Research & Reference Help

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Welcome to the Library!
Need help?  The library is a great place to get it!  We specialize in information--finding it, using it, describing it.  Some of what we do is listed below.  You can also find help using Library Guides, which are developed to assist students with specific class assignments, with specific library resources, such as Search@UW, and for insight into special library collections, such as Graphic Novels and Movies.
We can help you to: 

Find information

  • identify the best information tool to use for your information need
  • navigate the library system.  From finding a book on the shelf using a call number to ordering an article using interlibrary loan, we can do it, AND, more importantly, we can teach you how it's done
  • identify the best search terms to use in your quest for quality resources
  • show you techniques that will help you retrieve the best sources on your topic

Use Information

  • understand the differences among types of information and to understand such terms as primary sources and peer reviewed research articles
  • know the uses of various types of reference sources, such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, factbook, catalog, and more
  • take notes and correctly quote, paraphrase, or summarize information
  • apply information by developing research projects

Describe Information

  • use style conventions to cite sources and write lists of sources used
  • use citation software such as Noodletools, Zotero, or Endnote to format citations correctly
  • evaluate sources by understanding their currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose

Help You with Non-research Questions

  • we can also help with the ordinary issues that students can encounter, such as:
  • problems printing? 
  • need to reserve a study room? 
  • need to use a stapler, three-hole punch, or other office equipment?
  • need help using the photocopy machine?
  • need to know a professor's office hours or email address?
  • find a classroom?

We can help with a variety of problems, so go ahead and ask!