One of our primary goals here at the William H. Hannon Library is to assist students with their research. Not only answering questions like “How do I find scholarly articles?” but also walking student researchers through the process of formulating a question, planning a research path, locating relevant and authoritative resources, and synthesizing that information into a cohesive argument or creative product. We connect students with information. Quite often, that requires having an in-depth conversation with a student about their research needs, level of experience and comfort using library resources, and expected outcomes.
In order to facilitate these conversations, we provide our students with a number of platforms for contacting librarians. As always, you can stop by the Information Desk on level 1 in our Information Commons and speak with a Reference Librarian face-to-face. You can virtually chat with us using the chat widget on our library homepage: a service that is available 24/7! You can search our Library FAQ for commonly asked questions. We have also created subject-specific research guides for every major at LMU (and then some).
However, many student don’t know that they can also request a research consultation with a librarian. Just like faculty office hours, librarians meet with students one-on-one to dive deep into the research process. You tell us ahead of time what you’re researching and we will prepare a list of resources in advance of the meeting. During the research consultation, we’ll talk in more detail about your project and identify which resources are right for your project.
It’s our mission at LMU Library to help develop students who are information literate and able to navigate the complex information landscape of today. In an era that claims “fake news” is running rampant, librarians are more essential than ever. Schedule an appointment with your librarian today!