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Research librarians are a valuable resource for TCU students, faculty and staff. You are encouraged to call upon the reference staff for:

  • locating specific factual information
  • assistance in using the library catalog
  • help in submitting interlibrary loan requests
  • instruction in the use of databases
  • access to U.S. federal resources, Texas documents, and European Union resources
  • suggestions for locating resources external to TCU
  • or for any other informational question you might have

Research and Library Help Desk:

Phone: 817.257.7117

There are several ways to contact research librarians — in person, by phone, by email or by IM (Instant Messaging). All these methods are explained on the Ask a Librarian page.

Location: Information Commons desk (Map)

For exceptions to regular hours, please check the library hours page.       

Day Hours
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
Monday 8 am - 9 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 8 am - 9 pm
Thursday 8 am - 9 pm
Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm

Reviewed 7/9/2014 by Brenda Barnes

Research librarians

Many of the librarians within the Reference Department are subject specialists for various subject disciplines. Some of the research librarians are located in other library departments also (Music & Brite).

These librarians:

  • provide personalized walk-up help at the library's Research Desk
  • provide more in-depth assistance to individuals and/or groups through appointment-based meetings
  • provide class instruction sessions specifically related to your course topic
  • purchase materials for the library's collections (both print & electronic) for specific subject disciplines

Video: Research Librarians -- Who are they and what can they do for you? Link to YouTube video on the Research Librarians.

Contact information:

  Brenda Barnes Head of Reference
Depository Coordinator for Government Information
Brenda Barnes

Reference Department
Government Information

Research Librarian For: Government Information

Reference Materials

  Diana Boerner

Research Librarian:  Business, Economics, Journalism & Ranch Management

Diana Boerner
Blog: Business Exchange
Meebo: alldbizness
Reference Department

Research Librarian For:
Information Systems & Supply Chain Management
Ranch Management
  Jeff Bond Science Librarian
Jeff Bond
AIM: TCUjeff
Reference Department

Research Librarian For:
Computer Science
Geology, Energy and the Environment
Physics & Astronomy
  Ammie Harrison Humanities and Theatre Research Librarian
Ammie Harrison
Blog: Humanities & Theatre Lifeline
Meebo: artucute
Reference Department

Research Librarian For:
Modern Language Studies
Film, Television & Digital Media
Spanish & Hispanic Studies
  Robyn Reid Social Sciences Librarian
Robyn Reid
Blog: Science is Meant to be Social
Reference Department

Research Librarian For:
Communication Studies
Criminal Justice
History & Geography
Military Science
Political Science
  Alysha Sapp Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian
Alysha Sapp
Reference Department

Research Librarian For:
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Nurse Anesthesia
Nutrition Sciences
Social Work
  Laura Steinbach Art & Design Librarian
Laura Steinbach
Reference Department

Research Librarian For:
Art Education
Art History
Graphic Design
Intr Design & Merchandising
Studio Art

Research librarians in other departments:

  Cari Alexander Music/Media Librarian
Cari Alexander 817.257.7667 Music/Media Library

Research Librarian For:
  Charles Bellinger Divinity & Religion Librarian
Charles Bellinger
Brite Divinity School

Research Librarian For:

  Laura Ruede Dance Librarian/ Van Cliburn Archivist
Laura Ruede
Music/Media Library

Research Librarian For:
Classical & Contemporary Dance

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Reviewed 07/9/2014 by Brenda Barnes

Research consultations

Research librarians not only help in finding answers to short factual questions -- they also assist with research needs ranging from in-depth research for class papers, theses and dissertations to research in support of the publishing endeavors of faculty, staff and students. For your research topic, resources we can help you find include:

  • books
  • journal articles
  • government information
  • multimedia (video, CDs, music scores, images)
  • archival information

To make an appointment for a research consultation, contact one of the library's research librarians.

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Reviewed 01/22/2013 by Brenda Barnes

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