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Family & Consumer Science Family Policy class, Professor Judy Allen, Spring 2013
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You'll find information about how to find books, search for articles, and about the many services Alkek has to offer you.  Alkek Librarians are available to help you via Ask-A-Librarian.

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    Guide to Alkek Library Floors

    Here is information about what can be found on each floor of the Alkek Library:


    2nd Floor

    Second Floor Map

    Reference Desk

    • This is where you go to get help with research.
    • The desk is staffed from 9:00am-9:00pm everyday except Saturday (9am-6pm) and Sunday (1pm-9pm).

    Circulation Desk

    • This is where you go to check out books.  
    • Generally, graduate students are allowed to check materials out for a semester.
    • You can also check-out laptops and obtain Texshare cards here.

    Workstations and Printers

    • Access Internet and Microsoft production software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and etc.) on all but a few of the computers.
    • If you have problems printing, there is a printer help station or you can ask for help at the Reference desk.


    3rd Floor

    Third Floor Map

    Reserve, Periodicals and Media Desk

    • Print copies of reserve items (books, old tests, articles, etc.).
    • There are also DVDs, CDs, and other types of materials like 3-D objects.
    • You may check the Reserves collection to see if something is on reserve. Search by course or professor's last name.
    • You may ask questions about periodicals or the media collection.  The staff can help you with any problems relating to the equipment (like the microform/fiche readers).

    Newspapers, Current Magazines and Journals

    • Current issues shelved alphabetically by title of periodical.
    • Older issues are bound together by volume or replaced by microfilm/fiche.

    Older Periodicals

    • 1980-present are on the 3rd floor, if bound.
    • Older than 1980 are kept in the regular collection, and may be found by their call number.

    Microfilm/fiche and Readers

    • Use these machines to look at journals on microfilm or microfiche.
    • Assistance is available.
    • Copies are .10.

    KIC Scanner

    • This scanner allows you to scan and then either email the document to yourself or save it to a USB drive.

    4th Floor

    Fourth Floor Map

    Computer Lab

    • The Computer Lab provides both PC and Macintosh hardware, with a more extensive software collection than most computers on most Library computers.  Software includes Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and SPSS. 
    • You'll need to check in at the Computer Lab desk and leave your student ID while using computers.

    Government Information/Maps/Curriculum Materials

    • Alkek Library is a Federal and State depository for government documents.
    • Maps, and a special map plotter printer, are available.
    • Textbooks used in the Texas public schools (elementary and high school) may also be found here.


    Floors 5, 6, & 7

    • Most of the books and other materials you can check-out of the library are on these floors.
    • Individual and group study rooms are available on these floors.
    • The 5th & 6th floors are designated as the "quiet floors." 

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