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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 Head of Reference.
  • Reference Assistance
  • Research Guides
  • Subject Specialists
  • Library Instruction
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Collection Development

  • 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 during the hours the library is open:
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    Research Guides

    Bibliographies and other guides on using Sterne Library's resources are available at the Reference/Information Desk. Several of these guides are course-specific and available on the Sterne Library home page under 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
    Head 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 Imelda Vetter (205) 934-6364
    Engineering Craig W. Beard (205) 934-6364
    General Reference 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 clinics, citation clinics, 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 by 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 06/09