The Library System
The University of Houston campus libraries include The M.D. Anderson Library (the main library), The Franzheim Architecture Library, The Law Center Library, The Music Library, The Optometry Library, and The Pharmacy Library.
The M.D. Anderson Library houses a balanced collection with particular strength in Science, Engineering, Education, Psychology, and Business. The library is a depository for both United States and Texas State documents. Several large sets of research materials are available on microfilm, such as a collection of Early American Imprints, which includes all books, pamphlets, and magazines published in the United States from 1693-1800.
The M.D. Anderson Library has one of the nation’s most sophisticated computerized card catalogs. The on-line library catalog provides information about the collections of the University Park Libraries, as well as, those at the Clear Lake, Victoria, and Downtown campuses. This system provides the groundwork for the major data base that will support the university’s computer network. The library plans to move toward digitized journal records in scientific areas, providing access to current academic and scientific journals in both hard copy and computer disk format. The library also has a major group of work stations dedicated for student use.
The library also has a very good Interlibrary Loan service, which will allow access to books and hard copies of articles not directly available at the library. The library also has extensive E-Books and journals available on-line. All students should become very familiar with the library and its resources.
The University of Houston has assumed a leadership position in the application of Computer Technology to an educational environment. Its University Computing Center (UCC) provides a broad range of services to aid students and faculty in their research. Through its Academic Computing Services, the center sets up research accounts for graduate students and provides documents explaining local commands, procedures, and software. Academic Computing Services also sponsors free, non-credit seminars to help acquaint users with the University’s computing systems and available software.
The Department has exceptional computer resources for graduate students. Students have access to IBM-Compatible personal computers, and a variety of software for data analysis, mapping, and work processing. The computers are set up to be easily accessible for student work, both data analysis and word processing. Most computer needs for the thesis may be accomplished through the department alone.