The Reference and Instruction Department in the William H. Hannon Library offers comprehensive research support that empowers students to question, learn, and grow in confidence and academic success. We provide expert assistance navigating the wide range of resources available in the library through a variety of mediums, including in-person and 24/7 online. Library instruction sessions teach classes to locate, evaluate, and use information ethically, while personalized research assistance helps students master the (sometimes murky) research process at their point of need. Librarians are also committed to supporting the work of faculty both as teachers and researchers through collaborations that enhance access to high quality resources for scholarly inquiry and investigation. The Reference and Instruction Department is committed to the continued growth and success of the entire LMU community by fostering information literacy and academic research skills for LMU and beyond.
Reference staff are available to assist patrons in-person, via telephone, or online with their research, information, and basic computing questions. We provide customized group instruction for classes upon request as well as individual appointments. For more information, please visit the Information Desk, call (310) 338-2790, or find us online.
While LMU librarians will do their best to help with every patron's unique needs in the library and information commons, please be aware that reference staff do not interpret research, proofread student papers, answer homework or test questions, compile full bibliographies, recommend or aid in Internet purchases or legal/tax/medical advice, or repair patrons' personal computers. For help with tutoring and writing, contact the Academic Resource Center. For more in-depth computing questions, contact the ITS Help Desk. Reference staff do not provide advanced assistance with software.
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