Research Help


All of our librarians are eager to assist students and faculty with research. Whether a student meets with a research librarian at the Reference Desk or makes an appointment for a one-on-one consultation, librarians determine exactly what the information needs are for both assignments and lifelong learning. Students will be asked if they have a copy of their assignment and what they have done up to that point in their research. By asking these questions, librarians are able to point students and faculty in the right direction.

Ways that Librarians might assist students include:

  • Developing a topic
  • Determining which resources would be best suited for the purpose of their research
  • Developing a search strategy
  • Evaluating search results
  • Locating materials at other libraries, archives or special collections
  • Help in understanding the ethical use of information and how to cite resources properly
  • Help in understanding the different types of resources and kinds of research needed for specific disciplines

Librarians do not conduct research for students but will encourage and help them begin their own research, write their own papers, and create their own bibliographies. Professional staff may suggest that students contact the Writing and Learning Center, the Online Writing Center, or the writing support offered by the Graduate Support Center to graduate students for writing assistance. Librarians will help you with research and in understanding how to evaluate information sources.

Available Support

  • Ask Us - Email, chat, text or phone questions
  • Find Your Librarian - Librarians that serve faculty and students in various disciplines
  • Graduate Student Assistance - Library help available for Graduate Students
  • Distance Learner Assistance - Help for students and faculty in the Extended Academic Programs and other UIW students studying online.
  • Research Guides - Guides designed by librarians on a variety of topics ranging from copyright to assistance in specific disciplines.