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Doheny Library Reference Desk
General Reference: (213) 740-4039



Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Sunday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Closed on University Holidays.

See also: Specialized Reference in Other Libraries

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Subject Guide Subject Specialist Phone#
Accounting John Juricek 213-740-7621
Aerospace History Ross Scimeca 213-740-7434
African-American Studies Beth Namei 213-740-8349
American Literature Sophie Lesinska 213-740-7373
American Studies Beth Namei 213-740-8349
Anthropology Ross Scimeca 213-740-7434
Archaeology Amy Ciccone 213-740-1958
Architecture Ruth Wallach 213-740-6917
Art History Ruth Wallach 213-740-6917
Asian American Studies Beth Namei 213-740-8349
Astronomy Ben Lea 213-740-5775
Biological Sciences Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Biology, Marine Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Biology, Molecular & Computational Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Biology, Neuro Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Business Administration John Juricek 213-740-7621
Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection Abby Saunders 213-740-3672
Chemistry Michael Qiu 213-740-2214
Chicano & Latino Studies Barbara Robinson 213-821-2261
Chinese Studies Kenneth Klein 213-740-1772
Chinese Studies Lillian Yang 213-740-8548
Cinema Sandra Garcia-Myers 213-740-8383
Cinema Steve Hanson 213-740-7273
Classics Amy Ciccone 213-740-1958
Communications Chimene Tucker 213-740-2332
Computer Science Ben Lea 213-740-5775
Criminal Justice Rebecca Halpern 213-821-6811
Dance Anthony Anderson 213-740-1190
Doheny Reference Anthony Anderson 213-740-1190
Earth Sciences Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
East Asian Studies Kenneth Klein 213-740-1772
Economics Helga Haraldsson 213-740-0050
Education Melanee Vicedo 213-740-0545
Education Jade Winn 213-740-1777
Engineering Najwa Hanel 213-740-4419
Engineering, Aerospace Najwa Hanel 213-740-4419
Engineering, Biomedical Ben Lea 213-740-5775
Engineering, Chemical Michael Qiu 213-740-2214
Engineering, Civil Najwa Hanel 213-740-4419
Engineering, Electrical Najwa Hanel 213-740-4419
Engineering, Environmental Najwa Hanel 213-740-4419
Engineering, Industrial & Systems Najwa Hanel 213-740-4419
Engineering, Materials Science Michael Qiu 213-740-2214
Engineering, Mechanical Najwa Hanel 213-740-4419
Engineering, Petroleum Michael Qiu 213-740-2214
English Language & Literature Sophie Lesinska 213-740-7373
Environmental Policy Robert Labaree 213-740-5824
Environmental Sciences Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Ethnic Studies Beth Namei 213-740-8349
Fine Arts Ruth Wallach 213-740-6917
Folkloristics Marje Schuetze-Coburn 213-740-7119
French Language & Literature Hari Rorlich 213-740-3572
Gender Studies Ruth Wallach 213-740-6917
General Literature Ruth Wallach 213-740-6917
Geography Andy Rutkowski 213-740-5398
German Exile Literature Michaela Ullmann 213-740-8185
German Language & Literature Hari Rorlich 213-740-3572
Gerontology Emily Bergman 213-740-3855
GLBT Studies Chimene Tucker 213-740-2332
Government Documents Sherry Mosley 213-740- 8810
Health Care Administration Rebecca Halpern 213-821-6811
History (General) Anthony Anderson 213-740-1190
History of Science & Technology Ross Scimeca 213-740-7434
History, Africa Sherry Mosley 213-740-8810
History, Asia Kenneth Klein 213-740-1772
History, Australia & Oceania Linda Weber 213-740-1785
History, Britain & Ireland Beth Namei 213-740-8349
History, Eastern Europe & Russia Ruth Wallach 213-740-6917
History, Latin America Barbara Robinson 213-821-2261
History, Middle Eastern Hari Rorlich 213-740-3572
History, Spain & Portugal Barbara Robinson 213-821-2261
History, U.S. & Canada Beth Namei 213-740-8349
History, Western Europe Anthony Anderson 213-740-1190
Holocaust Studies Anthony Anderson 213-740-1190
International Relations Robert Labaree 213-740-5824
Islamic & Arabic Studies Hari Rorlich 213-740-3572
Italian Language & Literature Hari Rorlich 213-740-3572
Japanese Studies Tomoko Bialock 213-740-8025
Journalism Chimene Tucker 213-740-2332
Kinesiology Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Korean Studies Joy Kim 213-740-2329
Korean Studies Sun-Yoon Lee 213-821-1567
Latin American Studies Barbara Robinson 213-821-2261
Leavey Library Karen Howell 213-740-2933
Leavey Library DVDs Anthony Anderson 213-740-1190
Library Science John Juricek 213-740-7621
Linguistics Ross Scimeca 213-740-7434
Los Angeles & Southern California Dace Taube 213-821-2366
Marine Policy Robert Labaree 213-740-5824
Mathematics Ben Lea 213-740-5775
Music Stephanie Bonjack 213-740-2926
Natural History & Ecology Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Neuroscience Ben Lea 213-740-5775
Ocean Expeditions Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries Joseph Hawkins 213-741-0094
Persian Language & Literature Shahla Bahavar 213-740-5040
Philosophy Ross Scimeca 213-740-7434
Physics Ben Lea 213-740-5775
Polar Research Jean Crampon 213-740-4421
Political Science Robert Labaree 213-740-5824
Psychology Emily Bergman 213-740-3855
Public Administration Sherry Mosley 213-740-8810
Rare Book Collection Melinda Hayes 213-740-5141
Rare Book Collection Marje Schuetze-Coburn 213-740-7119
Religion Ross Scimeca 213-740-7434
Robotics Ben Lea 213-740-5775
Slavic Languages & Literature Ruth Wallach 213-740-6917
Social Science Data & Statistics Katharin Peter 213-740-1700
Social Work Melanee Vicedo 213-740-0545
Social Work Rebecca Halpern 213-821-6811
Sociology Carolyn Caffrey Gardner 213-821-2299
Spanish and Portuguese Languages & Literatures Barbara Robinson 213-821-2261
Spatial Sciences Katharin Peter 213-740-1700
Spatial Sciences Andy Rutkowski 213-740-5398
Sports Studies Melanee Vicedo 213-740-0545
Television Sandra Garcia-Myers 213-740-8383
Television Steve Hanson 213-740-7273
Theater Anthony Anderson 213-740-1190
University Archives Claude Zachary 213-740-2587
Urban & Regional Planning Sherry Mosley 213-740-8810

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