Friday, March 28, 2014

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, which makes it an excellent time to research the women who have contributed so much to our university, nation and world. The library has many great books, encyclopedias and journals on women's history.

For a place to start, check out the results of this search in our Discovery tool.  You'll find books on women playwrights, warriors and politicians. Have fun!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The trouble with roommates...

HackCollege had a great blog post about how to deal with a terrible roommate.  You can check it out here.  Some of there best advice was:
  • Communicate
  • Set up Routines
  •  Recognize your differences
  • ...and many more.
There tips are great advice to use with everyone, not just bad roommates. The Residential Living and Learning Department at Tarleton can help too!

Monday, March 24, 2014

How to create a hanging indent in Word 2010

Both MLA and APA citation styles require a hanging indent--that is, the indentation of all lines, except the first, in your citation. 

Here's how to create hanging indents for your Works Cited or Reference page.

1. Open your Word 2010 document (it should default to the Home tab).
2.  Highlight the text you'd like to convert.
4.  Click the small arrow next to Paragraph (click on picture for larger view).
5.  The Paragraph box should default to Indents and Spacing.
Underneath the Special section, click on the drop down menu.
6.  Select Hanging.

Under the Home tab in Word 2010, click on the Paragraph arrow.
Under Indents and Spacing click the Special drop down menu and select Hanging.

7.  The result should look something like the image below.

This citation has a hanging indent.

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Loud in the Library!

geneva.girlAndy Carvin / CC BY-NC-SA 1.0
With all the construction going on in the library, it's been a little loud lately!  We apologize for the noise!  Since the library is open 101 hours a week, naturally, there is going to be some overlap between construction work and open hours.

If you're looking for quieter spaces in the library, here are a couple suggestions:

- the back of the upper level in the Quiet Zone (where some of the study rooms are located as well); and

 - the lower level in the Audiovisual Collection area or in the Curriculum Workroom (both areas have doors).

After 5 PM and on many weekends, the construction slows down or stops completely, so you may want to plan your visit accordingly. Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wondering if Graduate School is Right for You?

When thinking about your future plans, have you ever wondered if going to graduate school might
  • be the logical next step in your professional preparation,
  • help you apply what you learned as an undergraduate and let you participate in practical or theoretical research projects,
  • offer study abroad opportunities so you could broaden your global awareness, or
  • be affordable and flexible enough to accommodate your busy schedule?

Get these questions answered and more Monday ( March 24, 2014) at the College of Graduate Studies Open House & Information Fair in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center Ballrooms:
  • Session I: General Graduate Information @ 5:30-6:30PM
    • Learn about resources and get tips from Graduate Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Financial Aid, Scholarship Office, Student Research, Library, Study Abroad, and others.
    • Ask the questions you've been wondering about.
  • Session II: Meet with Faculty and Advisors @ 6:30-8:00PM
    • Meet with departmental graduate advisors and other graduate students one-on-one.
When you register online, you can submit discussion topics and questions that you'd especially like the panelists to address.

Monday, March 24, 2014 --- 5:30PM --- Thompson Student Center Ballrooms
College of Graduate Studies Open House & Information Fair
Get answers!  Enjoy refreshments!  Win door prizes!
Learn more about Tarleton's graduate study opportunities on the College of Graduate Studies site.
logo for COGS Open House

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How to Find Books, Movies, & More

Have you visited the library and wondered how to find books or other items specific to your research topic? You're not alone; several students approach the Reference Desk with questions on locating items on a daily basis.

We're always happy to help but here's a brief tutorial to get you started: 

1.  Visit the library's homepage,

2. Click on the Library Catalog link, as pictured below: 

The Research tab has several tools to help you find what you need. 

3. You'll be directed to  a Quick Search option where you can enter a keyword or select a specific search term to find your item (see below). 

The Quick Search is an easy way to search for topics, by title, or by author.

4. You can also select the Advanced Search Options for more in-depth search criteria. 

5. Select an item of interest, write down the call number, and find it on the shelf. 

*If you're not sure what to do next, feel free to ask a library staff member for assistance. We'll be happy to walk you through the process. If you're on the go, you can call the Reference Desk (254) 968-9249 or email 

Envoy by Poet Laureate, Billy Collins


By Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

From Aimless Love: A Selection of Poems

"Go, little book,
out of this house and into the world.

carriage made of paper rolling toward town
bearing a single passenger
beyond the reach of this jittery pen
and far from the desk and the nosy gooseneck lamp.

It is time to decamp,
put on a jacket and venture outside,
time to be regarded by other eyes,
bound to be held in foreign hands.

So off you go, infants of the brain,
with a wave and some bits of fatherly advice:

stay out as late as you like,
don't bother to call or write,
and talk to as many strangers as you can."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Save the Date! April 16th @ 3pm

It's getting close to National Library Week (April 13 - April 19, 2014). In celebration of National Library Week, the Tarleton Libraries will yet again reveal their annual READ posters. We have had Dr. Dottavio, Purple Poo, and the Texan Rider, to name a few, as previous faces for our posters. Who will be on this years' posters? Can't tell you, it's a secret. Save the date, April 16, 2014, and join us in the library at 3pm for this years' READ poster reveal to find out. Check out this blog post on previous READ posters.

Need Assistance? Call 254/968-9249 or email

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Job and Career Accelerator Database

To go along with the job fair on campus today I thought I would give a spotlight to the library's Job and Career Accelerator database.  Under the Guidance tab at the top you can find information on filling out an application, creating resumes and cover letters, interviewing, finding education and training, finding the right career for you, and searching for a job or internship.

If you click on the yellow Start button in the middle of the page it will take you to your dashboard or you can use the Occupation Matcher.  To use these features you will need to register.  Registering is free.  After you register you can explore occupations, search for jobs and internships, and create cover letters and resumes. 

Your dashboard is made up of tasks, saved resumes, letters, and jobs, your occupation matches, and your tests and tutorials.  You can search for jobs straight from your dashboard searching by job title, skills, or company.  The results can be narrowed down by location.

The occupation matcher will ask you several questions and will break down your answers into six different interest categories.  These categories are realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional.  At the bottom there are tabs to Start Over and to View the Matches. If you choose to view the matches it will take you to a list of primary and secondary matches.  You can click on one of these and it will take you to an occupation card that includes information about that occupation including wages, skills and knowledge you will need, tools and technology, education and training needed, and web resources.  You can view related occupations, search for jobs, and it will also give you recommended occupation practice tests and skills improvement.  The occupation cards can be saved to your dashboard.

For other resources you can choose the Other Centers tab at the top of the Job & Career Accelerator homepage and choose the Learning Express Library, Adult Learning Center, Career Center, High School Equivalency Center, College Preparation Center, Spanish Resource Center, College Center, School Center, or the Computer Skills Center.  All of these can also be found on the library's database page by choosing the Learning Express Library database.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Films on Demand

Have you checked out Films on Demand lately? We've added thousands of new videos, including videos from PBS, TEDtalks, History Channel and more! You might find something that will give you background on a research topic, or entertain and inspire you. Check them out today!