Help - Reference Services

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The library can be a confusing place. If you ever need help figuring out how to best use our many resources, feel free to contact our reference librarians by any of the means above. You can also meet a librarian in person by making an appointment or by visiting the reference desk, located on the first floor of the library. Below are some regularly used resource pages:

Patrons are able to gain off-campus access to almost all of the library's online resources by using their University Net ID and Password. We also provide an off-campus tool, called a "bookmarklet," which lets you log-in to online databases, magazines, and journals with the push of a button.

Each UI College has a librarian assigned as a subject liaison. Liaisons perform several functions, including teaching subject-specific classes, working with faculty to create research assignments, conducting one-on-one research assignments, and selecting and purchasing materials for the library.

Who is your Liaison?

The reference desk, which is currently located on the second floor of the library right, is a place you can go to ask specific and general questions about using the library and conducting research. The desk is staffed by professional librarians ready and eager to help you with your queries.

For hours, click here.

Research Consultation Services:

Student Research Assistance Program

Undergraduate and graduate students can schedule an appointment with a librarian for assistance in finding articles, books, websites and other information for research papers and projects. If you have questions, please contact Rochelle Smith, 208-885-7850 or

Faculty Research Assistance Program

UI faculty can schedule an appointment with a librarian, for consultation on searching the library's catalog and online resources; creating effective research strategies; managing citations; integrating information resources into specific courses; and designing effective library-based course assignments. If you have questions, please contact Robert Perret, 208-885-6631 or

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