Research Help

Research Help


All of our librarians are eager to assist students with research needs. Whether a student meets with one of us at the Reference Desk or makes an appointment for a one-on-one consultation, we will conduct a reference interview to determine exactly what the needs for the assignment are, what the student has done and where he or she has searched. Asking these questions helps us point students in the right direction. Ways we might assist students include:

  • Developing a topic
  • Determining which resources would be best suited
  • Developing a search strategy
  • Evaluating search results
  • Locating materials at other libraries, archives or special collections

Students still need to do their own research, write their own papers and create their own bibliographies. We might determine or suggest they contact the Writing & Learning Center, the Online Writing Center, or the writing support offered by the Graduate Support Center to graduate students for writing assistance.


  • Ask the Library - Email, chat, text or phone questions
  • Subject Liaison Librarians - Librarians that serve faculty and students in various disciplines
  • Graduate 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.
  • Tutorials - Video and paper tutorials developed by librarians and instructional technology professionals.