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  • Post date: March 17, 2008
    St. Pat’s Vintage Image (Vintage St. Patrick's Day Card. Image licensed under a Creative Commons license. Found here, from Don Harrison) March 17th is the holiday of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Here are some interesting facts related to the holiday, from the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau. You can find the complete document...
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  • Post date: March 12, 2008
    Welcome to another edition of Reference Book of the Week. This time we are featuring the Physicians' Desk Reference, more commonly known as the PDR. If you have been to a doctor's office, odds are good they may have a copy of this book on their desk. However, this is not just for doctors. The book is basically a large reference resource for pharmaceutical information. In other words, it provides drug information and prescription guidance. From the books foreword:
    "The PDR contains Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved labeling for drugs as well as prescription information provided by manufacturers for drugs historically marketed without FDA approval. Some dietary supplements and other products are...
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  • Post date: March 11, 2008
    Do you need an image or two to add a little extra something to your research paper or presentation? The library is pleased to announce a new database subscription, ArtStor.
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    ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.
    ARTStor allows you to save and print...
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  • Post date: March 5, 2008
    The Washington Information Directory, 2007-2008 provides information on government agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGO's) based in Washington D.C. It is a directory, so you can use it to get contact information for various agencies and organizations. It does have other useful features as well, so read on. The publishers, CQ Press, ensure the accuracy of the information "by calling each organization and speaking with a member of its Washington office" (from the book's preface). The book is updated annually. This book is arranged by topic, then subtopics, then organizations. The organizations include governmental agencies, Congress, and NGO's. Entries include the name of the agency, address, phone number, e-mail, website...
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  • Post date: March 3, 2008
    The library now has access to a new database trial - SociIndex with FullText:
    With more than 1,918,000 records, SocIndex with Full Text offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse...
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  • Post date: March 3, 2008
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    The Robert R. Muntz Library Wants You!
    We are currently recruiting U.T. Tyler students to help test a new design for the library's website. The process involves a session in the library to view the new design and complete some common tasks. We want to know how user friendly (or not) is our new design. The testing would take about 20 to 30 minutes. We are looking at the week of...
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  • Post date: February 28, 2008
    The library has just gotten a trial to Sabin Americana, 1500-1926. The password for the trial is sabin.
    With more than 29,000 full-text primary source documents, Sabin Americana covers a span of 400 years in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean providing a full-text searchable digital collection that highlights the society, politics, religious beliefs, literature, customs and momentous events of the times – from an American and global perspective. Users will have quick access to books, pamphlets, broadsides and documents from an assortment of genres – from sermons and political tracts to legislation and literature....
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  • Post date: February 27, 2008
    This week we feature two world almanacs. These two books pretty much do similar things, but they have some unique features as well. We keep two basic world almanacs at the Ready Reference shelf in the library (reminder: that's the shelf right behind the reference desk). First, we have The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2008. This is an annual publication, published by World Almanac Books. This is the basic almanac of facts that most people think of when they think of a world almanac. Odds are good some of our readers used it back in their school days, or maybe you had one in your home at one point. Back in my days as a middle schooler, I enjoyed browsing through books like these just to see what I could learn. So, what is it? ...
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  • Post date: February 26, 2008
    We have added the following titles to the Best Sellers collection this month.
    • Douglas Preston, Blasphemy. Physicist Gregory North Hazelius is trying to discover new forms of energy, or so he claims. In reality, he is trying to talk to God. He is using Isabella, a giant supercollider particle accelerator for his project, and there are delays. The government sends agents to find out just what may be delaying Hazelius's work. And what exactly do a Navajo medicine man, a failed missionary pastor, a televangelist, and an ex-CIA agent have to do with all this? Read the novel that Library Journal praised as "highly recommended... Preston joins Michael Crichton as a master of suspenseful novels that tackle controversial...
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  • Post date: February 20, 2008
    Among the many bestsellers the library has recently added are a couple I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. Double Cross by James Patterson is the newest in the series of novels featuring Patterson's most famous character, former FBI profiler, Alex Cross. In this novel, Cross finds himself assisting in the investigation of a serial killer who enjoys committing murder on the public stage. As if one serial killer were not enough, Cross finds out that a former colleague turned serial killer, who has promised revenge on Cross for putting him behind bars, has done the impossible and escaped from a maximum security prison. Cross must then keep one eye on the investigation and one on his back. Despite the weak title...
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