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Library Features Exhibit on the U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution and Quill Pen

U.S. Constitution and Quill Pen

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring the traveling exhibit "The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution." This exhibit is part of our events for the September Project as well as our featured event for Constitution Day. Constitution Day is observed every September 17th to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The exhibit will run from September 15, 2008 to October 17, 2008. It is placed in the reading area of the second floor of the library. The exhibit is part of a nationwide project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In Texas, this exhibit is made possible by the Humanities Texas Resource Center, which is an NEH affiliate. It is made possible locally by the U.T. Tyler Friends of the Arts organization. This exhibit consists of 12 color-printed posters that look at the history of the Constitution's development from former colonies to a united nation. From the Texas Humanities site, the Constitution "is the blueprint for our nation’s government, the civil creed we all live by. It was written, the founders said, to 'secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.' We need to know it better." We urge our patrons and visitors to take a moment to visit the exhibit and get to know this important document that shapes our nation and our rights as citizens.
Published by root on 17 Sep

A bit more reading on September 11

There were a few books that did not make our display on "Understanding Our World After September 11." This was mostly due to space restrictions. I have decided to share some of those titles here with our readers in case they want some more things to read. This is a list of books we have here at the Library that did not make it to the display case. I did pull these books and look them over, so I can at least tell folks that they are worth a look. They are listed with their call numbers, but in no particular order. You can find these in the library's General Collection on the third floor :
  • Just War Against Terror: the Burden of American Power by Jean Bethke Elshtain (HV 6432 .E427 2004).
  • In the Wake of 9/11: the Psychology of Terror by Thomas A. Pyszczynski (HV 6432 .P97 2003).
  • What is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11 by Kenneth R. Feinberg (KF 1328 .F45 2005).
  • Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars edited by Joseph E. Lumbard (BP 60 .I7848 2004).
  • Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror by Mahmood Mamdani (E 840 .M346 2004).
  • Longitudes and Attitudes: the World in the Age of Terrorism by Thomas L. Friedman (HV 6432 .F75 2003B).
If readers have other suggestions of books that would be appropriate and/or relevant to this topic, please let us know in the comments. And if you need help finding these and other books, please feel free to stop by the reference desk or use our Ask-A-Librarian link on the library's website.
Published by root on 16 Sep


RefWorks Logo

Writing a research paper but need help with your citations?  Hate having to put together the bibliography at the end?  Need a place to keep track of all of your research throughout the semester?  The library is pleased to announce a new subscription to RefWorks:
RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
As you perform research throughout the semester, RefWorks can be used to store citations for relevant resources as well as articles pulled from databases.  Many of the databases the library subscribes to work closely with RefWorks so that articles and citations can be exported directly into RefWorks.  Once stored in your account, you can gain access to your references from anywhere in the world.  You can even share your bibliography with anyone else that has a RefWorks account so that you can collaborate on research projects. RefWorks also works closely with Microsoft Word through a small application called "Write-N-Cite" available once you have logged into your RefWorks account.  As you are typing your paper you can use Write-N-Cite to insert parenthetical citations in the format of your choosing (MLA, APA, or hundreds of other styles).  As you insert the citations, Write-N-Cite is also working to create your bibliography at the end of your paper in the proper format. There are several ways to access RefWorks:
  • a link on the Library Homepage, right below the "Ask a Librarian" box
  • by selecting "Find an Article (Databases)" from the Library Homepage, then selecting "R" under Databases by Title
  • there is a RefWorks tab on several of the Research/Subject Guides
There is a learning curve with RefWorks.  Luckily, RefWorks provides several resources that can help you get started with RefWorks: For help using RefWorks, please take a look at one of the resources above, or contact a librarian.
Published by root on 15 Sep

Library Features Book Exhibit on September 11 Events

As part of the September Project, and to go along with the recent celebration of Patriot Day, the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is presenting the display "Understanding Our World After September 11." The book and media display is designed to provide awareness and education to help people better understand our world in light of the tragic events of September 11. Please stop by the third floor of the library to view the display in our exhibit case. The following is the list of books and media featured on the display. All books and materials are available from the library for checkout. If you wish to checkout any of the items on the display case, simply go to the Circulation or Reference Desks, and one of our staff members will be happy to unlock the case so you can check whatever item you wish to borrow. Books featured on the display (with call numbers; books are not listed in any particular order):
  • The 9/11 Commission Report: final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (HV6432.7 .N38 2004). You can also find the 9/11 Commission Report online here via GPO Access. You can also view the official website of the Commission, which has been frozen and is maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration at
  • The 9/11 Commission report: Omissions and Distortions by David R. Griffin (HV6432.7 .G745 2005).
  • The 9/11 investigations: staff reports of 9/11 Commission: excerpts from the House-Senate joint inquiry report on 9/11 : testimony from fourteen key witnesses, including Richard Clarke, George Tenet, and Condoleezza Rice edited by Steven Strasser (HV6432.7 .A132 2004).
  • The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sidney Jacobson and Ernie Colon (HV6432.7 .J33 2006). I read this one personally (see my review over in my professional blog. The review does cover other works. And for the record, I also read the actual report). It is basically the report in graphic novel format. It covers all the major points, and the art complements the work very well. If you want an accessible way to read the 9/11 Commission Report, this is it.
  • The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (HV6432 .A432 2005).
  • The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David R. Griffin (E 902 .G75 2004).
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke (HV 6432 .C53 2004).
  • Intelligence Matters: the CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the failure of America's War on Terror by Senator Bob Graham (JK 468 .I6 G73 2004).
  • Ghost Wars: the Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 11, 2001 by Steve Coll (DS 371.2 .C63 2004).
  • September 11, 2001: a Turning Point in International and Domestic Law? edited by Paul Eden and Therese O'Donnell (K 5256 .S47 2005).
  • Terror, Culture, Politics: Rethinking 9/11 edited by Daniel J. Sherman and Terry Nardin (HV 6432.7 .T445 2006).
  • Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: from Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects edited by Amaney Jamal and Nadine Naber (E 184 .A65 R33 2008).
  • Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism by Bruce A. Ackerman (KF 9430 .A932 2006).
  • The Maze of Fear: Security and Migration after 9/11 edited by John Tirman (HV 6432 .M385 2004).
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (HV 6432.7 .W5 2006).
  • The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan: Mass Mobilization, Civil War, and the Future of the Region by Neamatollah Nojumi (DS 371.2 .N65 2002).
  • Al Qaeda In Its Own Words edited by Giles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli (HV6431 .A4613 2008). This is a translation of the French book Al Qaeda dans le texte. This book draws key texts by Osama Bin Laden and key members of Al Qaeda with some critical commentary. If you want to know what they are saying, this is a good place to read it.
  • Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge by Alan M. Dershowitz (HV 6431 .D473 2002).
  • Film and Television after 9/11 by Wheeler W. Dixon (PN1993.5 .U6 F477 2004).
  • Al Jazeera: the Inside Story of the Arab News Channel (HE 8700.9 .Q22 M55 2005). If you are curious and want to learn more, Al Jazeera does have an English news website at This television station, which has risen to become a network of various channels, is a crucial source of news for and about the Middle East.
  • Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. . .and Doesn't by Stephen R. Prothero (BL 42.5 .U5 P76 2007).
  • Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America: Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism by Harm J. De Blij (GF 503 .D4 2007).
In addition, we are featuring the following films as part of our display. Please note that films are usually kept in Technical Services. After their time on the display, the films return to that location, and you can ask for them at Circulation by their call number. The links on the titles go to the Internet Movie Database ( as a way to provide a bit more information about the films to our readers: Finally, the photos featured on the display come various government sources. As such, they are part of the public domain.

Library to Show Film Good Night and Good Luck

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will participate in the International September Project. The September Project is "a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries in all countries during the month of September." The September Project started out four years ago focusing on September 11, but it has evolved to include events during the month of September focusing on issues of freedom and democracy. To that end, the library will have a screening of the film Good Night and Good Luck. Directed by George Clooney, the film tells the story of how journalist Edward R. Murrow, with support from his producer and the CBS news team, took a stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's exploitation of fear and witch hunts during the 1950s. The screening will take place in the Library's Room 401 at 7:00pm on Thursday September 11, 2008. Dr. Courtney Cullison, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will deliver some opening remarks and help place the film in context for the audience. This event is free and open to the public. Here is a sampling of what the reviews have said about the film:
  • labels the film as "a story about tough, principled men in a new frontier, forced to make rough choices in situations that aren't always clear-cut."
  • Rolling Stone Magazine says that "in ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy."
  • And The Austin Chronicle called it " a portrait of how to speak truth to power, journalism’s sacred trust, and a reminder of that obligation."
Published by root on 08 Sep

Introducing...Salem History

Looking for primary sources from history?  The library is pleased to announce a new online subscription Salem History. Salem History currently provides access Milestones Documents in American History, a new reference set published by Salem Press, with the possibility of new reference works to follow.
Milestone Documents in American History combines 134 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary.
Salem Health is found alphabetically under the Find an Article (Databases) page and in the History Research/Subject Guides.
Published by root on 04 Sep

Introducing...ACM Digital Library

Doing research on computers and technology?  The library is pleased to announce a new subscription to the ACM Digital Library.  The ACM Digital Library provides full text access to every article published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). This includes journal and magazine articles as well as transactions, conference proceedings, newsletters and other ACM publications.  By creating a free account within the database, you can save search results and queries within "binders." These binders can then be shared with others and can also be used to create bibliographies.  Also, if there's a journal or other ACM publication that you're really interested in keeping up with, you can set up an alert so that every time a new issue of the journal is published, you'll get an email with the new issue's table of contents. ACM Digital Library can be accessed through the library's website under the alphabetical database list and on the Computer Science Research/Subject Guide.
Published by root on 29 Aug

"The Power of Books" Exhibit

Students, faculty, staff, and university guests are all invited to come see a new exhibit located in the University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) Reading Room (Room 107) at The University of Texas at Tyler. “The Power of Books: Selections from the Special Collections at UT Tyler” features some of the volumes held by the department, including such rare items as a 17th Century Colonial Mexican illuminated manuscript, an 18th Century German “Elector Bible” and a velvet-bound, lavishly-illustrated 19th Century edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost.  This exhibit will be open to the public through September 12. -Deirdre Joyce, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Power of Books Thumbnail
Published by root on 26 Aug

New Faculty Reception at the Library

The library would like to invite new faculty to a reception and open house at the Robert R. Muntz Library. This is a great opportunity for new faculty members, and not so new faculty members, to meet with their subject liaison librarians and. . .
  • . . .find out about available resources from books to electronic databases.
  • . . .discover some of our services from course reserves to interlibrary loan.
  • . . .learn how to enhance your students' research skills with a library instruction session.
  • . . .take a break and enjoy some light refreshments.
So, when and where you may be asking. Come join us on Friday September 5th, 2008 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. We will hold the event in Library Room 202. As it is an open house, you can feel free to come and go, and bring a colleague.
Published by root on 21 Aug

Reference Book of the Week: The Europa Yearbook

This week we look at a source for international information: The Europa Yearbook. This two-volume set provides information on political, economic, and commercial institutions around the world. The set is organized as follows:
  • Volume One covers international organizations. From the United Nations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), you can find detailed articles on international organizations. The volume features comprehensive entries on major organizations, like the U.N., the European Union, and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Then, there is a list of Other International Organizations which features smaller entries for lesser known organizations; these entries feature at least contact information (including a website if available), a small description of what the organization does, and name of the executive officer. Some of these smaller organizations are the International Police Association, the World Allergy Organization, and the International Rice Research Institute. The first volume also contains the first half of the book's country surveys (from Afghanistan to Jordan). This volume includes an Index of International Organizations at the end to facilitate finding the information you need. Volume One also features a list of abbreviations used in the book and a small list of international phone area codes.
  • Volume Two contains the second half of the country surveys (from Kazakhstan to Zimbabwe). This volume has an Index of Territories for both volumes so you can see if a particular country is covered.
What kind of questions might you answer with this book?
  • Do you have a list of members for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)? Yes. Page 308 of Volume One. And the IDB does have a website, which I found in the book too.
  • Can you tell me who is the current international president of the Lions Club International? Yes. He is Jimmy M. Ross. See page 456 of Volume One.
  • What kind of government do they have in Belarus? The head of state is President Alyaksandr R. Lukashenka. The country also has a Council of Ministers and a National Assembly (the legislative body). See pages 803-804 of Volume One.
  • I would like a short history of The Netherlands, but I don't want to read a whole book. Do you have a short summary or survey? Yes. It starts on page 3274 of Volume Two.
This resource is updated annually. You can find the latest edition, the 2008, in the ready reference shelves behind the reference desk. The call number is JN 1 .E85 2008.
Published by root on 18 Aug