Friday, August 22, 2008

Newstrust.net : Your Guide to Good Journalism

Anyone interested in good, quality news, and not just what might be most popular or controversial at the moment? Do you care about whether your news is unbiased, and informed? Do you feel like you would like to remark on a news article to raise awareness about its content?

Well, whether you said “yes” to any of these questions or not, the people at NewsTrust.net thought these kinds of questions needed answering. The solution became a non-profit website that allows members to rate articles they find from a plethora of sources and based on several criteria. How are the articles rated? Taken from the “About” section of the NewsTrust.net website, “We're non-profit, non-partisan, and committed to helping citizens make informed decisions about democracy…NewsTrust reviewers evaluate each article against core principles of journalism, such as fairness, evidence, sourcing and context.”

The site incorporates state of the art widgets and gadgetry to bring you trustworthy articles that have been rated by trustworthy members (which is to say that even though becoming a member is free and open to everyone, the chances of a rogue commenter coming in and rating articles harshly without rhyme or reason is unlikely). The site creators verify and validate a large portion of the content that comes in and out of the site, and the members take care of the rest so that everyone can indeed “trust” the news.

So the next time you feel compelled to read the news, why not make it productive for you AND others? Go to NewsTrust.net, create your free account, and start rating today!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Library has New Materials

LexisNexis. Corporate Affiliations: “Who Owns Whom”, 2008 ed. Vols. 1-8. New Providence, NJ: LexisNexis Group, 2008. An annual set of indexes and listings of U.S. public and private companies, as well as international companies. Includes two volumes of a master indexes, two volumes of international public and private company listings and index in alphabetical order, two volumes of public U.S. company listings and index in alphabetical order, and two volumes of private U.S. company listings and index in alphabetical order. Listings include parent company, address, website, telephone numbers, information about company executives, and subsidiary companies.
(Call # HG 4057 .A217 2008 v.1-8 c.2) 08/15/08

The Lifestyle Market Analyst (2008 edition-published annually). Des Plaines, IL: SRDS, in conjunction with Equifax Marketing Services. An essential source for demographic and lifestyle activities. A grand volume to conduct consumer market analysis at the local, regional and national levels. Section 1 (700 pages of tables) displays lifestyle and demographic profiles for all (211) Designated Market Areas {DMA’s). Section 2 tracks six dozen lifestyle interest categories (avid book reading; gambling; bible reading). Section 3 provides consumer segment profiles (dual-income; single male, 35-44 years old; 65 years and over, income $75,000 and over). Section 4 provides Consumer magazines and direct marketing lists. Information collected from over 19 million U.S. households. (HF5415.33.U6 L54 2008 C.2) 08/15/08

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Library Student Assistant

Hello,

My name is Charles Hairgrove and I am a new UNT Dallas Library Student Assistant. I am a recent graduate from UNT, with a major in Sociology. I decided I did not have enough of academia and North Texas so I began the Library and Information Sciences program summer 2008 which lead me here to the UNT Dallas Library.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Think the Batmobile is awesome?!


It IS, so you should think it is awesome! Did you know that the car/tank used in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight is an actual car, and acted as the pace car for a NASCAR race in 2005? Despite its existence as a Hollywood car, it has some awesome features such as being able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds, and being able to jump 30 feet and land without damaging itself. Howstuffworks.com has all this information and more about the modern batmobile. (http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/batmobile.htm)
Photo courtesy Keith Lovern

Check out the link and you will realize how cool this site is. The tag line is "Learn how everything works!" Some of the more recent stories include topics on Beijing and the Olympics, how brainwashing works, and the joy of "bluejacking." This site is highly reputable and librarian recommended. Check it out for all your "How does that work?" needs. (http://www.howstuffworks.com/)

Friday, August 1, 2008

JSTOR Database

The past postings of the month have been mainly entertainment related. I thought it was time give you some meat and potatoes. Databases can be quite confusing for many so I thought I would discuss one database at a time.

Like Academic Search Complete, JSTOR covers all different subject areas, but three things set it apart from that database. First of all, it only includes scholarly journals; there is not popular content. Second, because it’s a journal archive, anything you find in JSTOR will have full text right there. Those are both positives, but there’s one slight negative that a lot of people don’t realize: JSTOR is an archive of old issues of journals. Every journal included in JSTOR makes their own decisions on what they consider to be old issues, but it’s a good rule of thumb that there’s never anything more recent than 2-5 years ago in JSTOR, and many journals draw the line a lot farther back in the past than that. So if you’re researching something very current, JSTOR is not the database you want to be using. On the other hand, it’s great for getting an idea of how historical topics were viewed by scholars at the time, because there are many journals in there that go back 50 or 100 years.