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  • qlewis 1:11 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Getting the timing right 

    Finals are getting close University of Dallas students and while studying may be the first thing to do there is also time to look at the schedule and see which days are good for selling your books back. For others this is a time to catch those students selling books and intercept them if they have just finished a class you need to take next semester.

    Here is the link to see what the exam schedule is: Finals 2010 Schedule

    One thing that cannot be helped is timing. Sometimes the students who have a class on the first day of testing get their books for a higher price than students with the same class doing book buyback at a later testing day. So what to do?

    Do not despair. Sort out the books that can be used for buyback early and see which ones are not needed for a upcoming final. Those books are the easiest to sell on the first day of buyback.

    Second, sometimes there are lines of people waiting for their turn to buyback a book. Strike up a conversation with a person in front or behind you and see which classes they are taking. They may be ending a class that you are taking next semester so exchange information and get their books.

    Third option is to talk to a teacher. They can see if they can reach students that have taken their class a previous semester and see if they still have their books. I lucked out one year when I took a Spanish class and my teacher contacted a former student of hers and I got the book from him. Maybe it can work for you, but don’t expect this option to be open with every teacher.

    Enjoy the Christmas break while at the same time do not stress out over future Finals. I hope to pass and not get angry at myself when grades come in. Happy hunting.

  • qlewis 12:55 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Laugh or Give sighs of Relief UD students for Valero Books 

    Of all the sites I searched for cheap and new textbooks I don’t think I ever came across one that has its own Youtube channel. I have found one and was left dumbfounded by their video. The company is Valore Books and they have their own mascot in the form of a beaver named Victor. He became an honorary student at PSU.

    Also included on the site are links to their Facebook page, Twitter page, Myspace page, information about scholarships, video clips of the Jersey Shore show for some reason, and their blog.

    To access their services you have to sign up and make an account just like what Amazon.com does. They will accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover credit cards as payment for their books.

    Below is their Youtube video posted four years ago in regards to the increasing textbook prices. I have no words for what I saw, but it is safe for work.

    P.S. Their goal is to have 15,000 fans someday.

  • qlewis 5:02 am on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Update on UD Banner Web 

    On Friday I went to the bookstore to see if the system Manager Matt told me about a few weeks back was installed yet. So far, he has not received any requests from the teachers so he has not been able to provide a list of books for next semester nor Interterm.

    That’s all.

  • qlewis 11:57 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: University of Dallas has eBooks 

    On the University of Dallas bookstore site
    I came across something I never would have clicked on:


    The University of Dallas is moving into a technological age by adding eBooks to their stock. The site doesn’t provide a list of their eBook titles just yet but if you stop by and ask about them in the bookstore then you might find out which titles are available.

    If you can’t purchase the paperback or hardcover for the day then turn to the eBook.

  • qlewis 4:29 am on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books: Libraries close enough to the University 

    When a teacher gives an assignment and you have only the weekend to get that book, one is pretty much doomed at the University of Dallas.

    If there is one thing troublesome about the University of Dallas, it is the fact that there is pretty much nothing within walking distance except for one lone convenience store.

    If the convenience store doesn’t have what you need then a Dart bus provides the only method of escape but you have to get the timing right or you end up stranded in a unfamiliar place.

    The University’s store (where the textbooks are held) provides a few necessary items but closes at bad times when you think it would be most needed. Those times are the weekends.

    According to their site these are the times that the University of Dallas store is open on weekends.

    Sat 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Sun CLOSED

    So…bad luck there.

    If you try to order a book from online then it may arrive but the post office is closed on weekends and you need to sign a form before getting your book so bad luck there too.

    Last chance is the library.

    For the fortunate ones that brought their cars and the ones who have made friends with those people with cars, they can escape. Within 3 miles one can reach a library by car.

    Here is a short list of the nearest libraries near the University of Dallas the rest can be found on the map below provided by Google Maps.

    • Irving East Library,  440 S Nursery Rd # 103: 9-10 minute drive depending on route
    • Irving Public Libraries: Central Library, 801 W Irving Blvd:  10-11 minute drive depending on route
    • Irving Northwest Library, 2928 N Belt Line Rd: 10-12 minute drive depending on route
  • qlewis 1:55 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books #1: Knowing your college website’s layout. 

    When looking for books to start the new semester, one must know where to look. One of these sources is the college website as this is where a student can check which books they need for the semester. A link is provided that links the student to the bookstore. However a snag hits when one cannot find the link and is stuck for the moment until they find the search engine. What if typing the word “bookstore” in the search engine didn’t find any results…then what?

    Well using the University of Dallas as an example I’ve decided to go back to the days where I was a freshman and search for the bookstore link.

    Here is a screenshot of the entire website as seen when first arriving.

    There are large enough tabs and a photo in the middle but where do you find the bookstore link?

    At the bottom, underneath the quick links section, written in small text.

    University of Dallas does have a bookstore link but the location is easy to miss. Thankfully their search engine provides a good alternative but would it be nice to have the bookstore link featured as a scroll underneath the big tabs on the top of the page.

    At least from this perspective the search would go much easier and without too much hassle.

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