Reference & Information Services

(936) 261-1535

Mission Statement

The mission of the Reference Department is to provide an organized collection of print and online resources and teach Information Literacy skills regarding the access and usage of both on and off campus information services to the Prairie View community to enable them to become information literate, independent researchers.

Vision Statement

The Reference Department seeks to become a comfortable ‘place,’ both in the Library as well as online; the optimal source for information for all users, regardless of location, as we equip the Prairie View student to evaluate, access and use information in a critical manner, carrying this ability to all aspects of their lives.

Research Tools

Writing a research paper can be challenging. With the right tools and resources, the process can be less complicated.  The resources below have been developed to help improve the process.  Contact the Reference Librarians for further assistance or help.

Request Research and Instruction Classes

A Reference and Information Librarian can come to your department, classroom or office and present information on a specific research topic, resource, or provide an overview of library services.

Research Instruction Survey

Let us know how we are doing in the research and instruction sessions.


Ask a reference question 24/7 from anywhere in the world. There is usually a 24-48 hour turnaround time on answers.

Library Liaisons List

Find your instruction librarian and collection development librarian for your department/area.

Department Policies


RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

Style Guides

Print out short tip sheets for APA, MLA and others. For detailed instruction, contact the Reference Desk.

Subject Guides

Get current resources and research tools from Subject Guides by subject, by topic, and by course.

Reference and Information Services Staff

 Ms. Kimberly M. Gay Kimberly M. Gay, M.L.S.

Head, Reference and Information Services

Librarian II

(936) 261-1506

 Mrs. Raquel Donahue Raquel K. W. Donahue, M.L.S.

Reference and Instruction Librarian I

(936) 261-1505

 Ms. Ola Riley Ola Riley, M.L.S.

Reference and Instruction Librarian II

(936) 261-1522

 Ms. Christine Moore Christine Moore, M.A., M.L.S.

Performing Arts and Music Librarian I

(936) 261-3322