Research and Instruction

Reference DeskThe Research and Instruction Department provides assistance to meet the research needs of Sam Houston State University students, faculty, staff and the general public. Research and Instruction is comprised of the Research Services, the Reference Area, and Instructional Services.

The Reference Area is conveniently located near the 2nd floor main entrance and contains over 28,000 reference books, a centralized Reference Desk staffed by professional Librarians, and 28 computer workstations for library research.

 

 

Reference Desk

Reference librarians

The Reference Desk is staffed during all Library hours. Librarians will assist you in finding sources of information, such as articles, books, and other documents. In addition, Librarians can demonstrate how to search the Library catalog and databases and help you design research strategies. Each of the Librarians provide general reference assistance, but also specialize in specific subject areas.

For questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at (936) 294-1599 or 1-866-NGL-INFO (toll-free). You may also ask questions via Ask a Librarian e-mail, live chat, or text services.

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Reference Collection

Over 20,000 books including encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, dictionaries and guides make up the Reference Collection and are an excellent starting point for research. Reference materials do not circulate, but you may make copies for your own use in the Copy Center located on the first floor of the Library.

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Reference Collection

 

Reference Area Computers

Reference Computers

The 28 workstations and two printers located in the Reference Area are reserved for students doing Library research. For general computer use, please visit the IT@Sam computer lab in Room 200 of the library. For guest/public computer access, please see the Librarian at the Reference Desk.

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Individual Consultations

Individual Consultations provide personal research assistance to SHSU students, faculty, and staff. Individual Consultations with a Reference Librarian can be scheduled in advance with the individual Librarian, or scheduled through the Reference Desk. Call the Reference Desk at (936) 294-1599 OR 1-866-NGL-INFO (toll-free) and a subject specialist will return your call.

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Individual Consultations

 

Law Collection

Law Collection

The Library's Law Collection Includes the United States Code Annotated, United States Statutes at Large, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Supreme Court Reporter, Southwestern Reporter, Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated, and West's Texas Forms, and many other relevant legal-related materials.

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Careers/Grants & Scholarships Area

The Career Area contains job hunting and interviewing guides, resume and coverletter handbooks, and job-specific books.

The Grants and Scholarships section provides information on government and private grant applications and multiple scholarship listings.

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Careers/Grants & Scholarships

 

Research Guides

Research Guides

Research guides provide basic information on how to get started with research in a specific discipline. Created by Librarians, the research guides identify major reference books, journals, databases, and websites within an area of study. Guides may also incorporate relevant multimedia content and interactive resources. The research guides are available online; a few are also in print at the Reference Desk.

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Atlas Collection

The Atlas Collection covers geographic regions at the world, country, and regional levels. Specific atlas topics include not only geographic, but also topographic, political, demographic, historical, and natural resources information.

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Atlas Collection

 

Adaptive Technology / Assistive Technology

Adaptive Technology Area

The Adaptive Technology Area provides visually impaired students with resources such as large-screen monitors, scanners, a Braille printer, Zoom Text magnification software, JAWS screen-reading technology, and more.

Many of our online resources also include adaptive features such as text-to-speech and closed-captioning.

Learn more about the Adaptive Technology Area and other adaptive / assistive technology resources provided by the library.

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Library Instruction Sessions

Teaching faculty can schedule instructional sessions custom-designed specifically for their course assignments. These sessions focus on general information literacy skills and highlight relevant databases, search strategies, and other library resources that provide support for course assignments.

Sessions can be presented in your classroom or in the Library.

To find out more about library instruction or to schedule a session, contact the Reference Desk at (936) 294-1599 or lib_ref@shsu.edu, or contact the Instruction Librarian at instructionlibrarian@shsu.edu.

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Library Instruction Sessions

 

Online Instruction

Sammy Bearkat learns to use the Library

The Library provides opportunities for online instruction and distance learning.

Librarians can be embedded in online classes or classes that contain an online component. Librarians offer virtual instruction sessions, virtual office hours with real-time chat, custom online research guides, and online tutorials to teach databases and research concepts.

To request an embedded librarian, use the online request form or contact the Reference Desk at (936) 294-1599 (toll-free 1-866-0645-4636).

 

Additionally, the Library offers an on-demand online instruction series on the website.

  • Short audio/video Instruction Modules provide help on various aspects of library research such as Find a Book or Find an Article.
  • Online Tutorials instruct users in how to evaluate and locate information, including using the library catalog, online database, and the Internet. Tutorials have a quiz at the end, and a Certificate of Completion can be printed when the quiz is completed with a passing score.
  • Instruction Modules and Online Tutorials are available on-demand on the Library Home Page Menu, under Research Tools, Tutorials and Guides.

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Ask a Librarian

Virtual Reference

Ask a Librarian allows users to chat online, e-mail, or text a question to Reference Librarians/Assistants. With this service, students, faculty, and staff of Sam Houston State University will be directed to reliable and accurate information for papers and projects; receive assistance in identifying and using databases appropriate for research; find out if the Library has a particular book or journal.

Chat or send a text question online with a Reference Librarian/Assistant during all hours the Library is open.

You can e-mail reference questions to the Newton Gresham Library Reference Department. Librarians will provide answers to factual questions or suggest locations and sources which might help in your research.

Some questions are addressed in the Library FAQ.

If you need assistance with an in-depth research project, please come to the Library Reference Desk or call at (936) 294-1599 or 1-866-NGL-INFO (toll-free) to schedule an Individual Consultation.

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Mediated Searching

Mediated Searching is a service whereby a professional Librarian performs a systematic search of databases for SHSU faculty and staff.

If you need mediated searching for your research project, please come to the Library Reference Desk or call at (936) 294-1599 or 1-866-NGL-INFO (toll-free) to make arrangements for this service.

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Mediated Searching

 

One-to-One Program

A program designed to provide individual assistance to doctoral students (and master's students engaged in thesis research) in utilizing Library resources. Students are assigned one librarian who works with them during their entire course of study. Ask at the Library Reference Desk or see One to One for more information.

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One to One

 

Library Instruction for Distance Learners

Student studying away from campus.

Research and Instruction also provides research assistance and instruction in the use of library resources, especially the electronic resources, for SHSU students enrolled in SHSU's off-campus courses. This instruction can be via e-mail or telephone, (936) 294-1599 or 1-866-NGL-INFO (toll-free), whatever is most convenient for the student. Distance students can also ask questions and get help through the Library's live chat and text message services.

Distance Learners may also benefit from the Library's on-demand online instruction series, which aims to teach foundational research concepts and skills.

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Tours and Workshops

Library tours meet at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Newton Gresham Library. To sign up, please call the Reference Desk at (936) 294-1599 OR 1-866-NGL-INFO (toll-free). Workshops on specific subject area databases and Library software resources are available by appointment.

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Tours and Workshops

 

Revised 08-2012


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