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  • Post date: November 12, 2008
    Native American Heritage Month Banner The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a display to honor Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, which is observed in November. The display can be viewed on the third floor of the library. In addition, we will be featuring a series of facts about Native Americans, their contributions and achievements in the library’s announcements...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 6, 2008
    Cover CIA World Factbook 2007

    Cover CIA World Factbook 2007

    Welcome to another edition of the Reference Book of the Week. Today we are featuring a source straight from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA; link to official agency page). The CIA publishes annually The World Factbook. This is a great resource for country information; the book is a collection of country profiles. Do...
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  • Post date: October 29, 2008
    The Robert R. Muntz Library is hosting "The Bill of Rights." This exhibit is a dramatic photographic exhibit depicting people and events that sparked the Bill of Rights and related amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The exhibit features photographs, illustrations, and visual highlights of events bearing directly on our constitutional freedoms. Concise texts explain some of the controversies surrounding the passage of these amendments, bringing vividly to mind similar issues that confront us today. It is also a good opportunity to reflect on our rights as we get ready to vote in the general election. The exhibit, originally developed by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, is provided by ...
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  • Post date: October 27, 2008
    In recognition of Archives Month (October), the University Archives and Department of Special Collections (UASC) at the Robert R. Muntz Library is pleased to present an exhibit on the history of The University of Texas at Tyler.  Chartered in 1971 as Tyler State College (an upper-level baccalaureate and master’s level institution),  The University of Texas at Tyler now offers...
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  • Post date: October 23, 2008
    If you have looked at the library’s website recently, you will find a new link under the Ask-a-Librarian box. We are featuring a link to the UT System Ask-A-Librarian Service. By clicking on that link, or going directly to the service’s link (, you can get reference assistance online from a library staff throughout the UT System. For UT Tyler, this is another way for the library to provide research and reference assistance to students and the academic community by tapping into the knowledge and efforts of other UT System librarians. Ask a UT System Librarian is a chat-based service that...
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  • Post date: October 23, 2008
    Our History Librarian, Vicki Betts, ordered this book, and it caught my eye. So I knew I had to post about it here right away. This week we are featuring Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. This book is a citation guide for history sources, but it is not just any old citation guide. This book is very helpful in explaining how to cite things that are a bit out of the ordinary. We are talking things like artifacts, objects, photos, and other things that you need to provide a reference, but the way of making the reference is not easy or readily available. The book is also a guide for how to work with various historical sources. The book starts with a section on evidence analysis. Here you can...
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  • Post date: October 23, 2008
    The Fall 2008 edition of Muntz Library Musings, our newsletter, is now available online. You can find the link to the PDF document here. You can also access the newsletter via the library's website by clicking on the "About" link, then on the link for "Newsletter." In this edition:
    • Find out how the library prepared for Hurricane Ike.
    • See photos of our recent events.
    • Learn how to get reference help online via our participation in the UT System Ask a Librarian service.
    • And more. . .
    You can also stop by the library and pick up a copy in person. As always, if you...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: October 16, 2008
    The Robert R. Muntz Library has recently added the following titles to the Bestsellers Collection. If you are in the mood for some recreational reading, feel free to browse the Bestsellers Collection in the library's reading area. The titles added for October are (in no particular order, with their call numbers):
    • Nicholas Spark, The Lucky One (PS 3569 .P363 L83 2008). Read Sparks's 14th book, which tells the story of a man who finally finds love after a series of brushes with death.
    • Peter Straub, Poe's Children: the new horror: an anthology (PS 648 .H6 P58 2008). This comes in just in time for Halloween. If you are in the mood for some horror fiction, pick this...
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  • Post date: October 15, 2008
    The library has been provided access to a new database trial, Global Road Warrior. Global Road Warrior provides information on 175 countries covering:
    • Society and Culture (about 10 x the content of CultureGrams)
    • Communications (the world’s most comprehensive)
    • Travel (with more of a business perspective, but equally usable for personal travel)
    • Trade (our forte)
    • Business
    • Money and Banking (scans of all banknotes and coinage in worldwide circulation)
    • Country Maps (9 proprietary downloadable maps per country)
    • more than 20...
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  • Post date: October 14, 2008
    This week, I would like to point out that we have new editions of reference books that we have posted about here at The Patriot Spot. The following books now have available a newer edition. I will provide the title, call number, and the link to the original post where I wrote about the book so you can review what the books are and what they do. All of these books are located in the library's ready reference shelf (the shelf behind the reference desk).
    • Statistical Sources , with call number Z 7551 .S84 2008, now has a 2009 edition. This means the new call number changes to Z 7551 .S84 2009. Find the original review of the book...
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