Thursday, May 29, 2014

The United States government generates a large amount of data that might be of use to you in your research. was created to make that research more open and accessible.

The web site catalogs datasets from local, state, and federal governments and makes that data downloadable in a many formats such as XML. Since 2013 federal government agencies have been required to make data machine readable which increases the accessibility and interoperability of that information.

You can search this information by keyword, agency, or by topics such as education, science, climate, and jobs. The data may be used in research or applications. Learn more here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand [eBook]

Much energy and effort goes into the process of producing ideas and developing innovative projects that approach problems in creative new ways, but far too little time is given to the process of explaining and selling those new ideas. If an audience does not understand the need or reason for a project or if they are uninspired by the  explanation then the project will be less likely to fully succeed.

The Art of Explanation provides the tools, tactics, and techniques needed to effectively inspire users. The authors discuss the need for selecting the right medium for the message, how to package ideas so that they are better understood, how to tell a project's story, and how to package information using different types of media.

The book has a wide appeal, in general it will be of interest to anyone who is interested in influencing the direction of their organization. Specifically the book would be of interest to education, management, and marketing students.

UNT Dallas students can read the book by clicking on the link!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crime scene investigation laboratory manual [eBook]

The Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual provides background information, real world examples, and practical exercises related to crime scene investigation. Included are hands on exercises related to the use of proper techniques for securing, searching, and documenting crime scenes and preserving evidence.The manual also touches on the latest techniques and procedures for using biological and chemical evidence. 

The book is intended as a supplement to any criminal investigation text book.
Read the eBook by clicking on the link!  

Friday, May 23, 2014

Getting ready for college, careers, and the common core: what every educator needs to know [eBook]


If you need to learn about the background of Common Core and how it will affect your educational program Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core (2014) would be a valuable resource. The book provides an overview and practical guide for developing strategies to prepare students for the common core assessments. You will learn to develop your program based upon research tested strategies that are intended to prepare students for the assessments and also for post-secondary readiness.  

The book will benefit anyone interested in new policies effecting education but was written specifically with the secondary teacher in mind. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The insider's guide to winning education grants [eBook]

Have an idea for an innovative educational program but lack the financial resources to make it a reality? If lack of money is delaying the project then a grant might be the answer to all your problems. However, the grant writing process can be overwhelming for those who lack experience. Thankfully there is the Insider's Guide to Winning Education Grants (2014). 

The eBook is designed with educators in mind and based upon UNITE’s (Urban Needs in Teacher Education) Grant Writing Teacher professional development series. It includes templates, work sheets, and examples of successful grant proposals. Also included is practical advice from educators who have gone through the process. The book would benefit both teachers seeking funding for a classroom project to administers seeking funding for district wide programs.

UNT Dallas students read this eBook today!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Choose Privacy Week

Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age from 20K Film.
May 1-7 is Choose Privacy Week. A time to consider how you can take charge of your right to privacy in the information age. You can learn more about Choose Privacy Week and join in the conversation here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Update Your References Week

May 4-10 is Update Your References Week!  A great time to contact those colleagues, supervisors, or professors who will provide professional references for you when you are searching for your next job.

Even if you are not currently looking for a job, keeping in touch with your references allows you to be prepared when a new opportunity emerges. Take the opportunity now to share your recent accomplishments with your reference so that they will be better equipped to provide the positive feedback potential employers are seeking.

The Career Directors web site has more information about the importance of references and tips on who to ask for references when you do not have much work experience.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

Cererus the Aardvark by Dave Sim
May 3rd is free comic book day! You can celebrate by browsing through the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels database available through the UNT Dallas Library catalog. The database focuses on underground "comix" and independent comics from the 1960's to the present. Some of the highlights of the collection includes the complete 300 issue run of Dave Sim's Cerberus the Aardvark, Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, and the Hernandez brothers Love & Rockets series. Beyond these series readers will be able to enjoy hundreds of other comics along with full text access to the Comics Journal (coverage includes issues from 1976- 2009). While the normal spandex clad super-heroes will not be found in this database it does include a representative collection of the best independent and underground comics published over the past forty years.