Library News

Posted by John Wiswell on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:15pm
International Education Week

The Library will participate in International Education Week with a display of its resources for international travelers and researchers.  Starting Monday, check out our resources on display in the center of the first floor (straight ahead as you come into the Library).  IEW 2014 is November 17-21.


Physical resources on display will include:
Books in various languages (and of course in English on almost any topic and/or place).
        Examples: works by Nobel winner Patrick Modiano in both French and translated to English
Music and  films from abroad.
        Examples: El Tempo entre Costuras, Pather Panchali = Song of the Little Road
Games in non-English languages.  Stop by and play!

We also have electronic resources.  As usual, you can find ebooks and articles on your topic/place.  Want to learn about Poland or maybe something as specific as the political history of radio in Argentina?  We also have practical travel resources such as travel guides and Mango Languages for developing your skills.  And we have fun ways to help you experience international film, music, and art.
    Examples: ebook --  Herb Klein's A Concise History of Bolivia.  (We have the physical version too.)
        ebook  -- Lonely Planet's India, Poland -- Eyewitness Travel
        Mango Languages,  including Finnish and Malayalam
        Streaming video such as: Metal and Melancholy, Hidden Korea
        Contemporary World Music or Smithsonian Global Sound

"Study Abroad" library guide

Do not overlook that the Library continues to provide good service when you are abroad.  We can help you in person before you go or when you return, but we can help by chat or email even when you're gone.  Also, we now have excellent web conference software and we would be glad to set up an appointment.

Posted by on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 2:32pm
First Impressions

Charlie Lovett will speak on Friday, November 14 at 3:30pm.  Born in Winston-Salem, this book collector, author, teacher and playwright combined his passions in the acclaimed novel, The Bookman’s Tale. The deeply moving love story is also a delightful exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries.  His new book, First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Young Love, and Jane Austen was published by Viking in October 2014.

Belk Library & Information Commons
Friday, November 14, 2014
Room 421

Free & open to the public
Followed by book signing


Posted by Greta Browning on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:19am
U.S. Flag

In honor of Veteran’s Day, you can hear about the experiences of military personnel first-hand through oral history interviews in Belk Library’s Digital Collections.  Students in Dr. Judkin Browning’s History 3823, “American Military History,” conduct and transcribe oral history interviews with veterans about their military experiences each year.  Veterans in this collection have served in the United States military from World War II through the current War on Terror.  Audio files and transcripts are available for most interviews and can be access through this portal.  Click on the “Select Items from the Veterans Oral History Project” link to see a list of all interviews.  Check back often, as interviews are continually being added.

Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:50am
Students read yearbooks in Special Collections

Sections of First-Year Seminar (UCO 1200) and Expository Writing (ENG 1000) visited Special Collections recently to use our collections and expertise for course assignments. 

On September 29, Rebecca Keeter’s UCO 1200, “Appalachian Music and Dance,” students attended a session led by Special Collections Reading Room Manager Dean Williams about genealogy sources.  The students have an assignment this semester to trace their family genealogies to an ancestor outside of the United States, and from there, learn a dance of that country and teach it to their classmates.  Williams explained how to use the AncestryLibrary database and then the students used the class as a work period to start creating their family trees (pictured).

On October 2 and 14, Preservation and Digital Projects Archivist Pam Mitchem led two instructional sessions for UCO 1200, “Pictures and Stories: Our Place,” taught by Chery Zibisky and David Crosby.  The students’ assignment was to choose a place, which could be and building, area, or landmark, and discuss its history in a research paper.  The students used the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and the University Archives, including the digitized collection of Appalachian State Historical Photographs.

On October 10 and 13, Lorraine Harris’ three sections of ENG 1000, "Expository Writing," met with Reference Archivist/Librarian Greta Browning in Special Collections for a work session using University yearbooks (1922-1992, 2004-2006) and student handbooks (1930s-1980s) for an assignment about historical dating rules and social interaction on campus.  Students are pictured above using yearbooks in the Cratis Williams Reading Room.

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:12pm
Graph -- Complaints against colleges triple

Our database CQ Researcher is often a good place to start looking at a topic.  Each report contains charts, graphs, sidebar articles, a pro-con feature, chronology, lengthy bibliographies, and a list of contacts.  They address "hot" topics.

This week's report is "Campus Sexual Assault," by Barbara Mantel.

For more, search "Article Search" and our many databases that will have peer-reviewed research on this topic.

Posted by on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:54am
Reception for Georgie Donovan
Check back later for more news!
Posted by John Wiswell on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 1:13pm
Scopus search results

The Library offers on-campus access to Scopus through November 20.  Scopus is an Elsevier product (like Science Direct), which can be used to find articles on your topic, articles that cite an article you've already found, and articles that cite you or an author you're interested in.  It is especially strong in the sciences, health sciences, and social sciences.  (I say articles, but Scopus has also added records for 75,000 books recently.)  The "Cited by" and citation analysis functions are similar to what is offered in Google Scholar and Web of Science.  We are not likely to keep both Web of Science and Scopus.

It is not currently set up to link to full text of articles, but it will link effectively if we acquire it.

Let us know what you think of this product.

Scopus is not currently available off campus.


Posted by John Wiswell on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:19pm
cover -- Journal of American College Health

We now have full access to current issues of the Journal of American College Health.

We also recently gotten JAMA Internal Medicine.

The Library has access to many health sciences journals.  See, for example, this guide for links to:

  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • JAMA -- Journal of the American Medical Association
  • The Lancet
  • BMJ -- British Medical Journal
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Health Affairs

or search for your favorite journal here.


Posted by Jewel Davis on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:57pm

Humans vs. Zombies
October 24, 9:30-11:30

Belk Library and Nerd Network are hosting a Humans vs Zombies gaming event. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to play! There will be food available at the beginning of the event. We suggest that you bring your own Nerf gun. The first 45 participants without a Nerf gun will be loaned either a six dart or a three dart Nerf blaster.

Humans vs Zombies is a game of tag. Most of the players begin as humans with the objective to evade the growing number of zombies and be the last human "alive."

Players wanting to do zombie makeup can arrive at 9:00 pm to be zombiefied!

Game Rules

  • The game will be played on all of the levels of the library.
  • Students without Nerf guns volunteer to start the game as zombies.
  • Zombies two hand tag a human to infect them.
  • After being tagged, humans hold up one arm to identify himself or herself as a new zombie. New zombies drop off their Nerf guns to designated areas and then play as a zombie.
  • All participants should have one foot on the ground at all times.
  • One foam dart to the torso or two to the extremities stops a zombie.
  • Zombies aren't out of the game when hit with a foam dart, but must “respawn” by going to the designated zones for a five minute time out.
  • The game continues until there is only one human (or close to one human) remaining.

Nerf Gun modifications are allowed, but due to safety reasons, no guns can be in neutral colors (grey, black, green, camo, etc.)

If you have any questions, contact us: Jewel Davis ( (link sends e-mail)), Beth Cramer ( (link sends e-mail)), Scott Rice ( (link sends e-mail)) or Megan Johnson ( (link sends e-mail))

Posted by on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 9:10am
Archives Month poster

October is North Carolina Archives Month. This year’s theme is “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State.” In honor of this, we are highlighting our Camp Catawba Collection in an exhibit located in the Cratis Williams Reading Room on the fourth floor of the library.

Located near Blowing Rock North Carolina, Camp Catawba was an overnight summer camp for boys aged 6 to 12. It operated from 1944-1970 under the direction of Jewish-German poet and educator Vera Lachmann.

Camp Facilities included twenty acres and three buildings. Art, music, and drama were emphasized. Lachmann taught Greek myths and directed theatrical productions. Her partner, Tui St. George Tucker, provided musical instruction. Campers participated in an array of outdoor activities including horseback riding, swimming, and hiking.

This exhibit focuses on the camp’s boys at play. It includes images of camp life and a map developed as part of a game. View the rest of the collection as well as our many other collections in the Dougherty Reading Room.

More information about Archives Month is available from the Society of North Carolina Archivists' website.