Monthly Archives: February 2013

Database Spotlight: Testing & Education Reference Center


Need help studying for a CLEP exam?  Or maybe you just want to spruce up your resume. If this is the case then look no further than the Testing & Education Reference Center database available through the NVC Library.

With more than 300 practice exams, eBook study guides, information about accredited schools, scholarship information, a resume builder and career tools, this database has something for everyone.  It is also accessable from home, so you don’t even need to go far from your favorite cup of coffee!

So where can you find this wealth of information? From the NVC Library homepage just look for the link to the Databases by Alphabet list and then click the link for Testing and Education Reference Center.



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American Heart Month

Did you know that February is American Heart Month?  This coincides perfectly with those resolutions we all made last month to eat better, exercise, and lose weight.  This is great because a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and weight loss are some of the ways you can prevent heart disease.  So, take a look at all of the wonderful resources that the library has to offer on the topic of heart health!

prevent&reverse                Mayo Clinic heart book          Mayo Clinic wellness solutions for heart health                         hidden epidemic    Take a load off your heart

Women & Heart Disease

It’s a common misconception that heart disease is a man’s illness.  Think again.  Women are at risk for heart disease also.  Find out more about the American Heart Association’s Campaign to Go Red for Women.

Then, have a look at some of the library’s resources:

cardio                 Take it to heart                Women are not small men


Now let’s look at the key components to preventing heart disease:

Diet & Weight — Eat nutritious foods to avoid putting on those extra pounds.  Being overweight is not good for heart health. Need help in that area?  Here are some resources from our collection that you should find helpful!

Everything-Whole-Grain-High-Fiber-Cookbook            reality diet            Mayo Clinic diet                       You, losing weightforks-over-knives

Cholesterol & Blood Pressure — Manage your cholesterol and blood pressure, because high cholesterol and high blood pressure are both contributors to heart disease.  Check out some of our books and DVDs on these topics!

the-complete-idiot-s-guide-to-lowering-your-cholesterol            The-Everything-Low-Cholesterol-Book            Harvard Medical School guide to lowering your cholesterol                            Taking charge of high blood pressure         Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for high blood pressure

Exercise — Exercise can help you lose unwanted weight, and it strengthens the cardio vascular system.  Keep things interesting with your workout routine by checking out some of our exercise DVDs.  Dance your way to a healthy heart! 

Dancing with the stars. Cardio dance The firm. Cardio dance fusion  Dance and be fit. Latin groovehip hop

Looking for a place to exercise here on campus? 

Check out the NVC Fitness Center  and the Gym and Track.  And, for more activities, be sure to go to the NVC Recreation Sports Facebook page.


We at the Northwest Vista Library hope that you find our resources helpful on your path to better health! 

This information was taken from the CDC website, February is American Heart Month

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Look Out!

Just a quick reminder! Tomorrow and Thursday – Get a blind date with a book!

Are you looking for something new/exciting in your reading life but you’re not sure where to start? Check out a book blind date! You won’t know what you’re getting until you check it out. Maybe it will be the start of something wonderful (like a new love of horror or sports or history)! Why wait around for a book to fall on your head when you can go out and pick up something new tomorrow?! YOLO, man!  (YOLO=You only live once)

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Love is in the Air…

Stick Figure Love by vaynex2Valentine’s Day is coming up on Thursday.

Make sure to get a blind date with a book this Wednesday or Thursday!

We will be blogging about lerve love this week!  

Need some last minute romantic ideas? No worries. The library has your back, bro.  Click on any of the book jackets to get more information.

Here are some ideas for romance, Texas Style:

Romantic Getaways Romantic Meal In
Go Out Dancing Visit an Art Museum
Walking Tour of San Antonio Go Hiking
Rent a Romantic Movie (free @ NVC library) Listen to Music

If you need more help on getting romantic, try The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Romance.

Or maybe you’d just like to read more about love? Check out The Curious History of Love.

My personal idea of the best Valentine’s Day ever involves: The Shonen Knife and Shawn of the Dead. What’s yours?

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Black History Month


Bob Henriques, USA.Washington, D. C. May 17, 1957. March on Washington. Martin Luther King speaking to the crowds. Magnum Photos. Image taken from ARTstor.

February is Black History Month – here are some great library resources to help you learn more about the lives and acheivements of African Americans.

Our wonderful online image database ARTstor has lots to offer when researching African American history – see their most recent blog post for where to look within the database.

Our database U.S. History in Context has extensive resources covering the history of slavery and the major events that led to emancipation, as well as overviews of the lives of many famous Afrian Americans. For access to all of this go to the topic page for African American Perspectives within the database.

The Library of Congress has a Slave Narratives database made up of interviews with former slaves – great for primary sources.

We have created a Research Guide with a virtual book display, links to videos, where to look for articles on Black History, and a list of great web sites too!

We also have an actual book display in the Reference section here in the library – so stop by and check it out!

See you soon!
Your NVC Library Team

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