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TU Copy

TUcopy is a copy service for the campus. It is located on the Main Level of McFarlin Library.

They also have course packets available.

TUcopy is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This service is not affiliated with the Library but is a unit of Petroleum Abstracts. For more information, please call 631-2231, send an e-mail to padds@utulsa.edu, or visit the website.

 

Questions

Access to the Library

 

Is McFarlin Library open to the public?

What is a "Library Associates" card and how can I get one?

May TU Alumni use the library?

When is the Library open?

Where is the Library located on campus?

Can I access the Library databases from home?

What about the electronic journals? Can I get to them from home?

May I make a donation to McFarlin Library?

How do I contact the Library?

 

Borrowing/Renewing Materials

 

Where do I go to check out books?

Where do I go to return books?

Do I need a library card to check out books?

For how long may I check out a book?

Is there a limit to how many books I can check out?

May I renew my books?

May I borrow a book the library doesn't own?

What is your recall/hold policy?

How do I see what books I have checked out?

Can I check out materials from Media Services, like videos and CD's?

For how long may I check out materials from Media Services?

May I check out books or other things from Special Collections?

What is your ILL policy?

How do I open my ILL document?

What happens if my library materials get damaged?

What is your fine & billing policy?

What is your procedure for overdue books & billing?

 

Library Collections

 

How many books, magazines, videos and other materials does the library own?

Is everything the library owns listed in the library catalog?

I've heard you have a lot of material about the Tulsa Race Riot. Where is it?

I understand you have the Indian-Pioneer Papers. How can I get a copy of an interview?

What should I do if the book I'm looking for isn't on the shelf?

Some of the books have call numbers that start with numbers and other books have call numbers that start with letters. Why is that and where are they?

A lot of the journals seem to be on microfiche and microfilm. What's that and how can I make copies?

Other journals are available partially or wholly online. Can I get to those from off-campus?

What's the Bindery and why does the Library send its journals there? If a journal is at the Bindery, can I get the article I need from it through Interlibrary Loan?

What standards are available at McFarlin Library?

 

Computers and Computer Labs

 

Where is a computer lab located?

The computers on the Reference Floor require me to log in. How do I do that?

I'm trying to print an Adobe PDF file from one of the library databases, but all it's printing is a blank page. What should I do?

Can I use a laptop computer in the Library?

Is wireless Internet access available in McFarlin?

Where can I get EndNote, and how do I download and install EndNote?

How do I obtain the full text of an article from SPE eLibrary?

Why is a security warning appearing when I try to access a library database?

 

The Library Building and Facilities

 

Are private study carrels available?

Where are the copiers located?

How much do copies cost?

Where can I get change for the copiers?

Do you have any color copiers?

How much does it cost to print from the computers?

Where is the quietest place to study?

Is there any place that I can study with a group?

Where can I find a map of the Library?

Where are the restrooms?

Where is the Lost and Found?

Can I get something to eat or drink in the Library?

Are food and drink permitted in the Library?

What is that fascinating sculpture in the fountain area?

Is there a video phone in the Library?

 

Research Materials

 

How should I get started on my library research?

Where can I find magazine and journal articles on my research topic?

How do I find book reviews?

How do I cite my sources in a research paper?

I have some journal citations, but the journal name is abbreviated. How can I find out what the abbreviation stands for?

I need to do research on a specific company. Where should I look?

Does McFarlin Library have any citation indexes?

 

Library Services

 

Do you teach classes on how to use the library and its resources?

How do I recommend a new book to the library?

What help is available to me in using the library?

Does the library have a copy service that will make photocopies for students?

Is there a photocopy service for faculty?

Does McFarlin Library have an online reference service?

What are the policies regarding use of the "Ask a Librarian!" service?

What is My Reading History?

How do I opt in for My Reading History?

What are the implications for My Reading History in terms of confidentiality and the PATRIOT Act?

 

Access to the Library

Access to the Library

 

Is McFarlin Library open to the public?

McFarlin Library is not open to the general public. All patrons entering McFarlin Library MUST have a current valid TU ID Card or a Library Associate Membership Card to be able to use the facility. Visitors and other individuals who wish to use the facility must check in at the Circulation Desk. Visitors using the library are allowed one visit per year for research and evaluation purposes. Individuals interested in additional use of the library may pick up a Library Associate Membership application at the Circulation desk. Computer Lab facilities are restricted to current TU students, faculty, and staff.

Special Collections is open to the public during normal business hours. For more information on using Special Collections, please check their website or call 918-631-2496.

For access to the freely available materials in Government Documents, please check the information at the Documents website or call 918-631-2874

What is a "Library Associates" card and how can I get one?

The University of Tulsa offers a "fee for access" service that allows persons not affiliated with TU the opportunity to utilize the resources of McFarlin Library on an ongoing basis. An "Application for Individual Library Services" is available at the Circulation Desk. Call 918-631-2873 for further information.

Access/Circulation privileges to McFarlin Library do not include media checkout, interlibrary loan, computer lab resources, or remote access to electronic databases. These services are restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.

Students at other universities pay a somewhat reduced rate.

Here is the annual fee schedule:
Alumni Circulation - $60
Individual Access Only - $120
Individual Access Plus Circulation - $240
Student Access Only - $100
Student Access Plus Circulation - $200

The following limitations and restrictions apply to holders of Library Associates cards:

  • All materials are subject to recall. Fines are assessed if recalled materials are not returned by the recall date.
  • Cards are non-transferable and must be shown each time the building is entered.
  • Individuals with Circulation privileges may not have more than ten (10) items checked out at any point in time.
  • All lost or damaged materials will be charged to the patron at cost plus $13.00 processing fee. If actual cost cannot be determined, a $63.00 default price will be charged.
  • All Overdue fines and charges are the responsibility of the patron. Borrowing privileges are blocked if books become "billed" or if other charges accrue.
  • The Library reserves the right to deny, limit, or terminate access and/or circulation privileges for any reason at any time.
  • Abuses of Library or University of Tulsa policies will lead to termination of all Library privileges.
  • TU’s Computer Use and Copyright Policies will be strictly enforced at all times.
  • Individuals must have a photo ID and be at least 18 to apply for Access/Circulation privileges to McFarlin Library.

May TU Alumni use the library?

Yes, Alumni of The University of Tulsa are entitled to a complimentary 'Individual Access Only' card and pay a reduced rate for circulation privileges. Alumni cards do not expire. There is an annual fee only if you want circulation privileges. See the fee schedule or call 918-631-2873 for more information.

When is the library open?

Current library hours are available here.

Where is the library located on campus?

McFarlin Library is located in the center of campus at The University of Tulsa. It is an easy building to identify, being topped by a sort of gothic tower. On the campus map McFarlin is building 24, circled in red.

The University of Tulsa's website provides complete driving directions to the University for visitors coming from different directions.

Can I access the Library databases from home?

Yes, although off-campus access to the library's large collection of databases is restricted to current TU students, faculty, and staff. You must access the databases by going through the library's website or the library's catalog.

If you should have any problems, please contact Charles Brooks at 918-631-3793. You may also call the McFarlin Library Reference Desk at 918-631-2880.

What about the electronic journals? Can I get to them from home?

Yes, but you will need to get to them through the library's website or catalog.

The library's e-journal collection is available off-campus only to current students, faculty, and staff of The University of Tulsa.

May I make a donation to McFarlin Library?

If you wish to make a contribution to McFarlin Library for library acquisitions, in memory of an individual or to honor a graduating student, please visit our Giving to McFarlin page for details. Your support is deeply appreciated.

How do I contact the Library?

Circulation Desk: 918-631-2873

Reference Desk: 918-631-2880

Library Fax: 918-631-3791

 

Borrowing/Renewing Materials

Borrowing/Renewing Materials

 

Where do I go to check out books?

To check out a book, take it to the Circulation Desk on the Plaza Level of McFarlin Library. You will need your TU ID card.

Where do I go to return books?

You may return books at the Circulation Desk located on the Plaza Level. An outside book drop is located on the south side of the building at the Main Level Entrance. All reserve materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk.

Do I need a library card to check out books?

To check out a book you will need to present your TU ID card or your Library Associates (with circulation) card.

For how long may I check out a book?

Main Collection

Loan Periods for regular circulating materials:

  • Students & University staff - 28 days
  • Graduate students - 90 days
  • Faculty - 112 days
  • Library Associates - 14 days

*Certain materials such as Media Services, Browsing Collection, etc. have shorter checkout periods.
*Journals, magazines, and microfiche materials do not circulate.
*All materials are subject to recall.
*Many materials may be renewed up to 3 times either online or at the circulation desk.

Reserve Collection

Loan periods vary depending on type of materials and request of faculty placing items on reserve:

  • 2-hour, restricted to library use only
  • 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day.

*Fines for Reserve materials returned late are $1.00 per hour up to a maximum of $6.00 per item.
*Reserve materials may not be recalled or placed on hold.
*For more information about Reserves please see the Reserves Page.

Is there a limit to how many books I can check out?

  • Faculty - 200 books (may be increased on request)
  • Graduates - 200 books
  • Undergraduates - 100 books
  • University Staff - 100 books
  • Complimentary Library Associate Member Card users with Circulation - 5 books
  • Fee based Library Associate Card users with Circulation - 10 books

May I renew my books?

In most cases you may renew your books. Normally, library books may be renewed up to three times after the initial loan period, providing they are not held, recalled, "lost," interlibrary loan materials,

or reserve items.

You may renew your books in three different ways:

  1. In Person:  Bring the books to the Circulation Desk
  2. By Phone:  Call the Circulation Desk at 918-631-2873
  3. Online:  Go to My Library to view your personal library account information and renew any materials that are available for renewal.

For more information on Interlibrary Loan Renewals, please visit the Interlibrary Loan Page or call 918-631-3495.

May I borrow a book the library doesn't own?

Yes. Please see Interlibrary Loan's website for information on how to do this.

What is your recall/hold policy?

Recalled books are those that have been requested by another library user. Books may be recalled after 14 days. All books are recallable at any time from any patron.

A hold may be placed on books that someone else has checked out. When the book (or books) is returned, it will be kept at the Circulation Desk and the person who has placed the hold on it will be notified to come in and check out the book.

Circulation privileges are suspended (except for faculty) when books are not returned by the recall due date.

To recall and/or place a hold on a book that someone else has checked out, contact the Circulation Desk at 918-631-2873.

How do I see what books I have checked out?

 My Library allows you to keep track of your interaction with the library. You can, for example, quickly check to see what items you have currently borrowed from McFarlin and items that other libraries have loaned to you through McFarlin's Interlibrary Loan service.

Can I check out materials from Media Services, like videos and CD's?

McFarlin Media Services checks out its materials, including cassette tapes, CDs, LPs, VHS tapes, and DVDs, to TU faculty and staff as well as to undergraduate and graduate students.

For how long may I check out materials from Media Services?

Students

McFarlin Media Services checks out its materials, including cassette tapes, CDs, LPs, VHS tapes, and DVDs, to TU faculty and staff as well as to undergraduate and graduate students. Because of their more fragile nature, materials from Media Services have a more restrictive borrowing policy than do other materials, such as books.

A maximum of 5 media items can be checked out at one time. Items are checked out for 3 days with no renewals. A nonrefundable $1.00 per day fine will be charged for items not returned by the due date. Students and staff will be blocked from checking out any materials from McFarlin Library after being sent a third overdue notice. Replacement bills will be sent for items not returned. Students who habitually return media items late will lose the privilege of media check out.

Graduate Students:

  • Videos - 3 days
  • Compact Disks - 3 days
  • DVDs - 3 days
  • Scores - 28 days

Undergraduate Students:

  • Videos - 3 days
  • Compact Disks - 3 days
  • DVDs - 3 days
  • Scores - 28 days

Faculty & Staff

McFarlin Media Services checks out its materials, including cassette tapes, CDs, LPs, VHS tapes, and DVDs, to TU faculty and staff as well as to undergraduate and graduate students. Because of their more fragile nature, materials from Media Services have a more restrictive borrowing policy than do other materials, such as books.

University Faculty:

  • Videos - 7 days
  • Compact Discs - 14 days
  • DVDs - 7 days
  • Scores - 112 days

University Staff:

  • Videos - 3 days
  • Compact Discs - 3 days
  • DVDs - 3 days
  • Scores - 28 days

Please contact Media Services at 918-631-2269 for more information.

May I check out books or other things from Special Collections?

All Special Collections material, including books, must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. Material may not be taken to other parts of the library, borrowed, or checked out. More information about the department's policies is available on the Special Collections website.

What is your ILL policy?

You can find our ILL policy for borrowing items here.

You can find our ILL policy for lending items here.

How do I open my ILL document?

When you receive an email notifying you that your requested article has arrived, go here and log into Illiad. Click on the link to Electronically Received Articles under the View section of the left navigation menu. To view the article, click on the pdf icon under View. The article will stay in your account for 30 days. If you want to keep the article longer, open the article and save it to your computer. If you have problems, you may contact Tamra Stansfield at tamra-stansfield@utulsa.edu.

What happens if my library materials get damaged?

If a book becomes damaged, or if part of the material (such as a disc) is not returned with the material, the Circulation Supervisor will determine the extent and cost of the damage and place a billing charge on the patron's account. Damaged materials billings are nonrefundable.

What is your fine & billing policy?

Fines and bills may be paid at the payment window in the first floor of McClure Hall during normal business hours or online at https://secureweb.utulsa.edu/boffice/payment.html. You must bring your receipt as proof of fine payment to the circulation desk before you will be allowed to resume your normal library privileges.

Students, staff, and faculty members are charged for unreturned, lost, or damaged books checked out on their IDs.

Main Collection

Currently, McFarlin Library does not charge fines on overdue books; however, if the books remain unreturned the library will bill the patron for the materials (see below).

Reserve Materials

$1.00 per hour up to a maximum of $6.00. If materials are not returned, the actual or default replacement price will be charged.

Unreturned Materials

If a book from the main collection becomes 3 weeks overdue, all patrons are billed for the replacement of the material (actual cost or if undetermined a default of $50.00) plus a $10.00 cataloging fee plus a $3.00 billing fee. Replacement cost of a reserve photocopy is $6.00.

When lost materials are returned after billing, patrons are credited with all replacement costs (except in limited circumstances).

Media Materials

A nonrefundable $1.00 per day fine wil be charged for media items not returned by the due date. Replacement bills will be sent for items not returned.

What is your procedure for overdue books & billing?

ALL patrons will receive an overdue notice reminder via their TU email one day after the original due date. The notice states that the materials should either be renewed or returned along with instructions on how to renew the materials. If any information on the notice is incorrect, please contact the Circulation desk immediately to resolve the issue.

A second overdue notice is sent one week after the initial overdue notice has been sent again reminding the patron that the materials are overdue and must be either renewed of returned. Two weeks after the second overdue notice has been sent, and if the materials have not been renewed or returned, a billing statement is mailed to the patron listing the charges for the unreturned materials. Patron accounts (except faculty) are blocked at this point and restricted from services such as Interlibrary Loan.

If the billed materials are returned, in most cases (excluding media items), all charges are dropped from the patrons account. At the end of each semester, all outstanding bills are sent to the Bursar's office and added to the patron's University account (including faculty). The University collects these charges through various means; however, if the materials are returned within a reasonable period, in most cases (excluding media items), all bills are dropped and monies collected are refunded to the patron.

 

Library Collections

Library Collections

 

How many books, magazines, videos and other materials does the library own?

Here are some basic statistics about McFarlin's holdings:

BOOKS:

  • Over 920,000 volumes (includes print volumes of journals)
  • Over 620,000 titles
  • Over 120,000 e-books

Videos: Over 7,500

Sound Recordings: 10,000

Print Periodicals (includes serials) : Over 1,000

Electronic Periodicals: Over 40,000 (some of which we also receive in print)

Is everything the library owns listed in the library catalog?

No. Many government documents have not been cataloged. However, the Documents Dept. has a number of print indexes that list documents which may be available. Check with the Documents Librarian at 918-631-2874.

In addition, many microfiche sets in Periodicals are not individually cataloged. Call 918-631-3790 for assistance.

Also, there is material in Special Collections that has not been fully processed. Call 918-631-2496 for more information.

Finally, many e-journals are not listed in the catalog.  Always search the Journal Titles database when trying to determine if McFarlin Library has a particular journal.  Contact the Electronic Resources Librarian at 918-631-3793 for assistance.

I've heard you have a lot of material about the Tulsa Race Riot. Where is it?

To locate material in McFarlin Library concerning the Tulsa Race Riot, search the catalog using the subject heading Tulsa Race Riot, 1921. Some material will be found in the Main Collection (identifiable by the location code McFarlin Books). These items may be borrowed. Material in the form of videos and radio broadcasts will be in Media Services. These cannot be checked out, but may be viewed or listened to in Media. The Mabee Legal Information Center also has information on the Riot.

McFarlin Library's Special Collections Department has one of the best collections anywhere of primary source material on the Tulsa Race Riot. This includes a large number of photographs as well as other unique items. Special Collections is located on the 5th Floor and is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special Collections materials may only be used under supervision within the department because of their unique and fragile nature. For more information, please contact Special Collections at 918-631-2496.

I understand you have the Indian-Pioneer Papers. How can I get a copy of an interview?

The Indian-Pioneer Papers is a large collection of over 11,000 interviews with early-day settlers of Oklahoma. The Works Progress Administration sponsored the interviews during the mid-1930s. The Oklahoma Historical Society and the University of Oklahoma History Department coordinated the project, which involved more than 100 writers from across the state. Grant Foreman, one of Oklahoma's most respected historians, served as project director and editor of the papers.

McFarlin Library is fortunate to have the entire set on microfiche. It is located on the Southwest Lower Level in the microfiche cabinets with call number Microfiche M no.00070. Visitors not affiliated with The University of Tulsa will need to sign in at the Circulation Desk for a one-time library visit.

If you are unable to come in to the library you may request that a copy of an interview be made and sent to you. A complete citation to help library staff find the interview will be VERY helpful. A charge may be involved. Please contact PADDS at 918-631-2867 or padds@utulsa.edu for more information.

What should I do if the book I'm looking for isn't on the shelf?

First check the STATUS of the book on its record in the catalog. If the book is in the library the word AVAILABLE appears in the STATUS box. If the book has been checked out by someone else you will see a due date. Go to the Circulation Desk and place a hold or recall on the book. You will then be notified as soon as the book is returned.

If the book's STATUS is AVAILABLE, next check the LOCATION of the book on the catalog record to be sure that you're looking in the right place.  For example, if the location is given as Law Library, you will need to go to the Mabee Legal Information Center to retrieve the book.  If the location is McF Special Collections you will need to go up to that Department on the Fifth Floor to look at the book.  Books in the regular, circulating collection (the ones you can check out) are identified by the location McFarlin Books and are located on either the Main or Intermediate Level.

If the book is AVAILABLE but is clearly not where it should be, go to either the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk and ask for assistance. A staff member will be happy to double-check the shelves to be sure that the book has not been mis-shelved. Circulation can also conduct a formal search for the book. If the book cannot be found it will be declared missing and you may then place an Interlibrary Loan request for it.

Some of the books have call numbers that start with numbers and other books have call numbers that start with letters. Why is that and where are they?

McFarlin Library has a book collection that is split into two different call numbers systems, reflecting the manner in which the Library has grown and changed over the years.

Books in the Main Level and the Southwest/West Intermediate Level stacks are classified in the Library of Congress call number system. This system was developed by the Library of Congress in Washington and is used by most academic and research libraries in the United States. It has been in continuous development since about 1900.

Books in the Library of Congress system are easy to identify because the call numbers begin with a letter or letters of the alphabet. Each letter represents a broad subject area. The letters or numbers which follow designate more specific subject areas. This means that books on the same or similar subjects will be shelved near each other.

Below is a brief overview of the Library of Congress Classification System. If you have any questions or problems finding a book, please ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

A General Works
B-BJ Philosophy & Psychology
BL-BX Religion
C Auxilliary Sciences of History
D History: General and Old World (Eastern Hemisphere)
E-F History: America (Western Hemisphere)
G Geography. Maps. Anthropology. Recreation.
H Social Sciences. Economics. Business. Sociology.
J Political Science
K Law
L Education
M Music
N Fine Arts
P-PA General Philology and Linguistics. Classical Languages and Literatures.
PB-PH Modern European Languages
PJ-PM Languages and Literature of Asia, Africa, Oceania. Native American languages. Artificial languages.
PN Literature (General)
PQ French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Literatures
PR-PS English and American Literatures
PT German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Literatures
Q Science
QA-QB Mathematics. Computer Science. Astronomy.
QC-QD Physics. Chemistry.
QE Geology
QH-QL Biology. Botany. Zoology.
QM-QR Human Anatomy. Physiology. Microbiology.
R Medicine
S Agriculture
T Technology. Engineering. Aeronautics.
U Military Science.
V Naval Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science.

 

Books in the Intermediate Level stacks are classified in the Dewey Decimal call number system. This system was developed by Melvil Dewey. It is used mostly by public and school libraries in the United States. It first appeared in 1876.

Books in the Dewey Decimal system are easy to identify because the call numbers begin with numbers. It divides human knowledge into 10 main divisions, with many further subdivisions. This means that books on the same or similar subjects will be shelved near each other.

Note: In McFarlin Library, the Dewey books are older books, added to the library's collection before 1984. Books added since 1984 are found in the Library of Congress stacks.

Below is a brief overview of the Dewey Decimal Classification System's 10 main divisions. If you have any questions or problems finding a book, please ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

000-099 General Works. Library Science. Journalism.
100-199 Philosophy. Psychology.
200-299 Religion.
300-399 Social Science. Political Science. Economics. Law. Sociology. Education.
400-499 Language and Languages.
500-599 Pure Sciences. Mathematics. Physics. Chemistry. Earth Sciences. Life Sciences. Botany. Zoology.
600-699 Technology. Medicine. Engineering.
700-799 Arts
800-899 Literature
900-999 General Geography and History

In addition to the Library of Congress and Dewey books, the Library has a third call number system in use with the Government Documents.  United States Government Documents are shelved on the south side of the Lower Level. McFarlin Library is a "partial depository" of U.S. government documents. This means we receive a certain percentage of everything published by the federal government. Since our government is the largest publisher in the world, this is a huge amount of extremely valuable material available for research purposes.

Items in Government Documents are shelved according to their Superintendent of Documents (or SuDoc) number. This is a unique number assigned by the federal government to every item it publishes. The number is based on the issuing agency.

Many government documents may be found searching the library catalog. They may be identified by the words "McF Government Docs" under LOCATION in the box at the bottom of a record. Many more documents available here are not listed in the catalog.  For help in finding government documents, go to the Documents Office or the Lower Level Service Desk.

Below is a brief overview of the SuDoc numbering system. If you have any questions or problems finding a document, please ask for assistance.

A Agriculture Department
C3 Census Bureau
D Defense Department
E Energy Department
E Education Department
GA General Accounting Office
GS General Services Administration
HE Health and Human Services
I Interior Department
I19 U.S. Geological Survey
J Justice Department
Ju Judiciary
L Labor Department
LC Library of Congress
NAS National Aeronautics and Space Administration
S State Department
SI Smithsonian Institution
T22 Internal Revenue Service
X,Y Congress
Y4 Congressional Committees

 

A lot of the journals seem to be on microfiche and microfilm. What's that and how can I make copies?

Many of the back issues of the magazines and journals to which McFarlin Library subscribes are available only on microfiche or microfilm. These are stored in the large metal cabinets on the west side of the Lower Level. Microfiche and microfilm are not the same. Microfiche are small plastic cards. Microfilm is stored on reels.

The microfiche and microfilm are filed in the cabinets alphabetically by the title of the periodical. Each drawer is labeled to indicate which journal titles it contains. When you have found the drawer with your journal, open it. There is usually more than one journal in each drawer. Find your journal, then look for the issue you need. The volume number and date of each issue is found at the top of every microfiche. If you're looking for microfilm, each drawer is full of boxes and each box contains a reel of microfilm. Every box is marked to indicate which issues it has on the reel.

Once you have found the issue you need, remove it from the drawer and take it to one of the Microform Reader/Printers to view and/or copy the article you need. The four microform reader/printers are located on the Lower Level North. These machines allow you to view and copy material stored on microfiche or microfilm. There is no charge to make copies from either the microfiche or the microfilm.

When you finish with the fiche or film, please place it in one of the baskets provided by each reader/printer. Please do not try to replace this material in the cabinets yourself.

Periodicals in these cabinets may be identified in the library's catalog by the word "Microfiche" or "Microfilm" under Call # in the box at the bottom of the record for the publication.

Other journals are available partially or wholly online. Can I get to those from off-campus?

The library's e-journal collection is available off-campus only to current students, faculty and staff of The University of Tulsa. You will need to get to the e-journals by going through the library's website or the catalog. Be prepared to log in with your last name and TU ID number.

What's the Bindery and why does the Library send its journals there? If a journal is at the Bindery, can I get the article I need from it through Interlibrary Loan?

McFarlin keeps back issues (more than a year old) of some magazines and journals in a paper format (as opposed to microfiche, microfilm, or electronic formats). To protect them from damage and to facilitate shelving, the library has these items bound in hard covers. If the library catalog record for the issue of the journal you need indicates that the item is at the "Bindery", that simply means that the library has sent it out to be bound by a professional binding company. That issue (usually an entire volume) is thus not available at McFarlin unless the library happens to also have back issues available in another format.

You may put in an Interlibrary Loan request for an article from a journal that is at the Bindery. Unless the journal is due back within the next few days, Interlibrary Loan will process your request and try to obtain a copy of the article from another library. Please contact Interlibrary Loan at 918-631-3485 or 918-631-3061 for more information.

What standards are available at McFarlin Library?

McFarlin does not collect or provide access to current industry standards.

Current standards may be purchased directly from Techstreet (www.techstreet.com). Techstreet sells standards from publishers that include API, ASME, ASTM, IEEE, NISO, and many others. Their catalog, available on their website, is both searchable and browseable.

 

Computers and Computer Labs

Computers and Computer Labs

 

Where is a computer lab located?

There are computer labs in the Technology Wing of the library.

The computers on the Reference Floor require me to log in. How do I do that?

The computers in the library now require you to log in before you can use them. You must log in with your TU e-mail username and password, as you would using the University's "myTU" e-mail service. Your user name should be in the form "firstname-lastname", for example, "john-doe". If you've forgotten your password you may need to contact the Computer Help Desk at 631-3500. The librarian at the Reference Desk will be happy to provide assistance if you need help logging in.

One-time visitors will need to go to the Circulation Desk to obtain a temporary username and password in order to log in. These temporary accounts expire at the end of the day during which they are issued.

Library Associates are assigned usernames and passwords for the term of their membership. Alumni may request usernames and passwords. Alumni logins do not expire. However, logins which are inactive for an extended period of time may be deleted.

I'm trying to print an Adobe PDF file from one of the library databases, but all it's printing is a blank page. What should I do?

Try and print your document by clicking on the Adobe print icon, found in the Adobe Reader toolbar. This can be a little confusing, since the file in the Reader may be displayed within Internet Explorer, which has its own toolbar with a print icon.

Can I use a laptop computer in the Library?

Yes, IP (Internet) connections and electrical outlets are available in parts of the library. These are located on the tops of several study tables. Just flip back the black hinged outlet to plug in your laptop. Wireless access is also available throughout the library.

Is wireless Internet access available in McFarlin?

Wireless Internet access is available at McFarlin.

For more information, including instructions on how to get connected to the wireless network, please consult the Information Services website.

Where can I get EndNote, and how do I download and install EndNote?

EndNote can be found by going to IT's Web Services page and logging in. From there, look under TU resources, then TU web resources, then software downloads. Endnotes is at the bottom of the list.

Click on it, and save it to the desktop. This downloads the .zip file.

Open the .zip file, then click on and drag the install and license files to the desktop.

Run the install file, and you should be done.
For more help or information about EndNote, please see our EndNote Quick Guide.

Issue Alert: Some people are having trouble downloading EndNote; they are informed the file is corrupted. If this happens, delete or uninstall the file and try again. You may need to do this several times.

How do I obtain the full text of an article from SPE eLibrary?

To download FREE articles from SPE, follow the directions below (provided by SPE):

  • Select the paper(s) you are interested in and add them to your cart.
  • When you have finished adding papers to your cart, click on either the "View Cart" or "Checkout" tabs.
  • Click on "Member/Subscriber Checkout."
  • You will now see the page requesting first name, last name, and email address (you should not see anything asking for credit card information).
  • You will also see a statement informing you that your subscription has been applied.
  • Fill in the fields and click "Continue."
  • You will now see the confirmation page, check the box that acknowledges the copyright and limitations of use, and complete your order.
  • You will now see the Receipt page.
  • Proceed to the Downloads page if you desire.

If you have any questions, please contact the McFarlin Library Reference Desk at 918-631-2880.

Why is a security warning appearing when I try to access a library database?

Occasionally, a security warning may pop up in your browser when you try to access a library database. It is a result of how we verify members of the TU community who may take use library databases. You should be able continue on to the database by clicking on "Add Exception" or "Continue to this website."

More information can be found by reading this document (pdf).

Currently, we are aware of warnings popping up in the following resources:

  • Homeland Security Digital Library
  • SpringerLink
  • Philosophy Online
  • EBSCOhost
  • Scopus
  • Metapress
 

The Library Building and Facilities

edit The Library Building and Facilities

Are private study carrels available?

Yes. These are located on the Fifth Floor outside of Special Collections. All but two are assigned for the year beginning with the start of the Fall Semester in August. Application for a year-long assignment of a study carrel should be turned in to the library administration during the summer. Call 918-631-2352 for more information.

Two of the study carrels are reserved for daily use. You may "check-out" one of these for no more than 24 hours at the Circulation Desk. Call 918-631-2873 for more information.

Where are the copiers located?

Photocopy machines are available on the Intermediate and Lower Levels. They may be used to copy pages from books, journals, or any other paper material. (Copiers for microfilm and microfiche are available only on the Lower Level.) TUcopy is also available on the Main Level.

The photocopy machines cost 10 cents per page. The machines will take nickels, dimes, or quarters. A change machine is available on the Intermediate Level.

Please report any problems with the machines to the Circulation Desk.

How much do copies cost?

Photocopies cost 10 cents a page. There is no charge for copies made from microfiche or microfilm.

Where can I get change for the copiers?

If you need to make change (none of the copiers accept paper bills) there is one change machine available in McFarlin Library on the Intermediate Level next to the South copy machine.

The change machines will make change from one dollar and five dollar bills.

Do you have any color copiers?

No, however the TUcopy service will make color copies for you for a small fee.

Copyright fee may apply for other than "fair use" copies.

TUcopy is located on the Main Level of McFarlin Library. This service is not affiliated with the Library, but is a unit of Petroleum Abstracts. TUcopy is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How much does it cost to print from the computers?

There is no charge for printing from the library computers.

Where is the quietest place to study?

The Library has designated the three Reading Rooms as quiet study areas. The North and South Reading Rooms are on the Plaza Level, and the third Reading Room is on the Third Floor.

Is there any place that I can study with a group?

The Library has designated the Study Level and Lower Level as quiet talking study areas.

Where can I find a map of the Library?

A map of the library building can be found on our About the Library page.

Where are the restrooms?

Women:

  • Fourth Floor South
  • Third Floor Technology Wing
  • Plaza Level Technology Wing
  • Main Level South
  • Main Level Southeast
  • Lower Level Southeast

Men:

  • Fifth Floor South
  • Third Floor South
  • Third Floor Technology Wing
  • Plaza Level Technology Wing
  • Main Level Northeast
  • Lower Level Northeast

Where is the Lost and Found?

At the Circulation Desk. Periodically Campus Security picks up unclaimed items from the library's "lost and found" and adds them to the central lost and found service in the Security office at 2819 E. 10th Street. For more information on the library's lost and found call 918-631-2873. For information on the University's lost and found call 918-631-2571.

Can I get something to eat or drink in the Library?

Vending machines for soft drinks and snacks are available on the Plaza Level of the Technology Wing.

We also have the Cort and Martha Dietler Café on the Plaza Level near the circulation desk. This café features organic coffee and snacks, including muffins, doughnuts, salads, sandwiches, sushi, spring rolls, and more! Its hours of operation are as follows:

  • 8 - 8 Monday - Thursday
  • 8 - 5 Friday

Are food and drink permitted in the Library?

NO drinks or food are allowed in the computer labs or classrooms.

Drinks are allowed in most areas of the library. Food is only allowed in the Cort and Martha Dietler Café area and the Gray Student Commons Area.

What is that fascinating sculpture in the fountain area?

The sculptured fountain is called "Apogee". It was cast in bronze at the University's Art Department by faculty member Chuck Tomlins from the design of Don Merrill, artist/designer of McCune McCune and Associates. The late J. Paschal Twyman and his wife commissioned the sculpture and donated it to the University. Dr. Twyman was president of TU from 1968 to 1989.

Apogee

Is there a video phone in the Library?

There is a video phone in the Gray Student Commons Area on the third floor.

 

Research Materials

Research Materials

 

How should I get started on my library research?

The Reference Librarians are eager to assist you with your research projects. Before beginning a project involving library research, please feel free to come by or call the Reference Desk. A professional librarian is available there most of the hours the library is open. The Reference Librarians may be reached by phone at 918-631-2880.

In addition, McFarlin provides a number of subject-related research guides that are available online 24-7. These guides identify and briefly describe most of the major research tools that students in various majors may be expected to use in the course of a research project. If the resource is online, a link is provided. If it is an offline (print) resource, a call number is provided. The guides are part of the Library's Instruction Program, available here. If you have any questions about the research guides, please contact Rita Howell, Instruction Librarian, at 918-631-2876 or rita-howell@utulsa.edu.

Where can I find magazine and journal articles on my research topic?

 To find articles published in periodicals (either magazines or journals), you must use an index. An index is a publication that identifies published articles.

The Library provides you with access to indexes in two different formats: print and online. Indexes available only in the first format, print, must be used in the library. Indexes available on the Internet are accessible from offices, dorm rooms, or from home. McFarlin Library provides access to all these databases. Included is a listing of databases by subject so that you may quickly locate a journal index relevant to your particular topic.

How do I find book reviews?

 To find a book review, it helps to know the original date of publication.  This is especially true if you want to use the two print sources dedicated specifically to locating book reviews.  These are:

Book Review Index
McFarlin Books Z1035.A1B6

Book Review Digest
McFarlin Books Z1035.A1B58

In both sources, begin searching for reviews in the year the book was published, then work forward through the more recent years.  Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.

Check either the
library catalog or WorldCat to get the original publication date.

 

To locate published collections of book reviews in McFarlin Library, search the following terms on the catalog:

[Subject Heading] -- Book reviews -- Indexes

For example:

·     Humanities -- Book reviews -- Indexes

·     Political science -- Book reviews -- Indexes

 

A good source for locating book reviews online is EBSCOhost.  The EBSCOhost databases may provide you with access to book reviews published in scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers since about 1990.

 

TIP : When searching for book reviews on EBSCOhost, search for the title or author of the book combined with the term "book review".  Contact the Reference Desk if you need assistance.

Many other sources are available for locating book reviews during different time periods and in various disciplines.  If you can't find a review using the sources listed above, please contact the McFarlin Library Reference Desk.  The librarians will be able to suggest other places to look for a review of your book.

How do I cite my sources in a research paper?

 A guide on citing in APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian is available here.

TU's Writing Center will also be happy to assist you in writing a paper, including citing sources. Please contact them at 631-3131 to make an appointment.

I have some journal citations, but the journal name is abbreviated. How can I find out what the abbreviation stands for?

 Many bibliographies and indexes (especially print indexes) use abbreviations when citing the title of a journal in which an item appeared. This is generally done to conserve space. In most cases a "key", or list of abbreviations used, appears in the front or the back of the book.

Online databases generally do not use abbreviations in this way, although there are exceptions. You may want to try JournalSeek.

If you have an abbreviated title, there are two sources available in the McFarlin Reference Collection that may help. Each one lists abbreviations in alphabetical order and then gives the full title, meaning, or phrase next to it.

 

  1. Periodical title abbreviations (Ready Ref PN4832.A44)
  2. Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary (Ref P365.A28)

 

Both are shelved in the Ready Reference area next to the Reference Desk.

I need to do research on a specific company. Where should I look?

McFarlin Library offers numerous databases, as well as books, newspapers, and journals, that will help you track down information on most companies. A list of the major library business databases is available on the McFarlin website.

To find out if a company is public or private, or if it is a subsidiary or parent, use Hoover’s Online, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage or Business & Company Resource Center.

To locate information on a company's industry or its competitors, you may need to determine its NAICS or SIC number. For NAICS use the North American Industry Classification System (ask at Reference Desk). Though superceded by the NAICS, it may be helpful to determine a company's SIC number. Use the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987 (HF1042.S73 1987). Information on competitors and industries may also be found in Business & Company Resource Center, Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage, and Hoovers Online.

To locate a company's financial statements, use EDGAR, Business & Company Resource Center, and Mergent Online.

To find information on stock price performance, use Value Line Investment Survey, Standard & Poor's Stock NetAdvantage, and Daily Stock Price Record (Ref HG4915.S664).

For additional information, please contact the McFarlin Reference Desk at 918-631-2880, or contact Rita Howell, Business Liaison Librarian, at 918-631-2876 (rita-howell@utulsa.edu).

Does McFarlin Library have any citation indexes?

McFarlin Library subscribes to Scopus, an online abstract and citation index. (A citation index is an index to the bibliographies of journal articles. Using a citation index you can determine who has cited a particular work in later research.) A link to Scopus can be found in our list of databases on the Articles and Databases page of our web site.

A librarian may be able to help you further. A charge may be involved. Contact Ann Blakely at 918-631-3061 for more information.

The OSU-Tulsa Library subscribes to a product called Web of Science, which is a web-based version of the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science Citation Indexes. Access is limited to persons on their campus, so you would need visit the OSU-Tulsa Library in order to use it.

 

 

Library Services

Library Services

Do you teach classes on how to use the library and its resources?

Yes, McFarlin Library has a very active instruction program and offers instructors at the University the opportunity to bring their classes to the library for training in the use of library and information resources relevant to the needs of students in specific courses.  Library classes train students in such areas as proper research techniques, evaluation of information sources, and using both traditional print sources and online databases.  For more information please see the Instruction website or contact Rita Howell, Instruction Librarian, at 918-631-2876 or by email at rita-howell@utulsa.edu.

How do I recommend a new book to the library?

The library provides online forms specifically to collect requests for new books.  Select the form for your college:


Please be aware that your suggestion will be evaluated based on the library's collection development policies and current budgetary constraints. Each request is reviewed by the liaison librarian for the college.

What help is available to me in using the library?

All public service areas in McFarlin Library have a service desk of some sort to provide assistance to anyone using the library.  The service desks are staffed most of the hours the library is open.  The Library Service Desks are:

  • Reference Desk - 918-631-2880 (hours are here)
  • Circulation Desk (includes Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, and the cashier) - 918-631-2873 (hours are here)
  • Periodicals Desk - Lower Level - 918-631-3597 (hours are here)
  • Special Collections - Fifth Floor - 918-631-2496 (hours are here)

Assistance is also available via e-mail through the Ask a Librarian! online reference service.

Does the library have a copy service that will make photocopies for students?

A professional copy service, TUcopy is located on the Main Level of McFarlin Library.  They will make photocopies from a hardcopy (including color materials), or from microfilm or microfiche.

They also have course packets available.

Copyright fee may apply for other than "fair use" copies.

This service is not affiliated with the Library but is a unit of Petroleum Abstracts. TUcopy is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For more information, please call 631-2231, send an e-mail to padds@utulsa.edu or visit the website at http://www.orgs.utulsa.edu/tucopy.

Is there a photocopy service for faculty?  

TUcopy handles the faculty copy service in McFarlin Library. TUcopy is located on the Main Level in McFarlin. This service provides faculty with the option of having all copy requests sent to them in print copy through campus mail or in electronic pdf format through e-mail.

TUcopy handles the billing for faculty copying. To use the new faculty copy service, faculty may e-mail, call, fax or present in person any request.  Online order forms are also available. Graduate students doing research for faculty may bring material to the Main Floor copy service for any reproductions needed.

Hours of Tucopy: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

For after hours service, please use the online forms.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tucopy:

Phone: 631-2231
E-mail: padds@utulsa.edu
FAX: 631-3823
Website: http://www.orgs.utulsa.edu/tucopy
 

 

Does McFarlin Library have an online reference service?

The Reference librarians offer an e-mail reference service called "Ask a Librarian!"
 

What are the policies regarding use of the "Ask a Librarian!" service?

The "Ask a Librarian!" reference service is available only to current students, faculty and staff of The University of Tulsa.

Questions must be submitted according to the "Ask a Librarian" instructions. Whenever possible a professional librarian will respond within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). Questions sent to us on a University holiday or over a weekend will not reach a librarian until the next regular business day.

Questions should require short, specific answers, for example:

  • To get information on library services and facilities
  • To verify bibliographic citation information
  • To request addresses/phone numbers/websites for companies, institutions, associations, or government agencies
  • To locate factual information, such as simple statistics or biographical information
  • To ask for basic guidance concerning research on a specific topic
  • To seek assistance in accessing library databases

If your question is more complex or time-consuming please visit the McFarlin Library Reference Desk or call 631-2880 to discuss your question with a librarian.

 

What is My Reading History?

My Reading History maintains a list of materials that you check out, even after the materials have been returned.

How do I opt in for My Reading History?

In your My Library account, click the "My Reading History" link. A button "Opt to View Your Reading History" will be displayed. Click the button to begin tracking your reading history from that moment forward.

What are the implications for My Reading History in terms of confidentiality and the PATRIOT Act?

Library patrons need to be aware that using My Reading History means this information is being stored on the library server. If we are served with a subpoena, Reading History information might have to be surrendered to law enforcement officials.

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