The print Reference Collection is non-circulating and located on the first floor of the library. It covers a wide range of subjects and standard reference materials, including bibliographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks and manuals, indexes and abstracts, biographical sources, atlases, yearbooks and almanacs. It also includes Reference Maryland, a collection about the state and many of its counties, as well as resources related to the laws and history of the state. The digital reference resources can be accessed from the library website.
- Ask a Librarian – Librarians can be contacted in the following ways during posted hours:
|In Person||By Phone||Website||Live Chat|
|Circulation/Reference Desk||(410) firstname.lastname@example.org||“Ask a Librarian“||Click Google hangouts, message option|
and sign in. Click new conversation, search
for email@example.com and post question
- Databases – Reference librarians maintain subscriptions to approximately 100 digital resources and evaluate new online resources for possible acquisition. These databases provide access to thousands of scholarly journal and magazine titles, national newspaper coverage and ebook collections and are available 24/7 from the library’s website. Other non-article databases provide directory and test preparation information.
- For the full list of e-resources, click on the Alphabetical List of Databases link on the library website.
- Click on the Databases By Subject link to access e-resources by type or academic subject.
- Off-campus access: when accessing digital resources remotely, you will be prompted for the 14-digit barcode from the back of your HawkCard.
- Library Instruction – Research instruction is an integral component of the library’s mission to support the academic curriculum of the university. Instruction is provided in the following ways:
- LIBR100 Information Literacy Online Course – Librarians teach a one-credit course that covers the collections and services of the library; the research process; how to search for books, articles and credible websites; and how to cite sources and avoid plagiarism.
- Library Instruction Sessions – At the request of faculty, librarians provide instructional sessions on library orientation, information literacy or performing subject-specific research.
- Research and Citation Guides – The library provides tools and guides to assist students in their research.