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Posted by John Wiswell on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 5:35pm

EndNote is one brand of citation management software.  It can help you manage your full text articles and create citations.  For more information, see our guide or contact John Wiswell (

You can now download the latest version of EndNote, X8.  The Library licenses EndNote, together with Thomson Reuters databases such as Web of Science, and Campus IT makes it available at this website

This version continues to improve sharing.  X8 allows sharing among up to 100 people.  It also completes the fix for using EndNote with Word on Macs.  One word of caution --  It is a good idea to backup before installing the new version.  EndNote recommends using File -- Compressed Library to backup.  This creates an .enlx file, that includes both metadata and attached PDFs and notes.

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Posted by Hannah Pope on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 1:36pm

The winner of the Makerspace logo/name contest is the Inspire Lab! 

The entry was submitted by Paul Slagle, a senior in Industrial Design.  Inspire Lab is the new name of Belk Library Makerspace, and the logo will be used for our branding.

We had a number of other fantastic entries, so a big thank you to all of the people who entered the contest!  

Inspire Lab has vinyl cutters, 3D printing/scanning, electronics/soldering, sewing, and virtual reality.  Come by any time between 1-4pm, Monday through Thursday to use our machines and learn more!

For more information about the Inspire Lab, please check out our guide:

Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:47pm
Graphic for Special Collections Blog

Learn about what goes on in Special Collections by following its new blog!  Special Collections, located on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, includes the W.L. Appalachian Collection, the University Archives, the Stock Car Racing Collection, and Rare Books and Manuscripts.  Through the blog, Special Collections personnel and guest writers tell stories about collections and highlight services, exhibits, and events.

Recent posts discuss the influence of leaders in the field of Appalachian Studies, such as Dr. Cratis D. Williams and Dr. Patricia D. Beaver; a new collection of photographer William A. Bake and a new exhibit of snow scenes on campus over time; and perspectives on archives and the power of place, and archives in the movies, like Rogue One!

Visit the blog at or click to it from the Special Collections homepage.

Questions? Contact us at or 828-262-4041.

Posted by on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 9:43am

The Handmaiden
Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:30 pm
I.G. Greer Theater (Free Admission)
Due to violence and sexuality, this film is for the 17+ audience 

From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OldboyLady Vengeance and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women - a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a con man to defraud her of a large inheritance.

Co-Sponsored by Belk Library, Office of International Education and Development, Multicultural Student Development, and INTAPP.

The Salesman
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:30 pm
I.G. Greer Theater (Free Admission)

Academy award winner (Best Foreign Language Film 2017) from acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.

Co-Sponsored by Belk Library, the English Department, An Appalachian Summer Festival, Office of International Education and Development, and INTAPP.

See the Library Guide to the Global Film Series for more information.

Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:47am
Srudents sledding on cafeteria trays

Special Collections’ new winter exhibit, “Snow Scenes of Winters Past,” gives this year’s snow-starved region a visual feast of past snows in the history of Appalachian State University. A physical exhibit is now on display on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons on the Appalachian State campus. A digital component, which maps a selection of the images on display to their locations on campus, is available through this link.

The exhibit draws on images from the University Archives’ photo collections and The Rhododendron yearbooks and presents a multitude of snow scenes on campus from the 1920s to the 2000s. The exhibit explores three themes: “Snow Activities,” which include all of the many amusements that snow provides — sledding, skating, skiing, snowball fights, and even snow juggling; “Winter Beauty: Natural and Man-Made,” which showcases scenic beauty of snow on campus as well as several images of creative snow sculptures that students have fashioned over the years; and “Coping with Snow,” which reveals that snow does have some downsides, as in digging cars out of snow, University Physical Plant workers preparing the campus for foot traffic, and steeling oneself to brave winter snow and wind to get across campus.

The exhibit was curated by Greta Browning and Graham Shelton, graduate student in history at Appalachian State University. The digital exhibit was created by Dan Devine. The exhibit on the 4th floor will be available through the end of March. By then, maybe we’ll be ready for spring!

For more information, please contact Special Collections at 828.262.4041 or

Pictured:  Students sledding on cafeteria trays in 1984.  From UA. 5015, University Communications Records.

Posted by on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 4:05pm



Register to Attend the NCLA College & University Section Virtual Conference!

The College and University Section of the North Carolina Library Association in partnership with Appalachian State University’s Center for Academic Excellence is hosting its first Virtual Conference on February 24, 2017! This new web-only conference will focus on innovation, whether in terms of technology, services, outreach, instruction, or anything else. Brief, 30-minute presentations will focus on a success, lessons learned from a not-so-successful innovation, or both! The best part: You don't even have to leave your office for this free event!

View the full Virtual Conference schedule and Register to Attend online.  All sessions will be recorded and archived at

NCLA CUS Virtual Conference

Cost: Free | Website | Register

Friday, February 24, 2017


Please contact Kelly McCallister with any questions:

Posted by on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 9:58am

Feb. 13 - Finding Articles in Education Databases - 5:00-6:00pm Register Here


Feb. 16 - Zotero: Citation Management - 12:00-1:15pm Register Here


Feb. 20 - Zotero: Citation Mangement - 5:00-6:15pm Register Here


Feb. 22 - How to Use eBooks - 2:00-3:00pm Register Here


Feb. 23 - Finding Articles in Education Databases - 12:00-1:00pm Register Here


March 7 - Zotero - Citation Management - 5:00-6:15pm Register Here


More information about upcoming online library workshops, including videos of past workshops.





Posted by Jennifer Natale on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 2:21pm

Belk Library is excited to be hosting an African American Read-In honoring Black History Month. 
The event will be held on February 15, 2017 from 11:30-1:30 in the Belk Library atrium. Refreshments will be served.

Please stop by during that time to listen to or read works by African American authors. So that everyone can take part, readings will be 5 minutes or less and could include poems, passages from a novel, article, speech, etc. Feel free to bring a favorite or choose from the books we have on display on the 1st floor of the library.
If you would like to learn more about African American authors and be inspired to read something new, please go to
We hope to see you there!

Posted by Hannah Pope on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:29am

The Belk Library and Information Commons now has a makerspace!  

Now that the new space is open, we are holding a contest to both name the space and create a logo.  If your design is chosen, we will use it for all makerspace marketing and you will win a FREE personal 3D printer!  

Entries are due by February 28th at 5pm! For official rules, visit  For any questions, please contact Hannah Pope at

The makerspace is a place where App State students, faculty and staff have a chance to create and develop projects using machines that they might not normally have access to.  All for free!  For more information, visit

Posted by Xiaorong Shao on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:41pm

BOONE, N.C.—At several Chinese universities, instruction in writing English has taken on a distinctly American character, and Appalachian State University deserves much of the credit....Check the following link for the news report of the 2016 American Cultural Center grant activities: