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Reference Department

The Reference Department assists patrons with identifying, locating, and using resources available both within and outside of Sterne Library. In addition to helping patrons find information, the Reference Department provides a variety of services such as library instruction, interlibrary loan, and online database searching. You may contact the reference staff in person at the Reference/Information Desk on the first floor of Sterne Library or by telephone at 934-6364. Ms. Linda S. Harris is the Chair of Reference.

Reference Assistance

Reference assistance is available to all patrons. The reference staff assists users by answering general and directional questions, providing instruction on how to use Sterne Library's online information system (SCOTTY), and helping find information for research papers and projects.

Reference assistance is available:

  • in person at the Reference/Information Desk on the first floor of Sterne Library;
  • by phone at (205) 934 6364;
  • by email;
  • by instant message;
  • by sending a text to (205) 578 8417; and
  • by appointment.

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LibGuides and Research Guides

Guides on using Sterne Library's resources are available online. Several of these guides are course-specific and available on the Sterne Library home page under LibGuides or Research Guides.

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Subject Specialists

Many of Sterne Library's reference librarians specialize in areas related to UAB's school structure (Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and Social & Behavioral Sciences). Sterne Library also has an Instruction and Outreach librarian and two General Reference librarians. Patrons may be referred to the subject specialists for assistance with advanced research questions. Patrons may also contact the subject specialists directly for individual research assistance.

Reference Librarians/Subject Specialists
Chair of Reference Linda S. Harris (205) 934-6364
Arts and Humanities Heather Martin (205) 934-6364
Business, Law, and Government Documents Jeff Graveline (205) 934-6364
Education Peggy Kain (205) 934-6364
Engineering Craig W. Beard (205) 934-6364
Freshman Success Librarian Dana Hettich (205) 934-6364
Instruction and Outreach Delores Carlito (205) 934-6364
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Jennifer M. Long (205) 934-6364
Social and Behavioral Sciences Brooke Becker (205) 934-6364

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Library Instruction

Library instruction is designed to help patrons become more familiar with Sterne Library and master the wide range of print and electronic sources available. The library offers research consultationss, citation consultations, and course-related instruction. If you are from an area school and would like to bring your class to the library, please review Instruction to Area Schools.

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Interlibrary Loan

UAB faculty, students, and staff can use Interlibrary Loan to request materials not owned by Sterne Library or Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.

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Collection Development

All reference librarians select items to be added to the collection in support of UAB's academic, research, and service programs. To recommend an item for purchase, please contact the appropriate reference librarian or complete an electronic form. All requests will be reviewed by a reference librarian who will decide whether or not to acquire the item.

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Delores Carlito, Reference Librarian for Instruction and Outreach
Updated 7/2015