Library Databases

Gale in Context: Science


Gale in Context: Science engages online resources that provide contextual information on hundreds of current significant science and technology topics. Topics range from climate change to genetically modified organism to fracking, the wealth of content spans the fields of biology, chemistry, earth, math, and technology.

Users can search through millions of full-text articles from national and global publications like the New York Times, Nature, and Science News along with award-winning Gale reference content. Content of more than 200+ science experiments, interactive simulations, and other multimedia.

Please contact the Doherty Librarians at 713-525-2188 or email if you have any questions.

Happy Researching!

Special Events & Exhibits

Exhibit Alert: St. John Paul II

In his native Poland for the first time as pope in 1979, Pope John Paul II listens fondly to a musical number.

Doherty Library celebrates Saint John Paul II and the recently announced Master of Arts in John Paul II Studies.

In recognition of John Paul II sainthood, the library is displaying some of the works of this second-longest reigning Pope in modern history. The feast of St. John Paul II is marked on October 22, the anniversary of the inauguration of this pontificate. John Paul II of Poland was elected on October 16, 1978, making him the first Slav pope and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.

The Master of Arts in John Paul II program offers the study of the life of Saint John Paul II through his writings.  Dr. John Hittinger, is the Director of the John Paul II Studies program.  For information on this program go to JPII Program.

Stop by the library in November to check out the library exhibit showcasing some of the great works by and about St. John Paul II.



Your Next Group Study Spot

New Group Study Space

Doherty Library is proud to announce the opening of a new room dedicated to collaboration for students to engage in their studies: the group study room, located on the second floor.

The room addresses a strong need for more collaborative space for groups in the library. The room features new equipment including  a 55′ TV to share users laptop screens, a laptop podium and two magnetic dry-erase boards to allow for students to work out difficult questions.  The TV is available for use, please ask the circulation desk to check out the remote and the HDMI cord.

The room is available for UST students, faculty, and staff only. Groups can book the space for up to 2-hours per day. Please respect others in the library by keeping the noise down, the door shut and cleaning up before you leave. Available hours are reflected on the sign-in calendar online.

To reserve the new space, go to: 

For more information, please contact the reference desk at



Library Databases

Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology


The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is used for scholars for global hymnody, with information on hymns of many countries and languages. This dictionary is a great resource for literary scholars, church historians, theologians, and enthusiasts of who love hymns as an art.

Curious to know what is hymnology? It is the study of religious song or hymn. Hymnology has a particular focus on choral and congregational song.

Canterbury offers 2 million words, 5000 individuals entries and more than 300 authors from over 30 countries. Covers a large portion of hymn traditions from countries across the world. The database covers a large of hymn traditions from all over the world.

Please contact the Doherty Librarians at 713-525-2188 or email if you have any questions.

Happy Researching!

Collection Development

Popular Books for Winter Break

New Popular BooksWinter break is almost here and you might be thinking of the next book you should read. Look no further, Doherty Library has added new books to the popular book collection. Books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out to all UST community members at the circulation desk.

New additions to the population book collection:


Country Music: an Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan

4186LIB65oL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

She Said by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

The Pioneers by David McCullough

Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis

Santog: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

Lifespan by David Sinclair & Mathew LaPlante

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden


The Water DancerThe Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

The Pawful Truth by Miranda James

The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

You can check out these books for four weeks and up to 3 renewals.



Special Events & Exhibits

Texas Celebrates Czech Heritage Month

CZECH3In 1982, the Texas Legislature declared the month of October as Czech Heritage Month! During this month we celebrate sharing their contributions in art, music, literature, food, and many other fine customs that make Texas rich and diverse.

CZECH5Take the time to stop by and explore the unique-rich history of Czech Heritage by viewing our display cases located in the main lobby of Doherty Library. Thank you, Fr. Paul Chovanec, Class of 1968, Pastor of St. Justin Martyr, for loaning the exhibit material and arranging the display.  Fr. Paul showcases a timeline of Czech history highlighting significant cultural contributions to Texas identity and to places throughout the world.

The display will be up for all of October!

Library Databases

ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials PLUS

ATLAAtlaSerials Plus includes more than 500 full-text journals in many diverse areas of religion and theology, with a full-text content in more than 20 languages. The coverage of the ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials Plus begins in 1881.

Atla Plus provides users with an expanding list of more than 490 full-text titles, including all of the full-text titles in AtlaSerials. Coverage includes sacred text, world religions (including Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) interface dialogue, religious studies, and etc.

ATLA2A great feature using ATLA is being able to search for articles on specific Bible passages by using the ATLA Hierarchical Scripture Authority (image on right). The user is able to select an individual chapter or verse and the system will display all the articles.

To find articles in religion and theology, go to the library’s databases list and select ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials Plus.

Meet the Staff

New Public Services Librarian

2019Yadira is the new Public Services Librarian for the Doherty Library and the new creator for the Library’s Newsletter!  I have been with the Doherty Library since 2015, first as the Circulation Services Supervisor, and then moving to Public Services.  I am an avid podcast listener, I love reading about WWII history, and enjoy hiking & camping. I just finished reading “Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wallstreet, Hollywood, and the World” by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. And now I am reading “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in the Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou. Both books are available at the Doherty Library’s popular books section. 

I am the liaison to, and provide instruction for, Communication, English, Modern Languages, Music, and Theology Department. Check out my library guides to help you get started with research including resources, search strategies for articles and other information for specific subject areas, click here for list.

Please do not hesitate to reach out! I’m here to assist with anything library-related, from answering the simplest questions to helping with the most bewildering research query.

Happy researching!

Yadira A. Limón 


Doherty Library’s Annual Book Sale

book-saleDoherty Library will be having our annual book sale! The book sale is open to the general public from Thursday, 10/17/2019 until Sun. 10/20/2019 during regular library hours.  A special preview day, Wednesday, Oct. 16, has been set aside for UST students, faculty, staff, and friends of Doherty Library .

IMG_2775Our annual book sale features a wide selection of interesting and unique books from fiction titles such as Lord of the Flies, to academic titles like Operations and Supply-Chain Management.  This year, we have an emphasis on theology books.

Schedule in detail:

Wednesday, 10/16 to Thursday, 10/17  8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Friday, 10/18 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, 10/19 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10/20 1:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Price: Hardcover books are $2.00 and paperbacks are $1.00.

For more information contact the library at 713-525-2180.


What’s Happening at the Library

TSU 3rd Debate (2)Thursday, September 12th Texas Southern University will serve as the venue for the Third Democratic Primary Debate. Join all UST community to watch the debate at 7:00 pm in the library’s lobby. Free popcorn will be served!




Stop by the library to pick up a voter registration card on Tuesday, 9/24. They will be available all week. English and Spanish registrations will be available. The deadline to register is October 7, to vote for the November 5, 2019, general election. National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. 


For more information on what’s happening at the Doherty Library, check out our social media accounts @dohertylibrary!

Meet the Staff

New Faces at the Library

Joseph Arevelo

Joseph Arevelo is the new Evening Circulation Services Supervisor for the Doherty Library. Joseph is a homegrown Houstonian who graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2012. His career began at UST at the Student Affairs Department in 2015, followed by a move to the Admissions Department in 2017.

Joseph is currently reading “A Storm of Swords” by George R.R. Martin. The third installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series.

Mira Green

Meet Mira Green is our new weekend Reference Librarian at the Doherty Library. Mira works as the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Rice University, where she orders, catalogs and creates metadata for digital projects. Mira enjoys working as Reference Librarian because it lets her meet and help people whom she does not normally interact within her position and it also allows her to stay up to date with reference and technological skills.

Her interest includes spending quality time with her grandchild, attending child-friendly art events, and traveling and discovering new places.

Mira is currently reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King, she briefly explains the premise of the book where “the main character goes back in time through a portal to try change history and save John F. Kennedy from being assassinated”.

Be sure to say “hi” to Joseph and Mira when you walk into the library. They are more than happy to help you with any of your library and researching needs!






Special Events & Exhibits

Exhibit Display National Hispanic Heritage Month


4September marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, the official dates are September 15th to October 15th. Doherty Library is celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture through recognition of the literary authors and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.


Our display exhibit showcases Hispanic and Latino American Authors and children bilingual books. One of the many books featured in Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza. The book tells a story of Carmen Lomas Garza’s childhood in Kingsville, Texas: depictions of birthdays, picking cactus, and enjoying family activities. Each image focuses on a different aspect of the author’s day-to-day experiences in a traditional Mexican American family growing up.


Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Chicana writer and scholar, Gloria E. Anzaldúa was born on September 26, 1942, in the Rio Grande Valley, where she grew up living in between two worlds, Mexico and the United States. Gloria drew from her education and personal experience to write her bilingual book Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza that examines the borders for Latinos in American society. You can check out her books on display in the library’s lobby exhibit.


Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. His most recent book titled This is How You Lose Her is available in the main lobby Popular Books. Diaz’s work explicitly describes the Latin/o American experience in an urban setting.

Take a moment and stop by to see the current exhibit on display for September. All books on display are available for check out. Talk to your librarian today!




Did You Know?, Library Databases

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (by Gale)


Opposing Viewpoint in Context is a resource that provides academic articles, videos, opinion essays and primary sources about current controversies and hot social issues. Opposing Viewpoints is a cross-curricular research database that supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes.

GALE1Under the search bar, you will see a slide of hot topics and below that organized subject categories. Topics range from drug abuse to the right to bear arms to self-driving cars to US Borders. More issues can be found by browsing all 469 issues. You can click on the topic to be taken to the page with resources on that topic. 

The UST community can research all the issues – no matter what side of the debate is being defended. Some of the specific titles include The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist, and Education Week.

Gale in Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. Opposing Viewpoint in Context is accessible through Doherty Library’s database.