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The Library and You: How to Make the Most Out of Your Vanderbilt Experience: Where Can I Get Help?

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Getting Help With Your Research

There are a wide variety of resources available to you through the library. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Ask a Reference Librarian:

You can expect to find at least one reference librarian who is a subject specialist in your broad area of research and who can help you navigate your library's offerings. Reference desk help

Where Can I Find a Reference Librarian?

A librarian often will be available at the Reference, Information, or Service desk at any of our campus libraries to provide immediate research assistance. If there isn't a librarian on duty, you may need to make an appointment or schedule a research consultation with your subject specialist.

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Consider setting up a research consultation with a librarian shortly after you get to your institution so you don't miss any of the resources available to you.

Library Lingo

Reference (or Service) Desk
The place in the library where reference librarians and assistants give you directions, answer your questions, and show you how to find and use library materials.
Reference librarian
Reference librarians have a master's degree in library science and usually another subject specific graduate degree as well. They can help you find materials needed for research, show you how to use online databases, and teach you about the research process.