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A help guide on some key activities involved in research processes.

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Research Help from Librarians

Librarians are available for research help, in person or through the Ask a Librarian chat during the library's open hours. We help students and faculty:

  • Search and locate information sources

  • Define your research topic

  • Create citations

  • Evaluate sources

  • Any other part of your research process

 

Instant messaging (chat):

Wherever you see "Ask a Librarian" on the library website, you can chat with a Kirkwood librarian. Just click on "Ask a Librarian" and a window will open where you can type in your question and get help in real time.

Text:

You can also chat with a librarian by sending a text message to: 319-774-6491

Email:

You can email questions to: library @ kirkwood.edu. 

Phone:

In Cedar Rapids (or any location): 319-398-5697

In Iowa City: 319-887-3613

Online research help (Zoom):

The library can share screens or video chat using Zoom software. It's a great way to get research help! Use the "Ask a Librarian" chat function to get started.

Scheduled research consultation:
  • For students who prefer to plan their research help ahead of time, OR
  • For students who know they have a big research assignment they need to work on, and know they want to make a good start by getting expert librarian help, OR
  • For faculty or staff who could use some research assistance on a project, OR
  • For any reason at all!

Just follow the link below, select a day and time, and fill out the form. There's also a spot to enter your phone number so you can get a reminder text before your appointment.

Remember:
If the time you want isn't available, but it's during our regular hours of operation, know that you can always come to the reference desk in person or through the Ask a Librarian chat.
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We have many online guides where you might find answers to your questions:
 

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