Reference Department

Desk Hours:


Mon-Thu

9am-11am

1pm-4pm

6pm-10pm

Fri

9am-11am

1pm-3pm (On call)

3pm-5pm

Sat

No Services

Sun

7:30pm-10:00pm


Schedule Time for Research Assistance


Reference service not always available during student breaks & university holidays.

The Benner Library Reference Department is responsible for helping library patrons meet their information needs through understanding library resources and using effective searching strategies. Some of the methods used to answer reference questions are determining the exact nature of the information need, teaching the patron how to access and use Benner Library’s resources as well as those materials held at other libraries and how to interlibrary loan those items, and referring patrons to experts more knowledgeable about a topic. The Reference Desk is located on the First Floor of Benner Library.


Reference Services

  • Narrowing and focusing research topics
  • Accessing useful resources and navigating online databases (books, articles, reliable websites)
  • Helping to properly cite sources in using MLA, APA, and other citation styles
  • Assisting with general library and research related questions

Reference Staff:

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Judson Strain
Reference Librarian

email
phone: 815-928-5438
fax: 815-939-5170


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