Category Archives: technology

I’ve been hearing stories on the news lately about a type of identity theft called “skimming”. Could the library direct me to any resources that explain what this is?

“Skimming” is a type of credit card fraud in which criminals use a small electronic device to capture information from a consumer’s credit or debit card.  In today’s society, the threat of identity theft can leave us feeling vulnerable. Fortunately, … 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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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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What kinds of free resources are available in the Dallas area for local inventors?

No matter where inventors may be in the process of developing their invention, they often find they need information or assistance to: • protect the “intellectual property” of their invention idea • implement the business side of making their idea … Continue reading

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I have been reading a lot about the White House initiative Educate to Innovate that aims to improve the STEM skills of American kids. What is the library doing to support this initiative?

The Educate to Innovate initiative is a commitment to provide students at every level with the skills they need to excel in the high-paid, highly-rewarding fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Thanks to a generous grant from The Dallas … Continue reading

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