Libraries of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College


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Help fill The Nest!

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 17:41 -- Kelly Bradish

Please join your fellow West Virginians participating in West Virginia Day to Serve! Faculty, staff and the community are asked to help "Fill the Nest" and support the campus food bank.

This week, bring your donations -- needed items are listed here -- to one of the two drop-off points:

  • Through the week of Sept. 23, you may donate items for The Nest at the Library Circulation Desk. Donations are collected here year-round.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 28, bring donations to Duvall-Rosier Field to see the Fighting Falcons take on WV State. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

About the Day to Serve

Gov. Early Ray Tomblin has charged our state’s residents to volunteer and give back to their communities as part of Day to Serve, the second annual call to service for residents of Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and West Virginia.

About The Nest

The Nest food bank, located in the Library, benefits Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College students.

Please help spread the word to students in need that The Nest is available to them. Current hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 -6 p.m. More information is available online.

About The Big Nest

To kick off this special campaign, students and staff constructed a nest in the Library lobby, on display this week and pictured below.


Thanks to Amy Drvar, Amy Pellegrin and everyone involved in this special effort.

Collection news: Additions to JSTOR

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 15:09 -- Kelly Bradish

Arts & Sciences XII, Business IV, and Ireland collections have been added to our JSTOR subscription!

Here are links to these additions, along with JSTOR's description of each.

Arts & Sciences XII
Law, political science, and education content anchors the Arts & Sciences XII Collection, and other titles in criminology and criminal justice, history, social work, psychology, and sociology complement JSTOR’s offerings in the social sciences. Additional titles span African studies, Asian studies, language and literature, and Middle East studies.

Business IV
The Business IV Collection builds on the strong economics and business foundation of the Business I, II, and III Collections. Business IV increases JSTOR's coverage in core fields such as economics, management, industrial relations, and finance, with a broad international scope. The collection will also contain prominent titles in microeconomics (especially behavioral, labor, health, urban, and development economics) and management (including supply chain management and decision science).

The Ireland Collection, developed in cooperation with Queen's University Belfast, is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. It will contain a minimum of 107 journals, including journals with moving walls* between 1 and 5 years and ceased journals from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Over 200 monographs and 2,500 manuscript pages will also be included. Complementing JSTOR's existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. The content is international in scope, while also providing a rich focus on Ireland. The Ireland Collection was created with funding from the JISC Digitisation Programme.

New to JSTOR? Search tips, feature overviews and more are available online.

*Journals in JSTOR have "moving walls" that define the time lag between the most current issue published and the content available in JSTOR.

Family Weekend September 27-29

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 16:54 -- Kelly Bradish

It's almost time for Family Weekend!

Parents and family members of Pierpont and Fairmont State students are encouraged to visit campus September 27-29! Fun activities are planned, including movies, games, photo ops and much more. You can stop in at the Library anytime we're open -- plus, we'll be offering guided tours on Friday afternoon.

For the full schedule and registration info, visit or

Info to know: Learning Express Library

Tue, 09/17/2013 - 16:57 -- Kelly Bradish

Whether you are preparing for a test like the Praxis, looking to brush up on math or another subject, or hoping to learn more about programs like Excel, the Learning Express Library has free online tutorials, practice tests and more that you can use.

All you need to do to get started is create an account using a computer on campus. Once you've created an account, you can access the Learning Express Library from anywhere.

Here are just a few examples of some of the tutorials available:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word
  • Windows and Mac Operating Systems
  • Test Preparation: ParaPro Assessment, PPST: Praxis I, Praxis II, EMT, Nursing, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT
  • Grammar, reading, writing, math, science
  • Computer & internet basics

Now is a great time to make sure you're on track with the skills you need this semester. Please Ask Us if you have any questions!

Learning Express Library

Important reminder: Student Government elections

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 22:03 -- Kelly Bradish

It's time for Student Government's fall elections!

Elections will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

You can vote by logging into FELIX via MyCampus. Voting tables will also be set up from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Library Lobby and by Falcon Center Main Street.

More information about Student Government and the fall ballot is available online. You can also follow Student Government on Facebook.

Remembering September 11

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 11:15 -- Kelly Bradish

September 11, 2013 marks 12 years since the 9/11 attacks.

Info on Library resources and online tributes are included in this LibGuide.

News coverage of anniversary events around the country and the world are listed on this Google News page.

Try these trial databases!

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 11:14 -- Kelly Bradish

Have you tried our latest trial databases yet? These are of special interests to students in criminal justice, security or related areas of study.

Give them a try and please let us know what you think!

  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text contains more than 300,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. This resource includes full text for more than 200 magazines and journals, as well as full-text books & monographs.

  • International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center: International Security & Counter-Terrorism Reference Center (ISCTRC) provides a comprehensive Open Source Intelligence Resource for analysts, risk management professionals, and students. ISCTRC combines deep background from scholarly writings with expert commentary from a variety of organizations, agencies and publishers and timely reviews of recent developments across the international political, military, economic, social and technical spectrum.Content includes hundreds of full-text items from a variety of sources, including reports from Stratfor Analysis, Stratfor Forecasts, and Stratfor Geopolitical Diary and over 10,500 pertinent images.


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