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Many resources to help students research

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The Roswell Public Library offers many in-house materials to help students, but there are even more online resources that are available, too. Now that school has started, students can make use of the article databases that provide access to various printed periodicals and academic journals in a searchable, electronic format.

Proquest eLibrary, Galegroup’s Infotrac, and Ebscohost’s Magazine Article Summaries, all provide free access to publications that are ideal for research projects. Some are direct scans of the articles, others are transcribed so that you can get word definitions within the document. They provide the bibliographic citations and can be printed, saved and emailed.
Ebsco’s Consumer Health Complete contains many medical-related texts for students going into health fields, as well. Just follow the instructions on our website at roswell-nm.gov under the “Databases” tab to access these and many more online resources.
For more information, call the library at 575-622-7101 or visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m on 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Book Talk by Colette Speer
Reference Librarian
“Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism,” by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, is new to the Roswell Public Library, and it can be found among new nonfiction in the Young Adult section of the library. Though geared to a younger audience who might be interested to know some history of the Spanish Civil War, what photojournalism is and about the first well-known practitioners of it, adult readers may also find the book compelling in its narrative of two professional photographers who were also in love, the emergence of war-journalism, and the role two photographers played as witness to a rapidly changing world in the 1930s and 1940s.
Aronson and Budhos present a narrative of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro as individual photographers, about them as a couple, and about how they invented themselves as working photographers in a charged and dangerous political climate. Further, the authors discuss the cameras Capa and Taro used and preferred, the kinds of shots they took, the angles they preferred and the particular “eye” each artist had for what they saw.

The written narrative is supported with the story of Capa’s and Taro’s own photographs, including those they made of one another, those for which Capa became famous from the Spanish Civil War and from World War II and particularly the beach landing at Normandy on D-Day. And it also includes Taro’s compelling images from the Spanish Civil War during which she was injured and killed. Through the lens of the pictures, the lovers’ relationship and the serious work they undertook — both apart and together — shows how they forged their way in a time of tragedy, crisis and belief.
For those interested in photography as art and as a way to document history, the Roswell Public Library also has additional titles in the biography section which detail the lives of important photographers such as Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Alfred Stieglitz, Gordon Parks and Dorthea Lange, among others.
For those wanting to familiarize themselves with some of the work of photographers (and more pictures than words), there are also photo books in the library’s collection, including the photographs of Robert Frank, Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. These biographies and collected works provide an important glimpse into picture-making as an art and the varied vision of each photographer’s world.

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