RefWorks now available

RefWorks is now available to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni through the Blakley Library.

RefWorks is a web-based resource designed to help organize references and create bibliographies. RefWorks makes it easier to write papers as well as post results to web pages by allowing faculty, students, and staff to search, retrieve relevant citations, and build bibliographies.

Anyone at UD with a network account can create and maintain RefWorks accounts.

For assistance or help getting started, please contact the reference desk at reference@udallas.edu, 972-721-5315, or by submitting a question online.

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Dissertations and Theses now available

The Blakley Library is pleased to announce the availability of Dissertations and Theses abstracts.

Dissertations and Theses is the most comprehensive source for information about U.S. doctoral dissertations. It also contains references to selected master’s theses. The database includes citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester, although the entry of some is delayed.

Patrons may access the new resource here with a current UD username and password.

For more information, contact the reference department.

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The Library is now mobile!

The Blakley Library’s mobile app is now available in iTunes! Library patrons can go here, or to the apple store and search “UD Library” to find the app.  The app is free for all users.  It will give patrons the ability to browse for materials, place holds, renew materials they have checked out, link to the fine payment system, create lists… all the same functionality as our regular catalog.

The app will be available to Android users later this summer.

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Blakley Closed for Renovations

The Blakley Building, including the breezeway between Braniff and Blakely, will be closed for renovations June 26th through June 28th.

If there are patrons needing any print periodicals, please ask at the reference desk or call 972-721-5315.

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You spoke, we listened!

During our recent patron satisfaction survey, we heard from an overwhelming majority of people who want more comfortable seating.

We are currently requesting feedback on two different types of seating – one (VERY!) comfortable chair that would be used in general seating areas of the library, and another comfortable chair that would be used for table seating.

Stop by, take a seat, and tell us what you think!

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Summer Hours Begin

Starting Monday, May 20, the library will begin our summer hours.  Those hours are as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – Midnight
  • Friday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, CLOSED

If you have any questions, please contact a library staff member.

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Library Inventory

During the next weeks, the library will be doing an inventory of the circulating, reference, and Kendall-Cowan collections.  It’s during this time that we’re looking for books that are misshelved, missing, or in the wrong collection.  This process will take most of the summer.   It’s a tedious job, but one that’s necessary for keeping up the collection.  If you have questions about the inventory, please ask at the circulation desk during normal hours.

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SpringerLINK Now Available

Blakley Library is very pleased to announce that we now have online access to the full-text of over 1900 peer-reviewed Springer journals from 1997 through the current issues.

This journal package is an impressive addition to our resources.  Springer is well-known for their scientific, technical, and medical journals.  Additionally, they provide significant titles in business and economics (e.g. Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business and Psychology) and in the humanities (e.g. Erkenntnis, Continental Philosophy Review).  They are actively adding to their journal list each year and we will have access to these additional titles as they are added to the package.

If you are interested in access to a particular Springer journal, the easiest way to find it is to enter the journal title in the Full-Text Journals search bar and then click on the “Search” button which will directly connect you to your journal of interest.  You can also do searches across the complete package content on a topic of interest or a specific author by using the search box at the top of each page.

Have questions about this new journal package?  Ask a reference question!

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New Partnership Announced

Buy It NowWe are excited to let you know about a new partnership between our Library and Amazon.com.

You may have noticed the new “Buy It Now” button in our online catalog. By using that link, or by going here, the library will receive a portion of the proceeds from your purchases. This partnership with Amazon is valid not only on books. We will receive money back from any purchase you make through that link; books, electronics, apparel, music, etc. And, there’s no additional charge for using our link. You will pay any regular or sale price offered through Amazon.

This is a great way to support our library, without any extra expense to you. Please feel free to share this information with those who may be interested.

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ScienceDirect gets an upgrade

Over the past weekend the ScienceDirect vendors upgraded SciVerse database.

They added a rapid delivery system for articles. This allows users to begin reading articles quickly, before the entire article has loaded.  In addition, SciVerse now uses MathJax, an imaging system designed for mathematical formula display. The formulas, no longer images, will display and scale within the browser. What’s more, you can copy and paste them into Word!

Try out the rapid article deliver on SciVerse. (University of Dallas Network Account required)
For more information on MathJax, visit their website.

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