Need help with your research paper? Do you have an assignment that requires using the library and its resources? Make an appointment with one of the IUP Librarians!
We are highly trained information specialists who understand both traditional library research methods, materials, and the most current means of accessing electronic information.
At the Reference Desk, we provide answers to short factual questions, point out appropriate databases and search tools, and provide “starting points” to explore the library. Quite often, this will be enough to set a student on a successful research path.
However, if you have more complex questions, or would like more individualized attention as you develop your library strategy for your project, make an appointment and bring your assignment to us.
Every assignment is different, and while a quick visit to the reference desk can give you fast answers or pointers to resources, spending time discussing your assignment with a librarian can yield a deeper understanding of the resources the library can
offer. With that “big picture” as a launchpad, and based on the questions you have, we’ll work with you to create search strategies, brainstorm concepts and keywords, identify crucial resources, and develop your understanding of library research.
With that in mind, please remember that our role is to support your research by helping you identify and locate resources; we cannot assist with the actual writing or editing of your assignment. Also, of course, if you have questions about the nature
of the assignment or what is expected of you, you’ll have to speak to your professor!
Visit our Meet with a Librarian page to find the librarian for your subject area, and set up an appointment for a consultation about your assignment.
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