Reference and Research Services
Electronic Information Resources
The library's collection of electronic information resources includes CD-ROM products, online and Internet access to indexing and abstracting databases, electronic journals, the full text and graphics of periodical articles, and the full text of literary works. Authorized users also have access to e-mail, Microsoft Office, and the Web.
The Electronic Information Resources Center in the library provides access to these resources as do other networked computers on campus. Many resources, based on licensing arrangements, can be accessed from off-campus as well.
Located on the first floor, the reference collection includes almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, telephone directories, etc. Printed and computerized periodical indexes and abstracts can be found in the Reference area. Reference books are distinguished by a "REF" above the call number on the label and do not circulate. In special cases and with review by the Reference Librarian on duty, an occasional exception can be made for a reference book to circulate overnight to a faculty member.
A Reference Librarian is on duty to assist patrons most hours the library is open. For reference assistance by phone, call the Reference Desk at 434.544.8575.
Periodical holdings are listed in LC²
The Lynchburg Area Union List of Serials lists periodical holdings for all the libraries in the Lynchburg area.
Recent periodicals are located in the Current Periodicals Room. Current newspapers are located in the Newspaper Reading Room. Back issues are kept as bound volumes or are in microform. All periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title and do not circulate outside the library. Coin and copy key operated photocopy machines and microform reader/printers are available. An occasional exception may be made to circulate a periodical to a faculty member upon review by the Reference Librarian on duty.
Current Awareness Service
RapiDoc enables faculty to remain current with new journal literature. On the basis of subject or journal title profiles that you establish and modify, the service provides you with e-mail alerts of relevant articles shortly after their publication. When the library's collection lacks an article in which you are interested, you can have it faxed to your fax machine of choice within a few days, generally with the Library picking up the tab. See Chris Millson-Martula for specifics. You can also obtain a current awareness service for journal literature through the OVID databases to which the library subscribes. These databases cover disciplines such as education, language and literature, nursing, physical education, psychology and sport management.