The Big Thank You 2014

Last year the CSTBTY2014U Library collected over 300 of your thank you letters to send to U.S. troops stationed overseas at Thanksgiving as part of The Bert Show’s Big Thank You. This year, because of our renovation and relocation, we’ve teamed up with the Veterans Resource Center to collect letters. Our goal is to collect even more letters than we did last year so now’s the time to start writing.

It couldn’t be any easier to participate. All you have to do is hand-write a thank you letter and drop it off in the collection box in the Veterans Resource Center located in Edgewater Hall, suite 115. Your letters must be in the collection box by October 27th to be sent to the troops so time is of the essence.

In order to get your letter to a U.S. soldier, please follow the following guidelines:

  • All letters must be on 8.5” x 11” paper or smaller.
  • Make sure your letter is heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements
  • Do not use glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or otherwise attach anything to the paper.
  • No construction paper.
  • Decorate using crayons, markers, pens or pencils.
  • Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only.
  • Do not send greeting cards or photographs.
  • Feel free to include your mailing and email address.
  • Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes.
  • Do not send anything except letters.
  • Drop off your letter by October 27th.

If you have any questions, contact Tina Lake at or call (678) 466-5528.

October Featured LibGuide: Forensic Science

The Forensic Science guide is useful for Chemistry, Biology or Criminal Justice majors and topics covering the various forensic techniques or scientific principles used in criminal investigations. Find suggested sources to get you started in your research plus explore the archived records of the agency that became the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


October Featured Resource: Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers analysis on stocks, mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) and screening tools to build portfolios. The Company Stock Reports include analysis of financials, bond information, ratios, SEC filings and information on insider actions and institutional holders. Returns are updated daily. While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company.

Access Restrictions: Limited to 1 simultaneous user at a time. Select the End Session icon (top right corner) when finished.


Created Equal: Freedom Riders

The Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film screening and discussion series returns this week with an event focused on the documentary film Freedom Riders. To explore this moment in our nation’s history, we have invited three veterans of the Freedom Rides of 1961 to share their stories.

The upcoming program will take place on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Harry S. Downs Center and will feature selected clips from the film and facilitated discussions. Veteran Freedom Riders Joan Browning, Charles Person and Hank Thomas will share their personal stories of the historic Freedom Rides and how they risked their lives to challenge the system of segregation in interstate travel in the Deep South. The forum is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be streamed live online at

All members of the campus and surrounding community are invited to view the film Freedom Riders in its entirety online at The film will also be shown prior to the Oct. 16 event, starting at 4 p.m.

About Created Equal

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. The Clayton State Library is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the Civil Rights Movement. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.

Each of the Created Equal films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit for more information.

The Created Equal film set and public programs have been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places.

Renovation News: Moving Day is October 9, 2014

renovationsignWe are excited to be working with the University to build you a better library and moving day is coming soon. Please plan ahead if you will need to check out any library items soon because the collections will be closed between Thursday, October 9th – Friday, October 17th. The last day to check out library items before the move is Wednesday, October 8th by 10:00 pm. Checks out will resume on Saturday, October 18th. Students and faculty needing to pick up GIL Express or Interlibrary Loan books will be contacted by a library staff member to coordinate a pick up time while the library is closed. If you need to return items please use the book drop near Jazzman’s in the University Center.

We appreciate your patience while we relocate our collections and services to the lower level. Changes to our hours or limitations to our services will be temporary. Our Ask a Librarian service will be available during this time if you need research assistance or have a question about the library.

September Featured Resource: Dictionary of Literary Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography offers biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Trace the development of an author’s canon and the evolution of his/her reputation.

To broaden or narrow your search:

Keyword – searches the entire collection for a match within the author’s name, work titles and section headers
Full Text – searches the entire collection for a match within the entire text of the article including keyword fields
Named Author – searches the entire collection for entries about a specific author and his/her works


Top 5: Films on Demand, August 2014


Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Marbury v. Madison (30 mins)
Who determines what the Constitution means: the Supreme Court, Congress, or the President? This 1803 case established the judiciary’s authority to interpret the Constitution. Marshall’s insistence on the principle of “judicial review” of acts of Congress brought him into conflict with President Thomas Jefferson, but established the court’s responsibility.

4. Birth of a Language (52 mins)
Melvyn Bragg begins the story of English in Holland, finding ancestral echoes in the Frisian dialect. What follows is a chapter on survival as the English language weathers Viking and Norman invasions, vying with and eventually absorbing rival tongues. Lively settings such as village pubs and markets bring home the lasting influence of Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Old French. The connection between Christianity, Latin, and an alphabet is explored, as well as the role of the language’s first champion, King Alfred the Great. Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney reads from and discusses the first epic in English, Beowulf.

3. Explaining Globalization (56 mins)
Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy.

2. Black Is…Black Ain’t (87 mins)
Is there an essential black identity? In this documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs explores the diversity of African American lifestyles and cultural expressions, even as many speakers bare their pain at having been called “too black,” or conversely, “not black enough.” Riggs brings viewers face-to-face with African-Americans young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban, gay and straight, while offering a powerful critique of sexism, homophobia, and colorism within the black community. Includes performances by choreographer Bill T. Jones and poet Essex Hemphill and commentary from noted cultural critics Angela Davis, bell hooks, Cornel West, and others.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for August is:

1. Black Panther/San Francisco State: On Strike (34 mins)
This two-part program begins with the actual film the Black Panther Party used to promote its cause. Shot in 1969 in San Francisco, it’s an exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking, featuring an interview from jail with Black Panthers cofounder Huey Newton, as well as footage of cofounder Bobby Seale explaining its Ten Point Program and Eldridge Cleaver discussing the Panthers’ appeal to the black community. The program’s second part, shot by students and their supporters during the San Francisco State University strike of 1968–1969, documents the groundbreaking protest that led to the establishment of the first ethnic studies department at an American university.

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September Featured LibGuide: Juvenile Justice

The Juvenile Justice guide introduces users to a variety of information sources related to capital punishment, child welfare, civil rights, corrections, juvenile delinquency, prisons, recidivism, rehabilitation and other related topics. You will find both national & state statistics and a variety of multimedia titles.


Classical Music Library Popular Tracks, August 2014

Classical Music Library is an online streaming audio collection of Classical music recordings available to all Clayton State students. Last month users enjoyed listening to the following tracks:

5. Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Specialized Area of Interest: Late Romantic
Ensemble: Danish National Symphony Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Anne Gjevang, Danish National Symphony Choir and Danish National Symphony Orchestra

4. Vox Rennaisance Consort: Renaissance Nöel
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Specialized Area of Interest: Renaissance; Baroque
Ensemble: Vox Renaissance Consort
Performer: Vox Renaissance Consort

3. Nanino/Allegri/Marenzio/Frescobaldi/Ugolini/Gabrieli
Composer: Giovanni Maria Nanino
Specialized Area of Interest: Renaissance; Baroque
Ensemble: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Performer: Cambridge, Choir of King’s College

2. Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony, Hodie
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Specialized Area of Interest: 20th Century
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus
Performer: Richard Hickox

and the number 1 Classical Music Library track for August is:

1. Vivaldi: Magnificat/Gloria
Composer: Antonio Vavaldi
Specialized Area of Interest: Baroque
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Performer: Teresa Berganza, Lucia Valentini Terrani

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Value Line Research Center New Interface

Value Line Research Center recently released an improved interactive interface to enhance the user experience. Whether you want stock quotes, news, or charts about publicly traded companies, Value Line is a standard and respected source of financial information.

Navigation Tips
From the Dashboard, use the Quick Links box to navigate to Value Line Investment Surveys or the Small and Mid-Cap Reports. Content not included in our subscription is not easily identified. Users will see “this online subscription is not included in your account” message for any locked content.


To find a company by name or symbol, use the search box at the top right. From the company page, the familiar PDF company reports are on the right side of the page in the gray bar that runs along the top of the results.


The stock screener, located in the Find Ideas tab, helps you find stocks that fit your specific criteria by selecting and applying categories available. Industry analysis and commentary is found in the Markets tab.

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