Friday, February 27, 2009

Library Instruction


Did you know?

Many college students overestimate their ability to search databases, find credible information and evaluate resources. The Dick Smith library offers instruction on:
  • Research and Time Management
  • Search Techniques
  • Resources and Services
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Citing Sources in MLA (or APA)
  • Evaluating Sources
Sessions can be
  • Tailored to specific assignments when necessary
  • Held on all campuses in various settings
  • Scheduled at your convenience
You can schedule a session by calling Cathy Wilterding at x9456 or Yvonne Mulhern at x9934 or by submitting a request form.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

John Tarleton Agricultural College Dairy Barn - 1919

Tarleton is getting a new dairy barn…well not exactly…it is getting a new state of the art Southwest Regional Dairy Center which will serve not only Tarleton but the rest of Texas and surrounding states as a learning and research dairy! Groundbreaking is set for tomorrow, Friday, February 27, 2009, at 10 a.m.

Tarleton has long been an agricultural school! John Tarleton wanted the local children with few resources to have a place to get a useful education. Through the years Tarleton agriculture students have excelled in many areas of agriculture and won in contests such as dairy judging, soil judging, horse judging, intercollegiate rodeo, and meat judging, to name a few. At one time the poultry division even held egg laying contests!

In 1917 Tarleton became a part of the A & M System and the name was changed to John Tarleton Agricultural College. Here you see Tarleton’s first dairy barn, built in 1919. The 1919 Grassburr states that “the college dairy barn will house the grade Guernsey herd which is being built up. The main room will accommodate forty-eight cows, and is provided with every convenience and sanitary device which a dairyman could wish. It is provided with shower baths, tool room, engine room, wash room, can airing room, laboratory and office. When the college herd outgrows the present structure a fifty-foot wing will be added to the west”.

Wow! We have certainly come a long way!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Audiovisual Collection

As you exit the stairs or elevator onto the lower level of the Dick Smith Library, just to the right is the Audiovisual (AV) Collection. For you commuters or anyone about to take a long road trip, there is a growing collection of audiobooks in CD format, with many audiobooks still available in cassette format. Suggestions for CD format audiobook purchases are always welcome; use the comments area below!

There are also small but growing collections of DVDs and music and other information on CD, primarily to support the university’s educational programs. There are also (for now) VHS videocassettes, audio cassette tapes, 35 mm slides, and even vinyl phonograph records. Faculty may check out items for a full semester; students, staff, and others may check out CDs and DVDs for 7 days and all other media (except records) for 28 days.

Listening and viewing equipment is provided for individual and group use, in a small AV room in the area, plus some individual study carrels. Media equipment available for use on-site includes televisions with VCR and DVD players, a slide projector, a stereo phonograph, and an audio cassette and CD player. Microphones and headphones are available for use with this equipment.

Some specialized equipment is also available for public use in this area, such as a VideoEye video magnification system and a TeleSensory Vantage CCD (both used to magnify print and objects), and an opaque projector (to enlarge drawings for tracing, as in the photograph to the left).

Special Services Librarian Amanda Pape and Special Services Assistant Vickie Sowell are available to assist patrons in locating all media materials and in using the media equipment from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. For assistance beyond these hours contact the Information Desk or the Circulation Desk on the main floor.

[photo: opaque projector in use - Special Services Department]

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday – Freedom to Read

It is Tuesday again – How about a list? In the United State we observe Banned Books Week and in Canada they honor Freedom to Read. Both are such GREAT ideas. We should celebrate all our freedoms! This week (February 22-28, 2008) the Canadian Freedom of Expression Committee is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Freedom to Read campaign. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate your Freedom to Read!

  • Stay informed. If you read or hear about a challenge, support both your librarian and free and open access to library materials.
  • Exercise your rights! Check out or re-read a favorite banned book
  • Get involved. Volunteer to help your library.
  • Hold a discussion about the freedom to read and helps educate others about censorship.
  • Speak out. Write letters to the editor, congressman, etc. supporting the freedom to read.
  • Talk to your neighbors and friends about why everyone should be allowed to choose for themselves and their families what they read.
  • Encourage your book group to read and discuss a book, any book – you are free to choose!
  • Give one of your favorite books as a gift.
  • Share Your Experience - let others us know your Freedom to Read and why you celebrate it!
  • Join the Freedom to Read Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to the legal and financial defense of intellectual freedom, especially in libraries.

Freedom to Read Week 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

How to Understand the Financial Crisis

The financial crisis is more than I can wrap my head around, but in the spirit of educating listeners, NPR linked to this video The Crisis of Credit Visualized by Jonathan Jarvis.

Also, in a similar vein, John Carney provides AIG implodes: The Two Cows Version.

Perhaps these may educate you, and if not, at least entertain you, albeit briefly. If anyone knows about an understandable Economics textbook, preferably the comic book version, please share!

Writer's Block?

Try the Writing Center@thelibrary, Rm 106 (near the coffee bar) 6p.m.-9p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Learn more about the writing process, including how to: select a topic, organize your paper, write a first draft, revise your work and cite sources.

You do NOT have to be writing an English paper to get help; work from all classes and majors is welcome.

You can also get help with the TSU Writing Proficiency Exam.

Go to the TSU Writing Center page for more information or call 968-1814 to schedule an appointment.

(Image courtesy of re_birf at

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sites that offer free MP3s

Love to listen to your MP3 player, but paying for new downloads just isn't in your budget?? Check out this list of website that offer free Mp3 downloads compiled by Keep Rocking: 30+ Sites for Free and Legal Music. Maybe you'll discover the next big musical sensation!

  • Amazon MP3 Store - The vast majority of the music at Amazon is for sale, but they do have a rotation of free tracks available for download.
  • - Focused on promoting new and independent music, their downloads range from free to $0.98 as they grow in popularity.
  • - An enormous collection of public domain music, expired copyright tracks, as well as some free contemporary music.
  • - It started off as a resource for independent electronic musicians, but is now open to all. All tracks can be downloaded for free.
  • - Offers over 13,000 free tracks from mostly European acts.
  • - A music webzine covering hundreds of music labels, and offering thousands of free & legal songs for you to download.
  • - a site dedicated to music that you can download to remix and post your results, all under the Creative Commons license.
  • - Most people think CNet’s is just about software, but they also have tens of thousands of free MP3s you can download from new as well as up and coming bands.
  • - A large selection of free tracks from smaller record companies that are free to download with larger releases available for purchase
  • - Offers over 30,000 legal downloads that are managed through a partnership with the labels. Starts you off with credit for 101 free upon registering.
  • - A blog that posts reviews of complete albums that are available for free downloads from numerous sources.
  • - Independent bands can upload their music, then have it rated by users, as well as downloaded for free.
  • - Features streaming music from all of the major labels as well as numerous smaller companies, with numerous free downloadable tracks.
  • - Finding the free downloads on iTunes can be a chore, this site does the work for you and lets you know what’s free each week.
  • - Artists upload their albums under Creative Commons, allowing new listeners to discover their work. Although free, there is the opportunity to donate to the performers of your choice.
  • - While most people know for its streaming and social aspects, they offer a weekly chart of downloadable free mp3s.
  • Live Music Archive - Part of, features thousands of live performances by smaller bands as well as the likes of the Grateful Dead and Jason Mraz.
  • - A band promotion site focusing on various forms of heavy metal, and allowing bands to upload mp3s users can download for free.
  • - Besides their paid section, does offer a large selection of free tracks from acts small and large alike.
  • - Focusing on Australian bands, offers a repository for bands to upload their music for people to download and try for free.
  • MP34U - Works in conjunction with, this site finds sources of free music & legal music from all over the Web.
  • - Searches multiple sources to bring you approximately a million free song downloads.
  • - A sister site to MP34U, wherein the artists upload their tracks themselves, and helps them promote their work.
  •—click on “111,000 Free MP3s” at the top of the page
  • - Allows independent musicians to set up profiles for themselves, stream their music and gives them the option of enabling their work for free downloads.
  • - Ruckus provides free music to people with .edu email addresses, and requires you to renew your licenses for DRM once a year.
  • - Offering a mixture of signed and unsigned artists the opportunity to set up profile pages and either stream their music or offer it up for free downloads.
  • Major release albums and tracks available for the price of just watching some advertisements.
  • - Daily free mp3s from various artists, as well as rotating free albums.
  • - A site for independent artists to promote themselves. Artists can upload tracks either for free or at a user cost of $0.89.
  • - We7 offers mp3 downloads for free, but they do have advertisements attached to them. If you want them without the ads, they do offer a paid alternative.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Ferguson Hall is 50!
Constructed in 1958-59, Ferguson Hall was completed in Jaunary 1959 and ready for the boys to move into the Spring semester of 1959. “Each room contained a bunk bed, sliding door closets, built in drawers, a cupboard, desk, bookshelves, and a wash basin, as well as tile lavatories and showers. The unairconditioned building did not have a lounge but shared the existing reception/recreation area in Bender Hall”. (Guthrie, John Tarleton and His Legacy, p.117)

Ferguson Hall was named after former Associate Dean George Ollie Ferguson. He was a lifelong Erath County resident and attended John Tarleton College from its’ opening year in 1899 until 1901. He received his BA from the University of Texas in 1907 and was hired at Tarleton in 1913 as professor and head of the department of history and economics. In 1920 he was promoted to Associate Dean and registrar and served in that capacity until semi-retirement in 1946. (Dick Smith Library Cross Timbers Historic Images Project, Chamberlain, George O. Ferguson narrative).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Print Periodicals

A couple months ago you read about how books and audiovisual items are added to the collection (selected, ordered, received, cataloged, and processed). What about periodicals: newspapers, magazines, scholarly and professional journals? This post will talk about those that come in a physical format (in print or on microform: microfiche, microfilm, or microcard), as opposed to electronic journals accessible through the library’s databases.

“We have individual subscriptions to 740 titles, although some are print, some are online, and some are print+online, just to keep it interesting,“ said Janie Jones, Assistant Director for Serials and Electronic Resources. For both print and microform newspapers and journals, Periodicals Specialist Sandy Dennis checks them in to our SIRSI database, to make the issues show up as part of our holdings in the online public access catalog.

The 15 newspapers the Dick Smith Library subscribes to are processed first, and put out on the shelf ASAP, due to their often-daily nature. The latest issue is on display in the eastern side of the Periodicals area (at the back of the main floor of the library), with slightly older issues on the shelf just below it. Even older issues are kept in a back room for a certain length of time, usually until a microform version of the periodical arrives.

Magazines and journals come out weekly, monthly, or even less frequently. The volume number and issue number are written in the top left corner of the cover with a colon between them (for example, 28:4 for volume 28, issue 4). The volume refers to all the issues published during a given publishing period (usually a calendar year, but not always).

Like newspapers, the latest issue of a periodical is displayed face-out, with a few older issues on the shelf just below. Older issues are kept either until a microform copy arrives, or until one or more volumes can be bound together with a hardback cover.

“We have five rows of cabinets full of microfilm and microfiche,” said Sandy. When the microforms arrive, they are checked in like paper copies and filed.

What happens if an issue of a newspaper or journal does NOT come in on time? How do we get it? “They may be claimed after a designated period of time through [the vendor’s] claims process,” explained Sandy. “Usually we receive a replacement. If we are unable to get a replacement we then add that title to our Gaps list,” and those missing issues are requested through Duplicate Exchange, a national listserv through which libraries offer unneeded titles to other libraries.

Binding helps preserve the journals by keeping individual issues from falling apart or being lost. The Dick Smith Library contracts with a bindery service. The number of issues bound together depends on the thickness of an individual issue. Some journals are thick and you may only be able to bind two or three of the journals at a time,” said Sandy. “The bound thickness cannot be over 2.75 inches.” Very thin journals might have two or more years’ worth put together. They are bound inside a solid-colored hardbound cover which is printed with the name of the journal and the volume number(s) and year(s) it includes.

Bound journals are stored on the northwest side of the Library, going back to 1986. Journals from 1985 and earlier are stored Offsite. Sandy stated, “We have Offsite request forms for patrons [also available online] and we check email [] for requests” as well as for interlibrary loan. “Trips to Offsite are scheduled twice a day,” explained Janie, “but we will try to work with patrons.”

Faculty and grad assistants may check out periodicals for a week. Students are not allowed to remove periodicals from the library, but may make copies as needed. Periodicals requested from Offsite are held at the Circulation Desk for a week for use by the student, and are subsequently returned Offsite. “We do note usage of onsite periodicals, so patrons do not need to refile periodicals; they may be left on tables, or placed in the bins available,” said Janie. “And so it goes!”

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Library Services you should know

It Tuesday again! Wow how the semester is flying by. I wanted to do a follow up from my previous post The 10 Library Resources you should know and talk about 10 Library Services everyone should know about!
  1. SEARCH for articles, proceedings, abstracts, and .pdfs using the best Article Databases
  2. LOCATE journals in electronic format. - SFX
  3. SEARCH for books, eBooks, journals & AV materials. - Use the Llibrary Online Catalog, or Worldcat.
  4. FIND papers that cite a key reference. Use Web of Knowledge to do a cited reference search
  5. STAY CURRENT with newly-published research. Set up alerts using indexes and publishers' web sites to have new citations emailed to you automatically – Ebsco, ScienceDirect, Web of Knowledge, etc.
  6. Use the available OFF CAMPUS ACCESS to the Library's electronic resources.
  7. BUILD your own DATABASE or BIBLIOGRAPHY of citations and references. Use EndNote to manage references, pdfs and images & automatically format them for papers and theses.
  8. Use our RESEARCH/SUBJECT GUIDES to find the best place to locate information about a subject or topic
  9. BORROW materials that Tarleton does not own. Use ILLIAD our Interlibrary Loan Service
  10. RENEW and TRACK the books you have borrowed from the library using the Library Online Catalog.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Time Management

Are you having trouble with time management? Would you like some pointers on organizing yourself? While David Allen's site on Getting Things Done offers individual or corporate coaching services, there is also plenty to be learned for free! One favorite tip is if a task takes two minutes or less, get off the couch, and DO IT.

Another personal favorite is a weekly plan. Make a two-column file. On the left side write your plans for the week, and on the right side write what you did. Add to the to-do side as things come up during the week. Move undone todos to the following week.

If you have *time* to get into this into more depth, the library has books! Use subject headings such as 'Personal Information Management' or 'Time Management'. Be sure and use the dropdown list and select 'Subject'--it will save you....time.

Note to instructors: the Student Counseling Center gives presentations on Time Management and the library gives presentations on Research Time-Savers (contact Yvonne Mulhern at X9934).

Share YOUR favorite tips!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Facebook & Privacy: Using One & Protecting the Other

We've all read or heard stories about the many ways Facebook postings have created social, professional, and economic havoc for people. Usually this causes us to wonder how we can avoid the same consequences.

One source of help is Tarleton's Career Services, which offers "Cleaning Up Your Digital Dirt" presentations. You can get more information by visiting Career Services (TSC 218) or calling their office (254-968-9078).

Another source of information is Nick O'Neill's 2-2-09 article "10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know" on AllFacebook (The Unofficial Facebook Resource). In this article, O’Neill offers a how-to guide for protecting your privacy on Facebook by controlling access to information.

A third source is the "Social Networks & Privacy" post on LOL, which offers links to articles about Facebook, employers, and employment.

Happy Library Lovers Day!

Every year since 2001 the Library has celebrated Valentine's Day as Library Lovers Day. This year because of the weekend, we are celebrating TODAY February 13th! We invite you to visit the Library and show your support. Come get your Library Lover's button and your candy!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

(clipping from February 14, 1956 J-TAC)
Valentines' Day at Tarleton
The brother and sister social clubs, D.S.T. and Los Cabelleros, held their first Valentine Dance in 1947. The social clubs thrived until the arrival of the Greek fraternities and sororities in the mid 1980’s. The 1947 Grassburr states:

"Many of the most representative, hard-working girls on the campus represent the D.S.T.’s. They work on the JTAC, Grassburr, A.W.S., and T.T.S. They all work for Tarleton. In February they entertained with an all-club Valentine Presentation Ball. Organized in 1938 this club has grown to be one of the best girls clubs on the campus. With their brother club, the Los Caballeros, the D.S.T.’s promote a feeling of friendship on the campus”.

The 1947 Grassburr also states:

"The motto of the los Caballeros might well be “friendship and progress in the social life of Tarleton”. Sponsors of the first “tag club dance” in Tarleton’s history, its members are ever on the lookout for new ideas. They have proved themselves to be among the students that make Tarleton what it is. They are the brother club of the D.S.T.”

"The D.S.T. and Los Cobbs also attended church services together several times a year. Miss Lola Rivers Thompson, former Head of the Tarleton Library, was the D.S.T. sponsor in 1945/46.

Happy Valentines' Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lincoln Birthday Bicentennial

Tomorrow, February 12, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, from 1861 through his untimely assassination in April 1865. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has put together a website that collects information on events across the country honoring this occasion, as well as an “Honest Abe Quiz,” data on Lincoln, and even teacher resources.

The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, opens a new exhibit on the 12th called With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition. It will include on-site exhibits with online features, with some Lincoln-related artifacts available digitally, at on-site kiosks as well as on the Library’s website.

There’s even a blog about Lincoln and food! Author Rae Katherine Eighmey spent three years researching Lincoln’s eating habits and food interests for an upcoming book. Her blog, What Lincoln Enjoyed Eating, will run for 10 weeks, from Lincoln’s 200th birthday to the anniversary of his assassination, featuring authentic recipes with historical background, adapted for modern kitchens.

The photo above is of Lincoln during his presidential campaign in August 1860, thought to be the last photograph of him without a beard. It is from the Library of Congress Flickr collection -- their complete set of Lincoln photos is here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday – Valentines Gifts

It Tuesday again, and this is Valentine's Week. I thought I would give you a list of the Top Ten (or 13) gifts to give your loved one. Because the first three items are on everyone lists already and because they mainly work as gifts for women, I've given you a few extra ideas. Many of these gifts will work for either a girl or a guy.

  • Jewelry – Make sure to choose the best jewelry that will match their personality.
  • Roses – Traditional, a bouquet of roses are timeless.
  • Chocolates – This is still one of the favorite gifts.

  • Perfume/Cologne – You won't go wrong if you choose a favorite fragrance.
  • iPod – This is one of the coolest gadgets that anyone would love. Give them the latest.
  • Watches – Novelty and stunning watches are also good picks for a valentines gift.
  • Cell Phone – Get them the latest and trendiest cell phone to keep your communication line open.
  • Digital Camera – Save those magical moments of your time spent together with this gadget.
  • Laptop – Laptops are very popular nowadays. Everyone needs one.
  • Lingerie – Surprise her with sexy lingerie that both of you will definitely appreciate.
  • Book – A good book will definitely make a good valentine gift.
  • Weekend getaway –A gift that the two of you will enjoy is a trip ticket to a favorite destination. Spend quality time with your beloved and just cherish the moment.
  • Gift card – A gift card is among the top gifts because you are giving freedom to choose and buy what they want.

I hope this list is helpful! Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

This view of Military Drive looking west toward the President's home was taken in 1935. After being built in 1923 at the cost of $8000, this house was home to Dean J. Thomas Davis. Tarleton presidents continued to live in the house until 1982. After that the home was named the Hall of Presidents. It was designated a Texas historical landmark in 1988 by the Texas Historical Commission. President W.O. Trogdon was the last president to reside in this home. On February 17, 2000 it was renamed the Trogdon House.

Also in view is the tall flagpole in front of the Administration building. In an article written by Frank Chamberlin for the Dick Smith Library Cross Timbers Historic Images Project the "flagpole has stood in front of the EJ Howell Education Building (formerly the Administration building) since 1920. A plaque attached to the pole lists the names of the students and contributors who donated to its' construction. This flagpole originally stood one hundred feet tall. ROTC cadets raised the flag at seven o’clock in the morning and lowered it at 5 o’clock each afternoon. The cannon was fired to commemorate the lowering of the flag in the evenings. The practice of firing the cannon continued into the 1940s. The pole has since been lowered, due to a city ordinance" (Guthrie 63, King 147, Traditions 25).

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Spotlight on: Systems

The Library’s Systems Department provides online and technology resources to the Library community. This two-person office, consisting of Systems Librarian Tracy Holtman and Computer Technician Chris Grantham, is very busy! “My phone rings off the wall!” says Tracy.

They support and maintain 11 networked printers and over 200 public and staff PCs and laptops in the library, including those in the Library Instruction Classroom with its SMART technology. The Systems Department also supports various audio-visual technologies throughout the library such as the TV cable system, satellite receivers, and projection equipment. Chris is usually busy imaging computers, fixing printers, and addressing laptop issues.

The department also manages four servers to support library applications that include:

- SIRSI (our integrated library system that includes our online catalog),

- ILLIAD (online Interlibrary Loan system),

- Ariel (used to send documents electronically between libraries for interlibrary loan – “sort of like faxing over the internet,” according to Tracy),

- Print Manager Plus (used to manage printer queues on shared network printers),

- EZProxy (which makes electronic resources available from off-campus),

- SFX (a tool that allows a database that does not include full text to search through other databases to find the full text, or to see if the journal is available in print or microform through our catalog, or allows you to find out what databases index or provide full text of particular journals), and

- Metalib (which allows simultaneous searches in multiple databases).

In addition the department maintains the library web pages and streamlines access to over 170 research databases – for example, by adding the Proxy URL to electronic resources so they are available off-campus. Tracy also works on maintaining the online library catalog, by loading MARC records for E-books, correcting call numbers and subject headings, and working with Catalog Librarian Melissa Cookson “to update our authority processing and controlled tags, field and subfields for better authority control.”

Tracy also runs a number of reports on the SIRSI system. “There are 11 reports that run nightly,” she says. “They do things like update the databases, index the newly added books, update user records, count transactions (statistics), consolidate user records, send overdue notices, send courtesy (reminder) notices, load new users, look for periodicals that are late arriving, process the daily orders for emailing, all regular maintenance items.” Tracy can also generate special reports as needed (for example, how many items of a certain type or location are marked as used in a given time period).

The Systems Department also works with the campus Information Technology Services department on network issues and wireless and Blue Socket technologies for the library laptops. Systems staff members can assist patrons with acquiring NTNET (email/network) accounts and passwords (“We both reset a LOT of passwords”), and assist patrons who are having trouble using the proxy server to gain access to library resources from off campus.

When Tracy was named Staff Council February 2008 Employee of the Month, she was described as the Library’s “lifeline to the online” – “I think that is a great quote about the systems office,” she says. “I sometimes miss getting to actually be a ‘librarian;’ not a computer geek. That is why I always volunteer to fill in at the reference desk.”

If you have any problems or questions contact the Systems Department by email at or phone at (254) 968-9466, or toll free at (866) 339-5555.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Library Resources You Should Know About

It's Tuesday, that means it is time for a list!

Library resources can make your research life easier. I saw a similar list for another library and was blown away that the Tarleton Libraries have even more to offer you! Here are 10 Library Resources you should know about!

  • Tarleton Libraries Online Catalog – Find the books, periodicals, videos, audio books, CD, DVD, etc. available at Tarleton Libraries.

  • Online periodicals by title (SFX) - Find online full-text journals by Title and/or by subject category

  • Databases by Subject - Find searchable journal article indexes and more relevant for your research subject

  • Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) - Have books and journal articles from other academic libraries delivered to you at the Tarleton Library. Articles are often delivered electronically within 24 to 48 hours.

  • Metalib - simultaneously search multiple information resources such as the library catalog, online databases, journal articles, newspapers and selected quality Internet resources.

  • Online E-books – Full Text books available from anywhere 24 hours a day!

  • WorldCat - Find books, media and more in libraries worldwide. Request items using ILLiad

  • Research Guides - General subject, topical and Subject-related guides created by Tarleton Librarians

  • EndNote Web - Create bibliographies in your choice of citation style with a click -- and much more. (You must establish your EndNote account though Web of Knowledge)

  • Subject Librarians - Need one-on-one research assistance? Have questions about library collections or services? Ask a Librarian! Get help and ask questions in person at the library, by phone at 254-968-9249, by email, or via the web at

The Tarleton Libraries have these and more resources available for you. We hope to see you in the library soon!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day (Feb 2nd), the world's most eccentric weather forecasting system, has predicted that America is in for another six weeks of winter. Read more...

Here are some Fun Facts about Groundhogs:
  • The average groundhog is 20 inches long and normally weighs from 12 to 15 pounds. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long.
  • Groundhogs are covered with coarse grayish hairs (fur) tipped with brown or sometimes dull red. They have short ears, a short tail, short legs, and are surprisingly quick. Their jaws are exceptionally strong.
  • A groundhog's diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy leaves.
  • A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting.
  • More fun facts from