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Library Instructional Support

  • Library Instruction

    Information literacy training is available for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.   Our librarians will work collaboratively with faculty to teach students how to use library resources effectively. They can provide in-class instruction or conduct one-on-one sessions to introduce students to the library’s resources. They also can help you design assignments to teach students the most effective research skills.

    • For undergraduate sessions, please contact Leslie Todd, the Information Literacy Coordinator, at 210-829-3841. 
    • For graduate sessions, please contact Polly McCord, our Graduate Research Librarian, at 210-805-5809
    • For Extended Academic Program Faculty, please contact Erin Cassity, our Distance Learning Librarian, at 210-282-6316
    • Professional school faculty should contact the embedded librarian who serves their school.
  • Subject Liaison Librarians
    Our subject liaison librarians specialize in academic areas. They order books suitable for their discipline areas and accept book recommendations from faculty.  Additionally, they keep faculty informed of new services and materials that are of potential interest. Subject liaison librarians may prepare bibliographies of material supporting a particular course or create research guides for your classes. They can assist faculty with automatic alert services in our electronic resources that will keep them up-to-date. To contact a subject liaison librarian, see Subject Liaison Librarian Contact Information.
  • Course Reserves
    Course reserves provide access to course readings and materials for the educational programs at UIW. Faculty may place print materials for use in a specific course on reserve at the Circulation Desk, where students may request them. Reserve materials may include books, book chapters, textbooks, journal articles, maps, old exams, professor's notes and homework solutions necessary for course work. For complete information on course reserves, including copyright compliance, see Course Reserves Policy and Procedures or contact Kathy Mulligan, Evening Circulation Supervisor, at 210-805-5896 for details.
  • Tours
    Library tours last about twenty (20) minutes and include a detailed overview of library services as well as facilities. A traditional tour consists of visits to all service points in the building (Circulation and Reference), visits to group, individual and quiet study areas and to the various stack areas, as well as special collection areas.  Tours may be tailored to include special emphasis on a certain section of the library, such as the Frost Play Research Collection and the Juvenile Collection. 
  • Orientations
    Orientations are usually in the form of a presentation and may be conducted in the library (if there is a meeting room available) or in a classroom. Orientations usually include an overview of library services and resources, specifics about service points, contact information, library hours and particulars for on and off-campus access to library resources.


    To schedule a tour or to invite library staff to an orientation, please contact the Library’s Reference Desk at 210-829-3835 or  Please allow at least 5 days advance notice.

Faculty Research Services

  • Circulation Policies for Faculty
    • Faculty may borrow books for a full semester or summer term. See Circulation Policies for more information.     
    • Audiovisual material borrowing is limited to seven days, three items at a time (multi-part titles are counted separately).
    • Faculty may designate proxy borrowers (student assistants) to check out library materials on their behalf by completing a Proxy Borrowing Form
    • Faculty may also borrow laptops at the circulation desk for seven days.
  • Pulling Materials on Request 
    • Library staff will pull physical resources in our collection (books and AV) and hold them for faculty members at the Circulation Desk when these items are requested via our library search tool using the Advanced Search feature.
    • Faculty must sign into their library account (My Account) using their UIW credentials.  
    • Next, they conduct search, select the items they wish us to pull and click on the Request button. 
    • An email is sent when the items are available for pick up.  The items are kept at the Circulation Desk for 24 hours.  A UIW ID is required to check items out.
  • Document Delivery

    Electronic document delivery is available for faculty. The library staff will make a copy of an article or a small section of a physical book (less than 10% of the entire book) within the collection upon request. Request the article or book chapter using our interlibrary loan service (ILLiad).  Within 24 hours of the request, the copy will be sent to you via email.

  • Consultations to Support Your Research Efforts 
    • Research Consultations: Request a research consultation with a subject liaison librarian to help identify additional sources of information (including grey literature), develop search strategies, set up search alerts and manage bibliographic content.
    • Citation Search Assistance: Librarians also assist faculty in learning how to determine who has cited their published works and how to identify the top journals in their disciplines. 
    • Program Reviews and Accreditation Reports: Librarians can assist faculty in their program review or accreditation efforts by providing information regarding the resources available in the library in their specific subject area.
  • Borrowing from Other Libraries
    • Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a free service that allows UIW users to borrow books and obtain copies of articles not available in the UIW Library from other libraries throughout the United States. Our interlibrary loan service is meant to provide UIW users with the necessary materials for their education and research.
    • Once you have exhausted all ways to locate the article via UIW resources and for free online, use our Interlibrary Loan system (ILLiad) to request the item. We will locate the item and advise you when it arrives, either in the library or electronically. More about Interlibrary Loan
    • TexShare is a program of the Texas State Library that allows residents to borrow books from other Texas libraries, both public and academic. Students may obtain a TexShare card from the Reference Desk or their subject liaison librarian. A TexShare card, along with your UIW ID, allows you to check out materials directly from another library. Users are responsible for returning the materials to the lending library. TexShare cards must be renewed each semester. Learn more about the program at TexShare Card Program.
  • Bibliographic Tools
    • RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool used to create and manage research bibliographies and citations. It offers more than 400 formatting styles, including many specific styles required by journals for publication of your research. You may add citations manually or import them from UIW-owned resources or from Google Scholar. Content may be shared with others who have RefWorks accounts. Initially accounts must be created on campus with a UIW email address. Once your account is created, however, you may access the content from anywhere with an Internet connection. To learn more, consult the RefWorks LibGuide. Look for the RefWorks link on the library’s homepage or sidebar menu.
    • EndNote, like Refworks, is a citation manger. It is part of our Web of Science subscription but for convenience we have linked to it on our Quick Link menu.  With EndNote, references may be added directly from Web of Science and stored in folders using a variety of reference styles.
  • Printing, Copying and scanning in the Library
    You may print, copy or scan documents in the library using the new UIW Print system. The cost will be charged to your departmental account in your school.  More information on UIW Print is available here. UIW Print

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