The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Career Area contains job hunting and interviewing guides, resume and cover letter handbooks, and job-specific books.
The Grants and Scholarships section provides information on government and private grant applications and multiple scholarship listings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty may request the services of an embedded librarian to work with students in their online courses. A librarian is attached to a Blackboard class and serves as a contact for students to provide instruction on how they may locate, evaluate, and use information resources. Reasons faculty may wish to add an embedded librarian to their course may include assisting students with:
- Using authoritative scholarly articles by introducing resources beyond Google and Wikipedia
- Identifying specific types of research required for individual courses such as primary resources
- Navigating the 300+ available databases to locate the information source right for them
In addition to contact information, the librarian may also provide other services, including:
- Create a discussion forum to allow open communication of research questions
- Create online research guides for the course as a whole or for major projects
- Create or link in video content and tutorials to assist students in building research skills
To request an embedded librarian, please fill out our online request form or contact the Reference Desk at (936) 294-1599 (toll-free 1-866-0645-4636).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.