Workshops to Improve Research Skills


Workshops are held in the basement of Doherty Library, in room 008. Free on-street parking is available on Yoakum Boulevard, or you may pay to park in the parking garage at the Moran Center, (West Alabama and Graustark); the parking garage cost is $2.00 dollars.

The Doherty Library also has other upcoming workshops listed below.

Monday, April 13th – Google Power Searching            5:30 – 6:15 p.m.    Doherty 008 

We will focus on issues surrounding searching for information on the World Wide Web using Google. We explain how keywords work with Google and how to use keywords efficiently to locate information items.

Ebrary in the Doherty Library

Ebrary ThumbEbrary is an online library for thousands of electronic academic books offered by the Doherty Library to support academic research.  The key advantages of Ebrary are that, 1) it provides access to scholarly book resources from on or off campus, and 2) the Ebrary database searches the full-text of every book in Ebrary so that you can find topics as they appear within each book.

To quote one of our UST librarians:

  “I highly recommend searching the Ebrary database as a supplement to our online library catalog.  Ebrary not only expands our current book offerings in many subjects, it lets you quickly find books, and even chapters and pages, on the exact topic you’re looking for with its full-text searching.”  — Joe Goetz, Information Literacy Librarian, Doherty Library

To find Ebrary, go to the library’s databases list: > Research > Databases > E > Ebrary

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Use the search box to get book results organized by relevance for your keywords:

Ebrary Homepage


You can read complete books with the online reader, or download them to your laptop or tablet apps like Bluefire Reader.

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Ebrary Preview

Create a free Ebrary account to notate, print, or download books. Happy researching!

Google Scholar

TitleAcademic journal articles may be difficult to locate when performing a Google search, but did you know that the tool Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature? Google Scholar offers a portal to information available on the World-Wide-Web for researchers to read and download. Search Google Scholar across many disciplines and resources for articles about a research topic; explore related works, citations, authors, and publications surrounding your research topic. Google Scholar is especially useful for finding the full text of articles — try searching for a complete article.

A drop-down window for an advanced search in Google Scholar is located in the keyword search box, as circled in the image below. Click the down arrow in the keyword search box to access advanced search features. Click here, Google Scholar for more information about using Google Scholar to search the World-Wide-Web.

UntitledHow do I search by author?

Use the “author” keyword in advanced search and type the name like “D Author” or “Donald C Author”

How do I search by title?

Place the article’s title in quotations – “The Savings Problem with the Paradox of Thrift.”

Maybe you are interested in using Google Scholar to access University of St. Thomas full text resources or Refworks, click here for information on how to accomplish that on our library research page. When you discover an article in Google Scholar that fits your research parameters, use the “cited by” link, to see how other researchers expanded an idea or how they responded to the material in their work. You may find more valuable information to use in order to compose your research project. Circled below is where you will find the “cited by” link. You may always visit the Doherty Library and ask a librarian for more information about Google Scholar — Happy Researching!

GS Cited by

Jesús N. Serrato Technical Services Librarian

jesus-serrato2Jesús N. Serrato started out at the University of St. Thomas as an International Studies student in 2005. He began working at Doherty Library as a student worker, and from there matriculated into a full-time faculty member as the Technical Services Librarian. Mr. Serrato leads the Technical Services Department at Doherty Library. He is responsible for the maintenance of the Online Public Access Catalog, he guides all the cataloging of material acquired for Doherty Library, and he serves as the lead for technology projects. Jesús enjoys cycling to work, he is a vegetarian, and he was raised here in Houston, Texas.

The Doherty Library book catalog is accessed by clicking on the library webpage’s “Research” link. Notice the screenshot below, this is the button to click on to gain access to Doherty library catalog online. Click the image below to access the library catalog for a full review of items located in Doherty Library.

Library Catalog

The interface offers a variety of searches from “keyword” searches, “title begins with” searches, and “author name” searches, to name a few. Explore the drop down window, click the arrow, as circled below, to discover the different ways to locate information in Doherty library.  Ask a Doherty librarian at any time for assistance with the online catalog and Happy Researching!

OPAC Search

The Doherty Library Exhibits March and April 2015

KeatingTake a moment to see the current exhibits at Doherty Library. February through April 2015 we will highlight books from and about Irish and Irish American authors in honor of Irish-American Heritage month. The University of St. Thomas offers excellent Irish study programs and Lori Gallagher, J.D., director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, was recognized among the 2014 Irish Education 100 by Irish Voice, an Irish American newspaper and Irish America magazine.


William Carlos Williams

We will also exhibit Doherty Library’s poetry books to honor the many writers that inspire us to see the World through a lyrical lens. At any time during exhibits, the books are available for check out; please ask staff members at the circulation desk for assistance.

THE RED WHEELBARROW by William Carlos Williams

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

Library Database Business Source Complete

ebUniversity of St. Thomas business students are often asked to research companies for class assignments.  Information about companies is easy to find at Doherty Library using the database Business Source Complete. Cameron School of Business professors assign projects for students to identify the industry where a company participates, to identify a concentration ratio for a particular market, and to identify peer-reviewed journal articles to report on current trends of a company in a particular economic environment. Business Source Complete is a database hosted by the company EBSCO and the database provides information to complete the aforementioned assignments and much more. Access to Business Source Complete is easy at Doherty Library, follow the database portal on the Doherty library research page:

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Business Source Complete provides company profiles with S.W.O.T. analysis reports, reports on subsidiary businesses, product information for a company, NAICS codes (North American Industry Classification System), and other valuable information about companies. The information may be used to contribute to the composition of a student or professional business report. Below is an example of the Business Source Complete interface, circled is “Company Information.”  From there, you will see what information about a particular company is available as a starting point.   Stop by the Doherty Library to learn more about how to use Business Source Complete.

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The Doherty Library Exhibits

jlTake a moment to see the current exhibits at the Doherty library. Now through February we will point out books about prominent African Americans that shaped the history of the United States of America. Carter Godwin Woodson, Ph.D. (1875 – 1950) is a focus for this exhibit.

Dr. Woodson is an author, journalist, artist, and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Dr. Woodson’s academic pursuits include earning a M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1908 and a Ph. D. from Harvard University in 1912. He founded the Journal of Negro History in 1916.

MGWe also want to take a moment to point out carnival season and celebrate Mardi Gras. Congratulations to our Mardi Gras Royals. The University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Chairs selected Alfonso Moreno and Adrienne Copeland to represent the student body during the 65th annual Mardi Gras Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17th at the Hilton Americas – Houston Hotel. Moreno and Copeland, who will graduate this May, said they are both honored and humbled to be crowned King and Queen.