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Art and Architecture Complete

by Jeffrey Gallant on January 30, 2011 in Odum Library

Are you a fan of the visual arts? Don’t you wish you could take a trip to the Met in New York City at 9pm on a Thursday, or visit buildings designed by Le Corbusier on a quick day trip?

Composition IX by Wassily Kandinsky

"Composition IX" by Wassily Kandinsky, provided by UCLA Design and Media Arts

If you’re currently enrolled in classes at VSU, that is most likely out of the question. However, you can explore the works of your favorite visual artist using one of our newest databases, Art and Architecture Complete! Art and Architecture Complete indexes scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and even book chapters about the art and architecture fields, often providing a full-text view of the resource.

Here’s a tip for using Art and Architecture Complete: Click on “Advanced Search” when you first arrive, and scroll down to the lower section of the page. In the green “Limit Your Results” box on the right side, there are “Image Quick View Types” checkboxes. If you want to only see articles with pictorial examples, check boxes like “Color Photograph” before you search.

Even though you won’t be able to catch a Broadway show or enjoy a fresh baguette on the Champ de Mars, you can be much more informed about your favorite artists and artworks in the comfort of your own home by using Art and Architecture Complete.

To get there, go to our Library Homepage, click on “Select Subject” under Articles by Subject, and select “Art.” Art and Architecture Complete will be on the list of recommended databases on this page. To send you there more quickly for the time being, here’s a direct link.

True Grit

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on January 25, 2011 in Odum Library

If you’d like to read the novel upon which the movie True Grit is based, we have a copy on the Temporary Shelves (Room 1617, 1st floor) at

PS 3566 .O68 T7

For help finding those temporary shelves on the 1st floor– or anything else in the library– please ask us via live chat, text your question to 229.234.1947, or ask at a Circulation or Reference desk.

Read “Charles Portis, the Man Who Wrote True Grit at The Telegraph (UK).

State of the Union 2011: Government Information Weekly Site

by Emily Rogers on January 24, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

The 2011 State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama is archived online through the White House home page.  You can view the address as well as participate in several question-and-answer sessions with senior White House officials throughout the week.  Submit questions via Twitter, Facebook, or the panel’s web question submission form.  View the schedule for further opportunities to give your State of the Union feedback to the President and his staff and historical background on the address or the “Annual Message,” as it was originally known, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2011

If you’re interested in the state of your state, the nonprofit state policy site Stateline.org lists the dates and full text of the 50 governors’ addresses and provides an archive of state of the state addresses since 2000.

City Water Services Affected by Power Failure

by Ginger Williams on January 22, 2011 in Odum Library

UPDATE: 1/26/2011

The City of Valdosta has announced that all tests for harmful bacteria in city water came back negative. It is safe to use city water for drinking, brushing teeth, and cooking once again.


From http://www.valdostacity.com
Posted Date: 1/22/2011
City Water Services Affected by Power Failure

Due to a power failure at the City of Valdosta Water Treatment Plant on Guest Road, all city water customers are currently without water services until further notice. Georgia Power is working with local contractors at the plant site to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Updates will be posted to the City of Valdosta website at www.valdostacity.com Citizens are encouraged NOT to call 9-1-1 about this situation unless they have an emergency, but instead may call the city’s Utilities Department to receive additional information and updates at (229) 259-3592.

Volunteer.gov: Government Information Site of the Week

by Emily Rogers on January 16, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

We’re hearing a lot about volunteer opportunities for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. Maybe you’d like to find ways to continue volunteering throughout the year.

Volunteer.gov helps you explore opportunities to volunteer on behalf of America’s natural and cultural resources.  You can search by keyword, state or city, government agency, or opportunity type, from Archaeology to Weed/Invasive Species Control.

Agencies with volunteer opportunities include the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with state and local governments adding their opportunities, too. Take a look at the many ways we can help care for our rich resources!

Need another credit hour?

by Ginger Williams on January 6, 2011 in Odum Library

Maybe you need one more credit hour to graduate. Maybe you’re new to VSU and you need to brush up on your research skills.

Whatever the reason, we’ve got the perfect class for you: LIBS 1000: Introduction to Library Resources.

This online class is designed to familiarize you with doing college-level research.  You’ll learn how to find the information you need to write your papers, how to know if you should trust what you read on the web, and much more.

The CRN is 22536.  If you have any questions about the class, send an email to ghwilliams@valdosta.edu

Study Skills for the New Year

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on January 3, 2011 in Odum Library

Did you resolve to develop better study habits in 2011?

How to Study offers printable handouts with tips to help you work on assignments, study and write about a range of subjects from accounting to theater– or just organize your stuff.


Of course if you need help in the library, you can always ask us!