I’d like to introduce you to something I call the long essay subject encyclopedia. A subject encyclopedia is devoted to a particular discipline or even a specific idea. And the entries are quite different than you might think.
You guessed it, these are long essays (say, 2-10 pages) about narrow but important concepts written by experts. In other words, much longer than just a blurb or definition, but much shorter than an entire book. It’s the equivalent of sitting down with the professor and asking them for an introduction/summation of a subject.
Examples might be theories of recidivism, an examination of the loose political structure of the Phoenician State, the history of the idea of regulatory capture, what regions of Spain sent emigrants to Mexico when and what professions these emigrants usually did, the effects of foreign direct investment on different economies, and the specific group survival strategies of different animal species.
This is where the library really shines over sources like Wikipedia.
These encyclopedias are located both in the reference section and in the regular stacks. The ones in the regular stacks can be checked out.
Recommended for grad students, super users, or advanced undergrads.
Wikipedia has been in the news a lot recently. Here’s a collection of recent articles about Wikipedia that went viral.
LibX is a Firefox extension that provides lets you search the Alkek Library Catalog or search the database WorldCat. WorldCat searches all the library catalogs in the world. It was created by the Virgina Tech University Libraries and Department of Computer Science and then adapted for Alkek Library by our own librarians.
Read more about LibX
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Library Film Series Debuts with Catfish
Step Up Your Research
Keys to Graduate Student Success
News from the North
Handy Equipment Available at RRC
Copyright Office Offers Guidance
Helpful & Fun Collections at Alkek
At The Wittliff
Shepard and Álvarez Bravo on Exhibit
Reserves Now on Alkek’s 2nd Floor
Meet Our Staff
Tara Spies Smith: Art & Design Librarian
Special Event at Alkek
SCVNGR Challenge, with Prize!
Texas State University History
President Supple’s Vision
Not only good for studying, but also good for your business skills. Remembering people’s names is very important.
The instant you meet someone, associate their name with a word starting with the same letter.
Bronco Brian. Laughing Laura. Etc. Be nice (!). It’s OK to ask someone for their last name again, in my opinion.
Note: you don’t tell the person the memory word in front of their name! Be positive though.