University of Southern Indiana

Reference Services

The library’s reference librarians provide reference and instruction in support of the curricula and other information needs of USI students, faculty and staff. Combining the resources of a traditional print reference collection, online reference works, and over 60 databases, we offer one-on-one help with immediate information needs, as well as guidance in the development of research skills. A major goal of Reference Services is to act as students’ research advocates, enabling successful navigation of the often perplexing variety of information sources.

We can help you find books, understand the different purposes of scholarly journals and popular magazines, make good Web site choices, and cite your sources properly. We want you to be successful in your research efforts and to develop skills for lifelong information fluency.

Come see us during service hours at the Reference Desk on the library’s first floor, call us (812-464-1907; 1-800-246-6173,) or email for assistance.

We’re hoping to hear from you!

Featured Resource: Encyclopedia of Associations

(The resource is searchable online and includes access to the "National Organizations of US" and "Regional, State & Local Organizations" publications)

Mission Statement

The mission of Rice Library's Reference and Instructional Services is to link users with information resources, and to develop collections and services in support of the University's current and future needs in instruction, research, and outreach.

To accomplish this mission, our goals are to:

- select, manage and provide access to print and electronic reference resources in support of the university's academic programs;

- provide professional reference service to university-affiliated users regardless of their location on or off-campus;

- provide instruction programs enabling users to become skilled in identifying information needs, and locating, evaluating, and using that information effectively;

- engage in liaison activities and form partnerships with faculty and other university units and personnel in pursuit of common goals.

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