Add Kudos to your #MSULibraryBelt

Add Kudos to your #MSULibraryBelt

We encourage #RacerScholars add Kudos to their #MSULibraryBelt to promote the academic achievements and increase readership of Murray State University scholars.

Kudos is a free service for researchers to integrate a variety of tools to take control of their scholarly output and gain insight of different metrics that track the impact of their work. In additon, Kudos helps you generate simplified language to encourage people in your social networks to read your work.GetKudos1




Add the Internet Archive ( to your #MSULibraryBelt

In 2007, inventor and digital librarian Brewster Kahle gave a TED Talk about, “A Free Digital Library,” which would give “Universal access to all knowledge.” Today, you can use that library, which provides access to an archive of the World Wide Web, over 9 million eBooks and digital documents, 2.4 million videos, 2.8 million audio recordings, 120 thousand pieces of software, 1.1 million digitized images, and 162 thousand live concert recordings. Read below to learn about some of the different features and select collections.

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The “Wayback Machine” has captured 469 billion pages on the Internet using web crawlers to give researchers the ability to access pages that are no longer live. Thus, you can potentially see a webpage that now reads “HTTP 404 Not Found” if you use the “Wayback Machine.” You can also use it to look at the history of a web page’s design, for example, see what the Murray State University Libraries’ page looked like in 2007–notice there is no Search. catalog, and no Twitter feed.

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP2 The Smithsonian Libraries collection is one of the largest library systems in the world and contains texts of all sorts, inculduding rare and old books that you can read online. These documents are very useful for understanding historical developments in human history. For example, here is a book published in 1671 that gives an account of early America and its inhabitants:



The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection contains recordings of public domain texts (works that may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner) in multiple languages that you can download and listen to freely. This way you can study and exercise at the same time.

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP3.pngThe Internet Arcade gives you the ability to play vintage-era video games using an online emulator. If you were writing a paper on the history of video game development, you could experience what it was like to use these games, like this 1982 classic, “Q*Bert”:

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP4The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Gallery Images collection gives you access to over 140 thousand images from their collection. If you need images for a presentation that you are giving, or you are an Art History major, this collection is an invaluable resource. Keep in mind that these collections include images of three-dimensional objects, like this early 19th century “Russian Bassoon”:

Are you doing a report on how media covers tragic events? The Internet Archive contains 3,000 hours of coverage of the events from 9/11 in the Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive. This collection is from the video collections held in the Internet Archive.2016.03.16_MSULIbWP5.png

These are just few of the many collections contained in the Internet Archive. There are 198 thousand collections to choose from.





Add ‘Roper Center: Public Opinion Archives’ to your #MSULibraryBelt

2016.01.11#MSULibraryBeltNews agencies regularly refer to “the polls” as evidence of public opinion. Questions like, who should be the next president are asked to a sample of people and then news anchors report these results as a measurement of public opinion. But, what demographic of the US population is represented in these surveys? Do these polls accurately represent general public opinion? It is difficult to answer these questions if you do not know the demographic that was asked for this opinion. Wouldn’t it be great if you could look at the documentation of the polls and determine for yourself whether or not the demographic sampled on a particular topic really does represent the general public’s perspective on an issue?

Well, you can. The Roper Center: Public Opinion Archives is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data that specializes in public opinion surveys. Founded in 1947, the collection includes over 22,000 datasets and adds to it every year. It is the “largest public opinion library available anywhere in the world.”

According to the website, the Roper Center’s purpose is:

…to promote the intelligent, responsible, and imaginative use of public opinion in addressing the problems faced by Americans and citizens of other nations.  In an increasingly complex and interdependent global environment, the Roper Center hopes to foster increased international understanding and to promote cross-national research. Through the maintenance of the world’s largest archive of survey data, and through its programs, presentations, and advanced research, the Roper Center strives to improve the practice of survey research and the use of survey data in the United States and abroad.

  • Promoting the informed use of survey research and public opinion information.
  • Maintaining, and constantly enlarging, a web-based library of survey research and public opinion data.
  • Developing access tools for researchers to secure required information.
  • Increasing international understanding and promoting cross-national research on political and social issues.

Many give theoretical acknowledgment to the idea that the public must be heard accurately, but the Roper Center alone is building a comprehensive research facility to ensure that the views of the public are recorded properly. The Center brings individual surveys together, enabling any researcher to better grasp what public opinion is. Survey data housed in the Center’s extensive archive are made accessible to academic and policy researchers, the press, business, and others who are interested in poll findings…the Roper Center provides for a “public audit” of polling data and reports of public opinion. As a non-profit, non-partisan public opinion data archive, the Center is in a unique position to help clarify the public’s voice.

Using Roper Center

To search through the surveys, click on the “Search Datasets” tab. Once

‘Roper Center’ search engine

on the search page, you can do a keyword search and limit your results by country, organization (that conducted the survey), sample type, and date range. The search to your right used the keywords “world war 2” with a date range of 1940 to 1940, which resulted in “11 studies” (see below).


Search results from keyword “world war 2” from “1940 to 1940”

If we click on the “RoperExpress” dataset image (circled, above), we can read a summary of the study (see image below). If this is a study that interests you, or could be useful for research that you are conducting, look underneath the “Documentation” tab on the page to download the documentation on the study for free. If you want access to the actual “datasets” you will need to make arrangements with the Roper Center to get that data.

You can download the documentation of this study as a PDF or Word document for free! (Circled)




#May4Matters at Murray State University Libraries

Father Martin Mattingly of St. Leo Catholic  Church
Father Martin Mattingly of St. Leo Catholic Church [undated]
On May 13, 1970, Murray State University President Harry M. Sparks stood before more than 1,000 students to moderate an “information session” on the Vietnam War. The purpose of the information session was to give Murray State students a better understanding of the “southeast Asian war.”

The information panel on May 13, 1970 ('The Murray State News', vol. 45, issue 22)
The information panel on May 13, 1970 (‘The Murray State News’, vol. 45, issue 22)

The students at Murray State did not resort to violence like many of the other universities in the country. Instead, a very small population of students participated in a “folkmass for peace in southeast Asia” and a candlelight march. The newspaper clippings and photos from the Special Collections & Archives at Forrest C. Pogue Library show that there was a small number of students that were active in the protest movement, but that most of the students at Murray State chose not to get involved.

Please take the time to look over the different articles and photographs and share comments and questions.


Peaceful protest on the Court Square in Murray, KY [undated] (Prof. Alice McCampbell, History Dept. to the left of historical marker and car)
Peaceful protest on the Court Square in Murray, KY [undated] (Prof. Alice McCampbell, History Dept. to the left of historical marker and car)
Front page of 'The Murray State News' (May 15, 1970, Vol. 45, Issue 22)
Front page of ‘The Murray State News’ (May 15, 1970, vol. 45, issue 22)
Opinion piece from alternative newspaper, 'Dawn'
Opinion piece from alternative newspaper, ‘Dawn’
All photos are from the Department of Journalism and Communication Unidentified Photographs collection. 

Featured E-resource: GREENR

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is a new online resource that offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more. GREENR is an important part of a new generation of solutions from Gale designed with users in mind.

GREENR is interactive and current, allowing users to navigate issue, organization and country portals. It’s a one-stop site dedicated to studying sustainability and the environment.

E-Resource Highlight

The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. PQDT Full Text includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

More than 70,000 new full text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertations publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations through UMI’s Digital Archiving and Access Program. Full Text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image.

More information:


New Book of the Week

Front Cover

New Book of the Week Title: “A History of Modern Burma”

 From the back of the book: “Michael Charney’s book-the first general history of modern Burma in over five decades-traces the highs and lows of Burma’s history from its colonial past to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and, by exploring key themes, explains the forces that have made the country what it is today.

 For more information about this book, see Racertrac.

Stop by the new book section in Waterfield Library to browse this book and other new titles.

Business Source Complete provides students and researchers with 4,744 indexed and abstracted journals and magazines and 3,668 full-text journals and magazines.

University Libraries recently upgraded access of two of our flagship databases, Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier. We are now subscribing to Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete. Academic Search Complete provides students and researchers with access to more than 11,900 abstracted and indexed journals and 7,900 full-text journals. More information on Academic Search Complete can be found @ . Business Source Complete provides students and researchers with 4,744 indexed and abstracted journals and magazines and 3,668 full-text journals and magazines. More information on Business Source Complete can be found @ . On top of the access provided to the content mentioned above, EBSCOhost databases are equipped with an easy to use interface that can save students and researchers countless hours of locating peer-reviewed and other content to inform their research and academic endeavors.

Access these databases using the Libraries Databases A to Z page or by using Library on BB.

Journal lists and other detailed information about these databases can be found @:

Academic Search Complete:

Business Source Complete:

Tutorials on using all of University Libraries’ EBSCOhost Databases can be found @:

Get in the mood of the season with these streams from Naxos.

Here are some Halloween classics:

Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565: “Dorian”

Mussorgsky – A Night on Bald Mountain

Verdi- Requiem: Dies Irae

Grieg – In the Hall of the Mountain King

Carl Orff- Carmina Burana – O Fortuna