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Last Updated: May 19, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What we do ...

Research Services offers many forms of research assistance (both services and resources) to library users.

Services include 65 hours a week of public desk service (see "The Research Center Tab for more information"), chat, ask-a-librarian email assistance, research consultation by appointment, library instruction, embedded librarian online course support, off campus library services, assessment,  and Z-111 lab scheduling.

Resources managed by Research Services include, reference collection development,  web based research guides and interactive tutorials. Contact information for Research Services is 989.964.4242.


Reference Collection

What is a "Reference Collection" and why should you use it?

The library's Reference Collection contains material both online and in print.  Sources in the Reference Collection provide you with specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries that focus on terminology from many distinct subject areas. Experts in the field are often asked to write the entries. These specialized sources can help you define word or concept meanings.  They are most useful for research papers and reports or just for better understanding of terminology used in course lectures.  Many sources also provide specialized data, maps and illustrations.

Examples of print and online sources found in the Reference Collection include:

ART - Grove Art Online

BIOLOGY - Henderson's Dictionary of Biology (print)

CHEMISTRY - CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics : a standard reference work of chemical and physical data (print)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE - American Dictionary of Criminal Justice : key terms and major court cases (print)

LAW - Black's Law Dictionary (online and print)

MEDICINE - Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (print); Taber's Cyclopedia of Medicine (print and online)

POLITICAL SCIENCE - Politics and International Relations Online

PSYCHOLOGY - 21st century psychology : a reference handbook (print)


* Reference sources can be accessed using the "Find books, journal articles, dvds and more" search box on the library homepage.


Research Services Staff

Scott Mellendorf, Kathleen Kroll, Catherine Curtis, MIchelle Strasz, Ashley Blinstrub, Matt Buckley

Research Center Student Assistant: Brian Fox


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