Information Commons

The Library and Academic Success Center at DeVry Houston are now the Information Commons, located in the library. The Information Commons supports technology and business-oriented courses along with humanities and social sciences resources to meet the needs of students anytime, anywhere.

Things to Know:

Beginning October 26th we have new hours, located at Information Commons hours.

To access the library databases, your user name is your D number and your password is your year and month of birth. For example, if you were born in 1992 of May, your password is 199205. However, if you are unsuccessful after 3 attempts, you will have to wait 15 minutes. If you are having access issues relating to going into the database or course shell, call the Help Desk at 877-784-1997, option 1, to speak with a Help Desk Analyst.

To contact a Peer Subject Matter Expert for tutoring, call 713-973-3138 to make an appointment with a tutor or ask for an email schedule when Peer Subject Matter Experts and Faculty are available. Your campus professor also has that schedule. You may also go to your course shell and click Tutor Source for online assistance. The self-paced resource libguide on study strategies are also available.  

In order to ensure Academic Quality and solid research skills amongst students, Wikipedia and related sites which lack editorial and publishing controls cannot be cited, and will not be accepted, in research papers. The Wikipedia founder would agree with this decision. The faculty and library at the Houston campus suggest DeVry Library or DeVry online tools, a professor's website, or any other library or resource that subscribes to the commitment in its use of resources relying on quality and verifiable material. If you have any questions about the validity of a resource, contact your professor, the library, or review this interactive site for assessing the material you choose from any electronic or traditional resource.

APA is the standard style used at this campus. A number of resources are available for students to learn this method, including the ASC, the APA HUB tutorial, NoodleTools and the tutorial, your professor, along with a number of other resources available from this campus. Check your syllabus for more information.

METRO TRACK is available for Houston Metro students. Need ready reference information on a class assignment or worried about how to build study habits? This intuitive site looks like a train or bus schedule. Choose your college, choose your class, choose your resource assignment. Follow the track. It is that simple and both student and faculty feedback has been strong and upbeat. For a faster and smoother research experience, take Metro Track. The final reconstructed version will be available in November

ASK A LIBRARIAN, a chat area where you can discuss your research questions and seek assistance in finding what you need. The Texas hours for the service are:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

You can also e-mail a librarian your question. Librarians are chosen at random to answer these questions. For local service, contact your campus library director or staff.

Assistance needed in how to use the databases? We have tutorials on each of them. Click on the Library Databases link on the left or here, and you will find step by step instructions, created and designed by student staff members in the Houston campus library.

Information Commons Hours

Monday Through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hours may be truncated during holidays and similar events.

Contact Information

For a librarian response go to Ask A Librarian.

Library Instruction

Individual and Class Instruction on finding information relevant to a particular program or subject area is available by contacting the library director. For class research instruction, please contact the library director through e-mail and include the course name, room number, amount of students, time of class meeting and which particular subject areas are being researched by students, if applicable. Please allow at least one week notice between request and library class instruction. An instructor must be present during the library research class.

Fines

Overdue Books: .25 cents a day. Videos: 1.00 per day.

Library reserves right to limit amount of days an item may be loaned to patron. Reference and Reserved books are not loaned out.

Payment Method: The library is a proud sponsor of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Any fine may be paid by by exact change in cash or check only. The fines (excluding lost items) go to the Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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