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Academic Resources

The university provides modern and comfortable classrooms, fully-equipped science laboratories, a language laboratory, libraries, and academic computing facilities for student use.

Writing Center

The Jack and Helene Drown Writing Center, administered by the Department of English, offers help to USD students from all disciplines and class levels. The Writing Center is staffed by trained, faculty-recommended peer tutors. Students and tutors work one-on-one in relaxed but structured sessions. The tutoring hour may address any step in the writing process, including understanding a text, brainstorming, expanding or refining ideas, and organizing the work. Writing references and computers are available. The Writing Center is located in Founders Hall, Room 190B. Students may make an appointment or call (619) 260-4581. For the current schedule and further information go to the Writing Center website.

Logic Center

The Logic Center provides tutoring for students enrolled in logic classes at USD. It is staffed with tutors who have been recommended by their logic instructors and is an informal, drop-in center for students who need extra help in completing their assignments or preparing for their exams. The Logic Center is located in Founders Hall, Room 160. For up-to-date information about the Logic Center and the work schedules of the student tutors go to the Logic Center website.

Mathematics Center

The Mathematics Center provides peer tutoring to students in their lower-level mathematics courses. The goal of the Mathematics Center is to provide short-term assistance while helping students become independent learners. The Mathematics Center is located in Serra Hall, Room 310, and is available to USD students on a walk-in basis. Our tutors are selected through recommendations by faculty members. Although the tutors have been asked to give priority to students in lower-level classes, those tutors with advanced training will help with other mathematics questions whenever they have time to do so. Information about the Mathematics Center, including its schedule, is available through the Mathematics and Computer Science Department website.

Information Resources

Copley Library

The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, houses over 500,000 books and bound periodicals and includes subscriptions to 2,500 journals as well as collections of reference works, government documents, pamphlets, newspapers in many languages, and rare books. It also houses the university's media software collection, including video and audio tapes, DVDs, and CDs.

Nine library faculty and additional professional and support staff and student workers make the collections available to the university community. A library computer system, SALLY, offers access to all of the library's book, journal, and media collections, as well as the collections of the Legal Research Center.

Copley Library is open over 110 hours each week and its resources are organized in accessible, open stacks. Library faculty provide extensive reference service and spend time working individually with students as they complete assignments and prepare papers, speeches, and research reports of all kinds.

The libraries at USD are members of The San Diego Library Circuit Consortium, which maintains a database linking four university libraries and the San Diego County Library. Through this consortium USD students and faculty can easily access library materials from other campuses. A delivery system enables timely movement of materials from one campus to another.

In addition to its own collection and The Library Circuit, Copley Library has Internet connections with academic and large public libraries throughout the world and with major bibliographic and information databases, and makes this information available through the Web both inside the library and also to the dorms, offices, and homes of USD students and faculty.

Computers, photocopy machines, microform reader/printers, and media hardware are available for student use. Study spaces are available for over 600 students and include group study areas, quiet carrels, and pleasant reading rooms furnished with antiques and contemporary art.

Pardee Legal Research Center

The Pardee Legal Research Center, located on the east end of campus, houses more than 536,000 volumes and volume equivalents of legal materials, including judicial, statutory, and administrative sources and an assortment of secondary materials on Anglo-American, foreign, and international law. Special concentrations include taxation, European Union, jurisprudence, Supreme Court history, human rights, and Mexican law. A full array of electronic resources is accessible through the online catalog. The library is a federal and state government depository. The Legal Research Center is a partner in The San Diego Circuit library consortium, which provides access to the research collections of other San Diego libraries.

The law library is normally open 112 hours a week, and reference librarians are normally available 70 hours a week. The collection is maintained to support the study and research of students and faculty of the School of Law and is available to any member of the USD community needing to conduct legal research.

Academic Technology Services

Academic Technology Services is a division of Information Technology Services (ITS) with a broad range of responsibilities providing support and services to faculty, staff and students across the university campus. ATS works closely with other divisions of ITS to bring you a stable and reliable service in support of teaching, learning and research.

Within ATS are five distinct units designed to provide specific support and services to our community. Desktop Support Services offers 24/7 Help Desk assistance for hardware and supported software questions and computing issues (ext. 7900, Computing Labs (ext. 2765) across campus offer Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers for both student and instructional needs. The Instructional Support and Training team is dedicated to supporting faculty with the adoption and implementation of technology in teaching and learning, USD's online course management system, emerging technologies, podcasting services, and training workshops (ext. 7400, Instructional Media Services (IMS, ext. 4567, provides a full range of classroom media, video and graphics support, and the circulation desk has a wide variety of equipment that can be checked out. IMS also supports Video Teleconferencing facilities that are now available across campus. The Web services team (ext. 7600, assists with the development of the USD website and offers courses toward learning how to maintain and enhance both personal and departmental websites. To learn more about the technology and resources available, go to the Academic Technology Services website.

Instructional Media Services

Instructional Media Services (IMS) is comprised of media production, digital graphic design and multimedia Lab, Repair and Installation, and Media Equipment checkout. The department is located on the ground floor of Maher Hall, Room 186. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (619) 260-4567 for information.

We provide a wide range of resources including equipment lending, digital graphic services, audio/video/multimedia production, media duplication, video/multimedia workstations, technical assistance, classroom support, consultation/installation services and limited multimedia related software training. IMS can provide support for graphics design, video production, digitizing, and other related services for your Web-based activities in consultation with Academic Technology Services.

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