Thursday, January 29, 2015


Is your T: drive always getting full? Try saving to your OneDrive! All students have a Microsoft OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) account through their e-mail address. 

You can save directly to your OneDrive from any Microsoft Office product by:

  1. Open the file menu
  2. Hit "save", if this is the first time saving the document, or "save as", if you've saved it to another location previously.
  3. Choose One Drive from the list
  4. Log into your account using your go.tarleton e-mail address

Your OneDrive has plenty of space to hold all your documents and files and you can access it from any computer by going to and logging in with your go.tarleton e-mail address.

OneDrive also gives you access to online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel that you can use in a web browser from anywhere.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Years' Resolutions

We have lots of resources to help you keep your resolutions this year.
Here is a brief overview.

For articles: search Discovery with keywords like personal finance or money management. For more targeted results, you might want to try the x database.

For books
(print, e-books, audio): search the library catalog with similar keywords.
If you are in the library, try browsing this call # range upstairs (ask for help if you need it): RM220.

For articles: search Discovery with keywords like weight loss OR healthy eating. For more targeted results, you might want to try the Consumer Health database.

For books
(print, e-books, audio): search the library catalog with similar keywords.
If you are in the library, try browsing this call # range upstairs (ask for help if you need it):

For articles: search Discovery with keywords like time. For more targeted results, you might want to try the Consumer Health database.

For books (print, e-books, audio): search the library catalog with similar keywords.
If you are in the library, try browsing this call # range upstairs (ask for help if you need it):

Films on Demand
Don't forget that our great Films on Demand database has lots of resources--you can search by subject or keyword.  Be sure to use your username and password if you are off-campus.

Questions? Contact the reference desk during library hours at (254) 968-9249.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Five Reference Queries

The Reference staff get asked a wide variety of questions each day. The following list, in no particular order, is a collection of frequently asked questions asked at the Reference desk at the beginning of a semester.

1.       Where are the bathrooms?

·         There are two sets of men's/women's bathrooms on the main and upper levels. These sets are in the front and back of the library.

2.       Where are the printers?

·         Printers are located on all three levels of the library. The main level has two - one is by Periodicals and the other is in the large copy center next to the Multi-Purpose Room.

 3.       Can I print in color?

·         Yes, there is a color printer in the large copy center next to the Multi-Purpose Room.

 4.       Can you help me locate this book?

·         Certainly. I can go up with you or I can give you a floor map.

 5.       Do you have XXXXXX textbook?

·         We do not normally purchase textbooks but we may have an older edition that has been donated by a previous user.

The Reference desk is physically manned 101 hours a week ready to answer your questions.
The Reference staff can be reached in person, over the phone (254-968-9249) and by our Ask a Librarian email service. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Books Displays

Crystal's book art at the Reference Desk new books display
Those of you who’d like to browse through some of the newest things added to the Dick Smith Library’s collection should take a look at our new books displays. There are two on the main floor: one at the Reference Desk and one in the student lounge. Crystal Money, the library’s Reference Assistant, maintains both areas and switches out the books at the beginning of every month. Everything in the displays is available to be checked out.

Here are a few of the books currently on display:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quiet Zones!

With all of the new collaboration spaces in the Library Learning Commons, it may be difficult for some of you to find a quiet place to study. Did you know that we have a designated Quiet Zone? That's right! On the 3rd floor of the library, there is a section in the back with study tables and study rooms visibly marked Quiet Zone. We want you to be able to concentrate and feel comfortable when you're in the library. We hope that this was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Call (254)968-9249 or email
Follow us @tarletonlib

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We heard you!

In response to some of the feedback and comments obtained from the Library Learning Commons survey, the library has added some amenities just for you!  Additional seating and another table were added to the collections area of the main floor.

Look for side tables located throughout the main floor,
which are easy to move and use with your laptop.  
Have other ideas to make the Learning Commons "just like home"? Let us know!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tarleton Alumni Cookbook Authors Visit Campus

Nicole Sparks and Jenna Marwitz are authors of the cookbook, Slow Cookin' Companion. They have a Facebook community of more than 620,000 likes. Their website,, sees over 20,000 visits daily. Eight months after starting their Facebook page, their first cookbook became a bestseller at Barnes and Noble. They have released two seasonal magazines, Crockin' for the Holidays and Crockin' Clean. Both being alumni from Tarleton, they used the dining hall and facilities to help create their latest cookbook due out on Mother's Day 2015. They held a meet and greet on Wednesday, January 7th, allowing anyone to get a behind the scenes look at the making of their second book. They guided visitors around what they called "The Crock-a-thon," where they had about 30 crock-pots set up, a food pantry, food prep station, prop room (which was all owned by them), camera prepping station and photoshoot booths for the final result of the dish. The Crock-a-thon lasted almost 5 days and they had volunteers who came in to help make the recipes. All the dishes were taste-approved and then added to the 2nd edition book. After showing some of the library staff around, they took pictures and signed a cookbook for the library collection.
The library staff had a great experience meeting these two women who are a great example to Tarleton students today. The good thing is, the recipes are so tasty. Today, we leave you with a yummy pot roast recipe from their cookbook to try out this week.

Stone Family Roast
A classic Sunday special from Jenna's Childhood. 

1/2 cup flour (or enough to coat roast)
salt and pepper, to taste
3 to 4-pound beef roast
1-pound package of baby carrots
1 white onion, cut in rings
3 potatoes, cut in chunks
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 1/2 cup water

Mix 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper. Coat roast in mixture and brown in a skillet. Place in the slow cooker with carrots, onions and potatoes. Add beef broth and water. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Books

Are you looking for books relating to Christmas? 

We have several here in the library for all age groups; here's a few of the ones we own:
Book Jacket

 A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel
 PZ8.3 .B8253 BAD 2011        
 Curriculum Collection

Book Jacket   

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens;            Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger.
PZ7.D55 CEW 2000B                               Curriculum Collection

Book Jacket 

Scout, the Christmas dog
by Andrew Sansom
SF429.L3 S26 2006                             Curriculum Collection

Book Jacket 

American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960
by Kenneth L. Ames
NC1866 .C5 A44 2011
General Stacks


Book Jacket

Christmas Poems 
selected by Myra Cohn Livingston.
PN6110.C5 C59 1984                           Curriculum Collection

Come take a look! We're open all this week from 8AM-5PM. 

Need helping locating any of these books? 

Ask a libary staff member at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk for assistance. 

You may also 
call (254)968-9249 or 
email for assistance. 

*All images pulled from our Discovery@Tarleton service; these books may not have the same cover as the images shown above. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

We're Open

We love to help our patrons! Come in and see us today, tomorrow, the next day, and the next, and the next! That's right we will be open all week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Need some reading materials for over the Christmas break, we have them! Need to use a computer to check emails, you can do that too! If you have any questions, give us a call at 254-968-9249 or send an email to

Happy Holidays!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Interim Hours

The library will have reduced hours after final exams are concluded.   For the semester interim:

December 12 - 23 and January 5 - 11
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Weekends

Closed December 24 through January 4

All of us at the Tarleton Libraries join in wishing you a happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Fun Christmas Quiz

Are you tired of taking hard finals?  
Would you like to have a little fun with a quiz? 
Here's a Christmas Song story quiz by John and Sandy Griffin which will let you test your knowledge.  In case you need some help here's a list of resources from our library catalog which could help you with this quiz:

  • Sleigh Rides Jingle Bells & Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs (ML 2881 .U6 L 36 2013) 
  • Christmas Season [electronic resource]: Favourite Christmas Songs = Weihnachtsfreude: Beliebte Weihnachtslieder [XX(447557.1)]
  • Songs for a Williamsburg Christmas [sound recording] by Williamsburg Madigral Singers (M1629.3 .C5)
  • Songs of Christmas. [sound recording] M5100 .N6S6 1956

Sandy's Christmas Song story 
Select a song from the list below and fill in the blanks to complete the story.  If you want to make it really tough cover up the answer list at the bottom and do it from memory. Note that in some cases there are several answers that may fit in to any given blank. However, part of the puzzle is to make sure that you use every song title appropriately only one time.  

One ______ ______ as we were tucked in our bed and dreaming of a________ _________  we heard a noise__ ___ ___ _____. My husband and I quickly got out of bed to see what was happening. We couldn't believe our eyes for there was _____ _____ _____ standing in our living room looking down at our young lad and saying ___ ____ ___ ____? Our son was talking to him and telling him __ ___ ___ ___ ____ __ __ ___ ____ ____. I turned to my husband and said ____ ____ ___ ___ _____ ___? 
      My husband said, "Well, ___ ______ __ __ __ ___ ___ ______ around here. At least it is not like last year when our son was telling everybody _ ___ ____ ___ ___ _____ I sure am glad you didn't make me wear that outfit again this year."   We told Santa "have a ___ _____ __________ and left him to his work. As we left we asked "Is there anything else you need?" He replied, "For the sake my sleigh ___ __ ___, ___ __ ____ , ____ ___ ___ We awoke on Christmas morning to find that someone had decorated our tree. We inquired, "___ ___ ____' ____ _____ ____ who decorated you? and now what does the rest of the house need? The tree boughed and then pined, "You could ____ ____ ____ ___ __ ___ ___ I miss her."  
       Soon the phone rang and it was our daughter telling us __ ____ ______ ____ ______ or else I'll have a _________ __________ without you. We were wondering how we would tell her the news that her ____ ___ ___ __ ___ ______. And no it wasn't ____ ____ __ ___ ___ who did it. At dusk carolers came into our yard, stood amongst the spruce and fir and sang ____ ____ ____ __ ______ among the leaves so green. So we passed out mugs of mulled cider and then sent them on their way. Another Christmas day was done and we sat with a cup of cider as we listened to the crackle of the ____ _____ __ __ ____ _____, raised our glasses to this toast to all of you. __ ___ ___ ___ ___ ________! 

------------- Cover this part below if you’d like a real challenge -------------

Not in correct order 1. Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree 2. Up on the Housetop 3. Blue Christmas 4. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth 5. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer 6. Jolly Old St. Nicholas 7. We Wish You a Merry Christmas  8. Holly Jolly Christmas 9. It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas 10 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 11. Let it Snow, Let it snow, Let it snow 12 . Silent Night 13. I'll Be Home for Christmas 14. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer 15. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire 16. Here We Come A Wassailing 17. What Child is This? 18. White Christmas 19. Do you Hear What I Hear? 20. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly. 
See answers below:
Correct order of answers,12,18,2,6,17,4,19,9,10,8,11,1,20,13,3,14,5,16,15,7


Thursday, December 4, 2014

All Night Study Hours

All Night Study hours begin tonight, Thursday, December 4th! The library will be open continuously from now until 10pm tomorrow, Friday, December 5th. We will keep our normal Saturday hours (10am - 6pm). On Sunday we will open at Noon and stay open continuously until 10pm on Thursday, December 11th.

A Texan Card ID will be REQUIRED during all Night Study hours (Midnight - 7am).

Study hard Texans!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Most Famous Author From Each State

The end of the semester is almost here! Hopefully some of you will find time to do some reading that is not required for a class.

Do you have a favorite author?  I found this blog post about famous authors and from which states they hail.  Take a look and then comment and let us know if you agree with the writer assigned to your state!

The Most Famous Author From Each State

Monday, December 1, 2014


Do you ever feel as though you have so much on your mind that you can't possibly relax?
You're not alone.
You may find the practice of mindfulness helpful.

Mindfulness is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary* as "a state of intense concentration on one's own thought processes; self-awareness." 

creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by Mrs Janet R:

Instead of worrying about the future or regretting the past, you are focused on the present moment.
How does one achieve this enviable state?

Start with our resources
If you search our catalog using meditation OR stress management as a subject, you will find over a hundred resources, including print books, e-books, and streaming video.

Click on image for a close up.
Need help?
Give us a call at (254) 968-9249 during library hours.

Edited to add: If you need a quick audio boost, try these free guided meditations from UCLA.
If you have a few more minutes, search "Guided Meditations" on our Films on Demand database.

*This link is intended for Tarleton faculty, staff, and students with access to our online resources. If you are off-campus, you will have to log in using your UID and password.