specialists are available at the Founders Reference
Desk and in the branch libraries to help researchers
locate information and data. Every effort is made to
provide patrons access to current and retrospective
information in print and electronic formats. Reference
staff members help patrons locate material in campus
libraries and research centers, regionally and worldwide.
years, reference services have evolved with users'
changing needs and expectations. Librarians meet
the user at his or her "point of need" by
facilitating the process of identifying and retrieving
information for research, study or personal use. Staff
provide on-site, telephone, and email reference service.
Librarians also promote use of web-based reference
services by linking users to Ask-an-Expert
librarians are committed to equipping users to become
efficient, independent information consumers
and producers. Thousands of students and scores
of faculty have taken advantage of regularly
scheduled or on-demand hands-on
library instruction sessions that are conducted in
the library's Digital Learning Classroom.
and specialized guides are available to help researchers
identify materials for basic and advanced research
information from both the library collections and the
Visit the Reference Desk in Founders Library or any branch library for
immediate assistance; or complete a request form at the information
desk, specifying the time that you will return for consultation; or request
an appointment online.
Additional queries may be made by calling 806-7252 or by contacting your
liaisons are subject area specialists who
provide instruction and develop collections
that serve the educational and research needs
of the University's academic departments. Liaisons
offer individual and group instruction in the
use of the online catalog and research databases,
orientation to information resources, and guidance
for research projects within the discipline.
Our librarians are prepared to assist the faculty in conducting hands-on
database training and developing tutorials and library assignments that
will enhance the students' research experience and take full advantage
of the extensive resources available at Howard and in the Washington
DC metropolitan area. For further information, please contact the Library
Instruction Coordinator at 806-7252.
You may also use the Library
Instruction Request Form to schedule an instructional session.
- Subject & Research
Subject and research guides are
available online to assist researchers in identifying resources available in
the Howard University Libraries and on the Internet. Research guides provide
the researcher with tools to assist in the identification
and evaluation of general sources and web
pages, and in the preparation
of citations. Strategies
for Doing Library Research is intended to provide a starting point for basic
research in any subject.