Course Reserves

Check the library for books or other resources that your professor has reserved for your course.Looking for materials for your classes?  Did you know that some classes have materials for students held at the 5th floor service desk in the library?

Course reserves are supplemental readings reserved by faculty for the use of students in a particular class.  Students, you can find out if your professor has placed anything on reserve by checking in our new E-Reserves system, which is linked on the library home page, too. Simply click the “Search for Course Reserves” tab in our Course Reserves guide and you can search for items by your course’s name or number, or your instructor’s name.

Most print course reserves items are usable in the library only for a few hours.  There are copy machines and scanners if you need to take some of the material home with you.

Students: If you are trying to access electronic material that your instructor has placed on reserve you will need a password to “open” the locked folder containing the copyrighted readings. Your instructor will provide you with the required password.

Faculty, if you would like to know more about how to place materials on Course Reserves for your class, take a look at this page: Course Reserves

Borrowing and returning materials & borrowing books from other UH System libraries

Borrowing and returning materials

University of Houston-Downtown students, faculty, and staff can borrow books and other library materials from W.I. Dykes Library collections and from libraries at other University of Houston System campuses. Limited borrowing is also available to UHD alumni and visitors. More details about borrowing privileges and obligations can be found on the Borrowing and Circulation page.

Return books to libraries at UH-Downtown, UH-Clear Lake, or the University of Houston. After-hours returns can be placed in a drop box in the library’s 5th floor lobby. Return audio and video materials to staff at the library where they were checked out.

Circulation staff will notify borrowers of the due date when materials are checked out.  If you forget the due date for materials you borrowed, see My Account or call 713-221-8186.  For details about loan periods for books and other library materials, see Loan Periods and Renewals.  Materials from the general collection can be checked out for at least 6 weeks.

The loan period for some materials can be renewed for additional time. Renewal may be blocked if another person has requested the item. To renew an item, visit the Circulation Desk, call 713-221-8186, or renew online using My Account.

Place a hold to reserve a book that is checked out or to request delivery from another University of Houston System campus:

  1. Go to the UHD Library Catalog.
  2. Search for the book you want.
  3. Click on the title to display the book record.
  4. Click on the request button at the top of the book record screen.
  5. Fill in the form and click on the submit button. Be sure to include your current e-mail address.

You will be notified by e-mail when the book is ready to pick up. Books are usually delivered from other campuses in 3-5 days (excluding weekends). If the book is checked out to another person, it will be delivered after the previous borrower returns it. If someone has requested the same book before you, the book will be delivered after that person has checked out the book and returned it. To confirm your request or to check on the status of your request, see My Account or call 713-221-8186.

Please return or renew materials before the due date to avoid late or lost item charges.  Borrowers are responsible for returning library materials in good condition.  Replacement costs may be charged for damaged materials such as books, CDs and DVD packaging.  For details about charges for late, lost, or damaged items, see Library Fines and Charges.

New LibSearch now live! Problems? Let us know!

screenshot of new libsearch

Our improved LibSearch service went into effect on Thursday afternoon, and so far we are happy with the improvements it offers.  As with any complex system, however, we know that in the coming weeks issues will pop up that we need to address through configuration adjustments, etc.  That is where we could use your help!

In using LibSearch, if you come across any results you don’t expect, such as reaching a page asking you to pay to download the article, or an unfamiliar login screen, please report the details to us via our Ask a Librarian form.  There are a lot of “moving parts” that go into LibSearch and those types of issues can usually be solved through a configuration change, provided we know about them!

We’ve also put together a basic introduction to the new LibSearch in this online presentation, and more information will be coming in the new year.  Note that one of the tips for making the most of your LibSearch experience is to log in to LibSearch with your UHD username and password when using it (when starting from the Library’s home page, you can access the login link on the search results page).  Logging in to LibSearch will give you full access to all results instead of just those that any guest user can access.

We hope that you find the new LibSearch to be an improvement over our previous version, and encourage you to let us know if you run into any problems in using it.

Happy searching!

Requesting Items From The Library Catalog

There is currently a technical issue with the Request function available from the public catalog.  This is an issue that must be dealt with by Main Campus, and they have been working to resolve it.  In the meantime, if you find the request function is not available for an item that you would like, please call the Circulation Desk at 713-221-8186, and we will be happy to place the request for you.

Writing and Citing Time — know the best way to finish off that paper!

Writing and CitingWe know many students are busy writing papers this time of the term.  With paper writing comes the citation and works cited pages at the end of those papers.  The library has tools and resources to help you with those citations on our Citing Sources page.

Paper-writing involves much more than doing citations, so although that popular section is worth a visit the citing & writing section also includes Research and Writing Tips.  Librarians try to link UHD students to valuable, high-quality web resources on these topics.

The library also has several research guides on citing and writing topics such as plagiarism, legal citations, grammar and more.  In addition, we have guides on two of the more common used citations styles:  APA and MLA.  The guides have citation examples by material type, sample References/Works Cited pages, and other helpful information. Need more citation help? Ask a librarian! We’ll point you in the right direction.

Peer-reviewed or Scholarly Journals — what are those anyway?

Peer reviewed and scholarly journalsYour professor wants you to write a paper using sources from scholarly journals. What does that mean? Why does it matter? And how do you find such things?

Scholarly journals are specialized publications that feature original research or analysis written by experts. Most scholarly journals are peer-reviewed or refereed – that means every article is reviewed by a panel of experts before it is accepted for publication. Your professor wants you to use scholarly journals because they are considered the most accurate and reliable sources for university-level work.

How do you find scholarly journals?  Start with the Databases & Articles section of the library website. When choosing a database, read the description to find out if the database covers journals. Once you choose a database, look for a “scholarly journals” or “peer-reviewed journals” option on the search page. Most databases have this option. Choose the “scholarly journals” option to limit your search to these sources.

To find out more about scholarly or peer-reviewed journals and how they differ from popular magazines or trade journals, check out the Peer-Review or Scholarly Journals page.

Plagiarism – Avoid it!

Plagiarism, avoid it

When writing a research paper, you will need to incorporate other people’s statements and ideas into your writing, in order to provide expert support for your ideas.  When you do this, you will need to make it clear to a reader where you found these statements and ideas, whether in a book, an article, on the internet, in a film, by talking to someone personally, or through any other means.  This shows a reader that you did your research, and also allows her to find that same information if it interests her.

Plagiarism is when you use the work or ideas of someone else in your own work without giving credit to the original source. Sometimes people intentionally cheat by trying to pass a paper as their own work, but, very often, plagiarism happens by accident.

Regardless of the intention, plagiarism can have serious consequences. The UHD Student Handbook includes an Academic Honesty Policy (PS 03.A.19) with a definition of plagiarism and procedures for faculty to follow when they suspect a student may have plagiarized or cheated on a paper. Penalties for plagiarism can include a failing grade (F) for a course.

The UHD library has a research guide all about plagiarismunderstanding it and avoiding it.  Take a look at it for more information or help.  You can also take a look at the Academic Honesty web page.

Films on Demand: Digital Education Video

Our Films On Demand service offers instant access to over 500 streaming educational videos.UHD library users have instant access to over 5000 streaming educational videos with Films on Demand: Digital Educational Video.

This web-based video delivery system provides a wide range of streaming video titles in four collections: Business and Economics; Health; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science, from companies such as Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Shopware, Meridian Education, and several major television networks. New films are added periodically.

With Films on Demand, you can:

  • View videos from any computer with a high-speed Internet connection
  • Search for videos by keyword, subject, producer, territory, textbook or K-12 standards
  • Create a customized playlist with a static URL for easy sharing
  • Incorporate film segments into presentations, lesson plans, Blackboard, etc.

Any UHD student, faculty or staff member can access Films on Demand, along with other streaming media resources, on our Audio & Video page.

In addition, faculty can embed links to specific films or film segments in Blackboard Learn.

Research from home, or anywhere!

Our databases and other online resources can be accessed from off campus, you just need to know your UHD network account.

The UHD library has lots of great databases and resources online.  But did you know that you can use them from home or off-campus in general?

All you need to know is your UHD network account and you have access to it all anywhere you can get to the internet.

You can browse through an A-Z listing of databases or if you are interested in subject-related sources check out the Research Guides by subject.

NOTE: You must be registered during the current semester to be considered a current student.

  •  Current faculty and staff use your campus computer account (UHD e-mail username and password).

If you run into technical issues you might want to look at our connecting to databases webpage for some common troubleshooting.  For other issues report the problem by using Ask a Librarian or call the Information Desk at 713-221-8187. If you see an error message when you try to connect, please tell us what the message says.