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Find Books…?

To locate books that Dacus Library owns, the Dacus Online Catalog (DOC) is the first resource you should use. You can search the catalog using author, title, subject or keyword.

Along with books, DOC can also be used to find ebooks and audio visual materials. Remember, while you can look up journal titles to see if Dacus Library owns specific journals, you CANNOT search for articles through DOC.

For information on how to search for articles, please see the How Do I Find Articles...? section..

If you do not find the item you want through DOC, there are other options. First, you may call, email, or go to the Reference Desk for assistance. Second, if we do not own the item you need, you can use the WorldCat database to determine if other libraries own the item and then you can place an Interlibrary Loan order. Be aware that when you order books through Interlibrary Loan it can take up to 10 days to receive the materials.

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Find Articles…?

To locate articles you should first access the Database listing page. There you can select from an alphabetical list of all databases to which Dacus Library subscribes or go to the Databases by Subject page which gives you the most appropriate databases for subject areas. From either place you then select an individual database to search.

Many of our databases do provide links to full text articles in either PDF or html format. If you do not see a link for full text, you can click the Webridge link to find out if the article is available in full text in any of our other databases. If we do not have access to an online full text version, you may then click the “Search Dacus Online Catalog (DOC) link which will tell you if Dacus Library owns the journal your article is in.

Finally, if Dacus Library does not have access to the article you need, remember to call, email, or go to the Reference Desk for assistance. You can also place an Interlibrary Loan order for the article. Remember, it can take up to 6 days for the library to receive articles ordered through Interlibrary Loan

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Print and make photocopies…?

Photocopiers, microform reader-printers, and a computer print station are provided for our patrons' convenience. Copiers and printers are account-based and do not accept coins or bills.  Students may use their Print Quota to pay for printouts in the library.  All users may also use their ID card to create a library copy/print account using the account kiosk located near the Circulation Desk. Students may charge amounts of $1.00 or more to their student accounts (Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 5:00PM only). All transactions after 5:00 PM and on weekends are cash only. Please note that the copy/print kiosk accepts bills only. The library does not provide change. Unused copy/print funds cannot be refunded.

The library has the following resources:
Cost for black and white copies is 10 cents per page. Users must have a library print/copy account for use of copier machines.
Printing (Black-White & Color):
Cost for black and white printouts is 4 cents per page; color printouts are 35 cents per page. (Two-sided printing or copying counts as two pages.) Students can access their print quota on library computers by clicking the "Connect to Print quota" icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. All other users must have a library print/copy account for printing.
There is a flatbed scanner attached to a computer workstation near the Print Release Station. Ask the Reference Desk for assistance.
Microfilm Printer:
There is no charge for microform printing.

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Cite Resources…?

There are many different types of citation manuals available. Dacus Library keeps copies of the APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian guides at the Reference Desk. Quick guides for the MLA and APA styles are available online at the links below.

MLA Citation Guide
MLA Electronic Citation Guide
APA Citation Guide
APA Electronic Citation Guide

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Access my Winthrop email…?

In order to check your email when using the library computers, you must go to the Student Email Web Access page and login to your account.

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Access my z-drive and print quota in the library…?

In order to access your z-drive from a computer station in the library, you must use the "Connect to Z-drive" icon found in the bottom right corner of the computer screen. For problems and/or further assistance, please see the Reference Desk.

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Access Turnitin…?, is a resource for helping prevent Internet plagiarism. In order to set-up courses in Turnitin, Winthrop University faculty must first contact the Reference Desk (323-4501) or Gale Teaster (323-2311) for the University's user name and password.
Go to Turnitin

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Suggest a book for Dacus Library…?

If you would like to recommend a book for purchase for addition to the Dacus Library Collection, please complete the Book Suggestion Form.

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Access resources from off campus…?

To access online databases from off campus you must be a Winthrop University student or faculty/staff member.  When you click on the database you wish to search, you will be asked to verify your relationship with Winthrop University by typing your last name and Winthrop ID number on a form as represented in the graphic below. If you do not know your CWID (Campus Wide Identification Number) you can look up the number by logging into your Wingspan account and looking in the Account Registration Menu portion of the screen. DO NOT PLACE THE "W" IN THE UNIVERSITY ID FIELD, USE ONLY THE NUMERIC PORTION OF THE ID.

Screenshot of Off campus login page

If the name and ID number you enter match the Dacus Patron File, you will be able to search any of the Winthrop databases.  If you have any problems or are denied access, please call the Reference Desk (803-323-4501) for assistance.

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Access Wireless in Dacus?

If your laptop/device is enabled for wireless connectivity, it should automatically connect to the public wireless network. If not, please check the list of available networks for the one named "winthrop" which is the public wireless network for this building. Students, for futher information on connecting to the university secured wireless network, please see the Student Technology Handbook PDF file.

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Send a fax on-campus?

Beginning July 1, 2010, fax services will no longer be available at Dacus Library. Students needing fax services should use the following local options:

  • Academic Computing Center (Dacus ACC Lab)
    • Students must provide a long-distance calling card
  • DiGiorgio Campus Center – Go to the Information Services Desk
    • There is a charge for long distance faxes
  • UPS Store -
    • Sending: $2.00/first page and $1.00 for all additional pages
    • Receiving: $1.00 per page
  • Office Depot
    • Sending: Local: $0.99/first page and $1.00/all additional pages
    • Long distance: $2.39.first page and $1.00 all additional pages
    • Receiving: $1.49 per page

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