Monday, January 25, 2010

Word of the Week: Jan. 25, 2010-Jan. 31, 2010

Specious: apparently true but actually false: appearing to be true but really false.

"Specious allegations get us nowhere."

Visit to learn more about this word and expand your vocabulary.

2010 Census

2010 Census count starts today in Alaska. It won't start in the rest of the states until March, but Alaska gets an early start to avoid the Spring thaw. "Census information affects the number of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. People from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers, and more." ( )

If you are interested in a temporary job, maybe you can be a census taker.

For privacy reasons the government does not release personal information from the census publicly for 72 years. The last census released was the 1930 census. In 2012, the 1940 census will be released. If you want to find your parents or grandparents on the 1930 census, check out the HeritageQuest database. Students, staff, and faculty of UNT Dallas have access to this database. The entire 1930 census in not indexed in HeritageQuest, but Texas is there. Use your EUID and password to log in off campus.

Interested in statistics? Statistics are available even for recent census years. You can get those at

New Books @ the library

Bogart, Dave, ed. Library and Book Trade Almanac: The Bowker Annual 2009, 54th ed. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2009. This is an annual report that includes information on changes within the library and book industry within the past year. This edition includes special reports on diversity in the library community, organization development, copyright concerns in digitalization, and designing community college information resources. Also included are reports from federal agencies, including federal libraries, national associations and organizations, and international associations; legislation, funding, and grants; library/information science education, placement, and salaries; research and statistics; reference information; and a directory of organizations related to both the library and book trade worlds.(Z 731 .B61 54th ed. 2009 c. 2) 01/11/2010.

Hoover’s MasterList of U.S. Companies 2010. Hoovers-A D&B Company. This comprehensive selection of the 10,000 most important companies in America includes: 5,486 publicly traded companies, including all companies on the New York, American, and NASDAQ Global and Global Select Market exchanges, plus a selection of over-the-counter stocks; 3,533 private companies, partnerships, and mutual companies; 909 subsidiaries and business segments of large corporations; and 97 associations, foundations, cooperatives, universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. (HF 5035.H661 2010 v.1-2) 01/11/2010

Corporate Affiliations: “Who Owns Whom”, 2009 ed. Vols. 1-8. New Providence, NJ: LexisNexis Group, 2009. 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 2009 v.1-8 c.2) 01/11/10

Friday, January 22, 2010

Word of the Week - Matriculate

Matriculate: to be enrolled as a student; to be enrolled at a college or university, after meeting the academic standard required to be accepted.

"After much thought I have decided to matriculate at UNT Dallas in the spring of 2010."

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Books @ the library

Information Literacy Instruction Handbook. (2008). designed primarily for librarians new to teaching or management of information literacy instruction. In addition, it serves as a one-stop refresher source on key topics for more experienced librarians. The approach is practical, with an emphasis on up to date situations and approaches. It contains concise and practical chapters, written by experienced information literacy instruction librarians, providing the basics but with references to other key sources for those who would like to explore topics further. (ZA 3075.I536 2008 c. 3) 12/10/2009 from

Assessment Reconsidered: Institutional Effectiveness for Student Success. (2008).
Written by an ensemble of educators with broad experience in assessment theory and practice in higher education, this illuminating work helps both student affairs professionals and faculty members address internal and public questions about the functioning of postsecondary institutions by reconsidering assessment policies, patterns, and practices in colleges and universities. While the book acknowledges and responds to greater expectations for institutional accountability, its focus is on building capacity to engage in evidence-based, reflective practice and supporting educators in doing their best work. Assessment Reconsidered is not primarily a workbook or how to manual; instead, it addresses the substantive aspects of assessment and prepares readers to begin or improve assessment practice; it lays the foundation of concepts, knowledge, and skills that is essential for effectiveness. (LB 2331 .62 .A87 2008 c.2) 1/11/2009 from the book cover.

The Best Creative Nonfiction. (2008). From Publishers Weekly: In his follow-up to last year's volume, the first in a re-launched, annual version of his journal Creative Nonfiction, Gutkind gathers another fresh collection of exemplary essays from a wide range of authors and sources, tackling everything from multiracial love and familial exile to the connection between memory and digital photo manipulation. Relatable situations and eccentric writers keep the stories intelligent but accessible, and often poignant …. Proving again his chops as an anthologist, Gutkind's latest collection-which also includes Heidi Julavits, Pagan Kennedy, William deBuys and the guy behind a 30-run homer, a whirlwind of moods and thoughts captured by some of the biggest talents on the essay and blog beat. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (PS 659 .2 .B473 v.2 c.2) 1/11/10

Congressional Quarterly Almanac: 110th Congress 2nd Session Vol. LXIV. (2009). This almanac contains governmental issues as well as house and senate votes by party, bill and member of Congress. Each bill is abstracted in a one paragraph synopsis of the legislation for ease of use. (KF 49 .C672 v.64 2008 c.2) 1/11/10

Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Vol. 44. This volume includes articles published on the subjects of metrics, sports knowledge management and data mining, philosophy of information studies, artificial intelligence, facet analysis, digital government, communication in the sciences, knowledge-based economy with the triple helix model, economic theory as it applies to public sector information, information practices of immigrants, and everyday life information seeking. (Call # Z 699 .A1 A65 v. 44 2010 c.2) 01/11/2010.

CQ’s Politics in America 2010, The 111th Congress. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2003. This book provides information about state statistics, maps, and biographies of governors, U.S. Senators, and U.S. Representatives. It also provides information about Representatives from American territories, member statistics, campaign finance, committees, seniority, and pronunciation. (JK 1012 .C63 2010 c.2) 01/11/2010.