Resources and Collections

Rare Books Room Open Wednesdays in July

The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons will be open Wednesday afternoons, July 11, 18, and 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for visits, questions, and book viewings from the Rhinehart Collection on British History.  Dr.

Summer Reading Book - Library Resources

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Summer Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

Library Budget Reduction Strategies FY 12/13

In fiscal year 11-12, the allocation to the Library's collection budget had to be reduced by $400,000, part of the overall $1.8 million reduction in library funding.

Since the library will not know about actual budget conditions until August 2012 or later, the library faculty has identified $400,000 worth of cancellations from the collection expenditures. The library has consulted widely with various groups including Faculty Senate and in depth with the Library Services Committee which has faculty, staff, and student members.

University Archives Finding Aids Now Online

Searching for University Archives materials has just gotten easier.  University Archives finding aids are now online and searchable through the new search box on the main Special Collections page.  Finding aids, or guides to archival collections, are available for all University Archives material.  If you're looking for information about the history of ASU,

New EBSCOhost Databases

The following online databases from EBSCO are now available from the Library's Databases and E-Research Tools page (or click on the database below):

  • Art and Architecture Complete
  • Biography Reference Center
  • Educational Administration Abstracts
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Source
  • Gender Studies Database
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Peace Research Abstracts
  • Points of View
  • Public Administration Abstracts
  • Small Business Reference Center

Search Local First

The library made important changes to the catalog, which will affect how people search for books and other materials.

Travelling to the Big City? Online Travel Books

Our Safari Books Online database has travel guides for 16 major cities, including New York City, Washington, Chicago, Berlin, and Hong Kong (but not Charlotte, Dublin, or Shanghai).  If you're standing on a street corner in Barcelona, you can access the Spain guide and search on Barcelona.  Nice maps  and you won't entirely look like a tourist. (There are also lots of books on photography.)

USA and Canada:  Washington, New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto

Europe:  London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich

PsycINFO Access Will Continue

ASU will continue to have full access to PsycINFO.  Don't be alarmed if you see a message that NCLIVE is dropping it.  Belk Library will pay the cost, and ASU students, faculty, and staff should not experience any change in access.

Using RSS to Keep Up with Research

RSS (Real Simple Syndiation) is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content that a user "subscribes" to.

An RSS reader allows you to view information from multiple web sites in a single interface.

You can use RSS to keep up to date on news headlines, and RSS can also help keep up with research. You can:

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