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Services for Students

Research Help

  • Reference and Circulation Desks: Library staff are aware of specific course assignments and have experience using the various campus information systems. Students and other library users can get help in-person at two library help desks. Ask at the circulation desk for help on 1st floor. The reference desk on 2nd floor is located to the left at the top of the stairs and to the right when exiting the elevator.
  • Help is available by phone, e-mail and the pager in Desire2Learn:
  • Call our circulation and reference desks:
    • 2nd floor--(409) 882-3082. For help with LSC-O courses and assignments, and other information.
    • 1st floor--(409) 882-3982. For help with items checked out, due dates, computer questions, and other information.
  • Use our Ask A Question Form for brief questions via e-mail. We answer e-mails usually within the hour received during regular hours. The form is on all of our Library Web site pages, in the upper right column.
  • Use the pager feature of Desire2Learn. Librarians and Learning Center Staff monitor pages during regular hours.
  • Use one of the Library Guides in our system called LibGuides. Library staff have prepared guides for orientations and the most common course assignments at LSC-O that require research.
  • In-depth help is available in The Learning Center: Tutoring in math and writing, standardized test preparation, computer applications and other subjects as needed. Stop by or call (409) 882-3373 or simply e-mail them with your specific needs.
  • Library orientation and instruction: Faculty arrange for their classes to come to the Library for basic orientations and instruction for specific course assignments. The goal of the library instruction program is to promote information literacy by teaching students how to gather needed information from both print and online formats and to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of that information for research assignments. As a part of this goal, we encourage students to think critically about information in terms of its currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and point of view. These skills serve LSC-O graduates in their future workplaces and personal lives.