Category Archives: reference question

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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Every year, my friends and I enjoy going to the Texas / OU football game held at Cotton Bowl stadium in Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas. Do you have any information about the historic rivalry?

The football feud between the University of Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma University Sooners – known as the Red River Rivalry – has existed for over a century, first starting in 1900. The rivalry is well documented and the Texas/Dallas History Division has quite a lot of … Continue reading

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I’m in the planning phase for a small business I’m starting. I’m looking for demographic data to help me select a location, and to incorporate in the business plan I’m developing to present to potential investors. Does the library have access to a tool that can assist me?

The Dallas Public Library subscribes to DemographicsNow, a Gale database tool that can be used to generate detailed consumer, business and demographic reports down to the census tract block level, including the capability of comparing demographic characteristics of one geographic … Continue reading

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