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ENG 3303: Smith, J.M.   Tags: eng 3303, jon marc smith, technical writting  

This course guide is intended for students of Jon Marc Smith's Technical Writing class for Summer II 2011
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2013 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Library Services

Ask a Librarian

Use the Ask a Librarian service for questions about library resources, research assignments or other information. We offer chat, text, or you can also email a question to us.

You may also make an online or face-to-face appointment with a reference librarian.  Here's more information about  individual research consultations.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a
lending service available
to current Texas State students
and employees. ILL borrows
items from other libraries that
the Alkek Library does not own. Use ILLIAD, the online
interlibrary loan request system,
to order your ILL items.

It is free to use this service.
Typical turnaround for a
book is 1-2 weeks. If articles
are found in electronic
format,requests can be sent
to you via email.

Contact & Pick-up Info:

Items may be picked up at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd
floor of the Library.

Please call 512.245.4893 or
with additional



Request a card online through this TexShare card form or sign up in person at the Circulation Desk. 

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
  • All current students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for an entire semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" attached to their records that prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Circulation desk at 512.245.3681 or via email


Guide and Maps to Alkek Library

2nd Floor

Second Floor Map

Reference Desk

  • This is where you go to get help with research.
  • The desk is staffed from 10:00am-5:00pm during the summer semesters everyday except Saturday (1pm-6pm) and Sunday (2pm-6pm).

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." 

Jan Tidwell, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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