The library provides a growing collection of online content, including e-books; articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers; dissertations and theses; streaming video; company, industry, and market research reports; statistics, data, and more.
There are three types of search tools for finding online library materials:
2. Google Scholar to find scholarly articles and books
3. Databases for in-depth searching within a discipline and to find content not searchable through Library Quick Search.
What is a Library Database?
A database is an online source of information that is organized, indexed, and searchable via an internal search engine. Generally, library databases provide information not available for free on the Internet.
Databases may include different types of content, such as:
Full-text: articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers; e-books; different types of reports; etc.
Indexes: citations and abstracts of articles. Look for the button to request full text to be delivered to your email address.
Specialized databases: statistics and data; mapping tools; standards; specialized business tools, including company, industry and market research reports; psychology tests; government regulations; and more.
Most UTSA databases are available remotely with abc123 login. There are three business databases (Bloomberg, Capital IQ, and Datastream) and one nutrition database (Nutribase) which are only available on designated workstations inside the John Peace Library on the Main Campus.
Explore UTSA Libraries’ Research Guides to learn more about databases and other resources in different subject areas.
For the materials not available online at UTSA, the library will obtain journal articles and selected book chapters and email them to your UTSA.edu email address. To place a request, you may login to your GET IT FOR ME account, or just click on the button in your database or Library Quick Search results.
You may request print books, CDs, and DVDs owned by the UTSA Libraries to be mailed to you via the GET IT FOR ME service.
The library will ship requested items to you and will include a return mailing label.
Loan periods for distance students:
Online Undergraduate Students:
DVD’s and CD’s – 4 of each item for a 14 day checkout period
Books – 50 items for 30 days at a time
Online Graduate and Certificate Students:
DVD’s and CD’s – 4 of each item or a 14 day period
Books – 50 items for a semester-long checkout period
Distance students and faculty will be responsible for return mailing costs and any charges and fees in relation to overdue or lost items from our library collections.
Some physical items are not available for delivery via the Get It For Me Service, including:
To obtain a TexShare card, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your official UTSA email address and abc123, and we will mail you a TexShare card to the address you have on file.
UTSA's Online Learning encourages using this software.