Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Food for Fines

   November 26th – December 14th     

Students can bring in cans of food and receive a reduction on their fines.  Cans must be 12 oz or larger and cannot be dented or expired.  The maximum reduction is $20.00.  Students must bring the cans to the UNT Dallas Library Service Desk during desk hours.  The cans will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

1 can = $1.00 reduction and can ONLY be applied to fines. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the UNT Dallas Library. During the break the campus will be closed from Thursday November 22 to Sunday November 25, however we would like to remind you that all the library's electronic resources will remain  available to you. So feel free to explore the vast amount of information whether it be our many journal databases or large collection of eBooks!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Citation Fox: Learning by Example

If you have ever had difficulty citing information sources such as a web page, podcast, government document, data set, or chart then Citation Fox might be a helpful resource. Citation Fox is a reference site that organizes citation examples into four broad categories (Books, Journal/Periodical Article, Online and WWW Sources, and Misc. Print and Online). Click on one of the categories to reveal a longer list of  resource types. Click on show examples for a general citation form and several more specific examples.

From the common to the obscure Citation Fox provides an easy to use comprehensive list of citation examples in both the APA and MLA citation styles.

Citation Fox was created and maintained by the University at Albany.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Student Tree Weaving Art Display at the UNT Dallas Library

UNT Dallas Library is proud to present several Tree Weavings created by students in AEAH 3750 Children and Art. The artwork can be viewed in the Library Reading room.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Book at UNT Dallas Library

Another Civilian Soldier Book IV Prologue: The Greatest Generation by Russell O. Fudge

Synopsis: Russell O. Fudge looks back at the first three decades of his life in the early twentieth century. The memoir focuses on his childhood in Dallas and Wichita Falls concluding shortly before the outbreak of World War 2.

The book is of note to students interested in memoirs or local history. 

Call Number: DAL D 811.F72 2003 v.4

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New DVDs @ the Library

Everybody loves … Babies. DALDVD 145.

“Experience joy and happiness at its purest in this life-affirming, universal celebration of the magic and innocence of babies.Proving that if you surround your baby with love, it doesn’t matter what culture you’re from or what child-rearing practices you follow. Babies travels the globe following four children from vastly different corners of the world” from back of DVD.

Arranged. DALDVD 148

“Rachel is an Orthodox Jew, and Nosira a Muslim of Syrian origin. They are both young teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. They also have something else in common – they are going through the process of getting “arranged marriages” through their respective religious and traditional customs” from back of DVD

African Violet. DALDVD 150

“Falsly accused of distributing narcotics in a school zone, Dee Roberts is offered a deal the struggling single mother can’t refuse: pleasd guilty and accept a 10-year suspended sentence. The alternative: risk serving 16-25 in jail. Ralizing a conviction would ruin her life, she decides to fight back. Suing the DA for racial discrimination, Dee battles impossible odds in a case that will not only change her life but the laws of Texas as well.” From the back of the DVD

Praying with Lior. DALDVD 151

“Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a “spiritual genius.” Many believe Lior is close to God – at least that’s what his family and community believe – though he’s also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when.” From back of DVD

Speak. DALDVD 154

“How can you speak if you can’t find the words? Kristen Stewart stars as Melinda, a high school outcast who has been stunned into silence by a traumatic event. How will she discover the courage to find her voice.. and speak out?” from the back of DVD

Breakthrough: Art, Analysis & the Liberation of the Creative Spirit. DALDVD 149

“This film, sponsored by the Lucy Daniels Foundation, captures the intimate experience of eight artists who have had psychoanalytic treatment. The film also demonstrates the growth and freedom made possible by facing the pain that both psychoanalysis and creation bring into awareness.” From back of the DVD

Killer of Sheep. DAL DVD 147

“Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.” From http://www.killerofsheep.com/

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Find Creative Commons Licensed Images using Google Images

The perfect image allows any presentation or report to more effectively communicate a message, but if you are using an image that you did not create or one that is not in the public domain, you may be in violation of copyright laws. In order to avoid any unwanted legal entanglements users may search for images that have been licensed under Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a license that allows creators to share their intellectual work while retaining their copyright. Under the Creative Commons license creators have the option to allow their work to be shared, modified, or even used by others for commercial purposes.

Users may search Google Images for Creative Commons licensed images by using advanced search options.

It is still important to verify that an image is actually licensed under Creative Commons by following the image's link. If the image has a creative commons license then it will be indicated on the page. Creative Commons licensed images also require users to provide attribution of the image source on any presentations or reports in which the image is used.  

Click Read More for detailed information about how to use Google Images advanced search options.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Forvo: The Pronunciation Dictionary

 Forvo is a pronunciation dictionary that is intended to help the world communicate better. The online database allows users to search a database of over 1.4 million words pronounced by native speakers. Each entry features a Map that reveals the geographic origin of words and the option to either stream or download the pronunciation as an MP3 file. Users can search words individually, by language, parts of speech, or fields of study such as science, medicine, or the arts. The database supports those interested in learning new languages or simply building their vocabulary. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Spanish Language Materials in Find Articles Beta

Finding Spanish language peer reviewed journal articles is simple when using UNT Dallas library electronic resources. Simply click Find Articles Beta:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Do You Know Your Voting Rights?

Did you know that you can bring a printed copy of your voter guide to help you in the voting process.

Here is a list of further information about your rights as a registered Texas voter.

You have a right to:
  • A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.
  • Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot (but not suggestions on how to vote).
  • Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation.
  • Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.
  • Bring an interpreter to assist you as you qualify to vote if you do not understand the English language.
  • Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it is written.
  • Report a possible voting rights abuse to the Secretary of State (1.800.252.8683) or to your local election official.
  • Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters or you do not have proper identification.
  • Vote once at any early voting location during the early voting period within the territory conducting the election.
  • File an administrative complaint with the Secretary of State concerning violations of federal and state voting procedures
(Information provided by the State of Texas via VoteTexas.gov)

You can learn more about your voting rights guaranteed by the federal government by following this link.

Texas Voter Guides: Dallas Morning News and League of Women's Voter

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It is important to vote. To let your voice be heard and take part in the selection of the people who will determine the direction the nation takes over the next few years.

There are many groups attempting to sway your opinion but when you enter your polling location ballot in hand you will be alone to make your decision. This can be an overwhelming experience but there are many nonpartisan tools that you can refer to now to assist you in making the best decision possible.

The Dallas Morning News Editorial Staff has created an interactive ballot tool. Simply enter your home address and the web site will present information about the races in which you are eligible to vote. The web site provides information about the candidates experience and in most cases the candidates answer questions pertaining to key issues that they would face should they take on the responsibilities of the office.

The League of Women’s Voter Dallas Chapter also has a voter’s Guide that provides similar candidate information.  The League also provides a state wide guide in Spanish (local races are not available).