Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Scoured any databases lately?

You might have heard that a Graduate Student in Texas discovered an anonymously published Walt Whitman novel. How did he do it?

By "scouring a vast online database of 19th century newspapers for names found in Whitman's notebooks" (Weldon).

Next time you find yourself with some time on your hands, head over to our Newspaper Databases and maybe you'll discover some gems!

AP Photo from AP Images Database

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Let my scars leave brilliant traces

I am very saddened by the apparent suicide of student Travis Green at our University. I did not know him, but I have known people who have made the decision to take their own life, and I know how terribly difficult it is for their family and friends to comprehend.

If you are considering suicide, please know that there is 24-hour help available to you:

And if you need to speak with someone for any reason at all, please know that it is a sign of great strength to reach out and ask for help when you are feeling helpless. The University offers many different types of counseling services:

Travis Green was a talented writer, and published his work online.

This poem has been a salve for me when I have gone through coping with the suicide of someone close:

Individuation by Avah Pevlor Johnson
If I must be wrung through the paradox,
-- broken into wholeness,
wring me around the moon;
pelt me with particles from the dark side.
Fling me into space;
hide me in a black hole.
Let me dance with devils on dead stars.
Let my scars leave brilliant traces,
for my highborn soul seeks its hell --
in high places. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lange Nacht der aufgeschobenen Hausarbeiten (Long Night Against Procrastination)

That one assignment you've been putting off... you know which one I'm talking about.

Come to the LONG NIGHT AGAINST PROCRASTINATION - hosted by the Alkek Library, Thursday, November 10th from 6-11pm. We'll provide the coffee, snacks, study breaks and research support to help you finish that dastardly assignment.

Subject Librarians will be on hand throughout the night. We've all hired cat-sitters, so don't miss out on the opportunity for after-hours, personalized research help!

For the nerds: The tradition of "Long Night" originated at a University in Germany in 2010 - students asked for longer open hours in which they could study and finish assignments. This lead to an overnight event at the University with refreshments, study breaks, exercises and other incentives to keep students active and on task.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dear Literature, I'm falling for you.

Image taken from page 216 of 'Lady Valeria. A novel'

Fall is in the air... crisp, cool weather and the crunch of colorful leaves beneath your feet.
That's what I hear is going on in the Northeast anyway. Here in San Marcos, we're "enjoying" highs in the 80s, in November! This transplant from New York is ready to wear her Fall boots and sweaters. Oh well, maybe in December?

In any case, what does the idea of colder weather make you think of? For me it's taking some time away from my (too) busy week to enjoy some story telling, ideally though a novel I have a hard time putting down and can't wait to pick up again.

On my drive in to campus today, I enjoyed an interview on NPR where editor Terry McDonell told some tales of hanging out with literary greats he has known. It got me thinking about all of my favorite authors, and making a mental list of which novels I wanted to revisit, or new ones I've been wanting to fall into.

What kind of literature do you enjoy when you find some time away from your busy schedule of classes, research and time spent with friends?

Search our catalog to find your next great read.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Celebrate your freedom to read Banned Books!

Please join us today as we celebrate our freedom to read banned books. Located in Alkek Library, Open Theater, 2nd floor (to the right of the coffee shop area) until 4pm.

5-minute reading slots are still available. A sign-up sheet is located at the entrance of the event.

We would be honored if you would consider being one of our readers. A selection of banned and challenged books will be available in the Open Theater area for Banned Books readers to browse through. You are also free to bring your own book.

For more information about Banned and Challenged Books:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How do you say, "Online Newspapers and Magazines" in your native language?

Have you ever wanted to browse a newspaper or magazine on your computer or phone - possibly for research for a class, or maybe just for your own enjoyment during your free time?

Did you know the Library provides access to many Newspaper Databases?

Sometimes it's nice to browse the contents and "flip" through the newspaper or magazine, without knowing exactly what you're looking for. I suggest using PressReader and Browzine for this type of browsing experience!
Are you an International student who wants to read newspapers and magazines from home? Titles in PressReader can be filtered by Country, Region, Language and more.
Maybe you're learning a new language and you'd like to practice your skills by reading a newspaper or magazine in that language? If so, do you like dogs? Are you learning German? You can read Mein Hund! 
More interested in French culture? Spend some time browsing the French cultural magazine, Les Inrockuptibles. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
Save your favorites to your account, and check back periodically to skim the latest issues!

What are you waiting for? Go find your favorite newspapers and magazines (and find some new favorites while you're at it). Fashion, mechanics, photography, lifestyle, parenting, psychology, finance, business, home decor, cooking, art, religion, and so many more! All in the language you prefer.

Watch the short videos below to see what you can do with Browzine and PressReader.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to school - insider tips on using feature films in your research and classes

The Fall Semester is just around the corner! Faculty, do you like to use feature films as part of your instruction? Students, has your Professor asked you to find a feature film related to your research topic?

If you answered Yes to any of the questions above, check out our collection of streaming feature films offered by Swank Streaming database!

picture of empty movie theater
The films are now searchable in our catalog.

You'll find many films that incorporate the 2016-17 Common Experience theme, A Century of Conflict. 

Students, if you're not sure which films relate to your research topic, feel free to schedule an individual research consultation with your subject librarian!

Faculty, find your Subject Librarian here, and please email us if we can assist you in any way!

View a complete list of our streaming databases here