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By popular demand, the Library is expanding chat reference service to 24/7 coverage!

In recent surveys, faculty and students have told us they love asking questions through chat, but they wish it was available longer hours. We listened and have signed up with Chatstaff, a 24/7 library chat service. Experienced librarians will be available to answers questions at any time, day or night, and even holidays! UHD Librarians will cover the hours with the highest use.

We hope you find this expanded chat service helpful as you continue your studies at UHD! We would love to hear your comments on the new service – Tell us What You Think!

The Value of Value Line

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I’m pleased to announce that the UHD Library now has the Value Line Investment Survey available online!

I have spent many years as a public librarian. At every library I’ve ever worked at the Value Line Investment Survey was one of our most popular resources. These public libraries did not have access to the online Value Line database, but instead received the paper reports which we put in a large binder for the patrons to look at inside the library only. For a few years, I wondered, why is Value Line so popular? Why would people come to the library just to look at the Value Line? I knew the most current share price of a security would not be represented in the Value Line report. Why not just look at whatever security you are interested in on the internet from home?

When I started getting into investing, I decided to actually look at the Value Line and see what all the fuss was about. What I discovered was that the Value Line offered things that were very difficult to find anywhere else. The summary of each security in a Value Line report is a concise breakdown of the most important factors influencing the company’s share price going forward. The summaries are so on point that they feel like insider information. Value Line reports also predict a target range of share price appreciation or depreciation for the coming years. Value Line rates each equity by timeliness, safety and technical strength. It also grades a company’s financial strength, its price growth persistence and its earnings predictability. Value Line’s future focused approach is why I strongly recommend you try out this database.

Foundation Directory Online Helps You Find Grants!

1468519_10151711603251671_257675558_nUHD Library now has a subscription to the Foundation Directory Online! The premier information source in its field, FDO provides:

  • 120,000+ in-depth profiles of foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities
  • 1 million+ searchable IRS Forms 990
  • Ability to search by location, fields of interest, types of support, and more!

So, UHD folks, start your fund-raising prospect research with the Foundation Directory Online!

 

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!

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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.