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Reference Sources

This page contains information on useful reference tools for research projects.

Welcome to the WSU Libraries' Reference Collection!

The Oxford English Dictionary defines reference books as "a book containing comprehensive information about a subject or range of subjects, esp. one intended for research or consultation on specific matters rather than continuous reading."

Wichita State University Libraries has many reference books and e-books listed on this library guide. (Find the OED under General Reference in the Dictionaries tab.) Except for the Reference Stacks page, this library guide is not intended to be a comprehensive list. New books are added to our collections every week! If you don't find what you need on these pages, please ask a librarian for help.

Some of these reference books are in the Reference Stacks in Ablah Library, while other books are located elsewhere in Ablah Library, one of our satellite libraries, or available electronically. Our satellite libraries are the Chemistry Library, located in 127 McKinley Hall and Thurlow Lieurance Memorial Music Library located in 313 Jardine Hall. Click here for a campus map and click here for a floor guide to Ablah Library.

A few reference books may be checked out, but most of the books listed on these pages must be used in the building in which they are housed. But we have quite a few e-books, too! You must be a WSU student, faculty or staff member to read an e-book when off-campus.

This library guide is all about our e-book collections:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us! Librarians are available to help you get started on research, to help you access ebooks and articles, or to assist you with anything else you're having trouble with. Contact a librarian using any of the methods listed below or contact the librarian listed in the left column of this page.

  • Instant Message: Use the chat box on this page to send us a message
  • Call: (316) 978-3584
  • Text: (316) 453-6911
  • Email: wu_knows@wichita.edu
  • Research Consultations: You can get in touch with the liaison librarian for your subject area to set up an individualized research consultation.  Research consultations can be done by email, over the phone, or even by Skype.
  • Tech Help: Having trouble with Blackboard or your myWSU account? Call the Help Desk at (316) 978-4357.

LIBRARIANS Please note that if the book record indicates the book is located in "REF" that the book record is probably duplicated from the Reference Stacks tab. The Reference Stacks tab has the original record.

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Ask A Librarian

Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library or contact a Subject Librarian to make an appointment.

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials

       


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

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    Circulation Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3582
   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584
   Music Library  316-978-3029
   Chemistry Library  316-978-3764
   Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

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   Chat with us via the adjacent chat box. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours.
   If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

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 Text us with research and other library-related questions to

                                 316-453-6911

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         Email a librarian with your question.

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Subject Librarians provide library instruction, order requested books and other materials, and provide all levels of research assistance for faculty, staff, and students in all departments and colleges. To find the librarian assigned to your subject area or department, go to the Directory of Subject Librarians.

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