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Welcome! My name is John Dillard; I am the Social Welfare and Social Sciences Librarian here at the UT Arlington Libraries.

The academic areas for which I am primarily responsible are:

The usually the best way to contact me is via email: dillard@uta.edu.

My Office Hours are held in the Starbucks® area of the UT Arlington University Center.

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* * * * * My Ready Reference Research Selections * * * * *
Selected Articles, Chapters, Databases, Searches, Sources, & Titles
that sometimes help me with my reference research work.
Arrangement is alphabetical : A-D, E-M, N-R, and S-Z.

Click on the letter range above that corresponds to a key word of your topic.
I may have had a question about that topic at sometime in the past.


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Recently I have been asked for extensive research resources and guidance on these topics:

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Here are links to some of my more popular guides and some of the Libraries' key tutorials:

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Recent Snapshot
Cool photo of John and his wife, Sara Frances Dillard
Photo on the left is of my wife, Sara Frances Dillard, also a librarian, with me and a wonderful bald eagle in front of a US Flag.



John with books
Photo of me with books.
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  • My work takes me all over campus; therefore, I am not always easy to contact. When arranged in advance by email [dillard@uta.edu] I can set aside a time or stay late to consult on your research project.

  • Students sometimes need to know how to connect from off-campus to the UT Arlington Library's online research resources and what to do if they are having problems making that connection. The link just below addresses many of the issues that students sometimes encounter: Connecting from Off-Campus. Hope this helps.

  • Writing and citation format questions sometimes come to my desk, and I can answer basic questions. However, for most students, the University Writing Center located on the 4th floor of the Central Library is the best place to go with serious questions about writing and citation formating. Social work students should seek out Dr. Chris Kilgore, the Writing Resource Coordinator for the School of Social Work. He has crafted a Writing Guide for Social Work. There are also, two free and easy to use online citation formatting tools often used by students -- the Citation Builder and KnightCite. Please, use these tools with care; they are not perfectly correct every time. Also, a more powerful and more difficult to use bibliographic management software RefWorks can serve to aid with citation formatting of long bibliographies. RefWorks should be used with caution. A free grammar checking software (Grammarly) is popular with some students.

  • Students sometimes ask about the DOI System. DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. This system was developed by a publishers to help researchers locate information such as journal articles on the internet using the DOI as a handle. A DOI name, such as, 10.1000/182, can be resolved to the publisher's page with this link: Resolve a DOI Name. For more information about the DOI naming system, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) provided by the DOI System.

  • Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates sometimes want the UT Arlington Library to buy a book, video (DVD), or subscribe to a journal. Here is a link to the Library Materials Purchase forms. Faculty and student researchers are strongly encouraged to make suggestions.

  • UT Arlington is a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). The ICPSR provides access to an important archive of social science data for research and instruction. Here is a link information about ICPSR. I frequently recommend this wonderful research resource to student and faculty researchers.
    The Minnesota Population Center IPUMS Data Sets, and the Roper Center's iPoll DataBank are two other data archives that I also often recommend. Also, here is a link to a guide that lists a number of other selected social science data archives, for research and instruction. Theses sites might help to provide key information to aid researchers seeking data for statistical analysis, publication, and to inform effective policy decisions. In addition, the UT Arlington Office of Information Technology offers statistical support or Statistical Services to "help faculty, staff, and students with those aspects of their research that involve the use of statistics and statistical computing." The UT Arlington Office of Information Technology offers Software Support for SPSS, SAS and Stata statistical packages.

  • Intellectual property queries such as, Copyright & Fair Use and Plagiarism and how to correctly Acknowledge Sources, and other types of intellectual property questions often come to my attention. Brett Currier is the Director of Scholarly Communications for the University of Texas at Arlington, where he focuses on issues of copyright and fair use. The Libraries' Scholarly Communication website can help researchers with their teaching and publication activites. I frequently recommend the, U.T. System Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer policy. When in doubt contact Brett Currier. He can help you identify the copyright law issues that you need to understand from an educational and research perspective. Questions about open access are often closely related to issues of copyright and fair use and Brett Currier is well qualified to address open access issues as well. The UT Arlington Libraries have several guides that address Open Access and Open Educational Resources topics.

  • If you have a question or a comment for me and if for some reason sending an email directly to me [dillard@uta.edu] does not appeal to you; then here is a link to the Library's chat web form to ask a question or send a message to the UT Arlington Library's Information Services Staff at UT Arlington Library's Central Library Reference Desk. They will pass the question or comment on to me when they have a chance.

  • If you wish to use the newer social media and chat type communication technology, then I sometimes check in on several social networking services. On these Academia.edu, EduCause.edu, Facebook.com, Google+, LibGuides.com, LinkedIn.com, and ORCiD.org my profile name is John James Dillard. However, on Twitter.com my tweet name is: johnjdillard.

There are several ways to contact me. Email is usually best: dillard@uta.edu. I sometimes monitor the Library's chat web form. Also contact me in person during my office hours. My office area is in the UT Arlington Central Library, room 410. Also one of these other chat type communication technologies, mentioned above, may work for you and your question. Email usually works best for most quick, clear, and complete communications: dillard@uta.edu.


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