Feed Your Curiosity: News Articles and our Databases

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Ever read a news article that piques your curiosity?  Or, something interesting that cites its sources, and you want to read those articles to become more of an expert on the topic?  You can!

For example, take the recent New York Times article titled, “Accounting for Taste: Not for Your Ears Only: How Sour Gets Its Zing”. This article discusses a recent scientific study on taste reception cells that was published in Science, which you can read in full here through the library’s databases!

When you’re reading articles, you can always search the library catalog for the research cited, or search directly within the many databases to which we subscribe to learn more.  If you are reading the article on campus and the citation is hyperlinked, you will be routed directly to the article if we have access to it. Try it, the next time you’re curious about a topic!

—Trish

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“Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking”- a perfect book for Valentine’s Day

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For those of you who  love Masterpiece Theater’s current mini-series “Victoria”, you may very well be delighted in the new book Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe.  Author Deborah Cadbury offers a gripping account of the Queen’s meddlesome matchmaking skills in her grandchildren’s lives, to help turn Europe’s strife into happiness. Some of the unions were blissful while most were catastrophic – making an enjoyable read this winter! 

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Check This Out!—RetroPie

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Have you checked out our new video game nook near the BServ desk and Laptop? We have a RetroPie available for checkout that has over 175 games from the Atari, NES, and SNES systems, including Pacman, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. The RetroPie is available for a 3 day checkout (and can’t be renewed), and just requires a TV or monitor and an HDMI cable to use. Come visit our display and check it out for some weekend gaming!

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Happy finals!

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Hi everyone! We hope you’re going into your finals super relaxed and ready to ace your tests! There are a few things going on at the library over the next week or so to help you conquer your finals:

  • Magnetic poetry encouragement—We have a board set up at the entrance of the library with magnetic poetry words for you to create short messages of encouragement for your fellow Bulldogs. Check out what’s already been written or write some lines of your own as you come in!
  • The snack cart—It’s back (by popular request)! Library staff will be around delivering afternoon snacks during finals, so keep an eye out for it!
  • Relaxation fort—If you need to take a few minutes to yourself, you can use the relaxation fort on the first floor near the research desk. It has meditation tutorials, stress balls, and relaxing pictures so you can take a few minutes to center yourself in between studying sessions.
  • Creepy Mouse—Our old friend Creepy Mouse has escaped again! She’ll be hiding in the library throughout finals, and if you’re the one to find her and bring her back, you could win a candy prize. Make sure to follow us on instagram so you know when she’s loose!
  • Hot chocolate bar—On Friday, we’ll have a hot chocolate bar set up with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and more. Come visit it if you need a sugar rush!

As always, let us know if you need anything (including research help), and good luck on finals!

—Becca

Becca