Top 10 Library Tips That Will Make Your Fall 2009 Awesome

From the Library Survival Guide Edition of the University of Texas Libraries Undergraduate Newsletter:

1. Get help from a librarian.

Pop quiz – it’s 11:15pm, Tuesday night. You need help finding an article for your paper that’s due in less than 12 hours.
What do you do? Chat online with a librarian and you’ll be on your way to an A paper in no time. Swear you’ll never
wait until the last minute again? Attend a Library Class to arm yourself with research tips and tricks or get help from a
librarian ahead of time

2. The For Undergraduates website is just for you.

From research guides and tutorials, student-created videos that show you how to reserve group study rooms, specific pages for students taking RHE and UGS courses, plus multiple ways to connect with the UT Libraries on social networks, the For Undergraduates page has exactly what you need.

3. Keep an eye on your stuff.

PCL was #2 of the top locations for theft at UT in 2008. If you need to step outside or use the restroom, make certain a trusted friend is watching your belongings or take them with you. Don’t leave your laptop unattended.

4. Check out the books you need for class.

Still need some of the books on your course reading lists? Check for titles in the Library Catalog – one of the Libraries may have what you need. You can borrow most books for 28 days and renew them online.

5. Connect pop culture and science @ a Science Study Break.

The Science Study Break series is a great way to get away from your books for an hour and join UT researchers for cookies, chips, and chat about popular movies and TV shows that deal with science topics. Past Science Study Breaks have discussed antimatter, archeology, mathematics, robotics, and Keanu Reeves.

6. Find your favorite study space in one of our spaces.

Does your roommate like to study to music but you like quiet? Our 13 campus libraries offer quiet and collaborative study spaces for all tastes. Students are welcome in all the libraries so feel free to explore! If you and your friends have tests or group project coming up, reserve a study room online in PCL or the Fine Arts Library.

7. Save your ink by copying and printing in the Libraries

Use a copy card to print or copy for $ .13 each page. Buy a card from vending machines in the Libraries or from Library Copier Services on the first floor. Printers in the PCL lobby and some copiers in the Periodicals Room also take Bevo Bucks. Send your print job from a computer workstation or download a client to print from your laptop.

8. Check out our huge DVD and CD collections.

Want to host a scary movie night in your dorm? Or explore some new music? You can check out DVDs and CDs from the Fine Arts Library!  Most material can be borrowed for 1-2 weeks.  Need some suggestions? Check out staff picks. The Fine Arts Library is located in the Doty Fine Arts Building across the street from the stadium.

9. Borrow a camera or laptop.

Need a computer to take to class? Laptops can be checked out from PCL, the Fine Arts Library, Flawn Academic
, and the Walter Geology Library.  Want to send pictures and videos home to your family? Digital cameras are available at the Fine Arts Library and McKinney Engineering Library. Check out digital video cameras from the Fine Arts Library, too!

10. Get help citing your sources.

APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian … Understanding citations and citing your sources can be confusing and time consuming. Sign up for a free account and let NoodleBib walk you through the steps of creating a bibliography. It takes care of punctuation, alphabetization and formatting – you just have to remember where you found your source. When you’re finished, download the completed Word document and include it with your paper. Voila!

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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, 9/26-10/3

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been challenged and banned nationwide because it contains racial slurs and adult themes.

Each year, the American Library Association compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books.  Wondering what was most challenged in 2008?  Read on!

“Out of 513 challenges as reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
    Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
    Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence
  3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence
  5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group
  7. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
    Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group
  9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  10. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
    Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group”

More statistics about challenges are available.  Celebrate Banned Books Week beginning this Saturday, 9/26 by reading a banned or challenged classic!