Thanksgiving Hours

The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will be closing early Tuesday, November 22nd, at 9:00 PM and Wednesday, November 23rd at 5:00 PM (or whenever the University closes).  It will not reopen until Monday, November 28th, at 7:00 AM.  See our website for regular hours and upcoming finals schedule.

Despite the holiday closing, you can be especially thankful that many of our services and resources are available online, at any time, whether the campus is closed or open.  Below, we have listed just a few of the resources you can access from wherever your holidays take you:

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  • Statista – Be prepared for any family gathering with this handy resource for quick facts, statistics, and eye-catching infographics.  This specialized database, available on our A-to-Z database page, contains business, marketing, and population statistics from around the world.  Each chart or graph can be directly exported into Powerpoint, PDF, or Excel for an extra visual boost to your reports and presentations.  Data sources include Nielsen, Euromonitor, Experian Simmons, GfK, Ipsos Affluent Survey, Gallup, US government agencies, private companies, non-profits, and many more.statistic_id208104_average-cost-of-a-thanksgiving-dinner-in-the-us-1990-2016
  • PBS Video Collection—Veg out in your tryptophan stupor by selecting a film from this collection of award-winning documentaries and series.  Watch full-length content from any device on subjects such history, current events, psychology, art, music, and more.  Browse by topic or field of interest, or search for series or videos directly.
  • Research Guides—Get to the meat of library resources using our collection of subject and resource guides.  Find resources of all types in most of the major’s offered at ATU.  Each guide includes tutorials, top databases and resources, as well as citation help to get you through each stage of a research project.  Browse new books in the library our Popular Reading guide:

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Need face-to-face help?  Catch us before we close by stopping by at our Reference Desk, calling us toll-free at (855) 761-0006, or sending us a text at (479) 802-4876.  We are also available via email at askalibrarian@atu.edu for all your pre and post-Thanksgiving research needs.  Safe travels and enjoy the break!

Be More With PBS Video

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The Ross Pendergraft Library is thrilled to announce the recent acquisition of the PBS Video Collection.

Stream quality documentary films and programs produced by the leading educational video producer in the country.  The collection includes over 400 documentary films and programs, and each one can be streamed over any device with an internet connection.  Save yourself the trip to the library (or the store), and watch any of these videos on demand.

Included in the collection are some of the rich documentaries produced by Ken Burns, long-established programs like Nova and Frontline, and other educational films from a variety of disciplines.  Most of the available programs were produced in the last ten years, giving you more up-to-date content to use in classroom instruction.

Every film comes with a full transcript which is searchable across the database.  You can also send videos to a tablet or phone, share them via email, or embed them in a web platform like Blackboard.  If you want to create clips of videos or a playlist of clips, there are easy-to-use tools within each video for just that purpose.

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Do you have questions about this collection?  Want to know how to clip videos, create playlists, or embed videos into Blackboard?  Email us at askalibrarian@atu.edu.  For videos not in the PBS collection, try searching among the thousands of videos located in the Music Lab collection on the Library’s second floor.

 

On Trial

The deadline for our latest collection trial databases is closing in fast.  Take advantage of these free collections while they last:

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Thousands of full-text, academic e-books are at your disposal from now until Wednesday, November 26th.  Browse titles in Business, Anthropology, Science, and more.  For more information about what’s offered, see their libguide, which covers search strategies, video tutorials, and more information about their titles.

PBS Video Collection

Be more with this collection of streaming videos from PBS provided through Alexander Street Press.  Browse your favorite episodes of Nova, or watch one of the award-winning documentaries from Ken Burnes, all from the comfort of your laptop.  Hundreds of documentary films are available through this collection, and each includes scrolling transcripts and the ability to make clips and playlists.  But hurry–this trial ends December 6th.

Birds of North America Online

Ornithologists rejoice!  You have access to the comprehensive life histories of over 700 species of birds breeding in the U.S. and Canada.  Search for birds by keyword or species to get a treasure of information including photos, illustrations, migratory patterns, distribution, and other basic information.  The database also includes video and audio recordings of birds, as well as data tables.  This database is the enhanced, online version of the paper version now roosting in the Reference collection.  You have until 12/15/14 to enjoy.

So let us know what you think through askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Your comments, criticisms, witticisms, praise, or blame help make the Library a better place for you, other students, and for the whole campus.  Email your friendly neighborhood librarian today!