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Academic Resource Center - Houston: Internet Resources

Academic Resource Center Houston Library Services

Finding Library Materials

In Houston, you have internet-accessible resources available through library databases. These 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.  You have ARC staff in your campus Orientations and available by appointment and walk-in to help you learn how to manage these internet resources.

As a Houston TWU faculty, staff, or student, you have (after your registration with them) electronic and physical access to the Texas Medical Center (TMC) library. A private membership library, the TMC is one of the five largest medical libraries in the nation. The  TMC library affords you 24/7 access to hundreds of thousands of electronic and physical books, articles, videos and more that support your TWU Houston studies.

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 School of Management are available to loan at the periods your faculty want them loaned to you. 

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

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:http://dx.doi.org/.  This update is available through TWU Libraries.

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.http://dx.doi.org/10.1271/bbb.90231

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 http://dx.doi.org/ 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 athttp://www.crossref.org) 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.