We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Current students use your username and password. See MyUHD if you don’t know your username or forgot your password. You can also use your 900# and password.
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.
Halloween is two weeks away, so it’s time to read some horror fiction — or put it on your list for after the semester! UHD Library’s collection includes many works that aren’t labeled as horror, but still satisfy that urge to be thoroughly creeped out.
Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves PS3554.A5596 H68 2000 This critique of a non-existent film of a family’s new home that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside — not in a nice TARDIS way, but more in a dangerous, mutating way – is the most frightening book this horror fan has ever read. I had to stop reading it before bedtime.
Leviathan Wakes Leisure Reading Fic.C668 E971 2011 “When Captain Jim Holden’s ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.” Vomit zombies — they had me at vomit zombies.
“Diamond Dogs” from Diamond Dogs; Turquoise Days PR6068.E95 D53 2005 The alien tower, the Blood Spire, stands on an apparently lifeless planet. It has already claimed the life of one starship crew; now another captain becomes obsessed with discovering its secrets. Warning: definitely not for the squeamish!
Perdido Street Station PR6063.I265 P47 2003 China Mieville’s acclaimed second novel introduces the nightmarish city of New Crobuzon in the fantastic world of Bas Lag. From the Slake Moths that feed on fear, to the grotesque Remade, whose bodies are altered as punishment, Mieville puts the horror in steampunk.
The Monstrumologist Juvenile Collection PZ7.Y19197 Mon 2010 Don’t let the “juvenile” label fool you — Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series provides perfect Halloween horror. Like Holmes and Watson, if Watson was 12 years old and Holmes hunted monsters.
Ever try to find a book or article or other materials that the university just doesn’t seem to have? Well, Interlibrary Loan is a free service that will help you track down those items. Library staff will search through libraries across the country to see if they can borrow a copy for you.
University of Houston-Downtown students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use Interlibrary Loan. To request items online through this service you can login to your interlibrary loan account by going to the ILL login page. First-time users will need to create an account for interlibrary loan.
Please keep in mind that since the item could be coming from anywhere in the country, the time it takes to get it could be a week or two. Also, the amount of time you get to keep the item is not determined by UHD library staff and is set by the other institution that sends it, so due dates could vary.
If you would like to know more about Interlibrary Loan or have questions you can check out the Interlibrary loan page or contact library staff by email LibraryLoan@uhd.edu or phone: 713-221-8187.
NO TEXTBOOKS! Students please note that you CANNOT request your textbooks via Interlibrary Loan. No exceptions. Sorry!
Did you know The UHD Library has over 230,000 eBooks? All the ebooks are viewable on a computer, but only some are downloadable. There are a few ways to access them:
They can be browsed by broad subject area by going here: http://wj2gn4jw9z.search.serialssolutions.com/?L=WJ2GN4JW9Z&tab=BOOKS. There is a drop-down box for browsing by subject.
They can be searched by subject, title, and author via LibSearch at http://uhd.summon.serialssolutions.com/. Enter a search topic, for example “project management.” To get just ebooks, on the left column, check off “items with full-text online” and “book/ebook.” That should get a list of ebooks.
A very important note – as mentioned above, only some of our ebooks are downloadable to an e-reader, and, unfortunately, not to a Kindle (Amazon only uses a proprietary format which doesn’t currently allow academic ebook subscription platforms to use.) Our primary ebook platform, ebrary, does allow downloading of most of its books, and they can be viewed using the free Adobe Digital Editions software, which can be used on many mobile devices. If you want to just see ebooks that can be downloaded, you can go straight to ebrary at:
Our other ebook platform is EBSCOhost; you can browse and search the EBSCOhost eBook collection at:
Have you wondered what is the most popular major at UHD? Maybe you’re curious about UHD’s most recent graduation rates. Or, how about what is the average age of UHD students?
All this and more can be found in the University of Houston-Downtown Fact Book, published each year by UHD’s Office of Institutional Research. In our library reference work, we often send students to the Fact Book for information on all kinds of UHD statistics.
Inevitably, the question then comes, “How do I cite the Fact Book?” In all honesty, this is a tricky one to answer. Neither the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers nor the APA Publication Manual clearly specify how to cite a source like the Fact Book. At the library, we’ve used our experience and knowledge, scoured outside resources, and picked each others’ brains to come up with our best recommendations on how to cite the Fact Book. See the last examples on the Websites & Databases tabs of the MLA and APA Citation Guides. Take a look, and let us know what you think!