Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Almanac at the Library

 A new in-house reference book is now available to preview in the library. The Texas Almanac 2014-2015 is published by the Texas State Historical Association and distributed by Texas A&M University Press. This year's new features of the Texas Almanac 2014–2015 includes sketches of eight historic Texas ranches by Mike Cox.  Also, you can find articles on Texas art and artists by Houston businessman and art collector J.P. Bryan. You can also find a list of Texan sports champions in high school, college, and professional level. Updated sections for each edition include the geology, plant life, wildlife, rivers, and lakes of Texas. A list of destructive weather dating from 1766 and an Astronomical Calendar that shows moon phases, times of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, eclipses, and meteor showers. Counties section, with detailed county maps and profiles for all Texas’s 254 counties can be found. Politics, Elections, and information on Federal, State, and Local Governments are included and the coverage of the 2012 elections and redistricting is covered as well. Educational institutes such as colleges and universities are listed, and the University Interscholastic League results are in the book. There are Business and Transportation reports, with an expanded section on Oil and Gas production. Also, agriculture data on production of crops, fruits, vegetables, livestock, and dairy in the Lone Star State is reported. Scan the QR code below to see past editions in the collection database or come into the library to view this new information-packed book about our great state of Texas.  

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History

Carter Godwin Woodson
December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950

Carter Godwin Woodson was a leading thinker and educator who pioneered the study of African American history. The son of former slaves Woodson became the second African American to earn a doctorate at Harvard University.   

He criticized the state of education for African Americans in his seminal work the Mis-Education of the Negro (1933) in the book he argued that current education marginalized African American cultural heritage and reinforced negative stereotypes. He called for an education that taught critical and analytical thinking skills and the ability to be economically self-reliant. He also wrote about establishing a “black-centered” educational strategy that highlighted the accomplishments of African Americans and focused on cultural heritage. To support this he wrote text books such as The Negro in Our History, which was used in elementary and high schools during the early 20th century. 

In 1926 he initiated the first African American History observance called Negro History Week. Held during the second week of February it corresponded with the births of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. The week was later expanded throughout the entire month of February and renamed African American History Month.

Dr. Woodson also established the Journal of Negro History known today as the Journal of African American History. The journal carries on Dr. Woodson’s legacy by publishing scholarly work on African American life and history.
eBooks by Carter Godwin Woodson

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

eBooks about Ella Baker Civil Rights Grassroots Organizer

Ella Baker was an unsung civil rights leader who believed that meaningful societal change occurred when people took leadership roles within their communities. Instead of looking to national leaders and organizations for inspiration and guidance Baker worked fervently to organize local grassroots organizations especially among the youth. Her call for decentralization of the civil rights movement empowered many to become more politically active.

You can learn more about Ella Baker and her contributions to the civil rights movement by reading the following eBooks available through the UNT Dallas Library.

Ella Baker: community organizer of the Civil Rights Movement by J. Todd Moye

Ella Baker and the Black freedom movement: a radical democratic vision by Barbara Ransby

“The major job was getting people to understand that they had something within their power that they could use, and it could only be used if they understood what was happening and how group action could counter violence…” 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Psychology Journal Collection at the UNT Dallas Library


Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to access a large collection of psychology journals at the UNT Dallas Library. The collection comprises over 1,900 volumes from leading journals in the field. Users will be able to request items to view at the library service desk.

A copy of the available Journals can be accessed here. Each entry listed includes a description, links to online versions of the journals (when available), and a QR code that can be scanned by mobile devices for instant access to online resources.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GRE Vocabulary and Math Study Reviews

If you are an undergraduate thinking about graduate school, then it is never too early to start preparing for the GRE. The UNT Dallas Library has several books to help you sharpen your math and vocabulary skills so that you will earn the score you need to get into your desired program.

  1. GRE 4000 Kolby (Vocabulary)  [eBook]
  2. GRE vocabulary flash review (Vocabulary) [eBook]
  3. Peterson's GRE/GMAT math review (Math) [eBook]
  4. GRE, Graduate Record Examination, 2014 (Test Overview)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Learn How You Relate to the Past Using Genograms

Have you ever heard of a genogram? Genograms are used by counselors and medical personnel to help clients or patients reflect on their relationship to the past.  Similar to family trees, genograms provide graphical information on relationships, life-changing events, and important facts related to demographics, or medical backgrounds over three or more generations. By using symbols such as cirlces, boxes, and lines the genogram provides a simplified overview of complex family narratives that can be used in counseling or clinical settings. 

A genogram can be easily created using pen and paper or by using graphical computer programs.

You can develop your own genogram by using this online tool!

Learn more about genograms by requesting the following book:
Genograms: Assessment and intervention.  (1999)
by: Monica McGoldrick, Randy Gerson, Sylvia Shellenberger

Monday, February 3, 2014

Does your wardrobe affect your Leadership skills? (UNT Theses and Dissertations Collection)

Has anyone ever told you to  "Dress for Success" or "Dress for the job you want?" What does clothing have to do with personal goals? Davette Angelo's thesis, You are what you wear, discusses the relationship between college student's consumer behaviors and how it can affect leadership skills. The first focal point of the study compares fashion personality traits and shopping trends between African-American college students and Caucasian-American college students. The second focal point of the study examines the influence of fashion personality traits on general leadership skills.

To read the results of the study either click on the link below or scan the QR code below.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

African American Heritage Month eBook Display

February is African American Heritage Month. Stop by the library to view the eBook display and learn how to access these and thousands of other electronic resources.