Liaison to Penfield College at
Mercer University for the
Cornell University Library definition
of a reference librarian
Reference librarians are
specialists in the field of
information retrieval. Generally
they have a Masters degree in
library science… They are
available at reference desks to
help you find the information
you are looking for.
10:00 AM -7:00 PM
May be working weekends or nights.
Questions? Ask Reference!
(678) 547-6282 (Atlanta)
M - Th 9AM-9PM
Add askmercer as your buddy!
Remember to start your research
early. Not everything can be found
full-text online or at all hours.
o Interlibrary Loan
o Interlibrary Use
o Print copies of books and
o Databases unavailable from
o Reference Librarian
• Background Reading & Brainstorming
Other reference sources
• Periodicals used by researchers
to share their findings with one
another and the public.
• They contain articles describing
new research or ideas written
in a formal manner that
information, methods used,
• Research articles are peer-
How do I tell?
• May contain graphs and charts.
• Written by a scholar in the field or
by someone who has done
research in the field. Degrees
attained and institutional
affiliations are often included by
the authors’ names.
• Always cite their sources in the
form of footnotes or
• No glossy pages or pictures
How do I tell?
• Slick, glossy and attractive in
• Lots of graphics (photographs,
• Articles are usually very short,
written in simple language .
• Generally little depth to the
content of these articles.