The Reference department assists students, faculty, staff and other researchers with their research and information retrieval needs as well as house reference materials for patrons use. Reference collections do not circulate. Patrons may use reference materials in the Library and make copies as needed.  Reference books are cataloged using the Library of Congress Subject Classification and Subject Heading as indicated in the list below.  In addition to print materials, the department also houses and provides access to many Online Library Databases,  including Journal Finder, and the KSU Library Catalog.

Off-Campus Access:

TUTORIAL  Books (Searching WorldCat Discovery)

TUTORIAL  Articles (Searching WorldCat Discovery)

For assistance on using Library resources, research, and other services call the Reference Desk at 502-597-6857, stop by the Desk or contact us using our Ask-A-Librarian feature on the Library’s website.

A professional librarian is always present at the Reference Desk during business hours to assist Library users.

To assist you in research note the Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings:

A–General works

B–Philosophy, psychology, Religion

C–Auxiliary sciences of history (general)


E–History: America

G–Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

H–Social Sciences

J–Political Science




N–Fine Arts

P–Language and Literature





U–Military Science

V–Naval Science

Z–Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources (general)

 Reference Department Faculty:

Nkechi Amadife, Ph.D  – Head of  Public Services and Reference/Library Information Literacy Instruction Services

Bekele Tegegne – Reference/Government Document Librarian

Raphael Jackson – Reference/Circulation Librarian

Dantrea Hampton – Reference/Periodicals Librarian

Vacant – Reference/Education Curriculum Librarian

For additional information regarding the Reference department or Public Services Contact the Head of  Public Services & Reference, Dr. Nkechi Amadife at  or call the general Reference Desk  502-597-6857.

 Nkechi Amadife, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Head of Public and Reference Services/
Library & Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator
Blazer Library
Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502.597.6817

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