Friday, August 30, 2013

American Government eBooks

 Need to brush up on your knowledge of American government? These two eBooks can help.

This guidebook covers the essentials of U.S. government. Sixteen chapters cover everything from the Constitution to Civil Rights and Special Interest Groups. A quick quiz is provided after each chapter to ensure you’ve understood the material and a “final exam” is located at the end of the book.  A glossary contains definitions of popular terms that are highlighted within the book. 

Published in Scotland, this eBook provides an outside perspective on American government. The majority of topics focus on post-1945 government and politics, although earlier historically significant laws are also covered. Approximately 400 entries are included, with many cross-references to other topics. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

College Writing eBooks

If you’re starting college for the first time this semester, or just need a refresher after summer break, here are two eBooks that can help you in all of your classes.

This eBook is great if you’re looking for a quick guide to the essentials of English grammar. Tips are also included on researching, writing, and editing papers. 

Using simple, straight forward language this eBook shows you how to write college papers. While not as concise as CliffsQuickReview, if you have a little more time it is well worth the read. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

2013 Job Search Handbook: For Educators

The 2013 Job Search Handbook: For Educators is available at the UNT Dallas Library.

The handbook informs educators on how to organize an effective job search, prepare resumes,  navigate the application process, and prepare for different types of interviews. The handbook also provides information on recent trends in the educational employment field; information that will give you the edge needed to find your ideal job.

Stop by the library and pick up your free copy today!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

eBooks on Alfred Hitchcock

Film director Alfred Hitchcock was born on this day in 1899. Check out these eBooks that discuss the auteur's influence on cinema and society.

In Dark energy: Hitchcock's absolute camera and the physics of cinematic spacetime Hitchcock's films are studied in relation to the theories of physics and cosmology that emerged in the twentieth century. Hitchcock is placed on stage with  the genius of Einstein and theories such as dark energy, black holes, and quantum mechanics. The book includes interviews with physicists.

Hitchcock: the murderous gaze takes readers scene by scene through some of Hitchcock's most famous movies such as Psycho. The book includes photographs of some of the most famous scenes in cinema and details the construction of the frame allowing the reader to better understand the placement of Hitchock's absolute camera.

Alfred Hitchcock's America takes a sociological view of the film work of Hitchcock.Critical analysis of 1940s-1960s America is explored.

Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The birds, and Marnie discusses Hitchcock's collaboration with his screen writers during the early 1960's and Hitchcock on Hitchcock: selected writings and interviews allows readers to read Hitchcock's in his own words.

Click on the above links to begin reading NOW!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Crime Solutions Online Database

The Crime Solutions database organizes information on evidence based  replicable law enforcement programs. Programs are reviewed by the Office of Justice representatives and given a grade of effective, promising, and no effect. According to the site:

"Programs rated as "Effective" and "Promising" on have produced positive results in the past. Replicating programs that have been shown to work and that fit a community’s needs has the potential to save valuable time and resources compared to implementing untested programs that may or may not address the same problems as effectively."

The topic list includes correction programs (e.g. recidivism, community corrections, inmate programs), prevention (e.g. gangs, property crimes, violent crimes), juvenile delinquency, and forensics.The Crime Solutions database provides accurate information on program procedures, detailed case study narratives, and references to further information including contact information.

Crime Solutions is designed to be the first place those interested in using limited resources more effectively to reduce the effects of crime on their service community.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New @ the Library: Texas School Administrators' Legal Digest

The new issue of the Texas School Administrators' Legal Digest has arrived. Some things you will find out in this issue: effective in the 2014-2015 school year counseling for post-graduate higher education is now required for every high school student (previously it was only required for freshmen and seniors). The state also requires schools to provide oral hygiene education for elementary, middle, and junior high students. And students in 7-12 will have CPR training but schools are no longer required to provide defibrillator training. Learn more about these and other changes regarding the Texas education system at the UNT Dallas Library.

Texas School Administrators' Legal Digest Volume 29 No.7

Friday, August 9, 2013

Walden Published on August 9, 1854

Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau believed that by immersing himself in nature he could objectively view society. So Thoreau lived around the Walden Pond area of Concord, Massachusetts for several years. During that time he developed a philosophy of life that has not only altered our view of human virtue but also how we interact with our environment. You can read  Walden now or if you like you’re philosophical musings in smaller chunks why not Walden translated into haiku form!

When you’re finished with the work itself, learn how Walden has affected society in both how we think about nature (Thoreau's sense of place: essays in American environmental writing) and how we treat each other (Thoreau's living ethics: Walden and the pursuit of virtue)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

When you think of higher education do you think of a large classroom filled with students frantically taking notes as a professor lectures in front of a chalkboard? Well you have probably never heard of MOOCs. What is a MOOC you might say? A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course.  Taking a cue from open source technology and the popularity of distance learning software platforms, MOOCs are changing the face of higher and continuing education around the world by making it easy to take courses from home for little or no cost to the student.

Follow this link for further discussions of MOOCs and learn how they are having both a positive and negative impact on education.

And learn what its like to take a MOOC.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Book: Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies 2013

18th edition of the Hoover’s Handbook ofPrivate Companies provides current information on 900 of the largest and influential companies in the United States. Overviews of company operations, financial information, product information, and lists of company executives can be easily found. In addition the resource features history sections on the largest and most visible companies.

Also take note that UNT Dallas Library also provides access to the Hoover’s database. The database features all the information found in the print resource plus thousands of additional entries and resources. Stop by the library to learn about these and other business related resources.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Spotlight on: Sociology eBooks

The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology

A refined version of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, this eBook contains over 800 revised and updated entries in 22 general categories. These categories include crime and deviance; education; health and medicine, gerontology and aging; management and organizations; and key concepts.  Entries include references and a list of recommended reading.  A timeline of sociology, covering a span of 2,500 years and 600 events is another great feature. 

Handbook of Marriage and the Family

This eBook introduces many diverse topics under the umbrella of marriage and family relations. Part I covers theoretical and methodolocal issues, while Part II covers relationships, processes, and roles in families. This includes dating and mate selection, cohabitation, aging, remarriage, and many other aspects of family life.  With 36 articles within its 900+ pages, you are sure to learn something new. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Education Books at the UNT Dallas Library!

Two new books have arrived at the UNT Dallas Library that may be of interest to Education majors.

Almanac of american education 2013. (2013). S.l: Bernan Press.

The Almanac of American Education helps users understand and compare the quality of education at the national, state, and county levels. Compiled from official U.S. government and reliable private sources, the book contains historical and current data, insightful analysis, and useful graphs that provide compelling insights into the state of education in America.

The appendix to this title functions as a guide to education resources on the Internet. It provides site descriptions and evaluations along with URLs, giving users the information they need to go directly to the sites that will be of greatest use to them. The Almanac provides national coverage of school enrollment and educational attainment, looking at American education from a variety of different angles.

This edition contains numerous figures including the percentage of high school and college graduates in the population and enrollment status by age and level of education.

Burke, J. M. & Rodenhouse, M. P.(2013). 2013 Higher education directory. Reston, Va: Higher Education Pubns.

A directory of accredited postsecondary, degree-granting institutions in the U.S., its possessions and territories accredited by regional, national, professional and specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) which honors recognition provided by the former Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA)/Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA).

Friday, August 2, 2013

Criminal Justice Ebooks: The Globalization of Supermax Prisons

The rise of super-maximum security prisons and the use of solitary confinement within these prisons is discussed in the eBooks The Globalization of supermax prisons (2013) and Supermax: Controlling Risk through Solitary Confinement (2009). Supermax prisons have increased in number in the past decade and have proliferated throughout the globe. One of the major features unique to these prisons is the use of solitary confinement to manage inmates. Isolation of inmates is used for inmate protection or as a punishment for infractions of prison rules. Often the decision to relegate inmates to solitary confinement is not made by a court but by administrative officials within the prison system, a process that Shalev (2009) refers to as the “bureaucratization of control” (60).

From prisons holding violent offenders to those holding suspected terrorist in Guantanamo, Supermax prisons are growing in numbers around the world. Supermax: Controlling risk through solitary confinement (2009) provides a look inside these prisons, how they are designed, and the ideologies and philosophies that drive the decisions directly affecting inmates. The globalization of supermax prisons (2013) details the spread of supermax prisons from their origins in the United States to Europe, Africa, and other areas around the globe.


Ross, J. I. (2013). The globalization of supermax prisons. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press.

Shalev, S. (2009). Supermax: Controlling risk through solitary confinement. Cullompton, UK: Willan.

You can connect to these more ebooks though the UNT Dallas Library catalog.