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Google Scholar: Services & Info

This research guide is to help you get started using Google Scholar. It included information about setting up preferences and using tools such as Refworks.

How to use this Guide

This guide was developed to help you start your research using Google Scholar.


Request a card online through this TexShare Card request form or sign up in person at the Circulation Desk.

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries
  • All current students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for an entire semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" attached to their records that prevent you from registering for classes, obtain transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Circulation desk at 512.245.3681 or via email

Ask A Librarian

Use the Ask a Librarian service for questions
about library resources, research assignments
or other information. We offer chat, text, or
you can also email a question to us.

You can also make an online or face-to-face
appointment with a reference librarian. 

Here's more information about
individual research consultations.

Guide to Alkek Library Floors

Information about what can be found on each floor of the Alkek Library:


2nd Floor

Second Floor Map

Reference Desk

  • This is where you go to get help with research.
  • Reference Desk Hours can be found here.

Circulation Desk

  • This is where you go to check out books.  
  • You can also check-out laptops and request a Texshare Card here.
  • This is the place you go to clear holds on your account.

Workstations and Printers

  • Access Internet and Microsoft production software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and etc.) on all but a few of the computers.
  • If you have problems printing, there is a printer help station or you can ask for help at the Reference desk.


3rd Floor

Third Floor Map

Reserve, Periodicals and Media Desk

  • Print copies of reserve items (books, old tests, articles, etc.).
  • There are also dvds, cds, and other types of materials like 3-D objects.
  • You can check the Reserve collection to see if something is on reserve. Search by course or professor's last name.
  • You can ask questions about periodicals or the media collection.  The staff can also assist you with issues relating to the equipment (like the microform/fiche readers).

Newspapers, Current Magazines and Journals

  • Current issues shelved alphabetically by title of periodical.
  • Older issues are bound together by volume or replaced by microfilm/fiche.(You'll need a call number to locate bound or microform periodicals.

Older Periodicals

  • 1980-present are on the 3rd floor, if bound.
  • Older than 1980 are kept in the regular collection, and can be found by their call number.

Microfilm/fiche and Readers

  • Use these to look at journals on microfilm or microfiche.
  • Assistance is available.
  • Copies are .10/page or use the new DIGITAL scanner/reader. (USB drive is necessary to save articles.)

KIC Scanner

  • This scanner allows you to scan and then either email the document to yourself or save it to a USB drive.

4th Floor

Fourth Floor Map

Computer Lab

  • The Computer Lab provides both PC and Macintosh hardware, with a more extensive software collection than most computers on most Library computers.  Software includes Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and SPSS. 
  • You'll need to check in at the Computer Lab desk and leave your student ID.

Government Information/Maps/Curriculum Materials

  • Alkek Library is a Federal and State depository for government documents.
  • The area has lots of good stuff, like maps, and the special map printer/plotter.
  • It's also where you can check out textbooks used in the Texas public schools (elementary and high school).


Floors 5, 6, & 7

  • Most of the books and other materials you can check out of the library are on these floors.
  • Individual & group study rooms are also available on these floors.
  • The 5th & 6th floors are designated as the "quiet floors." 

InterLibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan
(ILL) is a
Library lending service available
to current TxState students
and employees. ILL borrows
items from other libraries that
the Alkek Library does not own. Use ILLIAD, the online
interlibrary loan request system,
to order your ILL items.

It is free to use this service.
Typical turnaround for a
book is 1-2 weeks. If articles
are found in electronic
format,requests can be sent
to you via email.

Contact & Pick-up Info:

Items can be picked up at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd
floor of the Library.

Please call 512.245.4893 or
with additional