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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2009

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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
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The UT Arlington Library is one of the most important resources on campus for teaching and research. The Central Library, two branch libraries and five electronic libraries cumulatively house more than 1 million physical volumes on the shelves and provide access to more than 37,000 full-text print and electronic periodicals and newspapers and a rapidly growing collection of digital and analog media, including documents, technical reports, microforms, motion pictures, computer disks, e-books, sound recordings and maps. The Library consists of the large Central Library, the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, the Science and Engineering Library, the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center locations at Riverbend Park and Santa Fe Station, the Electronic Business Library in the Business Building, and the Electronic Social Work Library in the Social Work complex. The e-library sites offer access to electronic information and attention from subject librarians. Materials may be obtained via the Web, document delivery services, the shipping of texts to distance education students, TexShare, and through Interlibrary Loan services. Materials requested from the UT Arlington campus’ Library Collection Depository, a remote storage facility for low-use materials, have a 24-hour turnaround time. Materials requested from remote storage in Austin have a 48-hour turnaround.

The Library provides access to print and electronic information through the online catalog (pulse.uta.edu) and many specialized web pages within the UT Arlington Library Web site (http://library.uta.edu/). Databases, full-text journals and e-books are available on all library computers and via laptops using the library wireless network. Access is also available through any UTA IP connected computer on campus, such as faculty offices, the Internet Cafées, Office of Information Technology (OIT) computer labs or dorm data ports, and off campus by logon through the University modems or via proxy server. Visit the Library’s home page and click on the header “Research Resources” for a comprehensive listing of indexes, abstracts, and full-text sites in the A to Z Database List.

The Library provides access to thousands of electronic databases and online journals. Among the more popular databases are: Academic Search Premier, a scholarly, multidiscipline, full-text database with almost 4,700 journals and indexing and abstracts for the nearly 8,200 journals in the collection; Lexis/Nexis Academic, which provides current news and law information; Business Source Complete, which provides full text for more than 2,300 scholarly business journals; ACM Digital Library, which indexes journals and proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery; Factiva, which covers over 8,000 business and finance sources from 118 countries; IEEE Xplore, which covers all IEEE and IEE publications; netLibrary, a searchable full-text access to thousands of electronic books; the Nursing Collections, a full text of 15 leading journals in both general and specialized fields; Project Muse and JSTOR, which are collections of full-image journals in the humanities and social sciences; and Science Direct, which provides full-text Elsevier and Academic Press journals. Find information about the subject databases at library.uta.edu/bySubject/.

Staff in the Central Library’s Information Services Department, the Science and Engineering Library, the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, and the facilities of the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center provide assistance using the Library’s collections. The Electronic Business Library in the Business Building has librarians to assist students and faculty with specialized business databases and collections such as Compustat, Datastream, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software. The Social Work Electronic Library (SWEL) is located in the Social Work complex, and has such popular specialized software as the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Productivity software is available on computers throughout the public areas of the library, and specialized equipment and software are available in some locations, such as the Digital Media Studio and the GIS Computing Facility, where specialized plotting printers can be used. The Library has laptop computers available to check out from each Circulation Desk to use independently on the Library’s wireless network. or in conjunction with the Internet Café data ports. All of these laptops may be checked out for 24 hours.

The Central Library is responsible for the humanities, social sciences, business, nursing, education, geology, legal materials and government publications. As a Federal Depository Library, the Library’s Government Publications and Maps Collection have extensive print and digital holdings of publications of the United States government and international organizations. The Central Library also contains the MultiCultural Collection, a circulating and reference collection covering the political, social, cultural, economic, and intellectual history of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Mexican Americans in the southwestern United States from U.S. Independence to the present. The Central Library houses a microform collection with reading/printing equipment, the Reading Resources Room that provides a curriculum library and a collection of juvenile and young adult literature, and the McNaughton collection of popular fiction. Group study rooms can be found in Central and SEL, several of them containing special equipment. Other quiet and group study areas can be found throughout the libraries.

Special Collections contains the Jenkins Garrett Library of Texana and Mexican War material and the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library. Special Collections includes archives relating to UT Arlington’s history since 1895 and the history of organized labor in Texas and the Southwest. Special Collections also holds archives and newspapers of Yucatán, colonial archives of Honduras and collections relating to the political history of Texas. The department’s historical photograph and negative collection, which includes approximately 4 million images of Texas dating from the 19th through most of the 20th centuries, is one of the best in the state.

The Science and Engineering Library is housed in the basement of Nedderman Hall. It includes materials pertinent to engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, including reference, circulating books, reserve, and periodicals.

The Architecture and Fine Arts Library is housed on the first floor of the Architecture Building. Its collection includes all materials pertinent to architecture, art, photography, and music, including reference, circulating books, reserve, periodicals, scores, musical records, cassettes, and compact disks. It houses a music listening lab.

Materials not available in the UT Arlington Library may be borrowed from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Office, a unit of the Department of Access Services. For students, staff, and faculty the TexShare library card entitles the bearer to privileges in libraries of universities, law and medical schools, private and community colleges across Texas, as well as some public libraries.

Non-library services available at the Central Library include a first-floor Internet Café called Sam’s Click Café, a joint venture between the UT Arlington Library and the Office of Information Technology. The OIT help desk, where students may set up new accounts, is in the café, and a coffee bar nearby serves a large array of coffees, teas, soft drinks, and snacks. The café has nearly 100 computer workstations, numerous laptop dataports, two state-of-the-art group study rooms, and overstuffed furniture in the relaxed and popular environment. A second quiet computer facility called Quiet Sam’s is located on the fifth floor of the Central Library, adjacent to an OIT-maintained GIS classroom in room 510. Users will find a photocopy center located in the basement, and the fourth floor English Department Writing Lab is available to all UT Arlington students.

Students each receive a generous print quota for the academic year. In the Fall semester each student is given a dollar amount print quota for the academic year, which includes Fall, Spring, and Summer. New students enrolling in the Spring or Summer semester are given a prorated quota depending on the semester they enter. The Pharos automated print management system is tied to each Maverick student account, and is for use at public printers campus-wide. The quota amount is not to be considered as a cash gift and is not refundable if not expended, nor does a balance carry over from one academic year to another.

Additional library information may be obtained at any of the information or circulation desks of the three library locations. Regular library hours are posted, as are hours for semester breaks, holidays, summer terms, Winter Intersession, Summer Intersession, and other special circumstances. For more information, visit us on the Web at www.uta.edu/library. Administration Office, Room 611, Central Library, Box 19497, Arlington, TX 76019, E-mail questions may be addressed to library-ref@uta.edu.