NaNoWriMo at W.I. Dykes Library

two students writing at a table

Come celebrate National Novel Writing Month with the W.I. Dykes Library throughout the month of November! Unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo? Here’s basic info from the NaNoWriMo site:


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Feeling intimidated? Not to worry! Although most writers aim for 50,000 words, you can set your own goals for the month and still participate. The Library will be hosting several write-ins as well as providing plot bunnies for those who need some inspiration. So whether you’re penning a full novel or working on a short story, feel free to stop by one of our write-ins!

W.I. Dykes Library write-in schedule:

Monday 11/9 – Room N430 / 3-4pm

Monday 11/16 - Room N430 / 3-4pm

Monday 11/23 - Room N430 / 3-4pm

Monday 11/30 - Room N430 / 3-5pm

two individuals writing at a table

Writing furiously during a sprint!

Library hosts English Honor Society’s retablos

In partnership with the UHD English Honor Society (and CHSS), the W.I. Dykes Library is co-hosting the Society’s retablos (images on an altar to honor the deceased) to their favorite deceased authors. Photos are accompanied by the authors’ works from the Library, so we can all enjoy their writings! Featured authors include: Langston Hughes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, Saint Kateri, Gloria Anzaldua, Theresa de Avila and more.

It will be up until November 15, come see it!

retablos display in library

books and image of shel siverstein on retablos display

image of sandra bland on retablos display

gabriel garcia marquez quote on retablos display

October Ask a Librarian @ Shea Street Building

Need help? Ask a librarian! Whether it’s help on a research assignment or navigating the library’s databases, the subject specialist for the College of Business will available at the Shea Street building to answer your questions (even the last minute ones)!

The following dates are scheduled in October, so drop by and say hello:

cartoon drawing of a gator wearing classes and holding a notebook
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Shea Street Building Lobby

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Shea Street Building Lobby

New Archives Exhibit at W.I. Dykes Library

title of archives exhibit: Not Built in a Day with an overlay of clock numbersVisit the latest UHD Archives exhibit, Not Built in a Day: Visions for Campus Expansion, 1969-2003, at the W.I. Dykes Library!

This exhibit is a look at three expansion visions from our history: South Texas Junior College’s plan for renovation and expansion in 1969, University of Houston Downtown College’s “Six Year Plan” from 1981, and the Campus Expansion Plan of the early 2000s developed in conjunction with the purchase of the Willow Street Pump Station.

Although many of the buildings currently on campus are a result of these plans, there are also some design choices that we might be surprised to see today, but which were never realized due to economic pressures, other opportunities, or even just Houston’s climate. It’s a fascinating look at the University’s ambitions and dreams over the past 45 years.

On view: October 16-December 16, 2015
Location: W.I. Dykes Library, 5th Floor
Created by the University Archives and W.I. Dykes Library

design plans for willow street station

Creative Commons Webinar

creative commons logoInterested in learning how to find and use free images, music, and other digital content? The W.I. Dykes Library is hosting an Amigos Library Services webinar on Creative Commons! We’d love to see you, so come on by and learn with us!

Amigos Library Services Know & Go: Creative Commons
October 12, 2015, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
W.I. Dykes Library, Room N412

Creative Commons provides a unique way to find free, usable images, music and other content. Find out how best to find Creative Commons licensed materials, how to promote their usage, and even how to license your own work. *Note: This webinar is aimed at librarian audiences but all are welcome to attend! The information provided is applicable to all disciplines.

Banned Books by Hispanic Authors

What’s better than observing Banned Books Week (9/27-10/3) and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)?

Reading banned books by Hispanic authors!

This month, the W. I. Dykes Library will be showcasing books that have been banned or challenged in various school systems and states. These books, written by Hispanic authors, span a variety of themes: from UHD’s 2015 Common Read about a young girl’s journey to the US (Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea) to the Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights by Francisco Rosales.

In addition to the information on our Research Guide, we also have a display table of titles available for check-out on the 5th Floor!

photo of banned books by Hispanic authors on display

Library Link Updates

question mark and pointer over keyboardWelcome to a new semester! If you’re a returning faculty member or student, you might have noticed some big changes to the UHD Library website. We understand that many of you rely on certain links to get your research done, so to make things easier we’ve created a list of URLs where popular pages are now located:

Academic Honesty: Avoiding Plagiarism ( is now at

Academic Search Complete Video Tutorial ( is now at

Citing Sources ( is now at

News Databases ( is now at

Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly Journals ( is now at

Primary and Secondary Sources ( is now at

Research and Writing Tips ( /library/guides/index.html) is now at

We’re excited about the website’s new look and the opportunity to make finding information easier for you! If you have any questions or need assistance locating information, remember to Ask a Librarian–we’re available 24/7!

New psychotherapy video collection added!

As part of our ongoing effort to meet the needs of our students, the library has recently subscribed to the Collection from Alexander Street Press.

Here is the collection’s description from Alexander Street Press:

The Collection includes more than 150 in-depth training videos from one of the counseling professions’ most respected video providers. All titles are created by and for psychotherapists and provide reliable, detailed instructions for serving diverse populations and therapeutic issues.
Films within the collection also provide step-by-step instructions for successfully implementing dozens of therapeutic approaches. Key topics include family and group therapy, dynamic psychotherapy, legal and ethical considerations, working with survivors of abuse, PTSD, and countless more.

You can find this resources by searching the library’s databases.