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In addition to books, the library also has a great collection of DVDs, including popular films, documentaries, and more! We invite you to browse these titles and check them out! To check for item availability and call number location, use the Durham Tech library catalog, or contact the library.
To view titles recently added to the library collection, please see: New DVDs
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For a bit of background history on why elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, see this article on NPR.
During the 2008 elections Nate Silver began making a name for himself by using statistics to more accurately predict election results. The library has a copy of his book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t, available under call number CB 158 .S54 2012. The book provides a fascinating look into why numbers used in elections, sports statistics, weather forecasting, and even big events like the financial crash aren’t always accurate or reflecting what we think they are.
In honor of Election Day, here are some ebooks from our collection, which you can read online or download to a device:
American Political Parties and Elections : A Very Short Introduction by Maisel, L. Sandy (ebook!)
Are Elections for Sale? by Joel Rogers
The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding America’s Right to Vote by Tova Wang. (Available as an ebook through the link or as a physical book in our collection under call number JK 1976 .W36 2012)
The Myth of Voter Fraud by Lorraine Minnite (ebook!)
To find more ebooks, search the ebrary collection, which you can access from the library page noting it and other database collections.
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Lots of students know that we have the big textbooks to help support your classroom learning, but did you know that we have a wide variety of nonfiction selections to supplement your scientific knowledge outside a textbook?
The Joy of Chemistry: The Amazing Science of Familiar Things by Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku
Volcanoes: A Beginner’s Guide (Beginner’s Guides) by Rosaly Lopes
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
Medieval and Early Modern Science by A. C. Crombie
Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today by Rob Dunn
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
Altruistic Armadillos, Zenlike Zebras: A Menagerie of 100 Favorite Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Science, Technology, and Society by Thomas Easton
Photographic Atlas of the Body by Bar Susan Greenfield
The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus by John Emsley
A Field Guide to Geology: Eastern North America (The Peterson Field Guide Series) by David C. Roberts and W. Grant Hodson (Illustrator)
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith
Gray’s Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre
Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe by Evalyn Gates
Empire of Light: A History of Discovery in Science and Art by Sidney Perkowitz
Green Equilibrium: The Vital Balance of Humans and Nature by Christopher Wills
Portraits of Discovery: Profiles in Scientific Genius by George Greenstein
Hurricane! by Jonathan London and Henri Sorensen (Illustrator)
The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors by John Gribbin
Click on an image for more details (be sure to scroll down for a description!) and ask a librarian if you’d like to take one of the titles home with you to explore further.
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The college experience isn’t just about taking classes. It can be about networking with other students, exploring different careers or industries, finding internships, and getting involved with organizations on campus and in the wider community.
If you are interested in developing your coding skills and networking with others, Girl Develop It is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing, “affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.” They have a local chapter in the Raleigh-Durham area, which hosts free classes, including an upcoming class on WordPress, and coding events, which can be casual chances to meet with their group and do a bit of coding over coffee. See their Meetup page for more information.
If you’re interested in learning computer coding, we have library resources to help, including the items below. If you need help finding other items, please let us know. We have more than just what is noted here.
- iOS 7 app development essentials (QA 76.8 .I64 S693 2014)
- Microsoft Visual C# 2013 step by step (QA 76.73 .C154 S53 2013)
- Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 step by step (QA 76.73 .M53 H358 2013)
- Learning Python (ebook)
- Microsoft C# Programming for the Absolute Beginner (ebook)
If you’re interested in social networking, these books may help:
- New rules for today’s workplace (HM 742 .L56 2011)
- Job searching with social media for dummies (HF 5382.7 .W35 2011 – In the library collection at Orange County Campus. Books at one campus can be brought to another campus for you to check out.)
- Get hired in a tough market : insider secrets to find and land the job you need now (HF 5382.7 .D4 2010 – Orange County Campus Library)
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With a touchscreen as well as textured buttons, the MagniLink Vision TTS assists readers who have visual impairments.
The library installed a modular video magnifier–the MagniLink Vision TTS reader–which enhances or enables reading of printed books for people with a range of visual impairments. Features of the MagniLink Vision TTS include text-to-speech, adjustable zoom and a variety of background and text contrast modes.
To use the reader, simply open the book or magazine to the desired page and place it on the moveable tray. Turn the reader on. By touching the screen, you can have the reader read the text aloud from the page, in one of three American English voices or two Spanish voices. (Note: this is not a translating device, but it can read Spanish- or English-language text.)
It is easy to learn how to use this tool. If you’d like to use it, please visit the circulation/reference desk at the main campus library in the ERC and ask a librarian for assistance.
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Announcing our library’s new reference service, Book A Librarian!
Do you need help doing research for an assignment for class? Want to learn more about searching for resources in general? Want someone to walk you through citing a paper in a new-to-you format? Have a busy schedule and want to make sure that a librarian is available to help you when you come into the library?
Now you can make an appointment with one of the Durham Tech librarians for some one-on-one help!
What we can do:
– Give you a library refresher, including a tour and overview of our resources
– Help you with your research, both using books and online resources
– Teach you how to use databases (and when they’re your best bet)
– Help you learn how to use Microsoft Office for formatting assignments
– Help you cite resources both in MLA and APA style
– Plan a collaborative instruction session (for instructors only)
– Go over resources that could be used for a specific course or assignment (instructors and students)
And much more!
We are unable to help proofread or edit the content of assignments or offer subject-area tutoring during these reservations. We are also unable to help you troubleshoot problems on your personal computer.
Appointments will be assigned to available librarians and must be made at least two days in advance. You will be emailed or telephoned back with confirmation of your appointment. If we are unable to help with your specific issue, we will let you know at this time. Please be prompt– while we understand that circumstances may make you late or need to cancel the appointment, if you are more than 15 minutes late, your reservation will be cancelled.
Please note that reservations are for the Main Campus library ONLY. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to set up a meeting with a librarian at either the Orange County or Northern Durham campus.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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