Library, Second Floor
The Reference Room provides a multitude of services and informational
tools in assisting users to find material. All titles in the collection
are listed in the electronic online catalog OSCAR
and can be easily recognized by an “R” or “Ref” designation above the
call number. Services include:
- Answer reference questions
in person, by phone (@ 3033), or via
- Help in searching for information
in the Library
- Class orientation to the
library (Information Literacy or Bibliographic Instruction) and Individual Research Consultation (call for appointment @ 3472)
- Borrowing from another
library (Interlibrary Loan)
Please note that Reference books are non-circulating and are to be used
only within the Department.
Some of the basic and frequently used reference materials include the
- Encyclopedias - general and specialized,
e.g. art, music, philosophy, religion, jurisprudence, psychology,
education, science, social science, technology, etc.
- Dictionaries - English and foreign
language; subject oriented, e.g. economics, art, chemistry, medicine,
- Indexes & Abstracts - to periodicals,
monographs, government documents, etc.
- Bibliographies/ Handbooks - on
a wide range of subject matter
- Directories - to companies, individuals,
- Atlases - general and topical
- Guides to web sites - by subject
- Collective biographies - domestic
and international coverage.
There is no single database that covers all fields of knowledge. Specialized
subject-oriented indexes and abstracts, be it in paper or electronic
format, have been acquired to guide the reader to magazines, journals,
newspapers and books where the desired information is to be found. Not
only do they provide you with an exact citation, in many instances,
they will provide you with the full text of the document. The
Library subscribes to over one hundred such databases, so be sure to
confer with a Reference Librarian to discover which would be the most
helpful to you in your particular search.
Library, Room 113
Authorized library users can borrow material
not in our Library from cooperating libraries throughout the country.
Interlibrary Loan Request
Forms are available at the Reference Desk and on the Library's web
page. Because requests are filled by mail, try to allow for
sufficient time. Fees may be involved.