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General Information

The mission of The D'Azzo Research Library is to support the educational, research and consulting programs of AFIT and AFRL. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the library's collections and services. General information concerning the library's resources is presented below.

The D'Azzo Research Library
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Reader Services

REFERENCE DESK: The reference desk is located on the first floor across from the circulation desk. Reference librarians staff this desk during the core duty hours (0800 - 1800).

CIRCULATION DESK: Patrons may register for library cards at this desk or obtain information on borrowing policies. Materials can be checked out and returned at the circulation desk, which is located just inside the library entrance. For detailed information, refer to our policies.

RESERVE READING ROOM: Faculty Reserves for specific courses are shelved in room 1301, which is located behind the circulation desk.  Loan periods for these materials are assigned by instructors and vary from "library-use-only" to two weeks. Only graduate students may check out reserves that have not been designated library-use-only.  Other patrons may use reserve materials in-house, but may not check them out.

NETWORK ACCESS:  AFIT  offers WiFi access that is available in the library and throughout the campus Please visit or contact the AFIT Computer Support desk (937-255-6565 Ext. 4881) for information on registering your laptop for wireless access.  Wireless access is restricted to AFIT network account holders.  For dial up access to local ISP's, electrical and phone outlets for laptops are located in two carrels on the third floor. The selected phone jacks provide access to base, local and DSN numbers.  The Einstein's Bagel Shop in the AFIT complex offers free commercial WiFi access.

COPIERS: A coin-operated copier is located in the student copy room on the first floor, next to the Reserve Reading Room.   This copier is made available to students by the AFIT Student Association. Single-sided copies are $.10 per page, and double-sided are $.20.  The copier accepts $1 bills, as well as nickels, dimes and quarters. The library cannot make change for the copiers. Separate copy facilities are available for AFIT faculty and for AFRL patrons.

SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE ROOMS: Twelve seminar rooms are located on the second and third floors and can each accommodate six users. These rooms are primarily for student group study and are available on a first-come basis. One conference room, located on the 2nd floor, can be reserved at the circulation desk by AFIT personnel. The conference room contains a white board and a telephone jack and can accommodate groups of fifteen. Telephone jacks for laptop usage are also available on the 3rd floor on two carrels to the right of the elevator. Only local (dial 99 + number) and DSN numbers (dial 94 + number) can be used.  All carrels in this area have outlets for laptop usage.

COMPUTER CLASSROOM:  Twenty  computers  in a classroom setting are located on the first floor of the library. All computers can be used to access  the Internet, the Library's online catalog, and the Microsoft Office Suite.  A printer and four scanners are also available.

ANNEX:    The D'Azzo Research Library Annex, a storage facility for older journals, is open by appointment from 1-4 pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays.  The Annex is located in Building 56, Bay 8, located between E and F Streets in Area B. Maps to the Annex are available at the reference desk.  Please have your Annex requests prepared by  12:00 pm for next day pick-up.

Electronic Services

PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOG: The library's Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is accessible via computers on all three floors of the library facility. The OPACs are used to locate books, periodicals, theses, selected technical reports, and other materials available in the collection. Search features of the OPAC include alphabetical browsing, keyword searching with Boolean operators and limiting capabilities. Each item retrieved lists call number and availability (on shelf or checked out). Items not located in the OPAC include articles in journals, many technical reports, and reports in the microfiche collections (such as AIAA Papers, pre-1995 NASA Reports). For assistance in locating appropriate indexes/abstracts to these materials, ask a reference librarian. The library's web page provides access to the The D'Azzo Research Library Web Catalog as well as many other electronic resources.

ELECTRONIC INDEXES/ABSTRACTS: The library subscribes to several electronic databases. The more heavily used ones are located on the library homepage under the Quick Links. These subscriptions include: EBSCOhost  databases, Aerospace Database, Compendex (engineering), INSPEC (engineering, physics, computers), and Science Citation Index Expanded.  In addition the IEEE/IET Electronic Library provides full-text access from 1988 to date to IEEE journals and conference proceedings. Numerous databases including Air University's Index to Military Periodicals and DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) are listed on the library homepage under Research Databases links. Descriptions for all databases are included.

EBSCOhost DATABASES: A one-stop source of information covering every academic discipline as well as general information and  news. Includes business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center): This resource indexes military technical reports, including AFIT theses, and is available on the web at DTIC.   Information on setting up an individual accounts on the secure DTIC portal, R&E Gateway, is available at the reference desk. 

OTHER WEB RESEARCH DATABASES: Many other databases are available by selecting Research Databases from the library homepage. Links to publicly available databases (no charge) ranging from aerospace and transportation to patents and engineering as well as several NASA indexes are listed.



Library Networking

INTERLIBRARY LOAN: Materials that are unavailable at The D'Azzo Research Library can be borrowed from other libraries for AFIT patron use by the interlibrary loan staff. Forms are available for requesting books or journal articles on the library's homepage (Library Request Forms). Course textbooks and most audiovisual items are not available for loan. Length of the loan is determined by the lending library.

SOCHE: AFIT is a member of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE). AFIT's reciprocal arrangement with the Wright State University and University of Dayton's Libraries allows AFIT faculty and graduate students to borrow directly from those libraries upon presenting their AFIT library cards.  SOCHE bookmarks, located at the circulation desk, provide information on borrowing policies at other SOCHE libraries, as well as library hours and telephone numbers.

OCLC: The library is a member of OCLC ( Online Computer Library Center), an international online bibliographic database that shares catalog records by using the  interlibrary loan subsystem, libraries can identify materials and borrow them from the holding libraries.

Collection Resources

The merged The D'Azzo Research Library collection contains over one million items.  The D'Azzo Research Library Collection Development Policy guides professional staff in the acquisition and maintenance of our holdings, which include:

BOOKS: This collection, shelved on the third floor by Library of Congress call number, contains titles primarily in the areas of basic and applied sciences and management. Major strengths include: aerospace, computer science, environment, physics, management and engineering disciplines (design, electrical, mechanical, systems, materials, space meteorology, nuclear, operations research, transportation) and military science. The merged collection exceeds 130,000 items.

PERIODICALS: The D'Azzo Research Library subscribes to more than 1500 outstanding domestic and foreign serials (in paper format) covering  basic and applied sciences, as well as diverse business and management fields. This non-circulating collection is shelved on the second floor alphabetically by title. All titles are listed in The D'Azzo Research Library Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) which gives detailed holdings information. The contents of periodicals are indexed in numerous print and web-based electronic abstracting/indexing services.

ELECTRONIC JOURNALS AND BOOKS: Some of the journal subscriptions also include electronic access to full-text articles for a short time span (usually 2 - 3 years), with abstracts provided for the older literature. Patrons may search the contents of AFIT sponsored e-journal subscriptions by vendor or by title. Most of these are available via AFIT IP addresses, but a few require passwords. AFRL sponsored e-journal subscriptions are available on AFRL computers set up to recognize AFRL IP addresses. AFRL sponsored e-journals may also be searched by title or by vendor. The computer classroom has twenty computers: half recognize AFIT IP addresses, and the remainder recognize AFRL IP addresses. Selected E-books are available through Knovel and NetLibrary.

REPORTS: Selected technical reports from the Air Force, DoD, and the other military services, NASA and its predecessor NACA, ORNL, AGARD, and other agencies are available in paper (2nd floor) or microfiche (1st floor). The technical report literature is indexed in Scientific Technical Aerospace Reports (STAR), Government Reports  Announcements & Index, Aerospace and High Technology Database, INSPEC, and DTIC (Public and Private STINET) . Web access to 20 technical report servers maintained by NASA Centers is provided at the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS). RAND reports are cataloged and placed in the book collection. Reference librarians can provide assistance with locating items in the report literature.

THESES and DISSERTATION COLLECTION: The AFIT resident student theses and dissertations,  located on the second floor, are shelved alphabetically by the student's last name. Theses with joint authors, are shelved by the first author's name. The library OPAC provides access to theses and dissertations by subject keywords. "Limited distribution" theses and dissertations are shelved in a locked room and require staff assistance. 

REFERENCE COLLECTION: Non-circulating reference materials, located on the first floor, include standard and specialized subject dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, handbooks, statistics, and tables of physical properties, as well as print indexes and abstracts.

NEWSPAPERS: The current issue is shelved with the current periodicals on the display shelves. Earlier issues  are located on the 2nd floor and are retained for 1-3 months. Selected titles, replaced by microfilm, are housed on the 1st floor in the Microforms/Audio-Visual Room. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are available on microfilm from 1950 to the present. The library does not subscribe to local or regional newspapers.

AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Circulating audio and video cassette tapes, CD-ROMs and DVDs, as well as non-circulating microfilm, microfiche, videocassette players, and microform reader/printers are located on the 1st floor in the Microforms/Audio-Visual Room, along with equipment to use the media.

ARCHIVES COLLECTION:  Non-circulating archival materials, including AFIT histories, are located in the Reserve Reading Room on the first floor. The archives are arranged according to the finding list posted at the beginning of the collection. Technical reports and theses/dissertations classified as "limited distribution" items are stored in a  locked area of the Reserve Room. Please contact the reference or circulation staff  to obtain materials from the locked collection.

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