During this time in the semester, students begin working on class assignments that require finding books and journal articles on specific topics and writing a report or paper. The assignments are well-timed to test students’ research skills early on in their program. Library staff are on call to provide drop-in assistance with your research needs on Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We are always happy to work with students one-on-one or in a group.
Students can get help with the following:
- Developing good search strategies for finding journal articles in databases. Depending on the topic, MEDLINE (through PubMed or Ovid) and CINAHL are the two best databases for student research assignments but Scopus and Web of Science are also excellent resources. Librarians are available to provide in-person instruction on using the databases to find and evaluate research articles.
- Getting started with using a bibliographic manager. The two most popular programs for managing bibliographies are RefWorks and EndNote. RefWorks is a web-based program available at no charge through the library’s database links. EndNote can be purchased at the University Computer Store. We offer classes as well as one-on-one instruction on these programs.
- Finding your way around the library’s website. The home page has links to databases, books, journals, resources for students, and library services. Remember that when you find a citation in a database, the button will link either to the online article or to information on how to get the article if the library does not have access.
We have compiled some suggestions to assist with using library resources.
- Spend a little time exploring the website. Check out the Resources for… Students page and become familiar with how to find books, journal articles, and more.
- Learn about our hours and the various study spaces in the library. Library hours are posted on the website. We are now on an extended schedule, allowing for more study time during the semester. Group Study room reservations are encouraged and there are plenty of individual study rooms and other configurations to suit your needs.
- Become a registered borrower. Registration is necessary in order to borrow books, journals and other library materials. Go to Using the Libraries –> Forms to fill out a Library Borrower Form.
- Get an Interlibrary Loan account. You can get articles and books that the library does not own by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan. The service is free to Health Science Center ID holders, except for rush orders.
- Look for Tipsheets and Tutorials. We have developed a collection of tipsheets and user guides to help you use our databases and other resources.
- Request a TexShare card from the Circulation Desk. With this card, you may borrow items that may be available at local libraries.
We are here to help you achieve success in your educational programs. Don’t hesitate to email, call, or send us an instant message. Use the “Get Help” button on our website for our contact information. Most importantly, give yourself plenty of time to complete the the assignment before the deadline!
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services