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Reference Department
The Reference Department’s ultimate purpose is to connect students, faculty, and staff with the information they seek. Thus, this department facilitates patron access to information resources and provides instruction on the use and potential of those resources.

Contact Us

Reference Department (817) 531-4802 reference@txwes.edu
Cassandra Ifie Reference and Instruction Librarian (817) 531-4802 cifie@txwes.edu
Dennis Miles Reference and Instruction Librarian (817) 531-4802 dbmiles@txwes.edu
Mandrell Bufford Weekend Reference Assistant (817) 531-4802 mcbufford@txwes.edu
Risa Brown Reference Assistant (817) 531-4802 rwbrown@txwes.edu
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I get someone to look over/proofread my paper?

Writing advice and assistance is available at the Academic Success Center. The Reference Department will help with Works Cited pages. Neither the ASC or the Library provides proofreading services. Your friends, family members and classmates are your best resource for proofreading.

Q: How do I find a book?

Use the Library Catalog to find a book. Click on the title of the book to see the Call Number and Location of the book. Maps by the stairwells on the 3rd floor will help you find where materials are located. If you need more help finding books, please ask at the Reference or Circulation desk.

Q: How do I find an article?

If you know the title of the article and the name of the journal you are looking for: Go to the library's web page. Click on the link for Periodical Finder. Type in the name of the journal you are looking for and hit search. Click the name of the database. Click on "search within this publication." Type in the title of the article and click search. For more help, please ask a Reference Librarian.

Q: How do I use/where is EBSCO?

EBSCO can mean quite a few different databases. For your most general searches, you can search in Academic Search Complete. ERIC, PsycArticles, and MedLine are all EBSCO databases. See the Database Guide for basic tips about searching databases.For more help, please ask a Reference Librarian.

Q: How do I find children's picture books on a certain theme (exceptional children, predictable books, etc.)?

The Reference Department has put together several guides to children's literature, which can be found in the Juvenile collection of the library. You can also use the Juvenile Library Catalog to search for books. For all other questions, please contact the Reference Department.

Q: Is a certain webpage suitable to cite in my paper?

First, check your assignment and syllabus to see what guidelines or requirements your professor has given for using web resources. Not all professors/assignments permit webpages to be used as sources.

Here is a guide to evaluating web pages: Web page evaluation guide

For more help, contact a Reference Librarian.

Q: How do I begin to research a topic?

Here is a guide that walks you through the steps of the research process: Research process guide

For more help, please ask a Reference Librarian.

Q: How do I read a book that the library catalog says is available ONLINE?

When searching the library catalog, e-books will have the location ONLINE and there will be a blue button that says Online Content. Clicking that button brings you to the book's item details screen. Click the link over the call number (this will usually say Go to eBook). For more help, please call the Reference Desk at 817-531-4802 or send an email to reference@txwes.edu.

Q: How do I create a research topic?

The Library has created a chart to guide you through the steps of developing a research topic: Creating a Research Topic

For additional help, please contact the Reference Department.