Mary and Jeff Bell Library

Reference Department

The Reference Department assists users in their research and in finding the information they need in all formats: print, electronic, and microform. Reference assistance is provided in person, by phone, and through the Ask a Librarian e-mail service available from the Bell Library's Web site. The kinds of materials found in our print Reference Collection include dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, field guides, handbooks, manuals, atlases, and maps (including Texas topographic maps and CIA maps). The library provides access to a large number of databases, electronic journals and electronic reference books, accessible over the web.

Reference Librarians also participate in formal library instruction, also known as the information literacy program, instructing classes in the effective use of library resources. The Reference Staff is primarily responsible for development of the Reference Collection. The librarians serve as liaisons to the disciplines on campus to develop the Main Collection in their subject areas. Reference Librarians also provide assistance in using Texas and United States Government Documents Collections that are shelved near the Reference Collection on the first floor of the library.

Print reference materials do not circulate. These materials must be used in the library so that others have access to these resources.

We invite questions and/or comments and look forward to hearing from you. Contact Edward Kownslar at, 361-825-2677.

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