Friday, October 31, 2008

Bookworms of North Texas Rejoice

Legacy Books, a new independent bookstore in Plano, will celebrate their grand opening on November 7th, with special events through the 16th. The 24,000-square-feet bookstore carries 100,000 titles and features a kitchen for cooking demonstrations as well as a Café that serves coffee, tea, sandwiches, desserts, wine, and beer. Legacy Books is the largest independent bookstore of its size to open in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in decades.

Legacy Books is in The Shops at Legacy, just off the Dallas North Tollway in Plano. Located online at http://www.legacybooksonline.com

Friday, October 24, 2008

National Novel Writing Month

It’s time to stop procrastinating and finally follow through on writing that novel. Motivational help is on the way. Sign up to participate in National Novel Writing Month, a contest to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Writing starts on November 1st and ends at midnight on November 30th. All participants who reach the 50,000 word mark are winners. If moral support is what you need, NaNoWriMo forums and local chapters allow you to meet other participants to share in your anguish and accomplishment. Last year, 101,510 people participated and 15,333 won. Join the ranks and sign up today at www.nanowrimo.org

Thursday, October 23, 2008

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Google launches U.S. voter information site

Google has released a new website to help simplify and centralize information about voting locations and voter registration. According to a blog post about the new U.S. Voter Info site, Google found it hard to believe that in 2008, this type of important information isn’t better organized on the Web, so they took it upon themselves to step in and create a useful site for all U.S. citizens. But why did they wait so long?...
ReadWriteWeb, Oct. 22; Official Google Blog, Oct. 22

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_launches_us_voter_info_site.php

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LINKS FOR VOTERS

Google's US Voter Information Site: http://maps.google.com/maps/mpl?moduleurl=http://maps.google.com/mapfiles/mapplets/elections/2008/us-voter-info/us-voter-info.xml

Texas Secretary of State Voter Information: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/index.shtml

League of Women Voters: http://www.lwv.org/Election2008/index.html

League of Women Voters of Texas: http://www.lwvtexas.org/

Dallas County, TX Elections: http://www.dalcoelections.org/

Voting Information Project: http://votinginformationproject.org/


Leora Kemp, Librarian

A New Digitized Collection Coming to a Computer Near You

Swiss abbey gets a Mellon grant to digitize manuscripts

One of the oldest and most valuable collections of handwritten medieval books in the world, housed in the magnificent baroque halls of the Abbey Library of St. Gall in Switzerland, is going online with the help of a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The collection includes material as varied as curses against book thieves, early love ballads, hearty drinking songs, and a hand-drawn ground plan for a medieval monastery, drafted around A.D. 820, the only such document of its kind....

New York Times, Oct. 18

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

Friday, October 17, 2008

Questions about about how to cite that source in your paper?

Visit the library website for help on citing your sources. The UNT Dallas Library has put together this brief guide, which goes over APA style reference lists, in-text citations, and website citations. It also provides links to helpful APA websites.

If you need to use a different style, such as MLA or Chicago, this compilation of print and web resources, all available in the UNT library, would be a good place to start.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Need to do research but don’t know where to start?

The UNT Dallas Library has research guides for multiple subject areas including Business, Education, Counseling, Health, Computer Science, and Sociology. The guides will lead you to some helpful resources on your subject, such as related websites, professional organizations, books, and the databases that are best to search for journal articles.

There are also some general guides that provide web and book resources for copyright and plagiarism, financial aid and scholarships, and medical guides. Another guide will show you how to search newspapers through UNT resources.

These research guides are available in the library and on the library website at: http://www.unt.edu/unt-dallas/librarysg.htm