Archives for March 2014

New Trials

For a limited time only, test drive some of our new trial databases and collections in business, humanities, social sciences, and statistics.  The Library has four trials this spring of new products, including ebook collections, online encyclopedias, and a new GIS database.

International Historical Statistics

While 93% of all statistics reported in this article are false, you can be accurate in your research papers and persuasive essays using this ebook of historical statistics.  Access 260 years of international economic and social indicators from the comfort of your own office/dorm room/Starbucks table.  Chapters are organized by region, and include tables for population, agriculture, education, prices, labor, communications, and more.  The ebook includes a user guide, as well as an easy-to-use search tab to find specific data within this comprehensive work.  Trial ends 4/30/14.

Palgrave Connect (ebooks)

Explore this collection of over 12,500 ebooks in the humanities, social sciences, and business.  Search for specific titles or browse by subject, most-accessed titles, or the 2014 collection highlights.  Users have the option of viewing books within a web-browser, sending them to a Kindle, or downloading books to their computer or mobile device.  This trial ends on 4/30/14.

The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management

This online encyclopedia includes over 700 entries written by leading academics and practitioners in the field of marketing, with new entries added once a month until 2015.  Users can browse a list of all entries or search for specific words, concepts, and people.  Trial ends on 4/30/14.

PolicyMap

PolicyMap database is a new Geographic Information System of maps, tables, and reports.  Find demographic data, health data, mortgage trends, school performance, crime statistics, and more using a simple, map-based interface.  Switch from a map-based view to tables, reports, and more by navigating through easy-to-use tabs.  Upload your own data and see it mapped out along with other indicators already in PolicyMap.  If you have an interest in market studies, business planning, site selection, or other research using maps and statistical data, give this system a whirl.  Trial ends 5/24/14.

Hate them?  Love them?  Confused about your feelings for these resources?  We want to know about it: askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Your feedback impacts our purchasing decisions, so if you want to use any of these next semester and beyond, let us know.

Slavery By Another Name

On Tuesday, March 18th, at 7:00 P.M. in RPL room 300, join us for a screening of the PBS documentary, Slavery by Another Name.

Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Douglas Blackmon, this documentary explores the period from the end of the Civil War until World War II, when tens of thousands of African Americans in the South were incarcerated, often arbitrarily, from laws enacted specifically to intimidate blacks.  As prisoners, they were then sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries, and farm plantations. Thousands of other African Americans were simply seized and compelled into years of involuntary servitude.

Immediately following the movie, Dr. Pete Dykema, professor of history at ATU, will lead a discussion of this overlooked and sinister history of the American South.  The film and lecture are free and open to the public.

If you can’t make it to the movie, you can always check out the film from the Library, or watch online through PBS.org.  For more information about this film or the screening, contact us at 479-964-0569 or askalibrarian@atu.edu.