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Coming for Fall 2021: The Hybrid Reference Desk.

We are piloting a hybrid reference desk where we will offer a mix of in-person and online services. Some days will be walk-in at the library, other days will be on zoom for drop-in help, we will be on chat every weekday, and available for appointments in-person and online. And we always will be available at The schedule will be posted here and at the library.


  1. Locate a specific fact, or answer a specific question
  2. Find a particular book, journal, journal article, video, slide set, or audio tape
  3. Find materials on a particular topic
  4. Provide basic instruction on research skills such as finding journal articles, searching for books, or how to use Biblical reference tools
  5. Assist in using electronic research tools, such as the ATLA Religion Database
  6. Suggest additional avenues for researching a topic
  7. Approve format and paper for thesis and dissertation
  8. Request materials from Special Collections and Archives

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