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Public Libraries are often forgotten as useful resources for practicing professionals.
Public Libraries in the State of Texas offer important TexShare databases that professionals will find useful.
Check your local public library website to see which of the TexShare databases your local library provides.
Your local library will have information concerning who can get a Library Card. Check the website carefully.
Also know that Public Libraries are now offering many online services and resources unlike in the past.
Below are Public Library webpage examples:
Example: Dallas Public Library
Example: Denton Public Library
Hospitals provide library services to their professional staff. Those libraries may not be labeled libraries, however. They may be called Resource Centers, Learning Centers, Research Services, etc. You may have to ask somebody where the library is located. Some hospital libraries may have university connections as well.
Example: Baylor University Medical Center Hospital Complex Library - Dallas
The Baylor Health Sciences Library (BHS Library) serves the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation, the Texas A&M School of Dentistry, the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, and Baylor Scott & White Health - North. The general public is permitted to access the library resources in house.
Example: Medical City Hospital Library - Dallas
Larger hospital systems may have separate patient education/consumer health libraries onsite as well.
Local college & university libraries often offer resources and services for community members and guests.
One of the most pressing needs is accessing full text articles and ebooks.
To access full text articles:
To access ebooks:
Explore the following links to find journal articles free full text straight from the publishers.
Locate free ebooks:
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.
Explore free internet resources:
RefWorks is a tool to help you with your research:
You will continue to have access to your RefWorks account even after you have left TWU.
A TWU Email Username is required.
See TWU Alumni Email instructions below to maintain a TWU Email account after graduation. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Create a TWU Alumni Email Account to ensure your RefWorks account continues to operate effectively.
Many business ventures seek your commitment to be a presenter at conferences or agree to write papers for their journals, when their journals (or conferences) are nonexistent. Carefully research places to publish, using your public library resources. Once you know where and how you want to get published, be careful to work with only the best quality publishers who will make your work shine!
WARNING: Predatory Journals
It can be difficult to identify valid, peer-reviewed, authoritative journals in the mass of publications popping up. Appeals to potential authors from some journals that appear to be scholarly, valid research journals may not be. Be careful. Research could reveal that the appeals may actually be predatory publishers looking to make a quick buck. Please investigate to be sure the journal is legitimate, or ask a librarian for help to investigate the authenticity of a journal before agreeing to publish in it.