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Academic Resource Center - Houston

This Academic Resource Center (ARC) Guide provides Houston Library Services support for faculty, staff, and students

Finding Library Materials

In Houston, you have  textbooks, items on reserve for this semester's classes, and many internet-accessible full text resources available through purchased library data sources. These sources and databases (like PubMed, CINAHL, Academic Source) have electronic copies of books and articles plus a search engine to allow you to find and retrieve the information you need.  These materials are available from any internet-accessible device 24/7 and allow you to download, save, print, email and export information to your printer, flash drive, an email address, a bibliographic manager like RefWorks and more.  Your ARC librarians and staff help you find these materials during campus Orientations. If you need additional help, please walk in or make an appointment (tel. 713.794.2048) to help you learn how to locate the information your professors want you to find for your classes.

As a Houston TWU faculty, staff, or student, you have electronic and physical access to TWU library resources and more that support your TWU Houston studies, so come let us help you find the resources you need to succeed!

Your Houston faculty have provided their personal Departmental libraries for your checkout in the Academic Resource Center.  Audiovisual items are also available for one week checkout. Items on reserve for the semester can be used with your TWU ID badge for checkout. Faculty departmental books and videos in Business, Health Care Administration, Nursing, Nutrition and Food Science. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and the College of Business are available to loan at the periods your faculty want them loaned to you. 

We also have one group study room, study carrels, a nap pod, chromebooks,  headphones for checkout, several pencil sharpeners, paper cutter, heavy duty staplers, and electric three hole punchers.

To find genealogical information, the Heritage Quest database, when available, contains census and family history information. The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection, the The Gateway to Women's History,various newspapers like the New York Times Archive provide much .The Handbook of Texas and Texas Digital Sanborn Maps provide helpful historical information. 

Writing in Your Style

Many publication sources, including journals, require that articles are written in a certain style, including considerations like what words are capitalized, how abbreviations are defined, and more. A widely-used style at TWU Houston is the  American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual, 6th edition. Published in 2010, the Manual has been updated. When citing sources found online (electronic), the reference listing requires a prefix to the DOI:  This update is available through TWU Libraries. This Publication Manual, 7th editionwill be published in January 2020 and you can see a preview of its changes from the 6th edition here.

An example of this is:

Kondo, T., Kishi, M., Fushimi, T., Ugajin, S., & Kaga, T. (2009). Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects.Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 73, 1837-1843.

The difference is that the old format had the letters doi and then a colon (:) as a prefix to the number; this annotation is out of date and replaced by the component. This updates parts of APA chapters 6 and 7, especially 6.14, 6.30, 6.31, 6.32, 7.01 through 7.11.

The rationale is that the DOI, developed by publishers, has further developed improved stability in linking to registration sources (like, but not limited to CrossRef at for access their materials.

Caveats are that DOIs are still optional, some publications have no DOI, other publishers have retrospectively assigned DOIs (to older articles), and some webpages have DOIs.  Remember, too (per APA Publication Manual, 6th edition example 7.01, item 3, “Journal article without DOI . . .”) if there is no DOI and the item was obtained electronically, the Reference list citation uses the URL of the journal home page.

There is a new format using  instead but APA still accepts the  You must cite one way or the other, consistently, in your document, as noted in their blog and do not switch between the two formats.

Remember that the 7th edition is described here.