Friday, January 27, 2006

Service Update - Interlibrary Loan Resumes

The Interlibrary Loan service is now fully operational. New and previously registered users should be able to access it without any problems.

Service Update - Interlibrary Loan

As of this morning, the Interlibrary Loan system is experiencing difficulties accepting any new patron registrations. Those patrons who are already registered should have no trouble logging in and requesting an item. We apologize for the delay and hope to have the system working properly as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on The Orbit for updates.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

This Just In! New Audiobook Titles!

We have new audiobooks ready to be checked out! Click here to see what just came in!

If you have any questions or requests, please contact Teresa DeLoach at or 972-883-2614.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Security & Off-Campus Access

To the University of Texas at Dallas Community,

Due to a cyber assault on the University Library’s online resources, we have added an extra layer of security to the system. When accessing our online resources from a remote location, you will now be asked for your last name as well as you Comet Card number. Your last name will go in a separate field and will be encrypted. It is extremely important that you do not share your Comet Card number, and if you lose your Comet Card, alert the Comet Card office immediately. We are working with the Information Resources staff to protect our resources from misuse and unauthorized access that could threaten everyone’s access to these materials. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

Larry D. Sall, Ph.D.
Dean of Libraries
The University of Texas at Dallas

Library Event

"My Career as an Experimental Test Pilot"

Free Public Lecture Presented by
Guest Speaker Dennis Tuck

UTD McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410)
Friday, February 3, 2006 - 3 p.m.

Dennis Tuck will talk about his experiences testing aircraft such as the Concorde.

For more information please call 972-883-2570.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

2005 IRS Tax Forms

2005 IRS tax forms and instructions are available on The library does not carry paper copies of the forms or the instructions. We also recommend checking the nearest public library or post office for selected forms and instructions in paper.

Friday, January 20, 2006

RefWorks Training - Manage Citations, Create Bibliographies and Works Cited!

RefWorks is now available from the library home page.

RefWorks is a citation management service that allows you to import citations from online article indexes and databases, organize and manage these references within folders, automatically format them within papers and create instant bibliographies in a variety of styles.

Click here for a 45 second information video.

To register for a training session at McDermott Library on February 2nd 5-6pm, or on February 15th 3-4pm, please click here.


Friday, January 13, 2006


In observance of the Martin Luther King holiday, the library will be closed on Monday, January 16th. It will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, January 17th.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

FAQ - Did you know?

Did you know you can view your library account online?

Simply login with your Comet Card number and last name, and you can:

1. View the books you have checked out and their due dates
2. Renew books
3. Check for any holds on your account
4. Request books

You can login to your account by following these two simple steps:

1. Click on this link to the library catalog.
2. Click on this button located near the top of the screen, just below the library banner.

If you have any questions about logging in, please contact the Circulation Desk by calling 972-883-2955.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Electronic Resource – The Chronicle of Higher Education online

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the premier online source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Produced every weekday, the Chronicle's website features the complete contents of the latest printed issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; vibrant discussion forums; access to all RSS feeds; and career-building tools such as an online CV's, salary databases, and more.

This resource is accessible from both on-campus and off-campus (requires a valid Comet Card) via the Library’s Database Title List:

This Just In! New Leisure Reading Titles

A new Leisure Reading list is available for your reading pleasure. Come and check a book or two out today!

Please direct all questions and comments on Leisure Reading to the Leisure Reading Manager, Matt Makowka, at or 972-883-6773.

Monday, January 09, 2006

For UTD Faculty: How to place items on Electronic Reserve?

Professors may submit Reserve requests in one of three ways:

1. Fill out an online form
2. Send an e-mail to that details your Reserve request
3. Fill out a paper Reserve request form in person at the Reserves Department, 3rd Floor, Room 3.7

Full citation and course information must accompany all submissions. Any incomplete forms will be returned.

Copies of printed materials must meet the following guidelines:

1. On 8 ½ x 11 white paper
2. Single-sided
3. High quality copies (pencil markings do not scan well. If you have material written in pencil, please photocopy it)
4. Paper clipped, not stapled
5. Complete copyright information must be submitted for copyrighted works. Please include a copy of the masthead for journals, and the back of the title page for books.

Electronic files may be e-mailed as attachments to Please label the attachment as the name you want to appear on your course list.

A new E-Reserves form must be submitted for each semester materials are needed

For more information, please click here.

Friday, January 06, 2006

New Service Alert!

is now available from the library home page.
RefWorks is a citation management service that allows you to import citations from online article indexes and databases, organize and manage these references within folders, automatically format them within papers and create instant bibliographies in a variety of styles.

Click here for a 45 second information video

To register for a training session at McDermott Library on January 18th 3:30-4:30, or on February 2nd 5-6pm, send an email to Loreen Phillips at


Attention UTD Wireless Users! Important Change Needed on Personal Laptops

Because of a recent fix/upgrade of the campus-wide wireless network, all wireless users will need to reconfigure the wireless cards on their personal laptops for connecting to the AirUTD Wireless Network. Easy-to-follow instructions for Windows XP users are provided on the Information Resources site.

Users can also bring their laptop computers to the IR Technical Support Office in Jonsson (JO 3.906) for in-person help. Because the office is currently very busy with the new spring semester, users are strongly encouraged to make an appointment ( or 972-883-2911) before coming to the office. Users may also seek help via online forms: UTD Help Desk and Computing Help Desk.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


The laptops are back!

Students may once again check out the newly-serviced laptops at the Multimedia Desk.

Due to changes in the campus wireless network, students will now need to log into the laptops using their NetID and password.

This Just In!

A new and improved Interlibrary Loan system was implemented on January 3, 2006 just in time for the new semester. Submit and track your requests, get requested articles, and request renewals of interlibrary loan materials from one screen.

The System requires you to register and establish a password. Once you have registered, you will need only your Comet Card number and the password to enter the System.

Interlibrary Loan is available to UTD faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students whose library accounts are in good standing.

For more information about this service, please click here.

Monday, January 02, 2006

System Alert

As previously mentioned, the library catalog (Voyager) experienced a major upgrade (Dec. 12-14). Unfortunately, the upgrade has not been problem free. Due to this action, patrons may still come across some glitches or problems with the catalog . If you do have a problem, please call or email one of the Reference Librarians with your problem (972-883-2955 or click We will do our best to resolve the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Laptops Unavailable

Due to servicing, the laptops at our Multimedia Desk are temporarily not available for checkout. We will inform you as soon as IR releases them for circulation.

In the meantime, if you need to utilize a computer, please check out a password to the Information Commons from the Circulation Desk. These desktops offer all the same programs you are familiar with on the laptops.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
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