Use this guide to organize your research and citations by using any of the tools discussed here. Some of the tools are free and some like RefWorks and EndNote are available to you as a Texas State student, faculty or staff. You might also consider creating a presence on one of the social media sites like Academia.edu or Mendeley.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free lending service available to current Texas State students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that Alkek Library does not own such as journal articles, books, DVDs, CDs—anything you might need for your research.
Use the online Interlibrary Loan request system ILLiad to order your ILL items. Enter as much information as you know about the item you need, and the ILL staff will try to track it down.
Depending on the type of item you're requesting, turnaround times vary—to be safe, plan to wait a few business days for an article and at least a week for a book.
If you need help with making an ILL request or have questions about the process, call the ILL office at 512.245.4893.
Consider using a citation manager instead of typing bibliographies and in-line citations by hand. It will save you time.
There are many citation managers out there--examples include Refworks, Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero, and others. Some are free, and some require a subscription or charge for extra storage.
As a member of the campus community, you automatically have access to Refworks and EndNote that allow you to:
Request a TexShare card through this request form or sign up at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the main floor.