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Constitution Day

Constitution Day – September 17th

Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Database Spotlight

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Preamble to the United States Constitution

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The Federal Convention had first convened in May to revise the Articles of Confederation, but the need for an entirely new frame of government became clear. State delegates debated issues, such as federalism and representation, all through the summer as they drafted the articles of the new Constitution.

Constitution of the United States

Ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, for over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. The Constitution has evolved through amendments to meet the changing needs of a nation now profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived.

The United States enjoys a representative form of government, shaped by three separate branches as established in the Constitution:

  •  Article I states that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”
  •  Article II states that “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”
  • Article III provides for a “judicial Power of the United States.”

The South Texas College Library has created a special Research Guide to celebrate and inform students about the Constitution. You can find the Constitution Day Guide in the “Special Guides” area of our Research Guides: https://libguides.southtexascollege.edu/welcome.

This guide was created by Sabrina De Anda.

Explore PRISMA

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Do you need an article on past and present indigenous cultures (Hispanic, Latin American, and the Caribbean Basin)? Check out our PRISMA database for those research needs. PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas) is a complete reference resource providing students and faculty full-text scholarly journals covering all aspects of Hispanic Studies. Students and faculty can use PRISMA when doing research on a variety of social science or humanities topics from current economic indicators to politics and society to Hispanic theatre. PRISMA offers content in three languages — Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Some of the full-text journals located in PRISMA include América Latina Hoy, Boletín Americanista, Historia, Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, and Revista Hispánica Moderna.

How can you use PRISMA?

  • 275 total publications (264 Scholarly Journals, 9 magazines, 2 trade journals)
  • Coverage dating from 1966 to the present
  • Subject Coverage: Anthropology, Business & Economics, History, Literature, Political Science and Sociology
  • New journals added regularly
  • Content is updated monthly
  • Search directly from database — not searchable through Discovery
  • An interface available in Spanish, Portuguese and English

Click or tap the image to visit the PRISMA Database.

You can access PRISMA from this blog post or from our Databases page.

Contributed by Librarian Lillian Carrillo


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Explore TOPICsearch

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Seeking ideas that can assist with developing your research for current events; social, political and economic issues; scientific discovers; and other popular topics frequently discussed? If so, TOPICsearch is a good resource. It also provides controversial opinions and viewpoints to support your research. Students can use either the dropdown menus for Current Events or Topics to easily locate relevant articles. This database contains full text for over 150,000 articles from 475 diverse sources, some of which are from South Texas College Library’s subscription to Flipster, an online database with digital magazines.

How can you use TOPICsearch?

  • Customization options that fit a wide range of user needs
  • Mobile interface with easy to follow video tutorials
  • Public opinion polls
  • International newspapers
  • Government information
  • Book reviews and biographies
TOPICsearch sample search

You can access TOPICsearch from this blog post or from our Databases page.

Contributed by Librarian Gabriel Aguilar.


Explore O’Reilly Safari

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Are you interested in technology, computer networks, programming languages, game and software development, business or data science? Through the O’Reilly Safari database, you have unlimited, free access to over 35k eBooks, 30k+ hours of video, curated learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials, audio books, and O’Reilly conference videos. Ready to advance your career with a certification such as Comp TIA, Cisco CCNA, CISSP or cyber security? Need a textbook for your class? Need to study for a certification test? Resources within the O’Reilly collection may offer what you need. Use your STC network login / password AND Google Chrome to access the resource.

How can you use O’Reilly Safari?

  • Learning paths will provide feedback while preparing you for a certification
  • Access test preparation materials
  • Instant access to the latest eBooks on Photoshop, Computer Security and many more
  • View case studies
  • Interactive tutorials

You can access O’Reilly Safari from this blog post or from our Databases page.

Contributed by Library Specialist Michael Gutierrez.


Explore EBSCO’s Religion & Philosophy

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Have you visited EBSCO’s Religion & Philosophy collection? This database is a full-text database ideal for students in academic libraries when they need to research theology and philosophy. This database includes hundreds of full-text journals and magazines, covering both religious and philosophical topics including world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy and language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

How can you use Religion & Philosophy ?

  • 200+ full-text Journals and Magazines
  • 160+ Peer Reviewed Articles
  • Tailored toward theology and philosophical topics
  • Hundred of articles on world religions, religious history, political philosophy and philosophy of language
  • Full-text coverage dating back to 1911
Religion & Philosophy sample search

You can access Religion & Philosophy from this blog post or from our Databases page.

Contributed by Librarian Terri Rosalez.


Explore eLibrary

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Want to learn more about Grimm’s fairy tales or about Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for president? If so, then eLibrary is the place to visit. eLibrary is an immense collection of periodicals and digital media with authoritative information. It is designed and tailored for all types of researchers from the novice student researcher to the professional. The pages provide valuable contents for both common and unusual topics of research. All content is 100% full text, including documents from books, magazines, journals, newspapers, photographs, transcripts and videos.

How can you use eLibrary?

  • Offers a custom Guided Research application
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Editor created research topics
  • Cross-search other ProQuest resources
  • Easily export citations
  • Accessible on any device at any time

You can access eLibrary from this blog post or from our Databases page.

Contributed by Librarian Patricia Sotelo .


Explore EBSCO’s Military & Government Collections

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Have you searched through the Military & Government Collections database? This database covers a wide range of topics pertaining to all branches of the U.S. military and government. It is designed to offer current news to military members, analysts, policy makers, students and researchers with cover-to-cover text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals (and abstracts) for an additional 400 titles.

What can you find on Military & Government Collections?

  • Periodicals and academic journals dating back to 1901
  • Wide spectrum of subjects covered: including military law and economics.
  • Cover-to-cover full texts, many highly searchable PDFs or scanned in color.
  • Easy citation tools.
  • Material from Army, Air Force, and Navy Times.

You can access the Military & Government Collections from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Library Specialist William Heinrich.


Explore Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an internet-based digital library of education research and information. ERIC provides access to 1.5 million bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added every week. A portion of the items is a collection of publication types which includes reports (annual, research, technical, etc.), working papers, and evaluations focused on the subject of education. Approximately one quarter of the complete ERIC Collection is available in full text. Materials with no full text available (primarily journal articles) can often be accessed using links to publisher websites and/or library holdings.

How can you use ERIC?

The ERIC collection includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) and/or full-text articles for 1.5 million items:

  • journal articles;
  • books;
  • research syntheses;
  • conference papers;
  • technical reports
  • policy papers; and
  • other education-related materials

You can access ERIC from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian Sabrina De Anda.


Life As Crossing Borders

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Join us for this unique two-part event with acclaimed writer and instructor Sergio Troncoso.

The Office of Professional and Organizational Development presents “Turning Life into Literature” and “Life As Crossing Borders” on Monday, April 29th, in the Pecan Library Rainbow Room

“Turning Life into Literature” will be from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
“Life As Crossing Borders” will be from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.


“Turning Life into Literature”

Open to Faculty and Staff.
This first session will focus on how to empower students to write stories and essays about their lives. Through personal experiences, Mr. Troncoso will trace his journey beginning with his early life in El Paso, the wide-range of challenges he encountered along the way and how he overcame them to become an acclaimed writer of fiction and non-fiction. In addition, Mr. Troncoso will share a practical six-part exercise that he has developed and implements in writing workshops at Yale that faculty can use to help students refine their writing skills.

Professional Development Registration. (Must login with STC Credentials)


“Life As Crossing Borders”

Open to South Texas College Community, Faculty, and Staff
Acclaimed author Sergio Troncoso, a native border Texan from El Paso, will read from a selection of his works dealing with the theme of “life as crossing borders.” Following his readings, you will have a chance to engage in a town hall discussion with our special guest covering a range of topics related to this fascinating aspect of our heritage and culture. We encourage South Texas College faculty, staff, students and the Rio Grande Valley community to participate in this special event.

For South Texas College Faculty and Staff: registration is appreciated (but not required) to better prepare for the session.


For more information regarding these workshops, please contact Office of Professional and Organizational Development at 956-872-7269 or opod@southtexascollege.edu.

You can also find these events, and many others, on our Facebook page!

South Texas College Libraries Open House 2019

Click on a movie poster or scroll down to see when and where we’ll be having our Library Open House events!

The South Texas College Library joins Libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the values of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the place where their patrons live, work, and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library. These events are free and open to the public!


Mid-Valley

Wednesday, April 10th

10 am – 12 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet, a photo booth, Jerry the Jaguar, popcorn, drinks, snacks, contest, and prizes!

 


NAH

Monday, April 8th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, a photo booth, scavenger hunt, drinks, snacks, and prizes!

 


Pecan

Tuesday, April 9th

11 am – 1 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Fahrenheit 451, popcorn, drinks, snacks, and prizes!

 


Starr County

Thursday, April 11th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet, a photo booth, popcorn, drinks, snacks, contest, and prizes!

 


Technology

Thursday, April 11th

11 am – 1 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie The Fate of the Furious, popcorn, drinks, snacks, contest, and prizes!

 

 


For more information, please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu or at 956-872-2277