Top 10 Academic and Research Services

The University of Houston Libraries provides access to a range of resources and services for success in academics and research. Our Top 10 Services list is a quick guide to getting the most out of your visit to the campus library.

Learning Commons

Learning Commons

10. Course Reserves
Ares, the UH Libraries’ course reserves system, is integrated with Blackboard, allowing faculty and students quick and easy access to course reserves. Students have a streamlined interface for viewing readings from within Blackboard, and can receive email notifications when course reserves items become available. With Ares, faculty now have greater control over creating and managing course reserves. Instructions for placing materials on reserve

9. Research Support
UH Libraries meets student and faculty research needs with a variety of resources. Research Guides provide subject-specific research tools and methods, while subject librarians are available for personalized research help. Other types of research support include data management, copyright, and digital research services (geospatial information systems, data visualization, and digital humanities).

8. More Than Books
In addition to traditional physical materials (books and DVDs), the Libraries has other items available for check-out, such as calculators, umbrellas, and marker kits. Visit the Service Desk on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library for more information.

7. Equipment
The Libraries offers audiovisual and multimedia equipment, such as cameras and camcorders, scanners, projectors and personal screens, Wacom tablets and netbooks, for check-out.

6. Virtual Learning Commons
The Virtual Learning Commons is a way to connect to a virtual PC containing all of the software and printing capabilities of the Learning Commons computers. Students can connect on almost any device, at any time. Instructions to connect

5. Reservation System
Students may reserve group study rooms and Learning Commons computers ahead of time online.

4. Study and Research Space
We have over 117,000 square feet of space designed for productivity, creativity and collaboration, including designated zones for business, quiet, and silent mode, and accessible for extended hours.

3. Multimedia Production
The Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, located in the Learning Commons, features audio recording booths and professional-grade equipment to create high-quality productions. UH students may take photos or record video in the MD Anderson Library for course assignments (individuals cannot be photographed without their permission). Prior approval is required.

Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio

Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio

2. Borrowing from Other Institutions
A TexShare card, available to all current UH (main campus) students, faculty, and staff allows check-out of circulating items from any participating TexShare library across the state of Texas. Most of Texas’ libraries are members of the TexShare Card program, including public and private universities, community colleges and public libraries. UH students and faculty can apply for a TexShare card at the Service Desk of the MD Anderson Library.

Interlibrary Loan supports teaching, learning and research needs by borrowing materials not available from any UH library, scanning and delivering articles to faculty and graduate students, delivering library materials to distance education students, and lending UH materials to other libraries.

1. Technology Training
The Libraries offers free technology training to all UH students, faculty and staff. Instructor-led courses are held in the Learning Commons Training Lab on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library, and include a wide variety of topics such as Photoshop: Retouching, MATLAB: Data Representations, Excel: Tables and Charts, SPSS: Advanced Statistics, HTML: Intro to CSS, and more.

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Posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Top 10 Academic and Research Services