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  • Post date: June 2, 2009
    The 2009 Edgar Awards (link to the awards website) recognizing the best in mystery and crime writing have been announced. The Edgars are awarded by the Mystery Writers of America to books, short stories, television shows, and films. These awards are acknowledged to be the most prestigious award in this genre. If you are in the mood for some mystery, crime, intrigue, and/or suspense, you may want to find some of the books on the awards list. The awards website also allows readers to search the lists of previous award winners by category and year. You can even enter an author's last name, a publisher, or a work's title for search options. The MWA official...
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  • Post date: May 11, 2009
    The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library's spring edition of its newsletter, Muntz Musings, is now available. Patrons can find an electronic copy by visiting the library's website, clicking on the link "About," then then link for "Newsletter." Here is the direct link (note: PDF document). You can also pick up a copy in person at the library. Some highlights from this edition:
    • Library director's update on LibQual+ and library services.
    • New exhibit at the University Archives and Department of Special Collections.
    • A reminder of our food policy. We would like to keep the library neat as well as avoid the insects and rodents....
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  • Post date: May 11, 2009
    This week we are featuring a legal resource. Black's Law Dictionary is the premier dictionary for legal terms and definitions. This is the one lawyers turn to when they need a definition, and it should be the one you turn to when you need a legal term defined. First published in 1891, the dictionary's purpose is "to marshal legal terms to the fullest possible extent and to define them accurately" (ix). The dictionary is now in its eighth edition. Organized alphabetically, it includes not only definitions but also relevant quotations and cross-references. In addition, the dictionary provides a set of appendices on topics such as legal abbreviations, legal maxims, and a bibliography. So whether you are doing legal research or just...
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  • Post date: May 8, 2009
    On April 28, 2009,the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library held its Annual Student Poetry Awards. This was the library’s capstone even for National Poetry Month. The event took place at Braithwaite Auditorium. The keynote was delivered by Texas poet Mr. Budd Powell Mahan of Dallas, TX. Following a reception and book signing, the event drew students and members of the community for a night of poetry and performance. This year, in addition to the trophies and certificate, we had a special award surprise for our student poets. Anonymous donors made a special gift to the university in honor of the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts. This allowed us to give a monetary award to our poets, and we would like to thank those donors for their generosity in...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: May 7, 2009
    The Influenza A H1N1, commonly known as "the swine flu," has been all over the news in recent weeks. We would like to take a moment to give our readers some links to good sources of information so they can have some facts separated from the hype.
    • MedlinePlus is always a good place to start online when looking for medical information. "MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations" (from the site's About page). The NLM is the National Library of Medicine. Personally, MedlinePlus is a site I recommend to anyone looking for medical information. You can get some medical journal...
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  • Post date: April 30, 2009
    The Robert R. Muntz Library will hold special extended hours for Finals Week, 2009. The extended hours are as follows: Sunday May 3th: 1:00pm-2:00am Monday May 4th: 7:30am-2:00am Tuesday May 5th: 7:30am-2:00am Wednesday May 6th: 7:30am-2:00am Thursday May 7th:7:30am-2:00am Note that Friday May 8th, hours are from 7:30am to 5:00pm. During Finals Week, from Sunday to Thursday, the library will offer free hot coffee, hot cocoa, and hot tea from 7:00pm to 1:30pm. Please note that after midnight, no one will be admitted without a valid student ID. Good luck on finals!
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  • Post date: April 29, 2009
    National Poetry Month logo 2008 Welcome to this week's edition of Reference Book of the Week at The Patriot Spot. We continue to celebrate National Poetry Month, and we wrap up the month with a look at one of the greatest American poets: Robert Frost. This week we feature the Critical Companion to Robert Frost: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. This book is part of the...
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  • Post date: April 29, 2009
    The LA Times Book Awards for 2008 were announced last Friday (April 24). If you are looking for some reading ideas, some of this books might fit the bill. You can find the complete list of winners and finalists in the link. Out of the list, the library has the following books in the collection:
    • Steve Coll, The Bin Ladens: an Arabian Family in the American Century (CS1129 .B552 2008. This is located in the Bestseller Collection in the library's second floor). Coll's book was a runner-up for the LA Times Book Award in the category of  "Current Interest." This book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer in Biography or...
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  • Post date: April 23, 2009
    National Poetry Month logo 2008 Thank you for joining us for another edition of Reference Book of the Week here at The Patriot Spot. We continue our look at reference books related to poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Month during April. This week we feature the prestigious and excellent resource The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poets and Poetics. The Preface gives a broad description of what...
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  • Post date: April 22, 2009
    Need a survey or questionnaire for your research?  Why reinvent the wheel?  The Robert R. Muntz Library is pleased to announce a new subscription to Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI).
    Health and Psychosocial Instruments provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.
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