Category Archives: reference question

I heard someone talking the other day about an award for creative geniuses called the MacArthur Fellows Program.  Does the library have any information about the award or the people who have received it?

The library does have many items about and by MacArthur Fellows.  According to their website, these awardees are all “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction… Although nominees are reviewed … Continue reading

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My neighbors have just moved here from China and would like to find some books in Chinese for their children. Does the library have any Chinese language materials?

The Children’s Center does have books in Chinese, as well as in a variety of other languages including Spanish, Vietnamese, Hindi, German, and French, for children of all ages. Many branch libraries also have foreign language materials. Here are some … Continue reading

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Our local theatre group is staging a performance of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton. The play, like the movie, is set in Eighteenth Century Paris. We need books that would not only show us in detail what the fashions were like but also what life was like for the nobles of Paris in that time period. Can you help us?

The History and Social Sciences Division hosts the fashion collection and can provide costume ideas from all historical periods and places.  Perhaps illustrations from the following books will inspire you or you may stop by to browse our extensive collection. … Continue reading

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Does the library offer any programs about patent and trademark searching?

Patent and trademark files are searched for many different reasons.  You might wish to see if your idea has already been patented, or want a copy of the complete drawings and specifications of a particular patent or trademark.  Or you … Continue reading

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My girlfriend is a huge NASCAR fan but I am not. She’s also nuts about Danica Patrick. What resources does the library have to help me understand what drafting, drag and dirty air are so I can hold a conversation with her during the next race?

That’s a really fun question and the library has lots of resources available for checkout in the sports collection in the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The Central Library houses one of the largest collections of sports materials in North … Continue reading

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