Information and Research Help
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Arrange a research consultation with a subject librarian
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 chat, text, email or appointment. Our website also offers research guides for DIY help, check our Getting Started on Research in the Library guide for tips!
Reference and Information Desk
The Reference and Information Desk is the place to ask any questions about using the library and conducting research. Please don't hesitate to get in touch! The desk is staffed by professional librarians ready to help with your queries via chat, email, text, or in person. Meetings with a librarian are also available by appointment during regular hours, please email to set up a time.
Students, faculty, and staff can schedule an appointment with a librarian for assistance in finding resources for research projects and creating effective research strategies. Instructors can also get help with integrating information resources into specific courses and designing effective library-based course assignments.
Each U of I College has a librarian assigned as a subject liaison. Liaisons can teach subject-specific classes, work with faculty to create research assignments, conduct one-on-one research sessions, and select and purchase materials for the library.
The Data Hub provides support in the areas of geospatial and data sciences, data visualization, and research data management. Located in the Map Room (First Floor 107), it features specialized equipment, staff, and collaborative space.
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.
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