Know Your Copyright from Wrong?

By , February 26, 2013 8:16 am

Regardless of your major, copyright issues can be complicated and unfamiliar. UMKC Libraries has a Copyright LibGuide that can help. Finding and reading books, articles, and resources is only a part of the academic puzzle.

Beyond properly citing work, you need answers to questions like these:

  • How do I use resources in my papers without plagiarizing?
  • Do I need to get permissions to be able to include video or background music in my class presentations?
  • What conditions allow me to claim “Fair Use” of materials?
  • Can I claim “Fair Use” for materials I (or the university) have purchased under a license?

UMKC Libraries Copyright LibGuide helps answer these questions and more.

Still confused? Your subject specialist librarian is happy to help you sort things out and learn how to use materials legally. Visit the library’s Who’s My Librarian? page to find and which librarian specializes in your area.

Additionally, the following link provides information about UMKC policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary action taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using UMKC information technology systems.  The information also includes a notice that informs students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities.  A summary of the penalties for violation of federal copyright laws is also provided.

UMKC Mobile App

By , February 26, 2013 8:14 am

Information Services has recently made major updates to UMKC’s mobile app, currently available for Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

Below is a list of the new available features:

  • People Search: Allows you to obtain contact information.
  • A-Z Index: UMKC’s official A-Z index is now available on your mobile device. Find contact and website information for departments on campus.
  • Maps: An all new maps feature allows you to toggle between buildings, parking and WiFi maps for both the Volker and Hospital Hill campuses.
  • Class Search: Get up-to-date information for all classes for the current semester.
  • Dining: Listing of area restaurants with contact and direction information.
  • Quick Help: Updated Quick Help Section now allows you to call or email the offices in question.

The UMKC app is available as a free download.  Download links are as follows:

To provide feedback or feature suggestions, please email us.

UMKC Theatre Presents: Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food

By , February 26, 2013 8:08 am

Food.  From mother’s milk to no-carb diets, there is little that is so essential, so political, so much on our minds than “our daily bread.”  In this world premiere, the cast and creative team interviewed local farmers, chefs, parents, and many others to discuss issues that touch our palates and our plates.  A unique theatrical events, Eat This! serves up issues as well as a meal–cooked onstage and shared with the audience!

Never has there been so much attention focused on the food industry.  From celebrity chefs and reality food competitions to obesity, GMOs and “pink slime,”  Eat This! strives to create dialogue and respond to our citizens’ plea to “show me.”

Written and directed by Assistant Professor Stephanie Roberts, the show runs March 1-10 in Studio 116, Olson Performing Arts Center.  Student tickets are just $6!

A Harvesters donation barrel will be available each night of the production.  Bring 2 items to donate and receive a FREE coupon to attend a future UMKC Theatre show!

Thanks to Bread KC for production assistance!

Taste of Africa

By , February 26, 2013 8:06 am

Join the African Students Culture Organization (ASCO) on Friday, March 1st to taste and enjoy traditional cuisines from various African cultures!

Sampling begins at 7pm in the Oak Street Residence Hall Lounge.







State-wide Tornado Drill (March 5)

By , February 26, 2013 8:04 am

The Missouri tornado season is close at hand.  All UMKC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the annual statewide tornado drill.  It will be initiated at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 by the sounding of the local Kansas City weather sirens, notifications on the NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radios, and a UMKC Alert! Emergency Mass Notification System message.  Participation is not mandatory but highly recommended.   Safe refuge sheltering areas have been designated in each University structure with maps posted in the main hallways.  For more information on seeking shelter, emergency operations, and severe weather safety, visit the UMKC Alert Webpage  and the Missouri Storm Awareness Website

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Learning Style Inventory–Study Smarter, Not Harder!

By , February 19, 2013 8:18 am

Countless students begin and end their semester preparing for class and exams in a manner that is counter intuitive to their learning style.  You may ask  yourself, “how is this possible”?  Do you study and study, but can’t improve your test grades?  But have you considered changing your study habits

Everyone has a unique learning preference or style that benefits them.  These styles are often described as auditory, visual, or tactile.  Consequently, it is critical to understand how you process and synthesize information.  Today, commit approximately 10 minutes to discovering your unique learning style by following the link to an online assessment

Once your learning style has been identified, begin incorporating this knowledge into your overall study plan.  This approach will assist you in identifying effective and time saving techniques to preparing for class lectures and exams.

Your learning style is your strength!  Use it to work smarter, not harder.

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