Arun Banotra’s Alkek Library Testimonial

“I love the library because it’s like a limitless universe of learning. That means I’ll always have a place to learn, volunteer and make new friends. My library access is my permanent ticket to get a bunch of FREE education and entertainment. I feel so lucky to have this library as my resource. I love this place.

When I was a grad student here at Texas state I used to spend most of my time in the library. It was kind of a second home for me because my home at that time was just for sleep and to get some rest. I still remember those group studies, working on projects, preparing for midterms and finals in library. My choice of floor to study used to vary depending on the criticality of my task. If it was exam time, then I used to study on either the 5th or 6th floor, because those are silent floors, or get some personal study room on the 6th or 7th floor so that I could concentrate easily on my studies without any kind of noise.  If I had to work on some projects along with some chit-chat with my friends while doing my work, then the choice of floor was the 2nd or 4th floor. I personally love the 2nd floor and I believe this is the most happening and lively floor in the whole Alkek library. You can spend long hours on studies there, and if you’re starving, you always have the option to grab some goodies from Outtakes on the 2nd floor or the lounge on the 1st floor. Last but not least, how can I forget about the 3rd floor. If you need any digital media for fun or some prototypes for your project or class, this is the best place for you. While preparing for job interviews after my graduation, I spent almost 2 months in the library studying day and night. Even though that was a hard time, I met so many wonderful people in the library and made a lot of good friends over there who always motivated me in my hard times. Thanks to this place which gave me the chance to meet so many amazing people.

I used to spend so much time in the library because it feels good to see so many people burning their mid-night oil and preparing so hard along with you. You never feel alone in your struggle, and it acts as a stress reliever and boosts your morale. The best part about the library is they always have some happening events going on throughout the year. Sometimes those events include informative sessions about GIS etc. and sometimes they include fun events like game night, etc.

Even though I am a professional now and fortunate to have a full time job at Texas State, I still try my best to spend a few hours at Alkek each week to learn new things. I feel very at home there, and it’s always fun to catch up with old friends and learn new things with them because the library is swirling with galaxies of knowledge and worlds of books to explore.”

—- Arun Banotra, Electronic Research Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Master of science in Computer Science from Texas State.

The Economics of Water Resources

A growing population in some of the world’s driest areas is leading many people to study the economics of water. Why is a diamond expensive and water free? It’s a famous question posed in economics.

Actually that may not persist much longer.

Here is the main category for the economics of water.

To get an idea of how much renewable water a country has, go to Worldbank/World Development Indicators database.

Type freshwater as a search term.

Or check p.142 of the paper copy of World Development Indicators.

Texas Authors: Robert E Howard, Creator of Conan the Barbarian

All Robert E Howard books here

Bet you didn’t know that Conan the Barbarian was actually from Texas.The creator of Conan was Robert E. Howard, who spent most of his life in Cross Plains Texas, just outside of Abilene.

Also: Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger were in a movie called the Whole Wide World which is about Robert E. Howard’s life in Cross Plains.

Finding Books Outside Alkek Library

Here’s how to find books and other materials that the Alkek Library doesn’t own.

Use Worldcat to search the world’s libraries at once. Request the item you want through interlibrary loan (for books, expect the process to take a minimum of 6 to 8 days). The tutorial below also shows you how to search area libraries if you want to get the item immediately (if you have a Texshare card).

Other Books Tutorial CLICK HERE

How to Use Google Scholar (Or Not)

Google Scholar searches the contents of many (but not all) academic journals. However, it does not provide access to the fulltext material. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in or buy the article.

If you follow the Alkek Library link to Google Scholar here, you will have to sign in ONCE with your NET ID and then it’s all clear sailing.

In any case, please don’t buy the article – you can get it through us.  If you hit a dead end, use interlibrary loan.

Google Scholar does not search ALL the scholarly literature because some publishers restrict access.

Featured Author: Alice Munro, Short Story Writer

All Alice Munro books here.

Link to the full Munro reference below:

Alice Munro is one of Canada’s major writers and one of the best short-story writers anywhere. While she tried writing a novel with Lives of Girls and Women, her preferred form is the short story. She argues that a novel implies a continuity that is not mirrored in the lives of real people, who seem to move disjointedly from one experience to another. With the short story she can focus on the “intense . . . moments of experience” that constitute a life. With the exception of one novel, all of her published works have been collections of short stories.

The majority of Alice Munro’s stories are set in Canada, often in southwest Ontario, now sometimes called “Munro Country,” the region of her childhood. Her hometown of Wingham, Ontario, becomes Hanratty in Who Do You Think You Are?, Dalgleish in The Moons of Jupiter, or Jubilee in Lives of Girls and Women. The rural countryside, the poverty-stricken small towns, the farms, and the salt mines are well documented, as is the Canadian climate, which can be bleak, dark, and foreboding with its bitter cold, its snowstorms, and its ice. Even though some stories might be set in Victoria or Toronto, generally the protagonist has moved to the city and still retains some provincialism. Similarly with the stories set in Australia or Scotland, the protagonist is Canadian and comes into these new environments with Canadian eyes. In all of Munro’s stories, the reader gets a clear sense of place, whether the story is set in the Canada of today, of a hundred years ago, or of somewhere in between. In many cases the past and the present are juxtaposed so that there is a sense in which the past, though distant, is always present.

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.

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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 Alkek Library READ poster with graduate Daniela Garcia

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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.”

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

Literary Passings: Denis Johnson (Jesus’ Son)

All Denis Johnson books here. 

From this obit:

Denis Hale Johnson was born on July 1, 1949, in Munich. His father, Alfred, worked for the United States Information Agency and was variously posted to Manila, Tokyo and Washington. His mother, the former Vera Louise Childress, was a homemaker.

Mr. Johnson, who studied under the minimalist writer Raymond Carver at the University of Iowa, counted Dr. Seuss, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot and the guitar solos of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix among his influences, primarily for poetry.

He was sensitive to the “language of people jammed together, like in the military and prisons,” he told the Santa Monica radio station KCRW’s “Bookworm” podcast.