Over-the phone writing help now available

How would you like to get feedback on your written work from the comfort of your own home? In our ongoing effort to provide you with writing assistance, the University of San Francisco’s San Jose campus is now offering tutoring sessions over the telephone. For the remainder of the spring semester, including finals week, Mark Dowdy will be available for remote appointments.

These sessions will be just like those conducted in-person, except that Dr. Dowdy and students will review essays online and speak to one another over the telephone. Dr. Dowdy will be available for this type of session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (the same days he’s available for in-person sessions) and can be reached at 415-422-5575. If you would like to schedule a telephone appointment, please contact Mark Dowdy at madowdy@usfca.edu.

Writing tutor available Tuesdays & Thursdays for spring semester 2015

USF San José offers an experienced university-level writing tutor Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m.

Mark Dowdy, PhD, teaches rhetoric on USF’s main campus and English at San José State University. Mark, a writing tutor in the Writing Center on the main campus as well, can help you with writing, editing and drafting your paper and any other writing questions. He’s available for students in all programs and you can drop in to the faculty office right next to the library or make an appointment by emailing him at madowdy@usfca.edu.

USF gains access to Center for Research Libraries

The University of San Francisco is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a partnership of more than 200 university, college, and independent research libraries, effective June 1, 2014. For 60-plus years, CRL has acquired and preserved newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources, and made them available to member institutions and others through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. For researchers at member institutions, CRL functions as a branch library of extraordinary resources with user-focused policies and practices, including:

  • Unlimited access to CRL’s collection of five million items
  • Digitized collections offering over 16 million pages scanned by request or in collaborative projects
  • Third-day delivery on vast majority of interlibrary loans, and project-length loan privileges
  • Demand Purchase Program – Enables patrons to request purchases up to $2,000 annually in three areas: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival material.
  • Favorable offers on published electronic resources for member libraries.
  • With a strategic emphasis on expanding electronic access to international primary source collections, CRL participates in a number of cooperative digitization efforts, yielding over 15 million pages of digitized content to date.

CRL collections are diverse and highly developed, including:

  • Largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 6,500 international newspapers, some from as early as the 1700s—the largest circulating collection of newspapers in North America.
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 U.S. ethnic titles.
  • Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries, with a focus on science and technology.
  • Access to rich holdings in STE print serials through a partnership with the Linda Hall Library.
  • More than 800,000 non-U.S. dissertations.
  • Area Studies: major collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Southeast Asia, in various formats.

If you need more information, feel free to call the Reference & Research Services at 415.422.2039 or use the Ask a Librarian service.

New books on display in the library

The Business Writer’s Companion.
Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw and Walter E. Oliu. HF 5718.3 B79 2014.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
The University of Chicago. Z 253 U69 2010

How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-based Medicine, 5th ed.
Trisha Greenhalgh. R 118.6 G74 2014

Social and Personal Ethics, 8th ed.
William H. Shaw. BJ 1012 S45 2014

Therapeutic Games and Guided Imagery: Tools for Mental Health and School Professionals Working with Children, Adolescents, and Their Families, Vols. 1 and 2.
Monit Cheung. RJ 505P6 C54 2006

Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 5th ed. José L. Galvan. H 61.8 G34 2013

Please come see the New Books display in the library.

Writing tutor available Wednesdays through summer 2014

After a successful run during spring semester, writing tutor Mark Dowdy will be available through summer from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays to help students with writing. Mark, who is also a lecturer in San José State University’s English department, offers editing and writing help as well as paper draft reviews. No appointment is necessary, but students can email him at madowdy@usfca.edu to arrange a time to meet.

Beginning this fall, the Writing Center plans to provide writing consultants at all four branch campuses.

President Obama returns to San José today

It’s suddenly become very quiet around the Plaza de César Chávez as the streets surrounding the park are cleared of traffic and patrolled by more law enforcement officers in cars and on motorcycles. President Obama landed in Mountain View about 20 minutes ago and is rumored to be on his way to the Fairmont Hotel across the plaza from USF’s San José campus.

Come to the library for a perfect view of the presidential motorcade.

Graduates! Sign up for an alumni library card


Congratulations on completing your program! Keep learning through USF libraries with an alumni library card.

Alumni may access the library’s databases from within the library. Find out more about online databases you can access from home here. Alumni may also use branch libraries at the discretion of the branch library staff. Because there are fewer resources in the regions, priority is given to currently enrolled students and teaching faculty. Please call or email in advance to find out the best times to drop in or get help.

Apply for alumni borrowing privileges at the Gleeson Library circulation desk on the main campus. Pay with cash or by check. For more information, visit the Alumni and Visitors Web page.

New books include legal “Redbook”

This month’s new books includes “The Redbook,” about California law relating to minors. Come check them out at the library.

Addiction Treatment Homework Planner. James R. Finley and Brenda S. Lenz. RC 564.15 F555 2014

The Adolescent in Family Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Relationships. Joseph Micucci. RJ 503M495 2009

California Law Relating to Minors, 2014 edition, “The Redbook”. Phil Kauble, ed. KFC 111 M5 K28 2014

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Groups. Peter J. Bieling, Randi E. McCabe and Martin M. Antony. RC 489 C63 B54 2006

Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists. Lee Williams, Todd M. Edwards, JoEllen Patterson and Larry Chamow. RC 488.5 E78 2001.

Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong. Louis P. Pojman and James Fieser. BJ 1012 P65 2012

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, 3rd. ed.  William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick. RC 533 M56 2013

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents . Russell A. Barkley. RJ 506 H9 B373 2013