Thursday, October 22, 2009

Denton Reads: Gregory Maguire Lecture

On Saturday, November 21st Denton Reads presents author Gregory Maguire. He will be visiting the City of Denton to talk about his work latest work "Matchless", a haunting re-telling of the classic tale of the "The Little Matchgirl." Maguire is a known advocate for literature, literacy and libraries.

Since Wicked was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly re-imagined.

This free event begins at 6pm and will be held at TWU MCL Auditorium. A book signing will follow the program. Seating is limited, and tickets will be required. Some tickets will be available for advanced reserve (,
and the remaining tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Denton Reads is sponsored by the UNT and TWU libraries, the Denton Public Library and the Denton ISD.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Denton Reads is an organization whose goal is to unite the City of Denton by hosting a lecture by a notable author and by featuring discussions of a common text. More information about Denton Reads and its activities can be found at

--Annita Owens

Friday, October 16, 2009

President Barack Obama has declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.




Every day, we are inundated with vast amounts of information. A 24-hour news cycle and thousands of global television and radio networks, coupled with an immense array of online resources, have challenged our long-held perceptions of information management. Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decisionmaking. National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.

Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.

Our Nation's educators and institutions of learning must be aware of — and adjust to —these new realities. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them. The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical.

This month, we dedicate ourselves to increasing information literacy awareness so that all citizens understand its vital importance. An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the important role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


--Greg Hardin

Monday, October 12, 2009

H1N1 Flu – Assess Your Symptoms

To prevent the spread of the H1N1 Flu Virus and to help people learn whether they have the symptoms of H1N1, members of the general public are being urged to use online assessment tools to check their symptoms before going to an emergency room or doctor's office.

Emory University has put together a free interactive tool to help the public assess their symptoms on the Internet. The website also gives guidance to help make informed decisions about seeking access to healthcare. Website visitors do not have to give their names. The Self-Assessment is free.

H1N1 Flu Self-Assessment

The US Department of Health and Human Services provides an online H1N1 Self-Evaluation interactive tool as well.

H1N1 Flu Self-Evaluation

These interactive tools are not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a healthcare professional.

--Elaine Cox

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is a full-text resource for news, business, legal research, medical information and reference.

A new season of informative webinars is kicking off. Check out the full schedule. Tune in for tips for getting the most out of LexisNexis® Academic and more.

Upcoming webisodes include:
- Using LexisNexis Academic for Business Research
- Finding Sources in LexisNexis Academic
- Using LexisNexis Academic for Legal Research
- News in LexisNexis Academic- LexisNexis® Statistical DataSets
- LexisNexis® Library Express (For Public Libraries Only)

All available from the convenience of your desk… choose the day and time that is right for you.

Register for a webinar today!

--Connie Maxwell

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SCHOLARLY or POPULAR -- Can you tell the difference?

You may be required to include articles from scholarly journals for some of your class assignments.

Scholarly Journals are written by and for scholars, researchers, and professionals in a particular field. Their purpose is to review, report, and make available original research, experimentation, and information. Articles in these journals go through a peer-review or refereed process before publication. Sources are always formally cited

Professional Trade Journals are often considered scholarly journals. These journals are written for people working in a particular profession and articles may or may not go through a peer-review or refereed process before publication. Sources are usually cited.

Popular Magazines are written to appeal to the general public. Their purpose is to inform and/or entertain. Sources may be mentioned but are not formally cited.

If you are not sure you understand the difference between scholarly and popular journal articles this chart should help.

Still not sure? - Try Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, the authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types — academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world. And, it's easy to use!

--Connie Maxwell

Papers due? Need help with your research?

Workshops are offered throughout the semester. These workshops demonstrate how to use the TWU library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, search strategies and access requirements.

TWU Libraries offer the following workshops for students, faculty and staff. Dates and times of workshops are available from the Library Training & Workshops webpages.

Blagg-Huey Library Workshops

Find Articles!
These workshops will demonstrate how to use the TWU Library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We will discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, and search strategies.

10/7 Wednesday, Noon – 1 pm
10/13 Tuesday, 3 – 4 pm
10/20 Tuesday, 10 – 11 am

RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is available to all current TWU students, faculty, and staff from any computer with Web access. RefWorks can also import citations from Library databases and other bibliography programs such as Endnote and Reference Manager.

10/7 Wednesday, 7 – 8:30pm

Faculty Workshops
· Share and Share Alike - 10/20, Tuesday Noon – 1:30 pm
· Evidence-Based Practice - 11/3 Tuesday, Noon – 1:30 pm

University Staff
Library Resources for University Staff, including tips for finding books, videos, newspaper articles, journal articles, and internet resources.

10/30 Friday, 2 - 3 pm

Parkland Health Sciences Library Workshops

Evidence-Based and Peer Reviewed Research
Where or how should I start this type of research? What are the key criteria to look for? Learn to make these research questions easier to answer - and get needed results!

Tuesday, October 27, 4-5pm

Library 2009: Get it Online!
Learn research strategies & tools, resources and services designed to help you work smarter, not harder. How, why, and when does using libraries (the “time-tested search engines” of information for over 5,000 years!) save time and money? Find great articles that match your topic – online, of course!

Tuesday, November 10, 11am-Noon

RefWorks: APA Format
Is there a simpler way to write your papers, store citations, and create bibliographies - using APA format? Need to organize a group project? Don’t waste time - just type, click, and print your paper! Learn how, now!

Tuesday, November 3, 4-5pm

Free RefWorks Webinars

Presbyterian Library Workshops
Workshops available by appointment.
Contact: Librarian, Shelly Burns
E-mail to:
Call: 214-706-2390
Office: DPH Room 24

Houston ARC Workshops
Library Research Workshop Location: Room 4310,
Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, Houston
10/7 Wed Noon-1pm

--- posted by Greg Hardin