For a great start to the new semester, Alkek Library offers drop-in orientations at the beginning of each semester. If you are new to Texas State and have never been in the library, all you need to do is check the schedule for the time and then just meet at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor as you enter the main lobby. There is still time left to take advantage this open walking-tour.
If you prefer to tour Alkek Library from the comfort of your home or dorm room, we have an online tutorial as well as still photos and mp3 audio tours for you to enjoy at your leisure.
If you have a question, need directions or want to get a jump start on your research, you can stop by the Reference Desk, call us at 245-2686 or get online help using the Ask-A-Librarian service. We offer multiple ways of online help. You can chat with us using your preferred chat client by adding us to your contacts, or you can chat w/a librarian using the many Ask a Librarian widgets placed on various pages throughout the library website. There is an email option, and you can also schedule an individual consultation. New this semester we now offer the option to meet online with a librarian using videoconferencing software.
Also new this semester we have added an additional way to contact us! Now you can also TEXT-A-LIBRARIANby texting # 512-761-8398. We are using a Google Voice number, so we can receive offline message in case you send it after hours.
We also offer workshops on using RefWorks, an online resource for bibliographic management. These are held in our classroom 101, downstairs from the main lobby. Our workshop schedule is updated periodically, so check back often for other classes.
Many of our research resources are available remotely. Access to many journal articles, newpapers, magazines are available online. If you want to know if we have access to your favorite newspaper or magazine you can search for it by using the Periodical List. Or, if you already have a topic you need to research, you can use one of the subject research databases. For more information about using the databases, see this research guide. There are also other research guides arranged by subject which offer you the best resources for your research topic.
Other popular library resources are Reserve and E-Reserve. You can check Reserve by professor or course for materials your professor has placed there for your class to use. Sometimes your textbook will be on Reserve. Other things like chapter readings, articles, videos, or old tests may be on Reserve. If your professor uses the E-Reserve service, they will give you a password to access the materials.
The final tip for a successful semester: Don't pay for journal articles! If you find an article you need, but the library does not have a subscription, then you can utilize the Interlibrary Loan Service to get a copy of the article. This service is also available for books and other materials. It is a free service.
Welcome to Texas State and remember: librarians are here to help you succeed!
"A superlative work of reference that can be read for information, and not just another overview. It provides a comprehensive historical survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, examining developments in other disciplines which have shaped literary theory and criticism." — Shelley Walla, Literary Review
Users can do keyword searching or browse by entry or topic. The online edition includes entries from all print editions of the Guide.
Finals are over, students have returned home, and Alkek Library is closed for the holiday break. The library will re-open on January 4, 2010. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
Remember it is still possible to access many of the library resources remotely. Most of the research databases are accessible online with much of the information available full-text. The library catalog indexes many e-books. E-books can be found by searching the catalog by title or keyword and limiting your search by e-books. You can also browse e-book collections by viewing this webpage. Interested in viewing streaming media? Alkek has a limited collection of streaming video available too as part of the Counseling and Therapy in Video from
Alexander Street Press.
The Ask-a-Librarian service is also closed, but you can send an email question to us. The email questions will be monitored and you will receive an answer to your question within a couple of days.
On behalf of Alkek Library, have a Happy Holiday break!
You can find out what has recently been added to the library by viewing the New Titles List. Within each subject, the lists is are arranged by title (2 exceptions, indicated below, sorted by call number); the number of new titles follows each subject. It includes all new titles except for serials, including books, ebooks, DVDs, or any other material added to the collection in the last 4 weeks.
New Titles link is at the top of the catalog page. Click for larger view.
Click on the Subject below to see the new titles listed for each:
If you want to check out materials over the semester/holiday break you can do so beginning December 16, 2008. The catalog system is set to recall all books, videos, etc. on December 16th, but if you need the item over the break, just call the Circulation desk 245-3681 or renew online using My Accountnext Tuesday.
After your finals, you might want to search the large DVD & VHS collection for your favorite movie or documentary. The library also has many academy award winning films. The check-out period will be the same for the particular movie you check-out, but you can always renew online if the library is closed. Also, if the item is due back over the break, fees will be waived.
If you have a long drive home, there are many books on CD available too. If you want a book by a particular author click on the author tab in the library catalog and limit your search to "Audio Books" to see what is available.
Another thing to keep in mind, while you are away from campus, you can still access MANY of the library's resources remotely. Use the Periodical List to search for a particular magazine or newspaper to read the latest issues. For example, enter a title such as PC Magazine, Rolling Stone or New York Times and the results will show you the dates of availability and the databases with the full-text online. Be sure to choose the link that says "to present" without an embargo listed.
Enjoy your upcoming break, and remember the library isn't all work and no play!
With over 1600 Safari books to choose from, you should be able to find what you are looking for. Publishers in the e-book database include: O'Reilly, Prentice Hall, Cisco
Press, Peachpit Press, John Wiley & Sons, New Riders
Publishing, Macromedia, Adobe Press and more.
The subscription allows for 4 simultaneous users and includes the current editions only. The titles can also be downloaded or printed out for academic non-commercial purposes. In addition, titles and articles can be linked to from Blackboard/Tracs and shared for scholarly purposes.
The Alkek Library now has access to the online version of CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 88th edition. It includes all the figures, data, and tables found in the print version. Tabular data can be exported to spreadsheets. Click on Help for details.