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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 361-825-2677.
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