Research Guides at the Doherty Library

Doherty Library Research Guides are a great way to discover information about subject and topics concerning classes and information resources at the University of St. Thomas. The research guides cover a number of topics, and searching for information in the guides is easy. Notice the ribbon area at the top of the research guide page in the image below, the guides are divided by Group, Subject, Type, and Owner. The  arrow below the ribbon points out the search box to use when you have a keyword. The Subject area showing at the bottom of the page, groups together guides by subject and the number of guides in the subject area. Click on the row for a drop down window to select the available research guide within the subject. You may always come into the Doherty Library to ask about research guides and how they help for ready reference to classes, directions, subject material and information resources available at the University of St. Thomas.


UST Borrowing Books at Rice University

imgresCeltLogoSometimes research opportunities increase with collaborative efforts in academia. Access to information resources is important to success in college life. When an item is unavailable at the Doherty library, there are other ways to locate and access an information item. The Doherty library has a reciprocal borrowing program with the Fondren library at Rice University, which allows UST students, faculty, and staff to immediately obtain items directly from Fondren Library at Rice University.

To take advantage of the Rice Reciprocal Borrowing Program, you must

  • Know the book you want in advance, as well as its call number. You can obtain this information by searching Rice University’s Fondren Library online catalog. Ask the Doherty library reference librarian, if you need help.
  • As long as your account is up to date and you do not have any late fees or overdue books, use this link to begin: Request a Book from Fondren Library.
  • You may borrow up to 4 books at a time for 4 weeks.

Please keep in mind that Rice overdue fines are a $1 per item per day, so be sure to return your materials to Rice by the due date given.

Single renewals may be arranged by contacting through email to: Ms. Martin at or Ms. Latner at

Please make use of this privilege when UST classes are in session.  Rice University does not honor requests when there are no regular UST classes.

Questions? Contact: Father Hosko, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator — — 713-525-6926

Oxford Reference Database

A helpful electronic resource at the Doherty library is the Oxford Reference. Oxford Reference is an excellent place to begin a research project, to clarify information about a topic, or to peruse a topic for your edification. The homepage interface for Oxford Reference is easy to navigate, and topics are in a subject order. Scroll the cursor over the images on the homepage to see all the offerings. > research > databases > Oxford Reference

Below is an image for the entry “Abraham.” Notice the arrow at the top pointing to the keyword search box. This box is constant on all pages, enter a keyword to find information you are looking for to support your research.  Notice the tool area under the keyword search box where users select to print, to use a citation tool, or to select a font point size. The envelope icon allows users to e-mail the entry to their e-mail account. Arrows in the image point out the drop down windows that are used to refine the findings in Oxford Reference.

If you do not see the University of St Thomas as highlighted below, while using the Oxford Reference or if you experience any troubles, call 713-525-2188, the Doherty library reference desk or come in to the Doherty library and a librarian will assist you with access to the information resource. Happy Researching!


Thank you Mr. Joe Goetz

profile_photoThank you Mr. Joseph Goetz for your contribution to The University of St. Thomas and great luck on your new adventures. Mr. Goetz recently earned a position at Rice University at the Fondren library. Joe is a recognizable member at the Doherty library, leading the way to information instruction and improving information literacy of the UST community. Joe served on the QEP committee and helped incorporate information literacy into the University Learning Outcomes for writing.

Joe enjoys reading and writing poetry, he is a father of one active, young daughter, and he is a husband. Joe is a native Texan from the San Antonio area. He holds a B.A. in English from Rice University and a M.F.A in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Joe will be missed and his contributions to information literacy will always be felt across our university among the different colleges and departments. The Doherty library is thankful for his contributions to UST and we wish him the best of fortune in his new adventures.

Annual Fall Book Sale 2015

book-saleThe annual fall book sale will be held at the Doherty Library and is open to the general public from Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25 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 21th

This year we have many titles covering International Studies and Political Science especially Russian Studies and History.  We also have many books in Literature, Business and Theology.

Schedule: 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.

Cost: Hardbound books are $2 and paperbacks are $1.

For more information contact:  713-525-2182.

At the Doherty Library Lobby This Week! The Friends of the Doherty Library are proud to present University of St. Thomas alumnus Vincent D’Amico’s “Robert Frost, Poet.”


On 1 October 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at the Doherty library lobby, The Friends of the Doherty Library are proud to present University of St. Thomas alumnus Vincent D’Amico’s “Robert Frost, Poet.”  Mr. D’Amico speaks about his life with Robert Frost. Mr. D’Amico visits the Doherty library regularly with wonderful histories that are “slices of life.” Food and Beverages will be provided.