On Trial

If you love and need primary sources in your academic life, the Ross Pendergraft Library is currently sampling two new databases on 18th and 19th century digital works for a limited time.

18th Century Collection Online

Search over 180,000 books published during the century in which the United States and France waged wars for independence while wearing leggings.  Find full-text, primary sources on science, literature, religion, law, fine arts, history, and more.  Because the database contains digital reproductions, you will find more than mere full-text.  Browse illustrated works on anatomy, botany, agriculture, and physics.  Read Gulliver’s Travels, Wealth of Nations, the Federalist Papers, and more classics in their original typeface and funky fonts.

*That* Isaac Newton

Newton, Isaac, Sir. Opticks: or, a treatise of the reflexions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light. Also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London, MDCCIV. [1704] p.158.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

For resources more focused on the events of the nineteenth century, including the Civil War, explore the 19th Century U.S. Newspaper database.  Like the resource above, this collection features full-text, digital reproductions of content, including advertisements, illustrations, and classified ads.  However, the database consists entirely of United States newspapers from the 1800’s–a rich resource for primary sources on significant events which shaped our country such as the Trail of Tears, the abolition movement, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, European immigration, the gold rush, and the settlement of the American West.

You will also find full-text articles and newspaper issues of the Arkansas Gazette, the Little Rock Republican, and other Arkansas newspapers, featuring a wealth of information about the people, culture, life, and history of early Arkansas.


These databases can both be found on the library’s website–>Research–>Tech Databases page (check the # section).  To search these databases simultaneously, select the Artemis Primary Sources Database.

Like what you see?  Let us know at askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Your input helps us build our collection based on your academic needs and interests.  But hurry–the trial for these two resources ends on October 23.

Free-Range DVDs

Get your summer flicks fix at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center by checking out our video collection, recently relocated to the first floor.  No longer locked away in cabinets in the Music Lab, the DVDs are free of their confines, available for easy browsing by genre, and sitting on the low shelves across from the computers.

Low shelves full of amazing DVDs!

While students, faculty, and staff have always been able to search our collection via the online catalog, with over 6,000 videos to choose from, it’s not easy see every available title through our present interface.  With the entire collection downstairs, however, you can now enjoy the truly retro experience of scanning your eyes across the DVD cases, even reading the film summaries on the back of the cases, to pick the perfect compliment to your research project, class, or homework-free Saturday night.


In addition to improving visual access to this collection, we have also improved the circulation time for undergraduate and graduate students.  The library has extended the check-out period for DVDs from 3 days to 7 days for current undergraduate students, and from 3 days to 14 days for graduate students.  Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff may renew their videos at least once without accruing late fees.  To renew online (including books and other items), login to your library account using your T number and last name.  You can also renew in person at the Circulation Desk, located on the first floor of the Library.


To get started on your summer binge-watching, make sure you have a current library application on file at the Circulation Desk (students must renew once every semester; faculty and staff need only apply once when they are hired).  Then, you may use your Tech ID as a library card to start borrowing from our rich collection of new releases, classic cinema, engaging documentaries, spellbinding animation, terrifying horror, and award-winning television dramas.

For questions about this collection or our DVD circulation policies, contact our own librarian movie star, Lowell Lybarger.

Free Lee Documentary

While you are waiting to get your hands on Harper Lee’s latest novel, Go Set a Watchman, satisfy your Atticus Finch cravings with the pre-release of a new documentary called “Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman,” available online and streaming … [Continue reading]

Shift & Change


The first floor of the Ross Pendergraft Library is undergoing some substantial changes this summer.  In order to modernize our collection, add more study space, and create a more attractive environment, we’re weeding, shifting, moving, and condensing … [Continue reading]

Up All Night

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Beginning Sunday, April 26th, the library will open at 2:00 P.M. and will not close until Friday, May 1st, at 6:00 P.M.  That’s right—24 hour service for finals is BACK!   Here's a little Q & A about finals week: Q. Will there be … [Continue reading]

We’re Open!


Since the inauguration has moved to Tucker Coliseum on Friday, April 17th, the library will remain open during our regular hours, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. After you finish attending the inauguration, come by the library and check out our new … [Continue reading]

On Trial


The Library is currently sampling a buffet of new databases.  Feast on the following collections: RILM Abstracts of Music Literature: This comprehensive music bibliography covers many subjects such as ethnomusicology, composition, dramatic arts, … [Continue reading]

Party at the Library


The Library is throwing a party, and you’re invited.  Come visit us on Tuesday, April 14, at 11:00 to celebrate National Library Week and the Library’s 90th year as a federal depository for government documents.   PS: there will be free … [Continue reading]



Netflix not enough?  Try grabbing a movie or a television series from the Ross Pendergraft Library Music Lab.  We have new releases, award-winning documentaries, hit TV shows,  as well as foreign and independent films you cannot find on most … [Continue reading]

Have it all with CINAHL


Nursing students: are you tired of zero results?  Tired of submitting ILL requests for articles you needed yesterday?  Tired of wandering endless result pages, looking for full-text?  Look no further than our new and improved CINAHL Plus database … [Continue reading]