knowledgeable, and über competent.”
— Olga Gerhart, Philosophy Faculty
Normally, you’d be doing a search in the catalog and you’ll see this.
The call number is in the middle of the record. It also tells you what floor to go to.
Once you get to the floor, each aisle tells you what numbers are on that aisle. Just like a grocery store.
The Ipod. The Vespa. Ford Mustang. Fender Stratocaster.
Follow the link above, and most of the books will be about industrial design.
Here’s some books that cover how to be an effective public speaker and how to do successful business presentations. Learn speaking styles, visual aids, eye contact, and many more ideas!
This is our new READ poster image with recent graduate, Daniela Garcia. Look for posters and bookmarks coming soon!
Here is Daniela’s full testimonial about reading and the library:
“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.”
BA in English, Film emphasis
Minor in Anthropology
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society Member
Don’t forget book reviews! Most databases will allow you to select book reviews as a source type. Reason: find out a book’s reputation, any hidden context, its significance among experts, and any problems with the book. Most authors are pretty persuasive and you need a second opinion.
Be sure to limit results to “review” or “book review,” depending on the interface.
New York Times archives is a good option for nonacademic books published before 2006.
JSTOR is another good one for many subjects.
Wilson OmniFile FullText. A good grabbag. You can limit it to search “book reviews” by a particular discipline.
These are not your only options but are some of the best. You can always check your favorite database to see if it has book reviews.
We’re excited to present the February issue of Library eNews, featuring services and resources to serve our Texas State community. This issue introduces our new 3D printing service, provides tips on career exploration and honing research skills, showcases our University Archivist and a poem written for Alkek’s “Tell Us Your Story” competition–and much more!
Library eNews (also accessible at https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5952)
Inside This Issue:
My Home Away From Home
Tell Us Your Story Winner
“The Alkek Library,” by Isabel Briana Torres
How Alkek and a Hike Helped Me Find My Way
Step Up Your Research
Using Library Resources to Sharpen Research Skills
Meet Our Staff
Kristine Toma, University Archivist
News from the North
Faculty: Place Reserve Items at the RRC Library
Calling All Art Lovers!
At the Wittliff Collections
Wittliff Exhibit Highlights Classic Texas Films
Texas State University History
Glimpses of University History on Flickr
Using Images from the Internet
You might’ve noticed something new 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.
Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit
May 6 – June 15, 2015
1st Floor Alkek Library
Texas State University
Curated by Studio Art Professor Kathleen McShane-Bolton and Art & Design Librarian Tara Spies Smith
A selection of 2-D Design students’ handmade accordion books inspired by their photographs exploring the metaphors of still lifes, nature morte, vanitas, momento mori, and mortality.
And featuring books about art on these various themes, books about making books, and accordion style books from the library’s collection. Come check it out!