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Reference Services

Welcome to the Reference Department!

EIU Reference Librarians are available all hours the library is open and provide professional help to library users as they navigate the complex resources in the University Library.

Reference librarians can...
  • provide advice on research techniques or strategies
  • create guides to library resources by broad subject area or focused topics
  • teach classes in research skills, often referred to as "information literacy"
  • answer questions in person, by email, phone, and chat
  • perform research consultations by appointment
  • collaborate with faculty to design effective assignments
  • give presentations on specific resources to help faculty and students get the most out of our collections
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Booth Library has a large collection of Reference resources in print and online

Our reference collection contains books on all subjects.

Reference books, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, directories, thesauri, almanacs and statistical compendia are those materials that are most frequently consulted as sources of information or as guides to other resources.

Some high-use reference books are kept at the Reference Desk. You need your panthercard to use these materials.

Computer Lab


The library purchases access rights to over 100 online databases which provide you with information in all subjects.

To search or browse any resource, click on Magazine & Journal Articles on the library homepage or Journals on the menu bar.

There are 44 computers available in the Reference room for use in accessing the library databases and any resources linked from the library webpages including the EIU Online Catalog.

You may print an unlimited amount from these computers free of charge.

All library resources are available from any computer with an internet connection.

Additional help and information
Ask a Librarian
Library databases
Research Help
Subject Librarians
"Reference News" information service
"Govnews" information service

Reference Librarians and staff: