Sunset Reference Center at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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The Sunset Reference Center (SRC) opened in 1978, with the help of a gift from the late, Ambassador L.W. “Bill” Lane, Jr.

The Reference Center was created to supplement the materials at Hamilton Library pertaining to Travel Industry Management (TIM), which supports scholarly activities and enhances research capabilities for TIM students. Located in historic George Hall, the SRC is a place for TIM faculty and students to study, research, and learn. Our friendly and welcoming staff invite you to drop by and visit!

With more than 7,000 items, including books, reports, statistical publications, article reprints, and subscriptions to more than 100 periodicals, the Sunset Reference Center has the largest collection of specialized resource material on tourism in Hawaiʻi. The Sunset Reference Center provides research material for faculty, students, CTPS, and more, support the research activities of the Center for Tourism Policy Studies, and serves as a major resource center for the Pacific and Asian region.

Find Information

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The SRC collection focuses on resources relating to Travel Industry Management, with a specific focus on the Asia and Pacific regions.(Links open in new tabs)

OneSearch is the search tool for the University of Hawaiʻi’s Library extensive catalog for books, journals, videos and other materials in both print and electronic versions. To view the listing of what is included in OneSearch, view “What Am I Searching”.

E-book Central gives you access to e-books from scholarly resources, like university presses. The full text books that you find through OneSearch will link to this site, but you can also search here directly.

Students are also welcome to visit the SRC, or contact us at sunset@hawaii.edu, for assistance.

A variety of online databases makes finding articles easier, no matter the subject.
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OneSearch is the search tool for the University of Hawaiʻi’s Library extensive catalog for books, journals, videos and other materials in both print and electronic versions. To view the listing of what is included in OneSearch, view “What Am I Searching”.

EBSCOHOST is a database that connects to a large number of other databases and the journals that are available through them. You can select the database and journals that you would like to search, or you can search through the entire system.

ABI/INFORM is a database that focuses on articles pertaining to business with an international scope. This database, as well as EBSCOHOST can be used to make broad searches.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library has a variety of resources available including a list of databases, electronic journals, and library guides (like the one below).

The Library Guide for the TIM school is a guide to resources specifically related to travel industry management. There are lists with links to databases, websites, statistics, industry/market reports, and more.

Students are also welcome to visit the SRC, or email sunset@hawaii.edu, for assistance.

If UH Mānoa does not have an item or items needed, please use the Interlibrary Loan Request form to request materials from other libraries.

Research Tips

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Citation styles:
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Citing sources is required for all of the papers you will write at a college and graduate level. There are multiple styles, but the two most common that you will use during your time as a TIM student are APA and Chicago. The SRC has both manuals available for students to use in the library.

APA (American Psychological Association) is commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.

Chicago Manual of Style can be used for arts and humanities, as well as in physical, natural and social sciences.

A really great free resource for understanding citations is Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab). There is information on the different writing styles for writing papers and citing references with countless examples. It’s a valuable and accessible resource for everyone.

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Need writing help? These resources are available for both undergraduate and graduate level students, because all students can use writing help sometimes.

OLA (Online Learning Academy) provides free one-on-one tutoring for writing (as well as math and science) through the University of Hawaiʻi.

The SRC is also a great resource! Come in for help finding items in the databases, a book from our collection, or anything else you may need guidance on.

We are also available through email: sunset@hawaii.edu.

What Materials May Be Borrowed?

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Only circulating books may be borrowed. Materials in reference collections and journals do not circulate. If a book you want is checked out, you may place a hold for the item. If you cannot find an item on the shelf, ask the circulation staff to place a search on it for you.

Borrowing Policies

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Students may borrow materials with a valid UH System student ID. The loan period for books is 28 days for undergraduate students and 13 weeks for graduate students. The loan period for audiovisual materials (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, etc) is 7 days.

Loans may be renewed up to 5 times if the item hasn’t been recalled or placed on hold for another user.

Items can be renewed in person at the SRC Circulation Desk or by e-mailing sunset@hawaii.edu.

For more information, please see the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library circulation policy.

Faculty and staff members may borrow materials with a valid UH System student ID. The loan period is 26 weeks for books and 7 days for audiovisual materials (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, etc).

Loans may be renewed up to 5 times if the item hasn’t been recalled or placed on hold for another user.

Items can be renewed in person at the SRC Circulation Desk or by e-mailing sunset@hawaii.edu.

For more information, please see the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library circulation policy.

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