Quickstart for New Students

If you are a new student, this is the place to begin.

Registration and Passwords

Welcome to DTS! The library is here to help you with your research needs. New students are automatically registered to use the library two weeks before their first semester begins. Your DTS ID card is also your library card. You will need to use your DTS ID number and your library password to renew books, place holds, and access online databases. Note your library account is completely independent of CampusNet (where you register for courses, etc.) Your initial or default library password is your last name. You can change it in Biblos, the library catalog. You can also use your library password to get yet another password you can use for the wireless network.

Orientation, Instruction and Help

The library offers orientation the first few days of the fall and spring semesters on the Dallas campus. This covers library services and a brief hands-on introduction to searching databases. See the key databases page for a description of the dozen most important databases, and the database tutorials for instruction about using the main search engines. Some formal library research method instruction is incorporated into RS101, IE100, DM102, and BS1004. Please read about services, calendar/hours, and rules as you have time.

Special Note for Online and Extension Campus Students

Live outside the DFW area? The Dallas campus library is still here to help you. Read about services for "remote" students. Students outside the DFW area may call or email the library to ask for reference assistance or to request books by mail or scanned journal articles by email. Tutorials explain how to find online journal articles right from your desktop and how to find which libraries near you own a specific book you want, although we can probably supply most of the books you need from the Dallas collection. We have negotiated with libraries near extension campuses to provide access to additional resources, but we expect you to need and to use the Dallas campus collection.