Suspended Access to Web of Science

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the W.I. Dykes Library will no longer have access to the following resources after January 1, 2018:

Web of Science
Journal Citation Reports
Biological Abstracts

We are working on restoring access to these or similar resources, but please be aware that the process may not be complete by the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

In the meantime, there are a couple of avenues you can use for citation searching that are not as complete as Web of Science, but may provide you with some material. In the two history databases, America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts, when you go directly to the database (as opposed to searching through LibSearch), you will see a link for Citation Searching in the top bar. This is not as sophisticated as Web of Science, but you may find something through there.

Another avenue is to search Google Scholar; if you go to it through the link it should tell you what we own. You can look up an article, then click on the link “Cited by” and find things in Google Scholar that cite the article. These things will not do the same kind of definitive search that Web of Science does, but for the purposes of finding new relevant material, they may be helpful.

Additionally, this guide by Pace University provides other alternatives:

Ready, Set, Write: It’s National Novel Writing Month!

Welcome to the 3rd annual observation of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, to you veterans) at the W.I. Dykes Library!

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.

Throughout the month of November, the library will be hosting the following events in celebration and support of those choosing to embark on this crazy, mad-dash adventure!

Wednesday, November 1st
Stop by to learn more about NaNoWriMo, grab a plot bunny, and find out about the cool contests you can enter!

Wednesday, November 8th
Workshop: “Once Upon a Time, There Were Two Bears”: Bedtime Stories
Have you ever been told a bedtime story? Have you ever been asked to tell a bedtime story? Let’s talk about what goes into a story that works for the teller and the small (but demanding) audience.   Facilitated by Dr. Dressman.

Wednesday, November 15th
Workshop: Plot-a-palooza!
Trying to write a story without a plot is like trying to boil spaghetti without a pan.  From epic quests to daring escapes to bitter rivals, Dr. Nicholson has plots to spare and share. Come learn about twenty master plots and unleash your characters in the story that they deserve.

Wednesday, November 29th
NaNoWriMo grand finale party! If you’re finished, come celebrate! If you’re still writing, come do a final mad dash with us! Contest winners will be announced, & light refreshments provided.

All events will take place in Library Room N-453, from 2:30pm-4pm.

In addition to these workshops and events, the library’s fifth floor display table has all kinds of useful titles on how to write a murder mystery, fleshing out your characters, heroic plots, and various other genre support book. We also have plot bunnies out in case you need some help getting started or are feeling stuck in your writing.

Feeling competitive? This year we’ve added contests to the mix:

Design: Book Cover
Show us your best selling book cover art!

Write: Dust Jacket Blurb
Write up your book selling summery that would appear on the inside flap of your novels dust jacket!

Design: Main Character
Create your best artistic rendering of your protagonist!

Produce: Book Preview
Make a short video advertising your novel!

Produce: Playlist
Create a playlist to go along with your story!

Contest entries should be turned in to Dr. Nicholson-Preuss at any NaNoWriMo event.

Intimidated? Not to worry! Although most writers aim for 50,000 words, you can set your own goals for the month and still participate. We’d love to see you there!


Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and we are celebrating in style! Now through October 15th, part of the fifth floor book display will be devoted to titles by Hispanic authors and will feature art books showcasing work by Hispanic artists.

books on a display table celebrating hispanic heritage month

Included is an exhibition catalog for the exhibit Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through October 1st. If you are a student and have a student ID, the MFAH is offering an amazing deal: entry to the exhibit for only $5!

If you can’t make it to the exhibit, be sure to check out the book on display.  an open book with images from the MFAH Paint the Revolution exhibit

Also included are titles like The Aztec Love God by local author and activist Tony Diaz (also known as el libro-traficanteor the book smuggler). We also have handouts of events going on at UHD that are sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.books on a display table celebrating hispanic heritage month And finally, thanks to our generous friends at the Alamo Drafhouse Cinema, we are also holding a raffle! The prize? A pair of movie passes to see the upcoming documentary about Dolores Huerta, an activist who co-founded the first farm workers union along with Cesar Chavez. raffle box and flyer with raffle information

Post-Harvey Resources and Information

The University has compiled a number of resources for employees and students to get the help they need to get back on their feet after Hurricane Harvey. These resources are not only for those who were seriously impacted by the storm, but also those who might be struggling with post-storm anxiety or stress, and even those looking for ways to give back to their community.

The Harvey Resources and Information page is a great place to start, no matter what you’re looking for. On this page you’ll find ways to help, where to find shelter and relief, and official disaster recovery information from the City of Houston, FEMA, and the Red Cross.

If you are a student and have questions about financial aid, enrollment, distance classes, and other general questions, please visit the Student Resources and FAQ page for a comprehensive list of questions and answers. If the information you’re looking for isn’t listed, the page also has a Student Inquiry Form to contact the university.

You can also keep up with the Office of the President to get the latest communications on university-wide storm recovery efforts and other pertinent information.

If you have immediate needs regarding FEMA applications or other disaster relief assistance, contact UHD’s Disaster Assistance Specialist at 713-221-8091 or stop by N441 in the One Main Building.

The University of Houston Libraries has also put together a helpful resource guide that contains links to local news & weather sites, emergency organizations, local charities, and other information on disaster recovery.

And don’t forget, if you’re feeling overwhelmed UHD offers counseling services to help you through this difficult time.

Teach Yo Self!

It’s a new semester here at the University of Houston-Downtown and we at the library want to welcome all of our students, both new and returning!

Whether this is your first semester or your first semester really using the library, we know that it can be hard to figure out where to find the information you really need. In this post, we invite you to learn some library basics that will make the rest of the semester easier for you!

1. I have a question! Help!
2. Ummm, I’m lost. Is this even a library? Where are the books?
3. How can I book a study room?
4. I’m severely under-caffeinated.
5. Do you check out laptops?

parks and recreation meme reading "teach yo self"

1. I have a question! Help!
That’s great, we love questions! In fact, we love them so much, you can ask us a question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What is this witchcraft, you say? It’s our Ask A Librarian chat service. And it’s not actually witchcraft, it’s *technology*.

If you don’t want to chat with a librarian you can also email a librarian, call us, make an appointment, or send a good old fashioned text (phone numbers available in the right sidebar on our Help page).

2. Ummm, I’m lost. Is this even a library? Where are the books?
Yes, this is definitely a library. And you’re in luck, because we have maps! With colors! And room numbers! They’re pretty helpful if you are wandering around in circles trying to find a book, or your study room. Not interested in maps? Here’s a quick breakdown:

The Fourth Floor has the computer lab, information desk (where you can find a real live librarian!) study rooms, presentation rooms, and two classrooms with computers.

The Fifth Floor has the books, bound journals, CDs & DVDs, and circulation desk (where you can find reserved items and check out your books!). The 40,000 Windows Cafe is also on the fifth floor.

3. How can I book a study room?
Excellent question! Go to our homepage and click the blue button that says Study Rooms. Follow the prompts to reserve a room. Remember, you have to have a group of 3 or more people and you can only book for two hours at a time. We love you, but we will also (very nicely, of course) kick you out of the room if we have to. If you need step-by-step help to check out a room, visit us in the computer lab. 

homepage with study rooms circled

4. I’m severely under-caffeinated.
Aren’t we all? Yes. The answer is probably yes. But guess what, there’s a coffee shop IN THE LIBRARY. The 40,000 Windows Cafe is located on the fifth floor of the library and is open Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm. Unfortunately your caffeine addiction will have to be met elsewhere Friday-Sunday, because the cafe will not be open.

5. Do you check out laptops?
Nope. For that, you’ll have to visit the computer lab on the 8th floor (S800). We do, however checkout a ton of other helpful pieces of technology like video cameras, calculators (scientific and graphing), headphones, as well as webcams and microphones.

So that’s your basic Library 101–have a great semester!

the more you know meme, text reads "the more you know" over a star


Library Summer Hours

Summer is here at UHD, and the library is open for all your summer semester needs! Stop by and visit us during the following hours:

Summer Hours (June 5 – August 10)

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7:00​​ AM
9:30 PM
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7:00​​ AM
9:30 PM
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​Friday​ 7:00​​ AM 5:00 PM
​Saturday 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
*Sunday ​Closed Closed