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Films on Demand

Database Spotlight

Have you checked out Films on Demand  yet? At Films On Demand, content matters. Their video library has been assembled not just with a focus on volume, but also with a discerning eye for quality and relevance. It is the result of decades of careful curating with a single guiding principle: providing every academic department on campus with the most essential video titles for their field of study. We have access to a huge collection of films and documentaries, ranging from publishers like HBO, Arte France, CNBC, PBS, and The History Channel. You can browse the collection by subject, recently added, video type (i.e. Documentary, feature film, animation, newsreel), original language, and features of the month.

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How can you use Films on Demand

  • Find inspiration and material for research papers and presentations
  • Captioning and interactive, searchable transcripts on all titles
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material
  • Follow up on a clip used by a professor in class and watch the rest of the video
  • Get citations for all videos in MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and APA formats, with up-to-date citation creation and export
  • View videos anywhere, 24/7

You can access Films on Demandfrom his blog post or from our Databases page.
*Please note: to access databases off campus, you will need to enter your STC username and password.

Contributed by Library Specialist William Heinrich.



A pilot program of easy-to-use popular magazines in digital / electronic format. Use a computer or mobile app to read the magazine without worrying about someone already reading it – STC students, faculty and staff have unlimited access. The magazines are readable on a computer or downloaded with a mobile app. For more assistance, please view Flipster’s tutorial.

Don’t have your favorite magazine? Suggest a title here!

Browse the full collection of magazine titles

Cooking and Food – A Book Display

Do you enjoy barbecuing during the summer? … or trying new recipes? Stop by the library and check out one of our many books on barbecuing, grilling, or creating other culinary delights.

If you have ever thought about turning your love of cooking into a career, South Texas College has a Culinary Arts Program that may be of interest.


The best ribs ever! : 100 killer recipes including slaws, baked beans & finger-lickin’ sauces / Raichlen, Steven

Call Number TX 749 .R349 2012

Fresh grilling : 200 delicious good-for-you seasonal recipes

TX 840 .B3 F745 2014

Barbecue inferno: cooking with chile peppers on the grill / DeWitt, Dave

Call Number TX840 .B3 D49 2001

The food of Texas : authentic recipes from the Lone Star State / Stuart, Caroline

Call Number TX 715.2 .S69 S78 2000

Everyday Asian / Kingsley, Farina Wong

Call Number TX 724.5 .A1 K56 2012

Cupcake whimsy : [easy-to-make scrumptious cupcakes & toppers] / Antoine, Elisabeth

Call Number TX 771 .A618 2012

The busy mom’s cookbook : 100 recipes for quick, delicious, home-cooked meals / Lofaso, Antonia

Call Number TX 714 .L637 2012

In defense of food : an eater’s manifesto / Pollan, Michael

Call Number RA 784 .P643 2008

Pandora’s lunchbox : how processed food took over the American meal / Warner, Melanie

Call Number HD 9000.5 .W339 2013

Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal / Schlosser, Eric

Call Number TX 715 .S2968 2001

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell


A South Texas Ceramic Showdown Book Display


While you observe the exhibit which will be on view from June 11-August 7, also take note of the library’s vast collection of Ceramics books and magazines.  For more information about the exhibit and about the Library Art Gallery, visit their website:

These books are available to check out!

The book display is on the 2nd floor of the Pecan campus library.

Earth Day – A Book Display EarthDayImage3

April 22, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and will be celebrated around the world. Explore the topic further by viewing a PBS Earth Day video or a short NBC video on the history of Earth Day, or by browsing the many resources on the Sustainable Works website or the Earth Day Network.

Here are the Pecan Campus Biology Club’s top picks for Earth Day: Gasland, Food Inc., and Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011).

Join in the celebration by visiting the library and checking out one of our many books on the topic in the South Texas College Libraries. Here are a few titles to get started:

Ecotourists save the world : the environmental volunteer’s guide to more than 300 international adventures to conserve, preserve, and rehabilitate wildlife and habitats / Brodowsky, Pamela K.

Call number: G 156.5 .E26 B76 2010

A spring without bees : how colony collapse disorder has endangered our food supply / Schacker, Michael

Call Number: SF 538.5 .C65 S33 2008

The weather makers : how man is changing the climate and what it means for life on Earth / Flannery, Tim F.

Call Number: QC 981.8 .C5 F438 2005

Love Canal : And the Birth of the Environmental Health Movement (eBook) / Gibbs, Lois Marie

Save the Planet : 52 Brilliant Ideas for Rescuing Our World (eBook) / Marshall, Natalia

An unreasonable woman : a true story of shrimpers, politicos, polluters, and the fight for Seadrift, Texas / Wilson, Diane

Call Number: SH 20 .W55 A3 2005

Plastic ocean : how a sea captain’s chance discovery launched a quest to save the oceans / Moore, Charles

Call Number: GC 1085 .M66 2012

The eco-living handbook : a complete green guide for your home and life / Callard, Sarah

Call Number: GE 196 .C353 2009

Planetary citizenship : your values, beliefs, and actions can shape a sustainable world / Henderson, Hazel

Call Number: GE 195 .H46 2004

America Goes Green : An Encyclopedia of Eco-friendly Culture in the United States (eBook) / Duram, Leslie A.; White, Kim Kennedy

Gaia’s garden : a guide to home-scale permaculture / Hemenway, Toby

Call Number: SB 439 .H44 2009

Additionally, learn about environmental issues at Earth Times.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

New Database: Alexander Street Press: Stanford Executive Briefing Series

Alexander Street Press

The Library has added Alexander Street Press’ Stanford Executive Briefing Series: Thought Leaders collection of online videos.  Alexander Street Press is an online service that provides educational videos in streaming video format. The Stanford Executive Briefing Series: Thought Leaders collection consists of 20 lectures by corporate executives and scholars on leadership and business management topics.

Searching and viewing Alexander Street Press Stanford Executive Briefing Series videos does not require creating an account. However, by creating an account, users can create folders with playlists, share video segments by e-mail, or post video segments to online course management programs like Blackboard. The Stanford Executive Briefing Series collectioncan be accessed by selecting Alexander Street PressStanford Executive Briefing Series from the Library’s Databases page at

Contributed by Jesús Campos, Director of Technical Services.

Who Knew? Searching Google Scholar

Did you know you can search for journal articles from our TexShare Databases in Google Scholar? From Google Scholar, click on Settings as shown below.


Next, click on Library links on the left which will bring up a search box. Type South Texas College and search to bring up the below options. Check: Open WorldCat and South Texas College, and Save.


In Google Scholar, search your keywords, for example, “adhesive capsulitis” “mobilization techniques”, will bring up the below results. To see the article from our databases, click on the Texshare EBSCOhost link. To find more articles on the same topic, click on Related articles. To see the article citation in several formats, click on Cite.



Additionally, students of Paralegal Studies can find case law in Google Scholar by clicking on the case law option found below the search box on the initial Google Scholar search page, in the top illustration.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell


Women’s History Month – A Book Display

Women’s History Month – A Book Display

Women’s History Month is celebrated nationally during the month of March. In tribute, the Library of Congress provides a wealth of information at: and the Smithsonian at Smithsonian Education – Women’s History Month. Explore the online exhibits at the National Women’s History Museum and the videos, pictures, and speeches featured in celebration at the History Channel.

The South Texas College libraries have many books and resources on the topic. Here are a few titles to get started.

Women Nobel Peace prize winners / Davis, Anita Price

Call Number JZ 5540 .D38 2006


Makers. Volume 2, Women in war, space, comedy, business, Hollywood, politics Widescreen / Mann, Leslie

Call Number: HQ 1391 .U5 M354 2014 VOL. 2 DVD


50 women artists you should know / Weidemann, Christiane

Call Number N 8354 .W45 2008


The 100 most influential women of all time : a ranking past and present / Felder, Deborah G.

Call Number: CT 3202 .F395 2001


The book of Latina women : 150 vidas of passion, strength, and success / Mendoza, Sylvia.

Call Number: CT 3203 .M46 2013


Ladies of liberty : the women who shaped our nation 1st ed. / Roberts, Cokie.

Call Number: E 302.5 .R64 2008


Top 101 remarkable women / Author Nagle, Jeanne

Call Number CT 3207 .T67 2014


Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell


African American History Month – A Book Display


African American History Month is celebrated nationally during the month of February. In tribute, the Library of Congress provides a wealth of information at: the Smithsonian at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Smithsonian Education – Black History Teaching Resources. Listen and explore the African American music the Smithsonian is preserving.

The South Texas College libraries have many books and resources on the topic. Here are a few to get started.

#1) African American almanac : 400 years of triumph, courage and excellence / Bracks, Lean’tin L.

Call Number: E 185 .B8127 2012

#2) Life upon these shores : looking at African American history, 1513-2008 / Gates, Henry Louis.

Call Number: E 185 .G27 2011

#3) Black music 1st Da Capo Press ed. / Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-

Call Number: ML 3556 .B15 1998

#4) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass / Frederick Douglass

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

#5) The African-American atlas : Black history and culture–an illustrated reference Rev. ed. / Asante, Molefi K.

Call Number: E185 .A79 1998

#6) Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance 1st ed. / Obama, Barack.

Call Number: E 185.97 .O23 A3 2007

#7) Making freedom : the Underground Railroad and the politics of slavery / Author Blackett, R. J. M., 1943-

Call Number: E 450 .B59 2013

#8) The African Texans / Alwyn Barr.

Call Number: E 185.93 .T4 B36 2004

#9) African American biography.

Call Number: E 185.96 .A44 1994 VOL. 1

#10) African-American poets : Phillis Wheatley through Melvin B. Tolson / edited and with introduction by Harold Bloom.

PS 310 .N4 A69 2003

#11) Martin Luther King Jr. [videorecording] : the man and the dream / Akomfrah, John.

Call Number: E 185.97 .K5 M37 2002 DVD

#12)Sisters in science : conversations with black women scientists about race, gender, and their passion for science / Jordan, Diann

Call Number: Q 141 .S556 2006


Duke University is chronicling African American life in the Jim Crow South through oral history interviews at:


Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Who Knew? Finding New Books in the Library


New books that have arrived are located in the New Arrival shelving display in the library. To find a listing of these titles, go to the library homepage and click on the Library Catalog. On the next page, in the drop down selection for Location, choose New Collection, as shown below, and search.


Additionally, if you would like to relax with a bestseller, select Bestsellers found just below New Collection to bring up the current list from which to choose.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell