The Reference Department at Coulter Library is on the second floor of the Library.


The most important aspect of the Reference Department is the individualized help members of the Onondaga community can receive there. There is a librarian available to help students, faculty, and staff during all hours the library is open.


Reference librarians can help with using the many books and databases Coulter Library subscribes to in order to locate authoritative information on virtually any topic. We can also help locate authoritative web sites and other online information.


The Reference collection offers a wide variety of books and databases that are updated regularly. Materials in the Reference area cannot be checked out, so they are always available.


An example: Gale ebooks  database alone contains 7,000 full-text reference works that can be searched simultaneously, and the search results can be viewed in any of 14 different languages  (login required off-campus).


NOTE: Reference Librarians are often away from their desks helping students. Please ask one of the clerks at the Course Reserves counter for help if no one is readily available in the Reference area.