Frequently Asked Questions

What is Reference?

Reference is the library unit where the print reference resources and public computers are located. Print reference sources include basic information sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, books containing basic facts, and access tools such as indexes and abstracts which guide you to information in other sources.

Where is Reference located?

Reference is found on the south end of the main floor of the Cornette Library near the area where the public computers are located. Books in the Reference Collection are listed in the Cornette Library Catalog. Reference is the home for Cornette Library's collection of company annual reports and the pamphlet file on the Texas Panhandle and the surrounding region. Biographical sources in various disciplines as well as books on careers, resumes, grants, and scholarships are located near the Reference desk.

When may reference sources be used?

The Reference Collection is available during all regularly scheduled hours of library operation. A Reference Librarian or Reference Assistant is available at the Reference Desk.

How can the Cornette Library Catalog be used from off campus?

From the Cornette Library's home page, you can use the main search box to find most materials in the library, or use the "Books" tab to search for materials held in the library. If you need assistance using the catalog, please call the Cornette Library Reference Desk at 806/651-2215 email us, or use the IM chat box on the home page.

How can the Library's databases be used from off campus?

See FAQ: Databases for detailed information.

Can reference materials be checked out?

No. Most reference materials contain brief factual information and may be photocopied using your Buffalo Gold Card. These materials are used by a large number of people and need to be available at all times.

Does Cornette Library staff provide instruction on how to use the library and library resources?

Yes. The Library staff does provide library instruction. See Library Instruction for more information.

Does Reference provide any other services?

Yes. Reference also offers an Interlibrary Loan service which allows patrons to borrow materials from the collections of other libraries. Distance Education services are available for students enrolled in WTOnline courses who may require research assistance. An Instructional Resource Center is available for students who need access to state adopted textbooks in grades K through 12.