Four Ways to Get Research Help

September 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, reference services | Comments Off on Four Ways to Get Research Help

Abridged from our article in the IIT University Parent Connection:

If you have questions about research for a paper or other assignment you have many options:

Librarians
Stop by the Research Help Office on the second floor of Galvin from 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday and from 12pm to 4pm Sunday to meet with a friendly librarian. Librarians have Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science, meaning they are experts at helping students discover, evaluate and use information. The office is private so you will feel comfortable asking questions.

Undergraduate tutors
On evenings and weekends the Research Help Office is staffed with peer-tutors known as Undergraduate Research Specialists. They are highly trained and specially selected upper level undergraduate leaders at IIT. They have done many of the same assignments as you, and can help you find the sources they know professors want to see. This is an excellent option for any student who may be busy during the day or has some trepidation about talking to a librarian (even though every librarian here is wonderful!).

Online
When it’s too cold to walk from one building to the next, you can instant message, email, or even text message us your questions. You can also search a database for questions we’ve already answered using the search box on the Ask a Librarian page. We are famous for our quick response times. Reach us online at library.iit.edu/ask.

On your own
For the DIY student, use our online Research Guides at library.iit.edu/subjects. These guides identify which of the over 120 databases Galvin subscribes to will be the best for your topic. It provides you with search methods, evaluation tips, and much more.

College libraries have very different resources than public or school libraries. The nature of research at IIT is rigorous and unique. So remember, the library is always here to help you no matter how small or large the question is.

Writing a Research Paper?

October 3, 2007 at 8:06 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, reference services, research tools | 1 Comment

Got a paper due for midterms? Maybe you’re beginning your thesis or dissertation this semester? Galvin Library has the resources you need, whether you’re writing that first college paper or doing research for a dissertation. Our Reference section, located on the upper level of Galvin Library, has a number of books on how to conduct research and write papers. Use the IIT Library Catalog to do a subject search for “Report writing” to see what’s available.

You can also ask any of our friendly reference librarians for more help researching your topic. Stop by the Reference Desk on the upper level, or make an appointment with your subject specialist. Don’t want to leave your home or office? IM or Email us instead.

Of course, IIT students are known for their independent critical thinking skills. If you want to begin your research at Galvin on your own, or if you get stuck along the way, try our Research Guides for help. For beginning research, we recommend checking out Finding Scholarly Articles, Using Databases, and Evaluating Online Resources to get you started.

Galvin Library is here to help you achieve your academic and professional goals!

Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

August 30, 2007 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, reference services | Comments Off on Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

Have you ever been at home searching for an article, and can’t find it? Having trouble logging in to your library account? Now you can get help without having to leave the convenience of your home or office! Galvin Library now offers patrons the ability to Instant Message (IM) a Reference Librarian. Instant Messaging, a real-time internet chat program, is used by millions of people around the world every day. All you need is a computer and access to the internet. Galvin Library uses the following screen names and IM clients:

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM): IITLibrary
Google Talk: IITLibrary@gmail.com
MSN Messenger: IITLibrary@hotmail.com
Yahoo Messenger: AskIITLibrary

Any of the above services can also be accessed using Meebo, a Web-based IM client portal.

If you don’t have an IM account or screen name, you can still IM a librarian using the Meebo widget on our Ask a Librarian page!

The service is available during all regular library hours. See our Ask a Librarian pages for more information.

Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

March 22, 2007 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, reference services | Comments Off on Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

Have you ever been at home searching for an article, and can’t find it? Having trouble logging in to your library account? Now you can get help without having to leave the convenience of your home or office! Galvin Library now offers patrons the ability to Instant Message (IM) a Reference Librarian. Instant Messaging, a real-time internet chat program, is used by millions of people around the world every day. All you need is a computer and access to the internet. Galvin Library uses the following screen names and IM clients:

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM): IITLibrary
Google Talk: IITLibrary@gmail.com
MSN Messenger: IITLibrary@hotmail.com
Yahoo Messenger: AskIITLibrary

Any of the above services can also be accessed using Meebo, a Web-based IM client portal.

If you don’t have an IM account or screen name, you can still IM a librarian using the Meebo widget on our Ask a Librarian page!

The service is available during all regular library hours. See our Ask a Librarian pages for more information.

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