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Collection news: Music Online added

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 15:00 -- Kelly Bradish

We think our latest database addition will be music to your ears!

Music Online was recently added to our collection. Features include:

  • hundreds of thousands of audio recordings, growing monthly
  • streaming audio, video, reference, and scores
  • option to cross search all of the music databases published by Alexander Street Press

Ready to search? Alexander Street Press provides tips and how-tos on this FAQ page.

Happy listening!

We're having a party!

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 13:42 -- Kelly Bradish

We'll be celebrating West Virginia's 150th birthday -- with cake! -- from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday.

The campus community is invited to join us! RSVPs are not required. We'll have coffee, too.

Thanks to the Office of Institutional Advancement for their support of this event.


Happy Birthday, West Virginia!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:44 -- Kelly Bradish

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.

The Glamour of Gatsby

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 10:12 -- Kelly Bradish

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:

For music that's "the bees knees" -- no phonograph required! -- stream these selections from Naxos Music Library:


Collection news: Explore with National Geographic

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:51 -- Kelly Bradish

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!



Collection news: VAST added to collection

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 15:35 -- Kelly Bradish

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!

Info to know: Summer Session

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:26 -- Kelly Bradish

Here are some helpful links to make your transition to Summer Session a little easier.


Links to all offices' websites and contact info: Fairmont State | Pierpont

Dining Hall Student IDs
Tutorial Services Bookstore
Computer/internet help Course catalogs


Summer hours Printing
Supplies Locating books
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!


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