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Fall 2021 Research Help at University Library

by Maggie Clarke on 2021-08-20T14:39:00-07:00 | Comments


Welcome back Toros! As you transition back into you research remember that University Library is here to support you. Librarians can get you started during any stage of the research process, whether it's exploring your topic, finding and evaluating sources, formatting citations, and more!

Online Research Help

There are many ways to conduct research and receive assistance online! Chat research help through the Research Help Desk is available with CSUDH librarians Monday through Thursday from 8am to 6pm and Fridays from 10am to 4pm with 24/7 chat outside these hours from librarians at other CSU and university campuses. Chat is a great place to go for immediate help with navigating databases, finding resources, citations, or questions about using the library.

To chat live simply use the chat box on the bottom right of any library webpage or select “Live Chat” on our Research Help page. 

Don’t feel like chatting? Our research guides and FAQs are also available and can be an amazing resource for getting started on research, finding resources for research in your majorcitation, and more! We also have videos and tutorials to get you started on evaluating sources, using databases, and citation.

In-person Research Help

If you are on campus and would like to ask a question in person, stop by our Research Help Desk located on the library's second floor next to the computer lab where our student research assistants and librarians are happy to get you started on your research project. Librarians are currently available for in-person help M-Th 10am-4pm. You can always find up-to-date hours for our Research Help Desk here.

Librarian Consultations

If you want to work one-on-one with a librarian on an in-depth research project, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to schedule a research appointment with a librarian. It is recommended but not required to schedule the appointment with the corresponding subject liaison librarian. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the requested appointment time in order to give the librarian time to prepare and familiarize themselves with your research project.

We offer consultations for either 30 or 60 minutes. In most cases, 30 minutes is plenty of time to go over a topic, get started finding resources, review citations, and more. Since our librarians spend time serving the entire campus community, we only recommend 60 minute sessions if you are working on a large scale project such as a thesis or capstone project or if you anticipate that you will need extra time to work with a librarian.

Not sure how to request an online appointment or use Zoom? See our FAQ on how to schedule an online research appointment and the Academic Technology documentation on Zoom


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