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Research Help

If you need help with any aspect of your research, there are many resources available to you.

Reference Service

Reference librarians are available to assist you with your research needs, from establishing a research topic and locating appropriate resources to using these resources. There are several ways in which to contact a reference librarian:


Ask a Librarian: This virtual reference service allows you to chat online with a live reference librarian in real time. Click on the Ask a Librarian button to send a research question and to see the hours of service.


AskReference: By completing the email form, you may submit a research question to a reference librarian. Emails are checked hourly by reference librarians.


Call the Reference Desk: You may also speak with a reference librarian in person by calling (320) 308-4755 or toll-free at (877) 856-9786.


Reference Desk hours: The Reference Desk is open every day that the library is open.

Research QuickStart

Use Research QuickStart to begin your research. You may choose from a large variety of topics and subjects. Research QuickStart provides you with a list of resources including databases, reference books, websites and more.

Article Databases

The Find an Article page provides links to the library's many article databases. The databases are organized by subject and by title. Select the subject area that you need and then choose a database that is most relevant to your subject. You may also select a database by title.


When you click on a database from off campus, you will be prompted to log on using your HuskyNet ID and password. If you haven't already done so, you will need to activate your HuskyNet account using your Tech ID number and PIN number.

Full Text Online Articles

When searching in the article databases, you may see a FindIt! link next to an article citation. FindIt! will link you directly to the online, full text article if it is available. When you find an article that you need, click on the FindIt! link and if it is available in full text, you will be sent to the appropriate database that contains that article.


The Periodical Title Availability list is searchable by journal title and will indicate if a journal is available in full text online, in what database and for what dates. If you find an article citation but you can't tell if the journal is available in full text, search for the journal title to determine its online availability.


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