Alkek Library will be open 24 hours each day before and during finals, starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 1 until midnight on Friday, May 5. Saturday, May 6 we’re open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., and then we resume continuous hours from 10 a.m. Sunday, May 7 until we close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10.
Finals are stressful, so starting Wednesday, May 3, the main floor of the library will have all sorts of ways to take study breaks. Stop by the Research & Information Desk to pick up a piece of candy, stress-relief bubble wrap, or a pencil for your scantron. Also, we’ll have 3D Doodle Pens and LEGO® available near the Media Corner, where we’ll be showing cartoons.
We’ll also have some special events in the Open Theater on the main floor. Therapy dogs are returning (yay!), and will be here from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3. Maker Day will be on Tuesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.– all supplies are provided, so stop in and relax while making something to take home.
The point is, take a breather! And if you’re stuck and have a last-minute research question, chat with us using Ask-A-Librarian, or email, call, or just stop by the Research & Information Desk – we’re happy to help.
Happy finals, everyone!
There’s an actual science to interpreting your dreams – how to relate your dream to your life, what your dreams really mean, and different versions of yourself or others in the dream (hidden parts of your personality or other people may appear as different characters in your dream).
Reading this material will definitely help you decode what you are dreaming about.
Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation Of Dreams is here.
You can also browse other books about dream Interpretation and meaning here.
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.
What Americans Really Want
Words That Work
Frank Luntz is a political consultant who pioneered studying how people react to words – instead of actions. He was a master at calculating how people perceive a problem and packaging policies – both corporate and political -that met those expectations. You didn’t have to change your actual policy!
He’s also very good at finding the gulf between people’s stated values and their actual values and exploiting that.
We have two of his books here. Interesting guy and a must read for marketers.
What are you conveying to others through your body language and what are other people telling you with theirs?
These books go beyond the obvious – like crossed arms – and talk about the significance of eye movements, the position of feet and other interesting tells. You are guaranteed to learn something!
Our books on body language.
Diana Kennedy has spent the last 60 years studying the local cuisines of Mexico.
Link to all Diana Kennedy books here.
A foodie’s foodie Diana Kennedy documented authentic Mexican cooking for decades. Kennedy is known for recording recipes from regional cultures. You might have some trouble getting some of the ingredients!
Primary sources are documents that are direct records of an event, raw data, documents, magazines or newspapers from the time, photos or other material created at the time of an event. Even audio recordings, buildings, or just about anything could be considered primary sources.
Our historical primary source databases are located here.
Again, if you’re working in the field of history, you can search our catalog for published collections of primary sources.
Our history maven Margaret Vavarek suggests the searching the following key words in the catalog: Correspondence, Description and Travel, Diaries, Interviews, Personal Narratives, Sources, Letters or Speeches
The Alkek Library will be closed 12/22/16 and will reopen 8am 1/2/17.