Thursday, July 31, 2014

InfoKit: Enhancing Presentations for the Multimedia Generation

At some point in the next semester you will probably need to create a multimedia presentation for a class. But have you ever stopped to think about the most effective way to reach your audience? Why not take the time this summer to sharpen your skills with the recently released info-kit Enhancing Presentations for the Multimedia generation from Jisc Digital Media

The info-kit provides guidance for developing presentations that support different learning styles and different delivery platforms (face-to-face, self directed, and mobile devices). The info-kit also provides guidance on using popular software such as Powerpoint, Prezi, and Slideshare.  Beyond these commonly used tools the authors also highlight emerging tools such as Haiku Deck, Nearpod, Powtoon, Projeqt, and Knovio.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Book: Planet of Viruses

The most abundant form of life on the planet is the virus. Author Carl Zimmer discusses the past, present, and future of viruses in ten succinct essays. The book also includes a bibliography of works for those who wish to learn more about the viruses discussed.

Request the book today by following this link.

The above video is of Carl Zimmer discussing The Virus as a Planetary Force.

Follow the author's blog The Loom published by the National Geographic. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Book at the Library: Atlas of Coasts & Oceans

An interview with the author of the Atlas of Coasts & Oceans Don Hinrichsen.

The Atlas of Coasts & Oceans confronts the most challenging issues facing the planet's coasts and oceans such as urbanization of coastal areas, climate change, the disappearance of aquatic ecosystems, and the threat of oceans by military activity. Filled with engaging photographs, maps, and charts - the book presents research based oceanographic information suitable for a general audience.

The book would be of most use to students studying Environmental Science.

Click here to reserve the book today!

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 1914: Countdown to War [eBook]

On Tuesday July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, an act which served as the beginning of the First World War. In July 1914: Countdown to War historian Sean McMeekin traces the tragic events that led Europe into the destructive war. Using recently discovered information found in archives throughout Europe McKeekin argues that much of the blame for the war rests not on Germany but on a small group of political leaders and diplomats in France and Russia.

UNT Dallas students can read this account of the beginning of the Great War now by following this link.

" the midst of war and crisis nothing is as clear or as certain as it appears in hindsight."
Barbara W. Tuchman
The Guns of August (1962)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Glassdoor: Job Explorer

The job search website Glassdoor recently introduced the Job Explorer. The Job Explorer provides a color-coded visual display of the nation’s job market and allows users to identify opportunities based upon the number of jobs listed,  job title concentration, area unemployment rates, and population. This information indicates which areas users are most likely to find employment within their field. The Job Explorer also allows users to search for two jobs in specific areas easing the job search process for dual-income households.

Glassdoor is a community based career search web site that utilizes member provided information to provide a transparent view of hiring practices, work environment, and career progression prospects.  
You can check out the Job Explorer here

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Historic European Newspapers Made Available Online

Europeana Newspapers from Europeana Newspapers on Vimeo.

The European Library has made millions of pages of historical newspapers available on line.

Users will be able to see images of the actual newspaper pages and also the full text that has been taken from the images and reset in more readable fonts. The project also allows full text searching and metadata which will allow users to easily differentiate between articles mentioning people, places, or things that share a common name (e.g. Paris the city from Paris the mythological character).

The project is expected to make available 18 million pages by January 2015. Historic European Newspapers Made Available Online

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Geologic Maps of Mars

Interested in space travel? Or how about the environment? Well the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has just released the most detailed and accurate maps of the planet Mars.

According to the USGS the maps reveal that much of the surface of Mars is older than originally believed. The maps also confirmed theories that the planet had been geologically active and that major changes in climate made it possible for the planet to support surface and ground water in the past.

The maps will be used to plan future research about the Red Planet and to decide possible landing spots either for human or robotic exploration. Students of environmental science may also find it enlightening to study the geologic history of an alien planet while comparing it to our own environmental challenges.

You can download the maps by following this link:

Learn more about the maps here:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Book at the UNT Dallas Library: Malcolm Little

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X

DAL J 320.54 S524ma (Juvenile Collection)

The book tells the story of the childhood of Malcolm Little who would later become the prominent civil rights leader Malcolm X. In the story Malcolm learns to be resilient with the help of his family despite the adversity and tragedies he experiences. The book was written by Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, and illustrated by AG Ford. The book would be appropriate for younger readers between the ages of 6 and 10.

Shabazz, I., & Ford, A. G. (2013). Malcolm Little: The boy who grew up to become Malcolm X. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

UNT Dallas students may request this book today by clicking on the link!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Book @ the library

 The library has the latest GRE study book from Kaplan.  If you are thinking about going to graduate school, this book will help you study for the exam.

Kaplan, Inc. (2014). GRE Graduate Record Examination 2015: Strategies, practice, and review.

Kaplan GRE® 2015 Strategies, Practice, and Review contains 4 practice tests (1 in the book, 3 realistic Computer Adaptive Tests online) and 650+ total practice questions with detailed explanations, covering the revised and expanded Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing Assessment Test sections, and strategies for all of the question types.

This is a 7 day reserve book.