Clark Memorial Library

Reference Resources

An introduction to Reference Resources.

Meet the Library Staff

Administration

Dr. Alan Walker, Interim Director
awalker@shawnee.edu
740.351.3267

Lori Perry, Administrative Assistant
lperry@shawnee.edu
740.351.3323

Public Services
The Public Services Department staffs the Service Desk, provides expert research assistance, offers library instruction, and outreach services.


Tess Collier, Library Specialist II; Resource Sharing
tcollier@shawnee.edu
740.351.3519 or 740.351.3355

Mary Cummings, Research & Instruction Librarian
mcummings@shawnee.edu
740.351.3461

Cathy Fitch, Library Specialist I; Public Services
cfitch@shawnee.edu
740.351.3519

Zachary Lewis, Library Specialist (Part-time); Public Services
zlewis@shawnee.edu
740.351.3519

Systems Department
The Systems Department is responsible for the library's technology and digital initiatives.


Janet Stewart, Systems and Digital Initiatives Librarian
jstewart@shawnee.edu
740.351.3197

Josh Teeters, Library Systems Support Specialist
jteeters@shawnee.edu
740.351.3353

Technical Services Department
Technical Services is responsible for library acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and government documents.


Jacqui Allen, Library Specialist II; Acquisitions
jallen@shawnee.edu
740.351.3453

Jim Bayes, Library Specialist I; Serials & Public Service
jbayes@shawnee.edu
740.351.3214 or 740.351.3513

Suzanne Johnson-Varney, Technical Services and Collection Management Librarian
svarney@shawnee.edu
740.351.3410

Elisha Wells, Library Specialist II, Cataloging
ewells@shawnee.edu
740.351.3438

Online Collections

Reference resources are an excellent place to begin research because they provide background information about a subject.

Checking reference resources first will help you

  • get an overview of the subject.
  • note key concepts/developments.
  • identify significant individuals.
  • see a chronology/timeline.
  • discern connections/interrelationships with other developments.
  • develop a list of search terms.
  • find bibliographies -- sources for more information.

The library has thousands of reference resources both in print and online.  The resources in the list below are often good starting points.

AND encyclopedias and dictionaries that are specific to the discipline in which your subject falls.  You can find these by doing a catalog search for [YOUR SUBJECT] AND [ENCYCLOPEDIA* OR DICTIONAR*]

More reference resources are noted in the library research guides for specific disciplines (Chemistry, Occupational Therapy, etc.)  Look for "Reference" in the menu on the left.