June 2015

New APPsearch is here

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 7:43pm
APPsearch new and improved

Belk Library has a new version of APPsearch!

You will now see a new interface, which has the power to simultaneously search across content from over 100 library databases and the library catalog.

APPsearch will now provide the user with a customized searching experience, based on a variety of search options and tools. Best of all, the new APPsearch displays results super fast.

Another change is the new search box on the library homepage. The new search box is more streamlined, allowing for a simpler, more efficient searching experience.

Want an Introduction to EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley?

Posted by John Wiswell on Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:58am
HL Wiki's survey of popularity of citation managers

We do not have any workshops scheduled so far this summer for learning EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley, but we can work with you by appointment.  Either in person or web conferencing.  Small groups are welcome also.

Submit a RAP request or contact John Wiswell, wiswellj@appstate.edu.  For Reich College of Education requests, for Zotero, contact Lisa Abbott, abbottlt@appstate.edu.

Also see our library guide.

Coming Soon: New and Improved APPsearch

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 4:01pm
EDS logo

APPsearch will soon have a new search engine. This summer, we are switching to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). You will notice a new interface (but familiar to those who already search EBSCO products), basic and advanced search options, searching simultaneously across content from over 100 library databases and the library catalog, along with quick display of search results.

You can try it out now and tell us what you think. We are planning on going live at the end of June.

NASCAR sports writer Tom Higgins will speak at Appalachian June 12

Posted by on Monday, June 8, 2015 - 7:50am

Tom Higgins, who has been called NASCAR’s storyteller, will talk about his sports writing career June 12 at Appalachian State University. Higgins wrote about motorsports for the Charlotte Observer for more than three decades.

Higgins’ talk is sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons. The free event will begin at 4 p.m. in room 421 in the library. A reception will follow.

The fourth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, Higgins was honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January and featured in an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

The Burnsville native began his career as a sports writer in the late 1950s, covering sports for the Canton Enterprise after graduating from Brevard College, where he played baseball and basketball. 

He later joined the Asheville Citizen-Times, and said in an interview with the paper that, “Once I got to Asheville and heard the clacking of those teletype machines and was part of the excitement of putting out a daily newspaper, I was hooked.”

His first auto race was at the Asheville Weaverville Speedway.

Higgins is the author of “Racing into the Past,” which covers the early years of NASCAR, “NASCAR Greatest Races: The 25 Most Thrilling Races in NASCAR History” and coauthor of “Junior Johnson: Brave in Life.”

Friday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons
Room 421



Horn in the West Exhibit, 4th Floor

Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, June 5, 2015 - 2:01pm
First season "Horn in the West" poster

The newest exhibit in Special Collections features historical documents, photos, an original poster, and an artifact from Boone’s outdoor drama, “Horn in the West.” The exhibit, curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student Adam Sheffield, is located inside Special Collections and is on display through the summer during the department’s open hours.  All of the materials on display and much more is available in the Southern Appalachian Historical Association Records. Contact or visit the Dougherty Reading Room, which is located next to the exhibit case, to use the collection.

“Horn in the West” was first produced in 1952, and is the third oldest surviving American outdoor drama, following “The Lost Colony” and “Unto These Hills." The show derives from a script written by Dr. Kermit Hunter, originally titled “Wilderness Road.”  The Southern Appalachian Historical Association states that over 1.4 million people have attended “Horn in the West” since its first season. This month, on June 26th at 8pm, marks the beginning of the 63rd season of productions. For more information about Horn in the West, visit their website.

Questions?  Please contact the Dougherty Reading Room by phone 828-262-7974 or email spcoll@appstate.edu

Pictured: Original poster by Elsie Freeman, artist, 1952.