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Research Services: Research Assistance

Types of Assistance

A Research Services librarian can help you to:

  • Search the catalog to find books, government documents, journals, DVDs, and other resources from the library's collection
  • Choose the databases and the other resources that would be best suited to your research needs
  • Learn the most effective ways of searching databases and of locating peer-reviewed scholarly articles and books for your research projects
  • Distinguish between peer-reviewed sources and sources that have not been filtered through that specific type of quality control process
  • Figure out how to retrieve the full texts of online journal articles
  • Judge the credibility, reliability, and the authority of a source that you plan to use in your research - whether it comes from the Web or elsewhere
  • Retrieve statistical or factual data from a variety of sources
  • Locate an item in the collection, a room in the library, or a building or service on campus, or find directions to off-campus locations
  • Figure out how to print, copy, scan, renew items you currently have checked out, access ConnectNY, Nexus, or request research material not owned by the library

How do I get assistance?

1. Stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor of the library during our regular hours.

2. Call us at (518) 388-6281, also during regular hours.

3. E-mail us at reference@union.edu. You will receive a response within 24 business hours.

4. Contact any of our Research Services librarians to make an appointment.