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Getting Research Help

Wed. Feb. 25, 2015

Many students don’t realize that the librarians are there to offer help with research assignments. If you find you’re struggling to track down relevant academic sources for your paper, consider getting in contact with us. Here are some ways you can get research assistance in the library.

The Reference Desk

You can get help with research in the library at our Reference Desk. Staffed between 8am and 6pm (M-Th, 4:30pm on Fri), you’ll find a friendly and knowledgable librarian there to assist you. Whether you need a specific item, some advice on where or how to search, or help citing your sources, we’re very happy to help you out.

The Website

The answers to many of your questions can be found under Help with Research, under Library Links on the homepage. The general structure of a research assignment is covered, from Planning Your Research, through Searching for Sources and Peer-reviewed Sources, to Citation Management. Follow along with these pages to make sure your covering all your bases.

Research Guides

This section of the site is divided into the major subject areas studied here at the U of W. If it’s your first time researching in a certain subject area (or if you could use a quick refresher), you’ll find lots of important, subject-specific resources to help you find good sources.

Research Consultations

If you’d like more detailed assistance, you can schedule a research consultation appointment to explore your research topic under the guidance of a subject librarian. These consultations can take up to 30 minutes, and may even require follow-up depending on the complexity of your research topic. This is a great option for advanced undergrads and graduate students.