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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...
    Posted By: root
  • 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...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: February 20, 2008
    When you want to know a little more about the Lone Star State, you can get the Texas Almanac. Published since 1857, this publication is now in its 64th edition with the 2008-2009 volume. For someone like me who came to Texas from someplace else, this is a valuable book to learn about the state I now call home. However, the book can also be indispensable to native Texans. So, what can you find in this book? Here are some examples of information you can find in the Texas Almanac:
    • Under Environment, you can learn about the geology of Texas, Texas forest resources, and Texas endangered species.
    • The book includes an astronomical calendar.
    • Are you like me, and you like to travel around the state? This book has...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: February 19, 2008
    We had installed an LG screen panel right across from the stairs. Today, we finally put it online. The screen will be used to run library announcements and news. It is another way for us to communicate and keep you informed. So, take a moment and see what's going on at your library. The picture below does not do justice to our new screen, so come on over and visit the library, have a look.
    Library LG Screen
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: February 14, 2008
    This post is the first in a series of posts that will be entitled "Reference Book of the Week." The idea is to highlight reference books in our collections. I am hoping to tell you what the book is, what it does and why you might want to use it. If an item has other formats, such as an online version, I will note that as well. The first book for this feature is the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Back in the day when I was an instruction librarian, I would often tell my undergraduate classes about this book. This book, which is actually a federal government publication (librarians often call those "government documents" or "gov docs" for short), is one of the best places to get statistics on just about any topic you can...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: February 12, 2008
    The Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring the following displays this month. Come visit us and have a look. If you are studying here, this may be a good reason to take a small study break.
    • Two displays honoring Black History Month are now open in the library's reading area on the second floor. One display case features a general display of books that highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans. The other case is dedicated to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King.
    • Up on the third floor, there is a display for Darwin Day. February 12 is the birthday of the...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: January 28, 2008
    " is a place where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past. The collections feature documents, most never before available before on the Internet, relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents." Our trial to Footnote is good through February 21st. The trial is only available on-campus.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: January 25, 2008
    The folks that provide the IEEE Xplore Database have decided not to have their scheduled downtime on Saturday January 26 after all. They write: "Dear IEEE subscriber, We are writing to inform you that the planned upgrade of the IEEE Xplore digital library, which was originally scheduled for 26 January, will be rescheduled to a later date. As a result, there will be no scheduled downtime for the IEEE Xplore system on 26 January. When this release has been rescheduled, we will notify you with the new deployment date." So, there you have it folks. When we know, we'll let you know.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: January 24, 2008
    The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library now has access to around 200 Oxford University Press journal titles.  The individual titles have been added to the A to Z list (Periodicals Online & Print. You can find the Periodicals Online and & Print link on the library's website) and Oxford University Press has been added to the Databases by Title list.
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  • Post date: January 23, 2008
    From the folks that provide IEEE Xplore: "An upgrade of the IEEE Xplore Digital Library is scheduled for Saturday, 26 January. During this deployment, the system will be unavailable for up to up to eight hours beginning at approximately 11:00 AM CST. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."
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