UMD Library Reference Services
Reference Librarians are available to assist you to:
- Find information needed for research, study, or personal use
- Locate journal articles
- Select databases and indexes for your research
- Formulate research strategies
- Refine research topics
- Answer specific informational questions
- Search the UMD Library Catalog
- Effectively search the Internet
- Identify library subject specialists when needed
Reference services are available several ways:
The UMD Library's e-mail reference service is best used for getting answers to brief, factual questions; questions about which resources are best to use; and /or questions about UMD. This service is available to UMD students, faculty, staff, Northeast Minnesota residents, and those requesting information unique to UMD. You will get a response within 24 hours during normal working days, usually much sooner.
Available the same hours as the Reference Desk
The reference area contains a service desk staffed by librarians and an extensive reference collection. Computer workstations are available for users to obtain assistance using the library catalog, indexes and databases, and accessing other Internet based resources. See Reference Desk hours.
Librarians at the Reference Desk will answer questions regarding library resources. The number to call is: 218-726-8100. See Telephone Reference hours.
Subject specific reference librarians provide research consultations by appointment for UMD students, faculty and staff. View the list of subject specialists here.
Reference Librarians are available to assist with and support classroom instruction. Assistance with your classroom instruction can come in many forms to meet your needs:
- Brief (5-10 minute) librarian introduction to allow students to become familiar with their subject librarians
- 30-50 minute in-depth library instruction focusing on particular course or assignment resources (in library computer lab or your classroom)
- Research assistance during in-class research time
- In-office consultations with students
- Online research guides for specific course or assignment
- Librarian access via the course Moodle site (chat or forum)
- Librarian collaboration on research assignment design
- Librarian contact info on syllabus or Moodle site
For more information contact:
Tom Ambrosi, Head of Reference Services