Need research help? You have lots of options!

August 18th 2017
Librarian assisting a student at the Reference Services desk

Whether you’re looking for three peer-reviewed articles for a short paper or tracking down obscure citations for your dissertation, we have expert librarians who will be happy to help.

In the Wells Library

The Herman B Wells Library, our flagship library, has a fully-staffed reference desk in the Scholars’ Commons on the first floor of the East Tower, as well as the Library Services Desk just inside the entrance to the Learning Commons (West Tower). Librarians are ready to field any question from “where’s the bathroom?” to advanced research help. You can also schedule an appointment or drop in for research help in the Learning Commons from noon to 5 pm Monday through Thursday (West Tower, in the Writing Tutorial Services area).

Elsewhere in Wells, our Area and International Studies librarians will be available on a drop-in basis to help you find information about or from countries around the world, our Media Services librarians are experts in all things film and video, and Government Information, Maps and Microform Services is the place to go for Federal, State, or international government information.

The Scholars’ Commons hosts a full suite of weekly consultation opportunities with experts in various academic disciplines and research techniques. These cover a wide range from digital project development and funding to Media Studies to GIS to research design, data collection, and analysis.

If a scheduled workshop is what you’re looking for, the Scholars’ Commons offers a host of workshops – everything from digital tools and visualization methods for humanists to “Maker Mondays” to overviews of specific research tools and resources.

All around the Bloomington campus

Each of our branch libraries – the Business/SPEA Information Commons, the Chemistry Library, the Education Library, the Law Library, the Life Sciences Library, the Lilly Library, the Music Library, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library, the Optometry Library, and the University Archives – has specialist librarians available to help with reference and research questions. You can also request a consultation with a subject specialist librarian.

Online 24/7 for you

Finally, for 24/7 research help, try the subject guides on the Libraries’ website (click the “Research” link); these offer a wide selection of librarian-curated resources as well as blog posts highlighting important resources or describing research processes. For example, you can learn about company research on the Business subject guide.


Whether you reach us by phone, online chat, email, or in person, ask us anything – we’re here for you!