Archives for November 2013

Thanksgiving hours

The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will keep the following hours for the week of November 25th through December 1st:

Monday, Nov. 25th: 7:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M.

Tuesday, Nov. 26th: 7:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M.

Wednesday, Nov. 27th: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (may close early)

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 28th-30th: CLOSED

Sunday, Dec. 1st: 2:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

Happy Thanksgiving and stay tuned for more announcements about our extended hours during final exams!


Remembering JFK


Fifty years ago, on November 22, 1963, the nation and the world were shocked by the news that the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.  To mark this historic anniversary, we have highlighted some of the materials available in the Library’s collection regarding this event and the president.


  •  JFK assassination files : newspaper clippings from 1963-68 (Collection).  This collection of clippings from the The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, The Nashville Tennessean, The Washington Post, and Life magazine were assembled following Kennedy’s assassination.  They include editorials, photographs, news, and reports of the investigation of the Warren Commission as it occurred.  These are assembled in two, three-ring binders in our Special Collections room.  Just ask at Reference if you would like to view them.
  • Post JFK assassination Air Force One flight deck recording (Online Audio).  This audio recording is available online through the Government Printing Office website and consists of two hours of Air Force One flight deck recordings immediately following the assassination. The recording includes conversations between pilots, staff, and secret service agents regarding the incident and the disposition of the president’s body. The recording also includes the use of code names for some of the individuals involved.
  • JFK (Videorecording).  Directed by Oliver Stone, this is the story of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison whose investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy became an obsession.
  • Profiles in courage (Book).  John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, written when he was a junior senator from Massachusetts.  It documents the true accounts of eight American patriots at different junctures in American History.
  • JFK and the unspeakable (Audiobook). James W. Douglass sheds new light on the Kennedy assassination and its significance, taking listeners from the Oval Office to the fateful presidential motorcade in Dallas and exposing the “Unspeakable” forces behind it all.
  • The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection (Online Collection).  Collection held at the National Archives and consists of the JFK Database, photographs, reports and other items.  Some of the items included digitized images of  bullet fragments and the windshield of the President’s limousine, the autopsy report, and eyewitness accounts, including Lady Bird Johnson’s diary on the assassination.


Atomic Age Apocalypse

If living in close proximity to a nuclear power plant has made you paranoid of atomic, mutated arthropods, you won’t want to miss Mike Bogue’s presentation entitled, “Atom Age Apocalypse: Mutants, Monsters, and Mushroom Clouds.”

The presentation will be on November 21st, in Ross Pendergraft Library, Room 300 at 7:00 P.M.

Picture of Them! DVD cover

Mike, an alumnus of Arkansas Tech University, will present a tribute to the 1950’s science fiction movies that inspired the works of such film-making giants as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

Mike worked on the Russellville Campus of Arkansas Tech University from 1993 to 2011, and is currently Coordinator of Student Success on the Ozark Campus.  His work has appeared in Scary Monsters Magazine, G-FAN, Castle of Frankenstein, Wonder, Space & Time, The Lookout, and Daikaiju! 3: Giant Monsters vs. the World.  He also recently published a book titled Atomic Drive-In (also available at the Library).

If you want to start preparing for the lecture (or the apocalypse / giant reptile attack), the Music Lab at Ross Pendergraft Library has a selection of 1950’s science fiction movies waiting to grab you:

picture of The Blob's DVD cover

Or, if you want to view in bulk, the Sci-Fi Classics collection features 50 classic, science fiction movies on 12 discs.

For more information about the presentation or our film collection, contact the atomic librarians from outer space at or 479-964-0569.

Nursing Resources

This week, we’re spotlighting the medical resource, OvidSP—a full-text database containing over 67 journals in the field of Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacology, Patient Education, Clinical Medicine, and more.

You can find OvidSP though our Library homepage, under Research–>Tech Databases.  Scroll down to find it in our alphabetical list of database titles.

Main search box of OvidSP


What makes OvidSP different from of the other databases is its ability to retrieve multimedia files, including video, charts, and photographs, to help give life, movement, and color your research results.  Imagine preparing presentation for your topic, and having access to charts and images to include in your slides?  Just search a topic and check the box for “Include Multimedia.”  If the full-text articles include pictures, OvidSP gives you the option of exporting all images into a PowerPoint file.

OvidSP is also able to manage your citations by allowing you to export in your preferred style—such as Chicago, APA, MLA, and many others—into your email, a word document, or other citation management systems.  Send articles to yourself via email or create a personal login to save your searches and search results.

You can also limit search results by publication year, article type, journal subjects, and relevancy (also known as “star ranking).  Avoid the information overload and try limiting to results published just in the last year or just within one or more sets of journals.

Having trouble with too little information?  Change the resource selection in Ovid SP to include the Abstracts and Table of Contents for Ovid Journals as well as the Arkansas Tech Full Text resource.

Displays 2 resource types

This will broaden your search to include the abstracts and table of contents of hundreds of other journals.  However, you may have to use Inter-Library Loan or search for journal titles in our A-to-Z electronic journal list to retrieve full text of the articles.

For more information about OvidSP, view this quick tutorial available on Youtube:

You can also contact one of your friendly neighborhood librarians at the Reference Desk or through email at if you have any more questions about this database, other databases, or research of any kind.