Engage Updates

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DePaul Library Research Resources

Librarians are very happy to assist you with your library research needs.  Please feel free to call, email, and chat with us for more assistance.

View the research guides listed below for specific De Paul Library resources related to business, education, nursing, and psychology.

Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus

When logging into e-resources off-campus, students must use their email username (first.last) and then enter their email password to access these resources.

Student example:  john.smith

If you have any questions, please call 913-758-6306 or email library@stmary.edu and visit the library's website.  Get help from our chat service during library business hours!

Research help is available all hours the library is open.  Please visit our Ask a Librarian page to chat, email, call, or visit us in person.

APA Reference Resources

The University of St. Mary has adopted the APA style as the expected format for written course assignments. The APA Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is a valuable writing tool. At the University of St. Mary, it is the expectation that students utilize this writing style to clearly communicate forms of reference, title pages, and overall guidelines of writing assignments. Since this style is so widely known, students may be able to use their understanding of the APA Style well beyond the classroom and demonstrate these skills in their own professional lives as well.

Tutorial: Basics of APA Formatting

Additional APA Resources:

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Saint Mary is established according to federal regulations and charged with the protection of human research subjects. The purpose of an IRB review is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in the research. The IRB reviews human subject research projects with the aim to:

      • Minimize the risk to human subjects (beneficence)
      • Ensure that all subjects giving consent are fully informed about the research and any risks involved in the study (autonomy)
      • Promote equity in human subjects research (justice)

All faculty, students, and staff must submit an application and supporting materials to the IRB if they are going to be engaged in any activity involving human subjects that will use an intervention, interview, observation, survey, and/or institutional data with personal identifiers.

USM Institutional Review Board

These are the technical requirements necessary for your online courses to run properly. Please read this information carefully, as you must ensure that your computer is properly configured. If you have any questions or problems, please refer to Technical Support tab.


Any computer that is capable of running a modern Operating Systems (OS). For example:

    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS/X
    • Linux
  • More memory (RAM) will allow for more applications, such as your online course and Microsoft Word, to be open and will speed up your computer in general.
  • A High Speed/Broadband internet connection.
  • If your computer does not already have this functionality, you will want to purchase a microphone (either standalone or with a set of headphones) and a webcam. These will be used at times for synchronous meetings, voice-over PowerPoint presentations, and/or video discussions and presentations. 


Web Browser Requirements

The following web browsers are supported and tested and need to be kept current with the latest version

Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Apple Safari
Microsoft IE Internet Explorer

Cookies Must Be Enabled on your Browser

A cookie is a small file that is placed on your computer by the server. Cookies are a very common Internet technology used by many websites, such as Amazon or eBay. Your browser has a setting that allows you to control whether you allow cookies or not.

Since cookies are so common, your browser probably already has cookies enabled. If you are unsure whether your browser is set up properly, please call Technical Support.

Suggested Plug-ins and Software

Some courses may require installation of one or more of the following additional suggested plug-ins and software. For additional software/plug-in requirements, refer to the External Tools book in the Getting Started section of your course or to your program's group page.

Adobe Acrobat

Your courses may include .pdf files, which require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If Acrobat is not installed on your computer, please download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Adobe Flash

Your courses may include images or animations that require the Adobe (formerly Macromedia)Flash plug-in. If you do not have Flash installed, or have difficulty viewing the animations, you may load the most current version of the Flash plug-in here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Note: Many mobile devices have the most problems with Flash. If your mobile device cannot display Flash animation then it might not be suitable for online access.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Your courses may include Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer, you may use the free PowerPoint viewer to view the course materials. Download the free PowerPoint viewer here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=048dc840-14e1-467d-8dca-19d2a8fd7485.

Microsoft Word

Your courses require the use of Microsoft Word to turn in written assignments. If you use any word processor other than Microsoft Word, please remember to save the file as a .doc file. It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignments can be read by the instructor.

Microsoft Excel

Your courses may require the use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software. If you use any spreadsheet program other than Microsoft Excel, please remember to save the file as a .xls file. It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignments can be read by the instructor.

Microsoft Office Conversion Tool

If you are using an older version of Microsoft Office (2003 or before) and you need to access Office 2007 (or later) files then please download the Office Family conversion tool here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466

Real Player

This course may include video and audio that will require Real Player. You may download a free version of Real Player at: http://www.real.com/realplayer.


This course may include video that will require QuickTime Video Player. You may download a free version of QuickTime Player at: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/.

Compression/"Zip" Utility

This course may require the use of a compression utility such as WinZip to create a zipped file (*.zip). If you do not have a compression utility installed on your computer, you may download a free copy of WinZip here: http://www.winzip.com/prodpagewz.htm.

Technical Support

For any matter concerning the Engage LMS platform, contact Technical Support, available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

USM Help Desk

For all other University related inquiries - including the eSpire platform and USM student email - please contact the USM Help Desk.

  • Telephone: 913.682.5151, ext. 6420
  • Send an email to the USM Help Desk: helpdesk@stmary.edu
  • Service Hours (Central time)
    • Monday -Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    • Saturday/Sunday: Closed