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Everything You Need to Know About Computing Resources at the University of North Texas

So much good information, we're publishing this twice! Please note the new Helpdesk website is this month's "Link of the Month". Also, the "Enterprise Information Systems Update," below, has a new URL and we've added the CBT Update article from this issue to the Training list. -- ED.

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

The time has come, once again, to review the computing resources that are available to the UNT campus community. Many resources are available regardless of status - students, faculty or staff. Others are available only to a subset of those people, usually either students or faculty and staff. With that in mind, the articles and links below will lead you to all sorts of useful information.  


What Every UNT Student Should Know About Computing Services - This article covers a wide variety of computing services and resources available to students: E-mail, myunt,  General Access Computer Labs, UNT Student Storage, ResNet, Eaglenet Wireless Network, free anti-virus software, CITC Helpdesk, various training opportunities, and Research and Statistical Support services.

Detailed Map of General Access Computer Lab System Now Available - to assist students in finding all of the general computing resources available to them on the Denton Campus and at the Research Park.

Inexpensive Software Available to Students - "the University Bookstore has a variety of software available for students at greatly discounted educational prices."

Faculty, Staff and Students

Accessibility - The ACS General Access Lab, in ISB 110, has as the mission "to provide general services to the UNT community with an emphasis on the special features that Academic Computing Services has to offer including helpdesk support and research assistance. Additionally the ACS lab is the designated adaptive lab on campus providing state-of-the-art adaptive equipment for those who need it. For more information about adaptive services on the UNT campus visit the Office of Disability Accommodation." Recent developments with adaptive software at UNT are chronicled in this issue of Benchmarks Online (see the article index on the left of this page).

CITC Helpdesk - Need Help? This is the place to come for assistance. The website includes the handy Quick Guide to UNT Computing Resources.

Eaglenet, the wireless network - this website includes a "Quick Start Guide,"  Eaglenet configuration requirements, Wireless Network FAQ's, the Network Connections Policy and many other useful bits of information.

Peer-to-Peer Software and You - the unauthorized or illegal use of peer-to-peer (P2P) software on state computer systems is prohibited, that includes ResNet.

Who Are You? Computer User Identification at UNT - This article answers questions about the number of ways to make ourselves known to the computers on campus, depending on the setting.

Gartner Core Research Services Now Available to the UNT Community - "Gartner Core Research contains a large base of knowledge regarding IT technologies, markets, and industries. It supplies easy access to data and analysis about the latest news, trends, products, and insights within the field of information technology. The Research for Higher Education section is designed to meet the specific needs of students, faculty and staff as well as technology professionals within the University. It offers unparalleled depth and breadth of research developed by analysts who have extensive backgrounds and it strives for objectivity and independence."

Why Strong Passwords? - discusses the rationale behind the strong password requirements here at UNT.

Computer Security - tips and resources to help you and the UNT community (pdf).

Copyright Laws  - Copyright and file sharing: UNT policy and federal laws (pdf).

Research and Statistical Support - "The mission of the Research and Statistical Support (RSS) group at the University of North Texas (UNT) is to facilitate access to current research tools and statistical methodologies and to promote these methods to the research, instructional, and administrative communities at UNT; to encourage a collaborative research environment for researchers through the development and use of innovative computing technologies; to provide training and consultation in the appropriate use of  statistical methodologies and computer software; and to facilitate access to data collection and data management technologies. "


Computer-based training (CBT):

Welcome to Computer-Based Training at UNT for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Fall 2006 - Computer-Based Training Update

SkillSoft Site Re-organized With New Course Offerings

SkillPort and Thomson NETg Offer Easy-to-use Browser Compatibility Testing for Online Learning

Using the Adobe Education Website - Revised November 2005

Short Courses: 

Every semester Academic Computing Services (ACS) offers a series of short courses for the university community. Many of them are research-related.

Other training resources

Faculty and Staff

Microsoft Products Available to UNT Employees at Low Cost - "For a number of years, UNT has had an agreement with Microsoft that allows us to distribute various Microsoft products to employees of the University . . .This agreement does not cover students unless those students are also UNT employees, nor does it cover UNT Health Science Center employees."

What is UNT's policy with regard to GroupWise mail? - detailed discussion of the expectations and options for faculty and staff with regard to GroupWise mail.

Electronic Records: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know: Part I - this article begins the process of answering the question "Why is 'records management' important?"

Data Security and Identity Theft at UNT - all of us have to be increasingly vigilant about protecting our computing resources, this article details ways to accomplish that.

Faculty Evaluation Processing Tips - "some helpful tips on preparing your departmentís evaluations for processing by Data Management."

Enterprise Information Systems Update - "theEnterprise is a quarterly news update aimed at sharing information on current trends, project updates and upcoming training opportunities available to staff." Click here for the latest issue.


The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) - "a service to assist faculty with the development and delivery of distributed learning at UNT. The Center combines technology resources with expert consultation and personnel, in an effort to provide faculty with a "one-stop" guide to technology-based courses."

Using Turnitin to Prevent Plagiarism - "Instructors at the University of North Texas have access to Turnitinís plagiarism prevention system to deter plagiarism and promote academic integrity."


Please note that information published in Benchmarks Online is likely to degrade over time, especially links to various Websites. To make sure you have the most current information on a specific topic, it may be best to search the UNT Website - . You can also search Benchmarks Online - as well as consult the UNT Helpdesk - Questions and comments should be directed to


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