The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: The NCAA Basketball Tournaments

If you’re a college basketball fan–like I am–then maybe you consider this the most wonderful time of the year. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament’s “Round of 64” is underway as of today and the Division I Women’s Tournament begins tomorrow.

So, what has that got to do with the Durham Tech library? Well, you may be surprised at how much information we provide about basketball, with a bevy of library resources. For example, do you know who coined the term “March Madness” and how the NCAA ended up trademarking that term in reference to the men’s basketball tournament? Try searching in ProQuest Newsstand on the phrase

ncaa trademark illinois “march madness”

Then, sort your results by newest items first. You’ll find recent newspaper articles that tell the story.

If you are looking for books or videos, you can do a simple keyword search in the library catalog on the term “basketball” to see what books, DVDs and VHS tapes the library has. (We have 60 different titles.)

Finally, if you just want to get down to business and watch the games, the men’s tournament games are all streaming live on ncaa.com. There’s even a handy “boss button” if you’re supposed to be doing something other than watching the games!

 

About Stephen Brooks

Stephen is a reference librarian at Durham Tech. He has blogged previously at acqweb.org and for American Libraries magazine online. He enjoys reading 20th and 21st century literature, biographies and books about sports.