Wednesday, May 30, 2012

47 Keyboard Shortcuts That Work In All Web Browsers

Each major web browser shares a large number of keyboard shortcuts in common. Whether you’re using Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, or Opera – these keyboard shortcuts will work in your browser.
Each browser also has some of its own, browser-specific shortcuts, but learning the ones they have in common will serve you well as you switch between different browsers and computers. This list includes a few mouse actions, too.


Ctrl+1-8 – Switch to the specified tab, counting from the left.
Ctrl+9 – Switch to the last tab.

Ctrl+Tab – Switch to the next tab – in other words, the tab on the right. (Ctrl+Page Up also works, but not in Internet Explorer.)
Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Switch to the previous tab – in other words, the tab on the left. (Ctrl+Page Down also works, but not in Internet Explorer.)
Ctrl+W, Ctrl+F4 – Close the current tab.
Ctrl+Shift+T – Reopen the last closed tab.

Ctrl+T – Open a new tab.
Ctrl+N – Open a new browser window.
Alt+F4 – Close the current window. (Works in all applications.)

Mouse Actions for Tabs

Middle Click a Tab – Close the tab.
Ctrl+Left Click, Middle Click – Open a link in a background tab.
Shift+Left Click – Open a link in a new browser window.
Ctrl+Shift+Left Click – Open a link in a foreground tab.


Alt+Left Arrow, Backspace – Back.
Alt+Right Arrow, Shift+Backspace – Forward.
F5 – Reload.
Shift+F5 – Reload and skip the cache, re-downloading the entire website.
Escape – Stop.
Alt+Home – Open homepage.




Ctrl and +, Ctrl+Mousewheel Up – Zoom in.
Ctrl and -, Ctrl+Mousewheel Down — Zoom out.
Ctrl+0 – Default zoom level.
F11 – Full-screen mode.




Space, Page Down – Scroll down a frame.
Page Up – Scroll up a frame.
Home – Top of page.
End – Bottom of page.
Middle Click – Scroll with the mouse.



Address Bar

Ctrl+L, Alt+D, F6 – Focus the address bar so you can begin typing.
Ctrl+Enter – Prefix www. and append .com to the text in the address bar, and then load the website. For example, type howtogeek into the address bar and press Ctrl+Enter to open
Alt+Enter – Open the location in the address bar in a new tab.




Ctrl+K, Ctrl+E – Focus the browser’s built-in search box or focus the address bar if the browser doesn’t have a dedicated search box. (Ctrl+K doesn’t work in IE, Ctrl+E does.)
Alt+Enter – Perform a search from the search box in a new tab.
Ctrl+F, F3 – Open the in-page search box to search on the current page.
Ctrl+G, F3 – Find the next match of the searched text on the page.
Ctrl+Shift+G, Shift+F3 – Find the previous match of the searched text on the page.



History & Bookmarks

Ctrl+H – Open the browsing history.
Ctrl+J – Open the download history.
Ctrl+D – Bookmark the current website.
Ctrl+Shift+Del – Open the Clear Browsing History window.



Other Functions

Ctrl+P – Print the current page.
Ctrl+S – Save the current page to your computer.
Ctrl+O – Open a file from your computer.
Ctrl+U – Open the current page’s source code. (Not in IE.)
F12 – Open Developer Tools. (Not in Firefox.)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


A brand new Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project is now available. Its "aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment."

Previously there were many random text or video histories sacattered all over the Web about this important person, but the format of this digital archive is a fascinating organized collage of great photographs and detailed information with subheadings all together for the first time. The Project is produced by the Google Cultural Institute.

Douglas Adams on “Getting the Book Invented Properly”

Science Fiction author Douglas Adams discussed in 1993 the development of the book from stone to silicone. The video was animated by Gavin Edwards for the Literary Platform.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

NEW Library Student Assistant

John Lewis is a new library student assistant at UNT Dallas Library. His interests are history, linguistics, college writing (BS History and MS English from TAMU-Commerce), also Asian films and American music. He is currently pursuing a Library Science Masters at UNT. John also has a business background in the private sector, and is looking forward to assisting students in their research areas for classes or any of your other library needs.

Monday, May 21, 2012

ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World.

It is no accident that the Oxford English Dictionary notes that the word travel once was synonymous with travail. In the ancient world travel was laborious, costly, and dangerous, but modern people, who have access to air-conditioned automobiles and GPS systems, find it difficult to understand the complexities of ancient travel. Walter Scheidel and Elijah Meeks of Stanford University hope to improve our understanding of pre-modern travel with ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. The project presents an interactive map of the Roman Empire and allows users to enter variables such as routing information, mode of transportation, and travel dates to receive an estimate of the cost and time it would take to complete the trip. 

ORBIS is dynamic, not static, and functions both as a publication and as a tool for the creation of new information…it lets users do things that could not be done on the printed page.                - Walter Scheidel

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Summer Vacation

Are you traveling this summer?  Stop by the library and check out the new 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas to help plan your trip! 

McNally, Rand.  The 2013 Road Atlas: US, Canada, Mexico. Rand McNally. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally Inc., 2013.  (Call # G 1201.P2 R348 2013 c.2) 5/19/2012

This resource includes maps, mileage charts, legends, indexes and driving times.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Database Review: LexisNexis Academic

This database is very useful for anyone needing resources from a period in history, needing resources for various court cases, wishing for more information about a country, or about a specific person or company.  The search engines are extremely user-friendly and allows for very specific or broad searches.  Each search engine has different specifics that are only for that particular search (EX:  when searching for a specific court case the database allows for the input of the specific parties such as Marbury v. Madison).  It is extremely easy to navigate and I would highly recommend it.

It is available through the UNTD virtual library.  In order to access the database go to the UNT Dallas web page (  From the home page mouse over "Explore UNT Dallas" which will lead to a drop down menu with various catagories.  Under Academics click on the link that says "Library & Resources."  From the Library & Resources web page you should see a bright yellow icon that says "Access Virtual Library."  If you click on that icon it will take you to the UNTD Electronic Resources Page.  From here simply type LexisNexis Academic into the Search For area and click search.  From there it should be the very first search result, which if you click on the underlined title it will take you to the database.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Carlos Fuentes dies at 83

Carlos Fuentes

Mexican novelist and critic Carlos Fuentes has died at the age of 83. His latest novel Vlad a modern vampire tale set in Mexico City is scheduled to be published in English translation this July.
"Styling himself after Dickens and Balzac, he wrote novels that formed a kind of 'Mexican Comedy,' a deep portrait of Mexican society, economy and politics."

Monday, May 14, 2012

James Joyce Manuscripts Made Available Online

James Joyce

The Irish National Library has released a small collection of handwritten papers belonging to novelist James Joyce. The papers were once closely guarded by Joyce’s estate who refused to allow scholars to easily access or quote from the writings, however some of the author’s works have been placed in the public domain in Ireland allowing for the work to be studied and appreciated by scholars and readers.
The collection consists of proofs from Finnegan's Wake, notes and drafts of Ulysses, and a commonplace book where the author recorded favorite lines, poems, and reading lists that would influence his later writings.  [via Jacket Copy; {2}]

Friday, May 11, 2012

Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Years

An Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Years   He built a website to share his vision and to recruit a network of supporters.  Personally I always thought I'd get to go to space eventually and  am happy that someone is still thinking about space.

Would you support a new space program to build the Enterprise?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Facebook Privacy Tips

Quick useful tips to protect your privacy on the biggest social network!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak author of Where the Wild Things Are dies at 83

Maurice Sendak
You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.  ~ Maurice Sendak

Monday, May 7, 2012

New UNT Dallas Student Assistant

Amanda Draper is a new part-time Student Assistant at UNT Dallas Library.  Her hometown is Red Oak, and she is currently working towards the completion of her core classes here at UNTD, after which she will pursue a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing and Painting and a Minor in Marketing from UNT Denton.  She loves to read, draw, and listen to music, and looks forward to helping all of you with any questions you may have.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Free Comic Book Day


An estimated 3.5 million comics will be given away on Saturday May the 5th as comic book stores around the country celebrate the 11th annual Free Comic Book Day event. 
Comic books are both a unique form of American popular art and a great medium for telling exciting stories enjoyed by both young and old alike.  Unfortunately there is no bat-signal to guide you to where all the Avenger fans will be assembling but follow this link to find a comic shop near you!
“From super-heroes to slice of life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone.” Free Comic Book Day  press release

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Poetry app

April was National Poetry Month but you don’t have to go the rest of the year without poetry.  You can get a poetry app for your iPhone. The Poetry Foundation’s POETRY mobile app allows you to take hundreds of poems with you in your own personal mobile poetry library.  

  •  Search for old favorites with memorable lines.
  •  Give your phone a shake to discover new poems to fit any mood.
  •  Save your favorite poems to read and share later—through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.
  • Read poems by T.S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Lucille Clifton, Emily Dickinson, and many others

Learn more about it at the Poetry Foundation website: