Library News

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:52pm
Erin Griffith, Joyce Ogburn, Gretchen Bailey

The Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.  Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.  

The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate. 

This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.

The first place award, was a $300 gift certificate to the bookstore and it went to freshman Erin Griffith for her paper entitled Malnutrition in Children:  An Epic Epidemic.  The second place award, a $200.00 gift certificate to the bookstore, went to freshman Gretchen Bailey for her paper entitled Are Science and Spirituality Compatible?

Congratulations to Erin and Gretchen!

The Belk Library would like to thank all of the students who submitted their papers to this contest.

Image:  Erin Griffith, Joyce Ogburn, Dean of Libraries, Gretchen Bailey

Posted by on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:35pm

Posted by Beth Cramer on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:21pm

Aquí y Allá
I.G. Greer Theater
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 p.m.

A film about a Mexican immigrant who returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US, and struggles to rebuild his family and follow his dream of starting a band: the Copa Kings. The film won the International Critics' Week Grand Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by Belk Library & Information Commons and the Hispanic Student Association.

With introductory comments about immigration and life in the US and Mexico by Dr. Greg Reck, Anthropology Department. Dr. Reck’s original fieldwork in Mexico was in a small, rural community in the eastern Sierra Madre mountains of the state of Puebla. He studied the impact of a shift from subsistence and local market food production to coffee production and its impact on land ownership and labor patterns. That research demonstrates how the intrusion of external capital negatively transforms the local economy, producing more and more landless laborers who are forced to immigrate from small communities.

For more information and a trailer of the film, see:; or contact Alex McAllister, (262-8472).

Posted by on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 1:45pm

Looking for scholarly resources on the environment and how we can be better stewards of the earth?  Try one or both of these!

Environmental Complete contains citations from more than 1,500 domestic and international titles going back to the 1940s (including 1,094 active core titles) as well as more than 100 monographs. The database contains full text for more than 600 journals. Environment Complete covers agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

GreenFILE covers all aspects of human impact on the environment. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Other resources, including contact information for Subject Librarians, can be found on the Databases for Environmental Science page.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, April 13, 2015 - 2:38pm
apa manual cover

Citation Resources and Examples from the ASU Writing Center

Citation Resources and Examples from the OWL at Purdue

KnightCite Citation Service
Creates your citations for you. Developed by Heckman Library at Calvin College.

Print/eBook Resources:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American Psychological Association Staff

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff

The Chicago Manual of Style by University of Chicago Staff

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