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Posted by on Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:28am
Third Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History

Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:00 pm

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:58am
Cochrane and Embase results

The Library has on-campus trials for 2 databases for the health sciences, the Cochrane Library and Embase.  The trials will end April 14 and 15, respectively.  Please try them for your research.  Contact John Wiswell for help or with questions and comments,, x7853.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library has exactly the same content as Cochrane Collection Plus that we've already had.  However, this trial version (Wiley) uses a very different start page that highlights the most recent Cochrane systematic reviews.  It looks more like a journal, which in part it is.  Search results also highlight Cochrane's systematic reviews.  Both versions include CENTRAL and several other databases, but this version may be less confusing.


Select "Embase 1974 to [latest date you see]".

Embase is a very large biomedical database similar to PubMed (but not free, not quite).  There is some overlap with PubMed, but Embase indexes many journals not in PubMed.  Many of these are European and Asian and/or cover pharmaceuticals.  Anyone needing to do a thorough literature review in the biomedical/health sciences should take advantage of Embase.  (On the other hand, see this timely article, "Using data sources beyond PubMed has a modest impact on the results of systematic reviews of therapeutic interventions.")

One other note, these trial databases are not set up to link to full text.  The Cochrane systematic reviews are full text and if you see a DOI for other articles, try clicking on that.  In Embase, the "Find@ASU" buttons appear, but they don't work normally.

Posted by Beth Cramer on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:20pm

The Nerd Network is teaming up with Belk Library to provide an evening of games, food, and community. A wide variety of board games will be provided by the Belk Library’s Instructional Materials Center (IMC), or feel free to bring your own. Appalachian State University students, staff, and faculty are welcome and the event is FREE.


Date: Thursday April 16, 7–10pm

Location: Belk Library, Lower Level


For more information, contact: Kyle Matheson,, or Jewel Davis,

Posted by on Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 3:38pm
Twop Million Minutes

Belk Library and Information Commons presents the Appalachian State University Global Film Series for Spring, 2015. The Global Film Series is a cooperative campus effort to provide a blend of cinema from around the world, in various languages, and representing a wide variety of cinematic genres. Based on input from students groups, faculty, and staff, we select current releases both educational and entertaining. In addition, the Global Film Series provides a platform for student groups and faculty to share their international experience, knowledge, and extracurricular opportunities through a variety of associated activities.

Two Million Minutes
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7:00 p.m. I. G. Greer Theater
Co-sponsored by Belk Library & Information Commons and AIESEC at Appalachian State

City of God
Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:00 p.m. Greenbriar Theater in the Plemmons Student Union
Co-Sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons and Festa do Brasi

Aquí y Allá
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:30 p.m. I.G. Greer Theater
Co-Sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons and the Hispanic Student Association

For more information: or contact: Beth Cramer,


Posted by Allan Scherlen on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 2:28pm
Presidential Libraries

How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity & Enshrine Their Legacies - A brown bag noon talk by Anthony Clark

Date: Tuesday March 24, 2015
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Belk Library -- Room 421

You are cordially invited to participate in a discussion with Anthony Clark,  the author of The Last Campaign, How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity & Enshrine Their Legacies, a book about the politics of presidential libraries.  

Anthony Clark is a recognized expert in the Freedom of Information Act, federal records, and presidential records and libraries, he has been interviewed about presidential libraries by Roll Call, Reuters, Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ), the Chicago Tribune, New York Public Radio (WNYC), and Lettera43, the Italian news magazine. He is  an alum of Appalachian State’s Department of Government and Justice Studies. He earned a Master's degree in Management & Systems from New York University and spent eighteen years as an information technology consultant. 

Mr Clark is a former legislative director, speechwriter, and committee professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 111th Congress, he was responsible for oversight and investigations of presidential libraries, the National Archives, and all federal information policy for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He writes about presidential legacy and Congress, and has been published by Time, Salon, and History News Network. His article on the George W. Bush Presidential Library was the cover story at the day the library was dedicated in April, 2013, and was featured that evening in a segment on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."

The event is sponsored by the Department of Government and Justice Studies and the University Library. Feel free to bring a lunch though light refreshments will be available.

For more information contact  Allan Scherlen  or Phillip Ardoin

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:29am
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Search strategies, Zotero and more! 

Enhance your information research skills and learn about library services, resources, strategies and tools that will save you time. Attend either or both workshops.  Open to all students, faculty and staff.  No need to register – just come!

Search Strategies – Thurs., March 19, 4:15 – 5:15, Rm. 028

  • Identify and search discipline-specific article databases and other resources to obtain the most relevant results; learn advanced search strategies and other tips; use services that allow you to tap into resources beyond those at ASU – at no cost to you.

Zotero – Tues., March 17,  4-5:30, Rm. 028   or   Thurs., March 19, 5:30-7, Rm. 028

  • Learn Zotero, a free online citation management tool.  Zotero allows you to easily collect and store citations for books, articles, web pages and more; insert in-text citations and use the collected bibliographic citations to create your bibliography.
  • For a more useful Zotero learning experience, bring your laptop with Zotero installed (see below).  Alternatively, you can use Zotero on the classroom computers.
  • Update your Firefox browser, 29 or higher.

Can’t attend these sessions?  You can schedule an appointment, via our RAP service, to meet one-on-one with a librarian.

Questions?  Contact Lisa Abbott,, 828.262.2009, or John Wiswell,, 828.262.7853.

Posted by Beth Cramer on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:46am
 Mukulika Dattagupta

“The Journey of Women in Animated Disney Films.”
Presentation by Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Scholar, Mukulika Dattagupta
Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 in Room 421, Belk Library
Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.

How have the female characters in Disney animated films changed through the decades? Mukulika Dattagupta will speak about the shaping of a new identity of women in society and how Disney female characters reflect these changes throughout the decades. Focus will be on those films familiar to the audience and those that might act as markers in tracing this journey.  

Ms. Mukulika Dattagupta is a Senior Research Fellow, School of Media Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She is currently researching at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., as a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Scholar.

This Doorways program is co-sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons, the Office of International Education and Development, and the Reich College of Education. Its goal is to provide a platform for people to share their research and knowledge on international issues and build relationships based on interest in international affairs.

For more information on this program or the Doorways Series, contact Beth Cramer at 262-4967 or

Posted by Paul Orkiszewski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:00am
Fair Use Week logo

February 23-27 is Fair Use Week! Fair use is a concept embedded in U.S. law that allows certain uses of copyright-protected material without the permission from the copyright holder. Fair Use Week is an effort by universities and library organizations to celebrate this important doctrine and to inform and empower students and faculty. There is a handy infographic that provides an overview of fair use concepts and your rights.

There are no hard and fast rules for what constitutes fair use, but in determining whether a particular situation is fair use or infringement, courts use four factors which can be remembered by the acronym PANE.

  • Purpose - The purpose of the use (e.g. commercial vs. educational)
  • Amount - The amount of the material used (the greater the amount copied, the less likely it is fair use)
  • Nature - The nature of the copyrighted work
  • Effect - The effect of use on the potential market for or value of the work

Copyright law and fair use claims result in lawsuits and cases, some of which become famous, that inform and guide our use of copyright material. The library maintains a guide on copyright and fair use. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Paul Orkiszewski at or 828 262 6588.

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:56am

The ebook experience can be pretty painful.  So here's a suggestion that works for our 2 largest ebook sources, ProQuest ebrary and EBSCOhost.  Use them by the chapter.  It's fairly easy to open a chapter and download it as a pdf, just as you would a journal article.

One word of caution.  For my example, I downloaded the exact same chapter 7 from the same book, once in ProQuest ebrary and once in EBSCOhost.  ProQuest ebrary tried to download the entire Part 2 containing several chapters.  I had to look up and enter the page numbers instead.  But the newly redesigned interface was so responsive, that only took a few extra seconds.

We hope that library ebooks improve over the next few years.  For now, we are leasing thousands of ebooks, but we also continue to buy thousands of traditional physical books.

Posted by on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 1:12pm


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