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.

Looking for something to read?

Are you a non-fiction nut? Prefer to get lost in a good fantasy?

Check out the W.I. Dykes Library’s New Book Spotlight!  Updated daily, the New Book Spotlight features interesting titles that are brand new to the library collection. 

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Follow us on Tumblr at to see more new titles and to get updates on your dashboard.

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.

Chat 24/7

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Photo credit to Tom Magliery.

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


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!