It’s March! Can you believe it? Just two weeks until the beloved (and sorely needed) Spring Break, and then we’re on the home stretch to finals and, most importantly, summer. But enough of that for now. You’re probably having trouble seeing past that Sociology paper for next week!
So, in the midst of paper writing, group projects, and midterms, we thought it might be an opportune moment to take a quick glance at our print Reference Collection. This dusty (albeit useful) collection occupies the short shelves next to the main stairway on the 1st floor of Hale.
Need a source on the official language of Paraguay? The biography of Rosa Parks? An overview of 19th century inventions? A comprehensive summary of major Supreme Court decisions? The encyclopedia of endangered species? Insects of Kansas?
Sure, you could try to "Google" that info, but if your professor is asking for reputable sources and you don’t need the in-depth research of a scholarly article, then the Reference Collection is the place to go for these facts, summaries, and overviews.
It’s easy to "limit" your search to reference materials by choosing "Reference Collections" under the Quick Limits option, and then using the keyword search and entering in your search terms like "world religion," "women composers," "textile chemistry," "food science," "France and culture," "APA citation," "tourism," and much, much more!
Careers in Travel, Tourism & Hospitality
Authors: Marjorie Eberts, Linda Brothers, Ann Gisler
Call number: G155.5 .E24 2006 (Reference Collection --- 1st floor)
Are you majoring in business, modern languages, or hotel & restaurant management with a love for travel and tourism? Perhaps your destined for a career in the tourism and hospitality fields. From information on careers for travel agents, tour guides, and flight attendants to job opportunities in restaurants, amusement parks, and state parks, this book has the potential to shed some light on our dim economy. Check out the Amazon preview.
1001 Kansas Place Names
Authors: Sondra Van Meter McCoy and Jan Hults
Call number: F679 .M38 1989 (Reference Collection --- 1st floor)
Enrolled in a course studying Kansas history like MUSIC 424 - Jazz In Kansas City And The Southwest or HIST533 - Lost Kansas Communities? This is the book for you! The book offers a unique glimpse into Kansas places as it describes the origin, evolution, and history of those place names, such as Cawker City, Wamego, Liberal, and Saline.
Pop Culture China!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle
Author: Kevin Latham
Call number: DS727 .L358 2007 (Reference Collection --- 1st floor)
The title of this entry actually could have been Pop Culture fill-in-the-blank! because we happen to have five of the books in this series. Besides China, we have Russia, India, Latin America, and the Arab world. These several hundred page books present a current portrait of each country or region on topics not necessarily covered by scholarly databases, including sports, theater, music, mass media, cinema, festivals, and more. Besides a cultural studies or sociology class, these books would be a great reference for any student planning to study abroad in one of this locations. Google Books and Amazon both feature online previews so take a look!
Check back for more great reference titles in our next Short Cuts article!