Reference Services

Reference Services are available at the service desks of the LSCC libraries. Services include:

  • Learning how to use the libraries
  • Finding information for research projects and papers
  • Developing search strategies
  • Locating facts and statistical data
  • Learning about library policies, services, and resources
  • Locating library materials
  • Learning to use the Internet as a research tool
  • Help citing resources

Reference services are available at any campus library during regular working hours. Reference librarians can be reached at the following numbers:


(352) 365-3563

South Lake

(352) 536-2275


(352) 568-3074

Online reference help is available through the statewide Ask-A-Librarian Service. Hours for live chat assistance are 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An e-mail form is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. An LSCC librarian will usually respond to e-mail questions within one working day.

To reach specific personnel, see the library staff page.

Reference materials can be found in libraries' catalog, on the Subject & Course Guides, or online through the reference sources below.

Reference Databases (require login)
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia (EBSCO)
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Oxford Premium Collection
Virtual Reference Library (Gale)
World Almanac (OCLC)

Web Reference
Bartleby: Great Books Online
CIA World Factbook
Public Library of Law
GPO Access Databases
Statistical Abstracts of the United States
THOMAS: Legislative Information

Reference Directories
Internet Public Library Reference
Librarian's Internet Index
Internet Reference Resources (University of Florida)
Virtual Reference Shelf (Library of Congress)
WWW Virtual Library

Lake County Information
Chambers of Commerce in Lake County
Lake County Community Resource Guide
Lake County Government
Lake County Information Network
Lake County Library System
Lake County Schools

Sumter County Information
Sumter County Chamber of Commerce
Sumter County Government
Sumter County Public Library System
Sumter County Times Online