Research Education & Assistance
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Research Education & Assistance

The Mardigian Library has a team of instructional librarians to help support students with research help throughout their careers at UM-Dearborn. The librarians are available to help individual students in a variety of ways, as well as to collaborate with faculty to bring research education into the classroom.

The following menus detail a few of the most common ways our librarians can help. Whether you are a student needing help getting started, or faculty requiring support for a class, our librarians are able to assist. We also have a librarian list organized by area of study, so click your area and find your librarian!

Stop by and see us in person in the Library Research Center on the first floor. You can also connect with us online through any of our contact options.

  • For Students

    We can help you with...

    • Electronic Access
      • Accessing electronic resources remotely
    • Research Topics
      • Finding a suitable topic for your research assignment
      • Focusing your topic and creating a research question
    • Finding Resources
      • Identifying relevant resources to use--databases, books/eBooks, videos, and more
      • Using search strategies to find articles, books, data, and other media sources
      • Requesting a book, article, or other media from outside our collection
    • Evaluating Resources
      • Narrowing retrieved articles to a reasonable number
      • Evaluating sources for reliability
      • Recognizing fake news
    • Citations & Bibliographies
      • Avoiding plagiarism
      • Citing sources using the required citation format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
      • Managing citations using software tools
      • Writing an annotated bibliography or literature review
  • For Faculty

    Librarians collaborate with faculty to develop customized virtual or in-person sessions teaching research skills, such as:

    • Demonstrations of Mardigian Search, a tool that allows researchers to search multiple library databases simultaneously.
    • Targeted resources from the library's 400+ research databases.
    • Searching techniques to help students use these databases effectively.
    • Evaluation techniques of information resources that will help students learn to distinguish appropriate academic resources from the flood of web pages and other sources available.

Did you know?

  • Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff are eligible for a free digital subscription to the New York Times (NYT) (some limitations apply) and Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

  • Access requires creation of accounts for each site. Full details and setup instructions are available on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal setup pages.