Featured Resources

Highlighting new & notable additions to the library collection.

New Primary Sources Available Online

Doherty recently added online access to a number of primary source collections. These additions make it easy to search and view thousands of historical documents.

British Foreign Office CorrespondenceDr. Lee Williames & David Theis Collection
Alexander III and the Policy of “Russification,” 1883-1886 - explores the policies of Alexander III as observed by the British diplomatic corps in Russia.
Commercial and Trade Relations Between Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the U.S., 1910-1963 - reproduces instructions to and dispatches from U.S. diplomatic and consular personnel dealing with Russia and the Soviet Union.
World War I and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1918 - documents the Russian entrance into World War I and culminates in reporting on the Revolution in Russia in 1917 and 1918.

McFadden-Moran Collection for Irish Studies Research
The Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926 - makes available original materials documenting the British presence and control in Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Testaments to the HolocaustThe Albert and Ethel Herzstein Collection
The Middle East Online: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 - chronicles the politics, wars, administration and diplomacy surrounding the Palestine Mandate and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950 - offers rare primary sources tied to Myron Taylor, appointed as the president’s representative to the Vatican.
Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950 - provides a unique perspective on the lives of the survivors — Jewish and non-Jewish — of the Holocaust and World War II.
Testaments to the Holocaust. Documents and Rare Printed Materials from the Wiener Library, London - primary source documents from the Wiener Library, the oldest institution established for documenting the Nazi regime and Jewish life in Germany from 1933 through the war.

Mardi Gras in the Archives

Mardi Gras celebrations are taking place throughout the world today, including here on the UST campus. Tonight the university will host the 64th annual Mardi Gras Gala benefiting the St. Thomas Fund. The Gala is one of the longest running traditions at UST and is well documented in the  UST Archives. There, researchers can explore photos from past galas showcasing glamorous gowns and festive floats. The collection also includes Mardi Gras invitations, programs, and press releases. View samples from the collection online.  If you are interested to explore this collection in person at the archives, please make an arrangement for a visit by calling 713-525-3895.  The Archives are located at 305 Branard Street.

UST Mardi Gras, 1952

UST Mardi Gras, 1954

Houston Museums: Explore your City

This month’s lobby display features books and publications about museums in the Houston Museum District. With a location in the heart of the Museum District, the UST campus provides students with easy access to  19 museums within a 1.5 mile radius. Most offer a student discount for entry, so there’s no better time to take advantage of what the area has to offer than during your time as a member of the UST community.

Houston Museum of Natural Science - Since its founding in 1909, the goal of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has been to educate the public with knowledge in natural science and related subjects. Dinosaur skeletons, gemstones, and a garden full of butterflies are just a few of the exhibits visitors can explore.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Opened in 1924, the Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts was the first art museum in Texas. With over 300,000 square feet of display space and 18 acres of gardens, it remains one of the largest art museums in the United States and welcomes over 2.5 million visitors each year.

Bayou Bend Collection and GardensBayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Houston’s Buffalo Soldier Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, the last of which served during World War II.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston  The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art of the last 40 years. Founded in 1948, the Museum prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its role in modern life through exhibitions, lectures, original publications and a variety of educational programs and events.

Asia Society TexasAsia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. Visit the Center throughout the year for performances, art exhibits, craft activities, and lectures.

 The Menil Collection - The Menil Collection opened in 1987 to preserve and exhibit the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, the Menil hosts a diverse collection of both modern art and ancient artifacts, housed in a building designed by architect Renzo Piano.

The Rothko Chapel - The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of American painter Mark Rothko, the Chapel welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.

For recommended museum-related books and resources from our collections, see our Pinterest board:

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New Popular Books now Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 150 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.

Fiction:

Billy Collins – Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems  

Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things: A Novel

John Grisham – Sycamore Row  

Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland 

Terry McMillan – Who Asked You? 

Veronica Roth – Allegiant

Amy Tan – The Valley of Amazement 

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief   

Non-Fiction:

Allie Brosh – Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened 

Brene Brown – Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love and Parent

Brenda Cooper – Fall in Love for Life: Inspiration from a 73 Year Marriage 

Malcolm Gladwell – David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the art of Battling Giants

Allen Guelzo – Gettysburg: the Last Invasio

Brian Jay Jones – Jim Henson: the Biography 

Koppel – The Astronaut Wives Club: a True Story

Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala: the Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

New Scanner and Charger Available at Doherty

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ScanSnap SV600 Scanner

New tech tools are now ready for use at Doherty.  A new vertical scanner is available in the lobby computer area. This free-standing scanner makes it easy to convert books, magazines, and any other materials that do not easily fit into a traditional document feeder into high quality PDFs.    The scanner is available to UST students and to the general public.  Ask a reference librarian if you need assistance.

For UST students, if you find yourself in need of a charger for your phone, ipod, or tablet device while on campus, we also have a universal charger available for two-hour checkout at the circulation desk. A quick charge will get you through your next class or marathon library study session without losing power.  The charger is available only to UST students and staff.

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ChargeAll Universal Charger

Getting the most out of Google Scholar

Google Scholar  is a great tool for finding scholarly books and articles. Did you know that you can link this free tool to our UST subscriptions to get even more out of your Google Scholar searches? Add UST as a “library link” in your Google settings to add seamless links to our full-text library databases on your Scholar results page.  Click here for instructions on how to link Google Scholar with Doherty Library.

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Google recently announced a new feature within Google Scholar called Scholar Library, which allows you to create and save collections of articles within Scholar. Find more details and instructions for setting up Scholar Library on the Google Blog. 

Scholar Library

If you have questions about using Google Scholar, please feel free to ask a librarian for help.

Database of the Month: MathSciNet now Available

MathSciNet is a comprehensive database covering the world’s mathematical literature. It provides web access to bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research extending back to the 1940s. Citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is also available. The data allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences.

MathSciNet also provides active links to more than 119,000 online articles in over 190 journals. Access to full articles is dependent on a UST Libraries subscription to that journal or online service. If you have questions about the full-text availability of an article, don’t hesitate to Ask Us for help.

Click here to access MathSciNet.

Tutorials and search tips are also available.

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Database of the Month: Financial Times Access now Available

Doherty Library has partnered with the Financial Times, internationally recognized for its authoritative news, comment, and analysis, to provide students, faculty, and staff with full access to the FT’s electronic edition. The electronic edition offers a convenient digital version of the daily paper and enables users to read, print, or save articles of interest. The UST community also has access to subscriber-only FT.com content and tools, including news alerts, FT analysis, and financial data on more than 18,000 companies worldwide.

All users will need to create an account to access the content made available through our subscription to FT.com. To create an account, visit FT.com while on-campus. You should be greeted by a pop up that looks like this:

FT.com

Follow the instructions provided in the pop-up to create an account or sign-in. Once your account is created, you will be able to log in and gain access to FT.com from off-campus as well as on-campus.

More Resources:

Intro to FT.com video

FT Mobile Apps

Resources for Faculty Learn how to incorporate Financial Times resources into your curriculum.

Resources for Students Learn how to receive alerts on specific topics through the Financial Times and incorporate articles into your presentations and projects.

Database of the Month: The Churchill Archive

Doherty Library now has access to the Churchill Archive, a digital collection of Sir Winston Churchill’s papers. The archive includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past. Click here for a detailed write-up of this collection from The Guardian. 

New Popular Books Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 150 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.  The newest titles are listed below. For new academic titles, see our new books Pinterest board.

Fiction:

Karen Sue Burns - In Hot Pursuit

Sarah Butler - Ten Things I’ve Learnt about Love

Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)

Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) - The Cuckoo’s Calling

Neil Gaiman - The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed

Miranda James - Out of Circulation

Philipp Meyer - The Son

Veronica Roth - Divergent (Divergent Series, Book 1) and Insurgent (Divergent Series, Book 2)

Sjón - The Whispering Muse

Ben Stroud - Byzantium: Stories

Non-Fiction:

Paul Bogard - The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

J.D. Davis - Unconquered: the Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley

Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley - The Metropolitan Revolution: how Cities & Metros are Fixing our Broken  Policies & Fragile Economy 

Jaron Lanier - Who Owns the Future?

Fredrik Logevall - Embers of War: the Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam

Annalee Newitt - Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: how Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction

Andrew Solomon -  Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

August Turak - Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: one CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

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Database of the Month: Learn a New Language for Free with the Mango Languages!

mango_logoLearning a new language is free for all UST students, faculty, and staff with the new Mango Languages database. Each lesson in the database combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the program has to offer, stop by the library and we will give you an introduction. Or, click here to log in to Mango and start learning!

Mango's recording features help you match your voice to the correct pronunciation.

Mango’s recording features help you match your voice to the correct pronunciation.

National Poetry Month: Resources for Poets and Writers

We’re in the final full week of National Poetry Month. This week we’re featuring resources at Doherty and around Houston for aspiring poets.

Houston supports an active creative writing scene.  In addition to having our own Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, poetry events and literary readings are held throughout the city almost every week. Here are a few sites for finding an event near you:

Poetry Events at Houston Public Library

The Poetry Card – Readings Around Town

First Fridays Poetry Reading Series

We also have a wealth of resources at Doherty to help aspiring writers develop their poetic voices. If you’re looking for some inspiration, try reading new poetry in a literary magazine or  journal. You can access full-text articles from some of the top journals in the field through the library website:

Ploughshares

American Poetry Review

The New Yorker

Poetry Magazine

The Atlantic

The Paris Review


For books about poetry writing and more Poetry Month resources, see our Poetry Month Pinterest board.

National Poetry Month: U.S. Poet Laureates

It’s National Poetry Month, and this week we are exploring U.S. Poets Laureate and their changing roles over the years.

The position of poet laureate of the United States is somewhat different from that of Britain, where the title was first established in the 17th century. Whereas the British office renders the laureate a salaried member of the British royal household, the United States poet laureate acts as the chair of poetry for the Library of Congress.*

In the U.S.,  the poet laureate is charged with raising “the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” The poet is chosen yearly by the Librarian of Congress.  The position was instituted in 1937 as the consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress and was held by 30 poets before an act of Congress in 1985 changed the name to poet laureate.**

There have been 52 Poets Laureate.  Here are a few notable poets to explore:

Robert Penn Warren (Laureate 1944-45 and 1986-1987) – Best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning work of fiction All the Kings Men, Warren was also regarded as one of the best poets of his generation. His works were often inspired by Southern history and Southern life.

Gwendolyn Brooks (Laureate 1985-1986) - Gwendolyn Brooks was a highly regarded poet with the distinction of being the first African-American author to win the Pulitzer Prize and the first black woman to hold the position of Poet Laureate. Many of Brooks’s works display a political consciousness, especially those from the 1960s and later, with several of her poems reflecting the civil rights activism of that period.

Billy Collins (Laureate 2001-2003) - Dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself.

For additional poetry resources, see our National Poetry Month Pinterest board. 

New Popular Books Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 140 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.  The newest titles are listed below. For  new academic titles, see our new books Pinterest board.

Fiction: 

Manisha Jolie Amin – Dancing to the Flute

Maeve Binchy – A Week in Winter

Ben Fountain – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Sally Gardner – Maggot Moon

Jamaica Kincaid – See Now Then

Ian McEwan – Sweet Tooth

Ayana Mathis – The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ron Rash – Nothing Gold Can Stay

Jess Walter – Beautiful Ruins

Non-Fiction:

James Barilla – My Backyard Jungle 

Ernest Freeberg – Age of Edison: Elecric Lights and the Invention of Modern America

Virginia Morrell – Animal Wise:  The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures

Sandra Day O’Connor – Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court

Maurice Sendak – My Brother’s Book

National Poetry Month: Latin American Poets

It’s National Poetry Month, and this week we are exploring Latin American poets and their contributions to the poetic tradition.

Many debates and exchanges have shaped Latin American poetry over the years. A number of its most powerful movements are expressions of cultural and political conflicts surrounding the evolution of Latin American and national identities. Although there are examples of poetry from this region dating back to the pre-Columbian era, it was not until the 19th and 20th centuries that Latin American poetry took its place on the world stage.

Use the links below to discover some of Latin America’s most notable poetic voices:

Ruben Dario (Nicaragua) – Considered the father of the Latin American modernism movement, Dario fused traditional poetic style with new innovations in imagery and rhythm.

Gabriela Mistral (Chile) – Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American author to receive the Nobel Prize in literature; as such, she will always be seen as a representative figure in the cultural history of the continent.

Pablo Neruda (Chile) – One of Latin America’s most prolific and well-known poets, Neruda led a life charged with poetic and political activity. He received many prestigious awards throughout his lifetime, including the International Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Octavio Paz (Mexico) – Often nominated for the Nobel Prize in his lifetime, Mexican author Octavio Paz enjoyed a worldwide reputation as a master poet and essayist.

For more Latin American poetry resources from Doherty, see our poetry month board on Pinterest.