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America Eats Nelson Algren Hasty Pudding, Johnnycakes, and Other Good Stuff Loretta Frances Ichord The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Michael W. Twitty E185.89.F66T95
American Cooking Dale Brown TX715.B7172Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook Robb Walsh TX840.B3W36The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories Barbara M.  Walker TX715.W1818
American Women's Bicentennial Cook Book, 1776-1976 TX715.A545Making it Easy: Cajun Cooking Arlene Coco The Peppers Cookbook: 200 Recipes from the Pepper Lady's Kitchen Jean Andrews  TX803.P46A24
Barbecuing Around Texas Richard K.  Troxell Mrs. Hill's Southern Practical Cookery and Receipt Book Annabella P. Hill The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue  Daniel Vaughn  TX840.B3V36
Come an' Get It: The  Story of the Old Cowboy Cook Ramon Adams F56.A3North Carolina & Old Salem Cookery Beth Tartan The Texas Cowboy Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos  Robb Walsh  TX715.2.S69W362
Cooking up U.S. History Suzanne I. Barchers Nova. Edible Insects (video)The U.S. History Cookbook: Delicious Recipes and Exciting Events from the Past  Joan D.Amico  
Eating in America: A History Waverly Root TX353.R64Picnic: Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Tradition Dave Dalton Thomas ML420.N4T56Untold: The Story of American Barbecue (video)
Elizabeth's Cook Book: West Texas Favorite Recipes TC715.C7 Southern Cooking to Remember Kathryn Tucker Windham Great Old-fashioned American Recipes Beatrice Ojakangas 
Favre Family Cookbook Super Natural Simple: Whole-Food, Vegetarian Recipes for Real Life Heidi Swanson  TX741.S8876The Complete Western Cookbook Betty Johnson TX715.J62


Check out a few of our books, ebooks and videos for your Fourth of July weekend. Check with the librarian for more!

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Celebrate Pride Month with videos, books and audiobooks. Ask the librarian for more!

A Queer History of the United States for Young People--Michael Bronski HQ763.U5B6965 2019Hearstopper--Alice Oseman  PN6737.O84H43Poor Queer Studies--Matt Brinn (ebook)The Magician--Colm Toibin  PR6070/O455M34 2021
All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto--George M. Johnson  HQ76.27.A37J644 2021Less--Andrew Sean Greer (audiobook) PS3557.R398L47 2018Ramona Blue--Julie Murphy (eaudiobook)The Prophets--Robert Jones Jr.  PS3610.O62767P76 2021
Bi: Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Nonbinary Youth--Ritch C. Savin-Williams  HQ74.S28 2021LGBTQ Life in America--Melissa R. Michelson (ebook)Rumble--Ellen Hopkins  PZ7.5.H67Rum 2014The Whale (dvd)  PN1997.W43 2023
Cross My Heart and Never Lie--Nora Dasnes  PN6727.D376C767 2023Milk Fed--Melissa Broder  PS3602.R6345M555 2021Shuggie Bain--Douglas Stuart  PS3609.T828S58 2020This Book is Gay--Juno Dawson  HQ7626.D39 2021
Fangs--Billy Balibally PN6790.J34F364Navigating Trans + and Complex Gender Identities--Jamison Green (ebook)Ten Steps to Nanette--Hannah Gadsby  PN3018.G33A3 2022Tomboy--Lisa Davis  HQ798.D36 2021
Female Husbands: A Trans History--Jen Manion  HQ77.9.M26 2020Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity  HQ77.9.N645 2019The Deviant's War--Eric Cervini  HQ75.8.K35C47 2020Under the Whispering Door--Tj Klune  PS3611.L86U53 2023
Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun--Jonny Garza Villa  PS3607.A7834F54 2021Nonbinary Gender Identities--Charlie McNabb  HQ73.M36 2018The Fire Never Goes Out--Noelle Stevenson  PN6727.S748F57 2020Unprotected--Billy Porter  PN2287.P5718A3 2021
Flamer--Mike Curato  PN6727.C873F53 2020Only this Beautiful Moment--Abdi Nazemian  PS3614.A976O55 2023The Guncle--Steven Rowley  PS3608.O888G86 2021Yung Mungo--Douglas Stuart  PS3619.T828Y68 2022
Gender Queer--Maia & Phoebe Kobabe  PN6727.K63G46 2020Plain Bad Heroines--Emily M. Danforth  PS3604.A5233P53 2020The House in the Cerulean Sea--TJ Klune  PS3611.L86H68 2020 

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Check out a few of the items in our collection to celebrate National Outdoor Month. 

A Walk in the Woods--Bill Bryson (audiobook) F106.B922 2998Freshwater Fishes of Texas--Earl W. Chilton II  QL628.T4C49 1997Rugged Access for All--Christopher Kain GV199.56.K35 2020
America Outdoors with Baratund Thurston (video series)How to Photograph the Outdoors in Black and White--George Schaub (ebook)Safer Water Experience. While on Vacation (video)
America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond--Randall K. Wilson HD216.W48 2020Kayaking GV783.K39 2009State Parks of the South--Vici DeHaan (ebook)
Become an Outdoor Photographer (video)Lists of National Historic Landmarks (edocument) The Camper's Guide to Outdoor Pursuits--Jack Drury (ebook)
Canoe Country Camping (ebook)LPGA's Guide to Every Shot GV966.L64 2000The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors--Michael Mouland (ebook)
Exploring Natural Treasures Throughout Texas (edocument)Official Guide to Texas State Parks & Historic Sites--Laurence Parent F384.3P36 2018The Lost Continent: Travels is Small-Town America--Bill Bryson  E168.Z82B78 1990
Exploring the Black Hills & Badlands--Hiram Rogers (ebook)Outdoor Careers--Amanda Kirk HF5382.5.U5K52 2009The Texas Hill Country: A Photographic Adventure--Michael H. Marvins  F392.T47M34 2018
Fly Fishing for the Complete Idiot--Michael Rutter SH456.R868 1995Rowing and Sculling--Bill Sayer GV791.S29 2013Untold 85: The Story of American Barbecue (video)



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I ran across Perplexity AI today.  Very interesting thing to try out.  Perplexity AI is an AI-chatbot-powered "research and conversational search engine" (Source: Wikipedia)

Unlike other search engines, like Google and Duck-Duck-Go, Perplexity draws on multiple large language models to produce its responses. Perplexity currently uses OpenAi's GPT-3 Turbo, Anthropic's Claude 3, and others.  Unlike a standard search engine, which give users a list of links to follow themselves, Perplexity delivers a natural language response like one would expect from a chatbot.

Some key features are:

  • Natural Language Interface
  • Web Indexing - they claim to index the web daily to provide up-to-date information.  Chatbots run at least a year out of date.
  • Cited Sources (!!!) with in-text citations
  • Follow-up questions - Perplexity can pose follow up questions to clarify or narrow a search.

The search box provides a "focus" filter.  You can select "all" (the entire internet) for your search or the following limits:

  • Wolfram/Alpha - the computational knowledge engine
  • Academic - search in published academic papers
  • You Tube - discover and watch videos
  • Writing - general text of chat without searching the web
  • Reddit - Search for discussions and opinions

You can also upload pdfs, CSV files, images, and text documents for analysis.

Perplexity has three subscription options:  

  • Free 
  • Pro - $20 per month
  • Enterprise Pro, pricing based on team size.

The free version does not require an account and support basic searches, including citations and follow-up queries.  

Are there any disadvantages?  Sure.  All AI tools return questionable information and can be repetitive.  Perplexity is an AI and vulnerable to hallucinations and other issues that affect LLMs.  And the big one in academic research - NO JOURNAL ARTICLES.  While the sources cited are worthy, especially when filtered by "academic" none of the sources cited were from recent (or even old) journal articles.

Still, Perplexity is fun to play with.  Give it a try.

Perplexity AI

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Join us in celebrating our furry (and not) friends for National Pet Month with books, ebooks and videos. See the librarian for more. Ebooks and videos are hyperlinked. Books are in the General Stacks with the call number listed unless otherwise indicated. 

A Dog's Way Home: A Novel W. Bruce Cameron Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy   RM931.A65H36 2019 Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster Allen & Linda Anderson  HV4765.L8A63 2006
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us Ed Yong  QP431.Y66 2022 Human Footprint: Man's Best Friend (video) Snakes and Such Alvin Silverstein et al
Animal Impossible: Cats (video) My Pet and Me: Whitby the Cat (video) Spiderology Michael Elsohn Ross
Animal Impossible: Dogs (video) My Pet Cats LeeAnne Engfer The Cat Whisperer Mieshelle Nagelschneider  SF446.5.N34 2013
Becoming Best Friends with Your Hamster, Guinea Pig, or Rabbit Bill Gutman My Pet Fish Lori Coleman  The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care C.J. Puotinen
Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History, From Cave Art to Conservation Tim Birkhead  QL673.B565 2022 My Pet Hamster & Gerbils LeeAnne Engfer The Genius of Dogs Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods  SF433.H355 2013
Careers Working with Animals Allison Blake My Pet Rat Arlene Erlbach The Last Walk Jessica Pierce  BD444.P54 2012
Dog Years: A Memoir Mary Doty  PS3554.O798Z46 2008 Nova Wonders: What are Animals Saying (video) The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets Barbara Royal  SF745.R69 2012
Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare Donald M. Broom & Andrew F. Fraser  SF56.7.B76 2015 Pets Erica Fudge The Secret Life of Dogs (video)
Eclipse of the Century. How Animals React to a Solar Eclipse (video) Pets and People: The Psychology of Pet Ownership Barrie Gunter & Adrian Furnham Untold. First Pets of the White House (video)


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April is National Poetry Month. Check out our collection of ebooks in poetry!


Cover ArtThe Complete Old English Poems by Craig Williamson (Translator); Tom Shippey (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0812293215
Publication Date: 2017-01-31
At long last we have Craig Williamson's beautiful and haunting translations of all of the Old English poems into modern strong-stress, alliterative verse, along with his introductions, his essay on translation, and noted medievalist Tom Shippey's introduction on the literary scope and vision of these timeless poems.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics by Roland Greene (Editor-In-Chief); Stephen Cushman (Editor); Clare Cavanagh (Editor); Jahan Ramazani (Editor); Paul Rouzer (Editor)

ISBN: 9781400841424
Cover ArtPublication Date: 2012-08-26
The most important poetry reference for more than four decades--now fully updated for the twenty-first century Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thoroughly revised and updated for the twenty-first century. Compiled by an entirely new team of editors, the fourth edition--the first new edition in almost twenty years--reflects recent changes in literary and cultural studies, providing up-to-date coverage and giving greater attention to the international aspects of poetry, all while preserving the best of the previous volumes. At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment--including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies--than conventional handbooks or dictionaries. This is a book that no reader or writer of poetry will want to be without. Thoroughly revised and updated by a new editorial team for twenty-first-century students, scholars, and poets More than 250 new entries cover recent terms, movements, and related topics Broader international coverage includes articles on the poetries of more than 110 nations, regions, and languages Expanded coverage of poetries of the non-Western and developing worlds Updated bibliographies and cross-references New, easier-to-use page design Fully indexed for the first time
Cover ArtThe Shaping of English Poetry - Volume IV by Gerald Morgan
ISBN: 1787076164
Publication Date: 2017-07-26
This fourth volume of essays under the title The Shaping of English Poetryconsolidates the work of the previous three volumes on the great subjects of English literature in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The Norman Conquest of England built upon the rich foundation of Anglo-Saxon England but did not destroy it; thus the present volume begins with the commemoration of English heroism in The Battle of Maldon. In the late twelfth century we encounter in Chrétien de Troyes's seminal romance Le Chevalier de la Charretea new kind of hero in Lancelot, abject and obedient before his mistress, although Chrétien himself is not an uncritical admirer of the sanctity of adulterous love. Hence the importance of Dante's exposition of love in Purgatorio, XVIII, which forms a background to the essays here on Sir Gawain and the Green Knightand the Parliament of Fowls. The volume concludes with essays on Chaucer's Knight's, Monk's and Nun's Priest's Tales, which form part of a long-term project to interpret the Canterbury Talesas a unified whole and not merely a series of fragments awaiting revision on Chaucer's death.
Cover ArtThe Aeneid by Virgil; John Dryden (Translator)
ISBN: 9781775414896
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
Aeneas appears in The Illiad in vague snatches and starts as a traveling warrior of great piety who was loosely connected to the foundation of Rome. Virgil weaves these fragments into a powerful myth about the founding of Rome in The Aeneid. Aeneas travels from his native Troy to Italy then wages victorious war upon the Latins.
Cover ArtChilde Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron; Lord Byron
ISBN: 9781775415695
Publication Date: 2009-06-01
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage was the poem which brought Lord Byron public recognition. He himself disliked the poem, because he felt it revealed too much of himself. In it a young man (called childe after the medieval term for a candidate for knighthood) travels to distant lands to relieve the boredom and weariness brought on by a life of dissipation. It is thought to be a comment on the post-Revolutionary and -Napoleonic generation, who were weary of war.
Cover ArtRime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Frederick H. Sykes (Editor)
ISBN: 9781775415060
Publication Date: 2009-06-01
A mariner stops a man on his way to a wedding. The mariner then relates to the man all the events of a long sea voyage, arousing in his listener feeling of impatience, fear, fascination and bemusement. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was published in the collection Lyrical Ballads (1798), which contributed significantly to the advent of modern poetry and the beginnings of British Romantic literature.
Cover ArtThe Collected Poems of Barbara Guest by Barbara Guest; Hadley Guest (Editor)
ISBN: 9780819574510
Publication Date: 2013-09-01
The lifework of a preeminent New York School poet Winner of the SFSU Poetry Center Book Award (2010) One of the most notable members of the New York School--and its best-known woman--Barbara Guest began writing poetry in the 1950s in company that included John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler. And from the beginning, her practice placed her at the vanguard of American writing. Guest's poetry, saturated in the visual arts, extended the formal experiments of modernism, and played the abstract qualities of language against its sensuousness and materiality. Now, for the first time, all of her published poems have been brought together in one volume, offering readers and scholars unprecedented access to Guest's remarkable visionary work. This Collected Poems moves from her early New York School years through her more abstract later work, including some final poems never before published. Switching effortlessly from the real to the dreamlike, the observed to the imagined, this is poetry both gentle and piercing--seemingly simple, but truly and beautifully dislocating.
Cover ArtBeowulf by Dick Ringler
ISBN: 9781603840316
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Dick Ringler's deceptively simple translation captures the rhythm, movement, and power of the original Old English poem while employing a fluid modern English style and a relatively spare vocabulary. His generous Introduction, a lively yet masterly guide to the work, along with his translations of three shorter Old English poems elucidate a major English text almost as well-known for its subtlety and intricacy as it is for its monsters and heroes.

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UHV Library is proud to announce the release of READ Posters to celebrate National Library Week! These postures feature individuals and groups from UHV with books that are meaningful to them. Honorees are selected by librarians based on how they embody Jaguar Pillars, a recent UHV tradition. The posters are displayed in the Library on the 2nd Floor.

The American Library Association began featuring celebrities on READ posters in 1985. According to the ALA, celebrities "donate their time and use of their photograph. They select their own book." The UHV campus personalities featured here have done the same.

Student Government Association

Jaguar Pillar: United

The Student Government Association (SGA) embodies the idea of unity, bringing students together to effect positive change across the campus. SGA leaders are elected by the student body to represent their needs to the wider educational community and commit to serving all students.


Jaguar Pillar: Courageous

As UHV's mascot, jaX the Jaguar is a representation of the courage students must employ while meeting their learning goals. Whether leading the charge at athletic events or bringing smiles to the campus between classes, jaX encourages all to be fearless in the pursuit of excellence.

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In April our display is in celebration of National Poetry Month. Check out the display or talk to a librarian for more items on the subject. 

Ain't Burned all the Bright--Jason Reynolds The One Inside--Sam Shepard
American Melancholy--Joyce Carol Oates The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
The Carrying--Ada Limon Relinquenda--Alexandra Lytton Regalado
The Complete Old English Poems Selena Didn't Know Spanish Either--Marisa Tirado
Contemporary Kazakh Literature So Far so Good--Ursula K. Le Guin
Dearly--Margaret Atwood Summer Snow--Robert Hass
DMZ Colony--Don Mee Choi Try Never--Anthony Madrid
Don't Call us Dead--Danez Smith Twentieth Century Chinese Poetry
The Hill We Climb--Amada Gorman Wade in the Water--Tracy K. Smith
Indecency--Justin Philip Reed Whatever's Forbidden the Wise--Anthony Madrid
The Odyssey--Homer Why Poetry Matters--Jay Parini


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In March our display is in celebration of National Women's History Month. Check out the display or talk to a librarian for more items on the subject. 

America's Jewish Women by Pamela S. Nadell Rebels, Scholars, Explorers by Annalisa Berta & Susan Turner
Baseline Shift edited by Briar Levit Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
Changed for Good by Stacy Wolf Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy by Orianne Smith
Code Girls by Liza Mundy Suffrage at 100 edited by Stacie Taranto & Leandra Zarnow
Dressed for Freedom by Einav Rabinovitch-Fox Suffrage Reconstructed by Laura E. Free
The Feminist Revolution by Bonnie J. Morris & D-M Withers Still Mad by Sandra M. Gilbert & Susan Gubar
Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien Surviving Southampton by Vanessa M. Holden
Keep the Days by Steven M. Stowe This Book is an Action edited by Jaime Harker & Cecilia Konchar Farr
Leaders of the Pack by Sean Macleod Where are the Women Architects? by Despina Stratigakos
Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillepsie McRae A Woman's Wage by Alice Kessler-Harris
Pathways, Potholes, and Persistence of Women in Science edited by Enobong Hannah Branch Women in Engineering edited by Margaret E. Layne
Rachel Carson and Her Sisters by Robert K. Musil Women in Texas History by Angela Boswell


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Help us celebrate National Library Lovers' Month with books about real and imaginary libraries! Books on display under the stairs:

Alcatraz v. the Evil Librarians-Brandon Sanderson

The Invisible Library--Genevieve Cogman
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu--Joshua Hammer The Library of the Unwritten--A.J. Hackwith
Book Lust--Nancy Pearl Lost in a Good Book--Jasper Fforde
The Book Thief --DVD The Midnight Library--Matt Haig
Book Woman's Daughter--Kim Richardson Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore-- Robin Sloan
The Burning Page--Genevieve Cogman The Mummy--DVD
Burning the Books--Richard Ovenden The Paris Library--Janet Skeslien Charles
Cloud Cuckoo Land--Anthony Doerr Part of Our Lives--Wayne A.Wiegand
The Emerald Atlas--John Stephens This Book is Overdue!--Marilyn Johnson
The Eyre Affair--Jasper Fforde Torn From Their Bindings--Travis McDade
The  Giver of Stars--Jojo Moyes The World's Strongest Librarian--Josh Hanagarne

Ask the librarian if you are interested in books about libraries or the sequels to those above that are part of a series. 

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