Czech Display Honoring Czech Heritage Month


Many years ago, the Legislature of the State of Texas declared October to be Czech Heritage Month in Texas.  In keeping with this designation, many Czech (and Moravian) Texans celebrate their heritage of faith and culture in a variety of ways.  UST alum, Rev. Paul Chovanec, C’68, annually presents a Czech exhibit at the Doherty Library during October.

The exhibit has four main parts.  The two horizontal display cases focus on Czech history.  One case shows a general timeline of Czech history and highlights two anniversaries being celebrated this year–the 700th anniversary of Emperor Charles IV, and the life of St. Zdislava in the context of the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers, i.e., the Dominicans. The other horizontal case highlights Czechs and Moravians in Texas in terms of the religious and cultural organizations that sustain and celebrate their heritage.

Please stop by the Doherty Library and learn more from the exhibit by UST alumnus, Rev. Paul Chovanec, C’68.


Citation Help on the Web


Citation Help on the Web is a research guide at the Doherty Library that links to excellent electronic resources for explanations about citation system usage. The research guide is great to use as an online navigation tool for online resources and the resources explain, in detail, citation system usage for American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), Council of Science Editors (CSE), Chicago and many more. The Tutorial Services Center (TSC) at UST helps students achieve success in their studies and the tutors there in the Crocker Center are available to assist in all reference questions about citation systems.  The librarians at the Doherty Library are also available everyday if you would like to stop by and learn more about citation systems.

Happy Researching!

Oxford English Dictionary


The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. The OED is available at the Doherty Library and right on your computer as an electronic resource. Use the link below to access the resource and your Celt Identification to log-in (the same information you use for MYSTTHOM).

Oxford English Dictionary

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You will still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you will also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Stop by the Doherty Library for an in-depth explanation from one of our librarians.

Happy Researching!



The annual fall book sale will be held at the Doherty Library and is open to the general public from Thursday, October 27, 2016 through Sunday, October 30, 2016 during regular library hours.  A special preview day has been set aside for UST students, staff, faculty, and members of the Friends of the Doherty Library on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

The sale features a wide selection of interesting and unique books from fiction titles, to academic titles, and peppered in with some general interest reading. Multiple media formats are available, too. Books sale hours are:

  • Wednesday 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8: a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Parking is available for $5 in the Moran Center Parking Garage at West Alabama and Graustark.

For more information, contact Nicholas Kowalski at (713) 525-2182

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Database

NBERinterfaceNational Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) was founded in 1920 and is a research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. James Poterba is the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the Mitsui Professor of Economics at M.I.T. The research activities of the NBER are organized into a series of twenty research programs and fifteen working groups. Each is led by a director, or a pair of co-directors. Research programs correspond loosely to traditional fields of study within the field of economics, and they encompass a wide range of research within such fields. The database offers a variety of media formats for information and the database is easy to navigate, with most navigation tools located on the left side of the software interface. National Bureau of Economic Research database offers research on the latest economic topics and the archive covers almost a century’s worth of valuable economic information.

The NBER database is found in the database by title page on the Doherty Library webpage and by using this link Off-site access is available to the UST community. Happy Researching!

Doherty Library Research Guides

RGinterfaceThe Doherty Library research guides serve as a ready reference tool for the University of St. Thomas – Houston, Texas community and they hold valuable information about UST resources. Learn how to navigate Doherty Library databases and use the publication information to support student and faculty projects. The guides also offer examples of reports to help the UST community display and communicate ideas and projects. The Doherty Library research guides also possess information on operations and ethics within particular disciplines like business, education, and history. The plagiarism tutorial and exam are also located within our Doherty Library research guides, here:

Visit our research guides any time for ready reference and follow-up with a librarian for any further explanation or demonstration of the value research guides possess. Happy Researching!

Boh vás žehnaj (God Bless You) Father George Hosko

IMG_3505Boh vás žehnaj (God Bless You) Father George Hosko. The Doherty Library’s Inter-library Loan (ILL) Librarian, is retiring after 19 years of service at The University of Saint Thomas – Houston. Fr. Hosko studied Theology at the University of St. Michael’s in Toronto, Canada and studied Library Science as Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was ordained as a Basilian Father in Detroit, Michigan during 1968. Shortly after ordination, Fr. Hosko began his career as a librarian, holding library positions in Windsor Ontario, followed by Detroit, Albuquerque, and Phoenix before coming to Houston to work at St. Thomas High School. He then joined the University of St. Thomas (UST) in 1997 as the Head of Inter-library Loan Department. In addition to being a librarian, he is an avid swimmer and celebrates Mass with the UST community at the Basilian Chapel. “You will be missed at the Doherty Library Fr. Hosko,” is understatement of the year from us; we wish you well and thank you for your years of service.