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VIII. Academic Services

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J. E. and L. E. Mabee Library

The UIW Mabee Library provides a wide range of resources to support faculty teaching, research, and professional development.

The facility houses approximately 280,000 physical items, a computer research area with Internet access and Microsoft Office, inviting study spaces and meeting rooms, wireless Internet access and photocopy and scanning equipment. The collection contains more than 120 databases, almost 29,000 electronic books and many of our 44,000 journals are available electronically. Using and EZProxy verification system, users can easily access the electronic resources from home or work by using their university network username (UIW email) and password. The library is open seven days a week for 103 hours per week during the regular semesters. Hours of operation are listed on the Web site

The Mabee Library offers the following to Graduate Students:

Research Support

Reference & Research Support
Reference librarians are on duty to help patrons locate books, journals, and search for articles in the electronic databases. Contact them at or by phone 210-829-3835. There are also subject librarians who can assist students with their research in a specific subject area. Their names and contact information are available on the library’s Web site.

Information Literacy & Library Instruction
The library’s information literacy program provides students with transferrable life-long critical thinking and evaluation skills and streamlines their information seeking behaviors. Professors frequently schedule in-class time for information literacy sessions for their students. If class time is not an option, the library schedules regular workshops on a variety of topics from research basics to how to use tools such as RefWorks and PrimoSearch. The workshop schedule is accessible from this link

Graduate Student Librarian
The library has hired a Graduate Research Librarian to work specifically with graduate faculty and students to help build their research skills. This librarian is available during evening and weekend hours to do one-on-one consultations with students. Contact her at 210-805-5809.

Course Reserves
This service provides controlled access to books, media, articles, and other readings for a specific class at the request of faculty. In the online reserve module, items are listed by instructor, department, or course number. Students obtain the reserve materials at the Circulation Desk.

Online Assistance
The library has a number of online research guides on a variety of topics available for students who cannot come to campus and need some assistance with research topic such as “Avoiding Plagiarism”, “RefWorks”, “Graduate Research Process” and “Interlibrary Loan”. These online guides can be viewed from this Web site or by clicking on the “How Do I Do Research” link on the library’s homepage.

Borrowing Privileges

Book Borrowing Privileges
Graduate students may check out a maximum of 100 books for a period of four weeks. These items can be renewed for another four week period if there are no holds placed on the item by another student.

Audiovisual Collection
The library has more than 14,000 audiovisual (AV) items, including DVDs, audio CDs, and videotapes. AV circulation is for seven days.

Web Book Loan Program
There are ten Web books available to graduate students for check out at the Circulation Desk. These wireless computers are fully equipped with MS Office and can be used in the library for a 3-hour period.

Other Services

Interlibrary Loan
If students cannot find an item in the library, they can borrow books or get copies of articles from other libraries through our ILLiad service. Log on to the library’s website http:// and click on the Interlibrary Loan link to complete a user profile. From a computer desktop, requests can be made for books and articles, the status of the request can be checked and some items can be obtained via e-mail. There is a full-time Library Assistant who handles all of the interlibrary loan transactions.

The library participates in a state-wide borrowing program called TexShare, sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The Mabee Library can distribute TexShare library cards to currently enrolled students, which allow them to borrow items from any participating library in Texas. For a list of participating libraries, go to


This is a web-based research management tool designed to help gather, organize, store and share bibliographic resources. Students can easily change the citation format of references using any one of 400 styles available to you in RefWorks. The link to RefWorks is on the library homepage.

EndNote Web,
The library also subscribes to EndNote Web. Access to this bibliographic manager can be obtained through the Web of Science database.

The one-stop discovery tool that searches the library’s resources including the books, AV, the online journals and the databases through the use of one search box. Through the friendly user interface, searches can be limited to full text, scholarly resources published in a given time period.


Group Study Rooms
The library’s group study rooms are the perfect location for students to network and share ideas and resources. Study rooms can be checked out through the Circulation Desk for two hours by two or more people. Four of these rooms have flat screens with laptop connections.

Graduate Computer Rooms
Two computer research rooms (103, 105) are dedicated to graduate study. Each room accommodates up to four people. The rooms have four computers with MS Office and qualitative and quantitative software for analyzing data. Keys are at the Circulation Desk.

Doctoral Writing Room
Room 233 is a dedicated space for doctoral students writing their dissertations. Keys are available at the Circulation Desk

Meeting Rooms
The library has other rooms that are suitable for meetings. The Special Collections Room and the Sterling International Conference Room can be reserved by calling 210-829-3838. These two rooms are fully equipped with a projector, screen, DVD and BlueRay player, a computer with a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse. There is also a 125 seat auditorium with a lecture capture system. Arrangements for the auditorium are made with Melissa Chavez at 210-829-3838.

Office of Instructional Technology

The Office of Instructional Technology provides technology facilities, software, audiovisual equipment distribution and media production services and technology training in support of instruction. The Office of Instructional Technology operates the Media Center, a computer lab with 50+ computers located on the ground floor, south side, of the Mabee Library and is open seven days a week. See our hours of operation for details. The lab features a full complement of desktop computers, a small Mac lab, GoPrint express print stations, high resolution scanning and a color image print center.

Media Center Services include:
Printing and Copying

The Media Center offers an Express Printing Station for students who need to print on the go.

The Media Center Lab features the GoPrint Paystation to facilitate printing and payment.

  • The GoPrint system was selected to enable UIW students to pay for each page printed. This initiative has been successful in reducing wasted paper and the large expense associated with printing supplies.
  • GoPrint allows students to preview documents prior to printing.
  • GoPrint allows students use their student ID as a debit card to prepay copies
  • Students can add money to their card in increments of $1.00 to $20.00. This can be accomplished on the first floor of the library in the Reserve Reading Room.

See our Fee Schedule for more details.

Audiovisual Support
The Media Service Center also provides audiovisual equipment to classrooms and audio, digital graphic and video services to faculty and students. Students may request production services from the Multimedia Specialist. To check out equipment, however, an instructor must make a request in the student’s behalf.

Software available at the Media Center

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Latest Version of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Maya 8.5
  • Latest version of SPSS
  • Food Processor
  • AutoCAD 2008
  • Introduction to Algebra
    And much more

Technology Training
Technology training sessions are scheduled throughout the year. A schedule of current sessions appears in The Word Today. You may also request custom training through our Training Request Form. Visit our Technology Training website for links to videos and tutorials that will help you become familiar with the technologies used at UIW. For more information about training, the Media Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology go to "

Office of Research Development (ORD)

The Office of Research Development (ORD) promotes and coordinates University-wide research activities and processes and research development support services in support of the Mission’s dedication to the communication of truth and thoughtful innovation.

The ORD serves several functions within the University’s research community including:

  • Ensuring project obligations are met including: compliance with reporting requirements, collaboration with University units to provide oversight, and tracking implementation progress of extramural research projects
  • Assisting in development and implementation of pre- and post-award grant management activities
  • Supporting researchers with the development and analysis of statistical data
  • Disseminating funding opportunities and current information regarding sponsor requirements, federal policies, and national best-practices to community members
  • Collaborating with university officials to enhance relationships with funding agencies
  • Developing and implementing workshops to enhance proposal development skills
  • Assisting in the preparation of multiple investigator and program training grant proposals
  • Assisting in the organization of quality circle reviews for extramural funding proposals
  • Organizing research engagement activities including UIW’s Annual Research Week

Graduate Support Center (GSC)

UIW’s Graduate Support Center (GSC) was established through a federal grant under the Department of Education’s Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) program. The GSC’s staff directs a variety of activities geared towards increasing student retention, academic performance, and persistence to graduation.

The GSC seeks to achieve its goals and objectives to coordinate academic and support activities for master’s students by engaging them in graduate life by the following services:

  • Academic and Professional Development workshop series to enhance student academic performance;
  • Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) that creates a dynamic process for evaluating student writing via a diagnostic review process and active engagement with faculty writing coaches;
  • Graduate Student and Family Orientation Program which facilitates the entrance of students and the engagement of their familial support networks into the University community;
  • Community Engagement Programs that connect students to the UIW community and their disciplines via the sponsorship of academic/professional clubs, networking, and other activities;
  • Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) in writing and statistics;
  • Increased communication with graduate faculty and students via weekly newsletters and timely announcements on academic and career-related matters.