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About F.I.R.S.T.

The purpose of F.I.R.S.T. is to support faculty research, curriculum development, and professional development. The FIRST program, offered through the TWU Libraries Reference Department, is designed to assist TWU Faculty with identifying and accessing material related to their research and teaching. This service is available to all TWU Faculty.

  • Receive assistance identifying and accessing materials pertinent to your research.
  • Read the TABLE OF CONTENTS of your favorite journals on your computer.
  • Set up a Weekly Search Profile to identify recent literature in your area of research.
  • Contact the TWU Library to receive the complete text of relevant citations.


When participants register for the service, they are assigned a personal librarian to assist them with their individual information needs for their:

  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Grants
  • Course Creation or Updating
  • Professional Development
  • Database Searching
  • Table of Contents Alerts
  • Keyword/Phrase Search Alerts
  • Document Delivery (PDF copies via email attachment or paper photocopies or books via campus mail for any resources needed by a faculty member and owned by the TWU Libraries or acquired through our licensed databases or Interlibrary Loan service)
  • Interlibrary Loan Order Generation
  • Bibliography or Reference List Checking

Contact F.I.R.S.T. Team

Elaine Cox
Elaine Cox
Jimmie Lyn Harris
Jimmie Lyn Harris
Suzi Townsdin
Suzi Townsdin
Andy Tucker
Andy Tucker
Susan Whitmer
Susan Whitmer
Annita Owens
Annita Owens
Woody Evans
Mandie Mims
Stephany Compton
Dallas Center
Eula Oliphant
Eula Oliphant


Houston Center
Marilyn Goff
Marilyn Goff



For additional information or to register for the F.I.R.S.T. program, please send an e-mail to

page last updated 11/28/2016 11:07 AM