Are you ready to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday?
We hope so, because it's a great opportunity to learn more about the state we call home (some of us, at least part of the year)!
On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state to enter the Union. Stay tuned for more about this important date, and what we have planned!
Right now, be sure to visit our West Virginia LibGuide. It's packed with info about local and statewide events, West Virginia's history, famous residents and more.
With Baz Luhrmann's movie adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" in theaters, it's time to bring on the glamour!
Take a break from your modern routine for a look at the fashion, cars, glitzy lifestyles and trends of the 1920s.
Our "All Things Gatsby" Pinterest board includes quotes from the novel and film, beautiful photographs - old and new, articles about the movie and its setting, and much more. Of course, we've also linked to The Great Gatsby in our collection, including the print book, audiobooks, and the movie adaptation starring Robert Redford.
Students, staff and faculty can also enjoy all the era's eye candy in the ARTstor database. You'll need your UCA and password for off-campus viewing.
The pros at ARTstor provided these suggestions to get you started:
- Gazette du Bon Ton (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) - offers a visual record of fashion and high society in the early 20th century
- Museum of the City of New York - features images of New York City’s changing cultural, political, and social landscape
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Brooklyn Museum Costumes - documents American and European period costumes and accessories
- Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress) - presents an overview through images of works within the Library of Congress' special collections
- for more, click on “Advanced Search,” set the date parameters from 1920 to 1929, then click on the classification of your interest
For music that's "the bees knees" -- no phonograph required! -- stream these selections from Naxos Music Library:
- The Gatsby Etudes - from the opera composed by John Harbison
- The Original Piano Trio Plays Nostalgia '20s Style
- Back to the '20s with Paul Brodie & Eric Robertson
The entire National Geographic archive is now available in our collection!
The National Geographic Virtual Library brings together a complete archive of the magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. A wealth of information about world cultures, global events, nature, science, technology, the environment, and exploration is at your fingertips.
Here are just a few examples of the variety of content available:
- a description of a flight from Hawaii... written by Amelia Earhart in 1935
- a travel guide to Greece (pictured in screenshot below)
- a profile of the Sami reindeer herders of Scandinavia
- details on how satellite images help archaeologists locate buried treasure
- nostalgic advertisements, like one from 1952 for West Virginia's magic mountains
- of course, maps, atlases and remarkable photos of people, places and animals around the world!
Get started today, and Ask Us if you have any questions!
VAST: Academic Video Online, which we recently told you about as a trial database, has now been added to our collection!
VAST: Academic Video Online contains more than 20,000 full length titles, including 3,000 exclusive titles not available elsewhere.
A few neat features:
- As a video plays, a transcript scrolls, and what's being spoken is highlighted. Transcripts are searchable.
- Students and instructors can make custom clips, name them, and annotate them. Clips can then be placed into personal playlists, included in course folders to share and post online, cited in papers, and embedded on websites.
- Citations you can export in Chicago, MLA and APA formats.
- Content from A&E, the BBC, RCA and more.
Here's a screenshot from the provider, Alexander Street Press:
Here's a tutorial from the provider:
Please do explore VAST, and let us know if you have any questions!
Here are some helpful links to make your transition to Summer Session a little easier.
|Dining Hall||Student IDs|
|Computer/internet help||Course catalogs|
|Textbooks on reserve||Faxing|
Don't forget to Ask Us if you have questions! We're happy to help, and we hope you have a great summer!
Now that grades are posted and you're caught up on sleep, how about reading...for fun?
Even if your home base this summer is far from campus, you're traveling, or you just don't feel like coming to our Library so soon after finals, you can still enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from the WVDELI! You'll just need your UCA and password to access the collection.
There's more good news! OverDrive Read, which allows you to read a book in a web browser, is now available for some titles in the collection.
We have step-by-step instructions for common devices, including Kindle, Nook, iPad and more, in our LibGuide.
Also, don't be discouraged if an item is checked out and you need to place a hold. Many popular titles have multiple copies available, so your time on the waiting list may be short.
Happy reading and listening, and please Ask Us if you have any questions!