Do You Even Science?

The Library has bulked up lately on new, performance-enhancing databases in science and engineering.  Let the library spot you on the following new tools to help bring your research game to the next level:

Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database 

This database from Proquest brings you research in aeronautics, astronautics, computer and information technology, and solid-state materials.  Included are over 26 million abstract and indexed records and full-text articles from over 2,250 publications, including scholarly journals, trade periodicals, reports and conference proceedings.  Coverage goes back to 1962.  Planning a trip to Mars?  This database will help you find the right stuff.

screen shot of article "mars one outlines next astronaut selection steps"

Life Sciences

JSTOR’s Life Sciences database comprises the largest collection of journals in the field sciences and broad coverage in the health sciences.  At more than 160 journals and 8 million pages, the collection is JSTOR’s largest, and coverage spans more than 340 years of science history and research in the sciences.  Find full-text articles in aquatic science, botany, developmental & cell biology, ecology, paleontology, and zoology.  Coverage ranges as far back as the 1600’s, and as far forward as last week.

screenshot of article: an account of part of a collection of curious plants and drugs, lately given to the royal society by the east india company.

Engineering Source 

Build your research paper on solid foundations by using this database for aerospace, biomedical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and all-other-things engineering.  Includes nearly 1,800 full-text journals, and indexing for more than 3,000 publications.  Content includes scholarly, engineering journals, conference proceedings, books, and trade publications.  Get full-text from top journals like Engineering Management Journal, International Journal of Food Engineering, and Polymers for Advanced Technologies.  Make this your first stop for articles in engineering.

screenshot of article: 7 3d printing Stem projects to do with your class.

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database‎

AGRICOLA, ESPM, and EIS databases are all included in this full-text bonanza of articles from scholarly journals, trade and industry periodicals, conference proceedings and more.  This database covers topics like ecology, biology, bacteriology, atmospheric science, veterinary services, human nutrition, and agricultural economics.

image of Canada geese distribution in Arkansas. There are big blobs all along I-40 corridor, including several in Pope County

Want more? In the last year, we have also added databases such as Materials Science & Engineering Database, Biological Science Database, and Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database.  Find these databases and more through our A-Z Databases page.

Have a question about these databases, others like them, or about life, the universe, and everything?  Ask your experimental, laser-powered librarians at

Recording in Progress


Have you ever wanted to start your own talk show or record and mix your own song?  The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center would like to invite you to our new state-of-the-art recording studio, located on the second floor in room 204.  The Audio Lab is now open for the entire ATU community to professionally record their podcasts, oral history interviews, bluegrass banjo jams, piano sonatas, film narrations, funky percussion grooves, and other sick beats.

The library’s Music Lab—already home to an impressive collection of CD’s, LP’s, film course reserves, and digital music/video editing software—built this new center as a creative space for students to bring their audio and video projects to life.  The walls have been acoustically treated to keep outside noises out and inside noises in.  Students can bring their own instruments, and those with electric guitars can plug directly into the thunderbolt audio interface without using an amplifier, which are too noisy for the second floor.  In the quiet of the library, users finally have a space to get loud…ish.

The lab features an assortment of high quality recording hardware, such as microphones, a drum pad, keyboards, and a 10-channel mixer.  Users will also have access to audio and video editing software like Adobe Audition, Wavelab, GarageBand, Logic Pro X, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, and more.


Don’t let the high-tech software intimidate you.  Audio lab assistants are standing by to help you navigate the controls and the equipment.  You can also brush up on your video and music editing skills by creating an account with ATU’s Virtual Training Center (VTC).  This service—free to the Tech Community—offers tutorials and video guides to all kinds of video/audio software, including most of the software in the Audio Lab.

Reserve a two hour slot today by contacting Luke Heffley or Lowell Lybarger.  More information about making reservations, lab hours, use guidelines, and more can be viewed at the new Audio Lab website:

For any questions about the Audio Lab, Music Lab, or more, email our expert in all things audio, RPL’s Music Librarian, Dr. Lowell Lybarger.

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Film Festival Wrap-Up

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