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Library Resources for Writing Center Tutors: Help


This guide will help you direct students who need help from the library in their writing. Please know that the library is here to help, and we don't expect you to become librarians as well as writing tutors!

In this guide you will find information about:

  • How to get help from the library
  • Places to search
  • Search strategies
  • Citation tips and resources

Help Options

For immediate research help, you can refer students to the Information Desk or refer them to chat.

  • The Information Desk provides in-person and chat research help M-F: 9am-5pm.
  • Chat provides research help M-Th: 9am-7pm and F: 9am-5pm. 

View all the ways to get quick help on the 'Ask Us' page of the library website.

Get immediate research help from the library through online chat, email, or visiting the Information Desk in-person in the Merrill-Cazier Library. Immediate research help is available in person, over chat, and over the phone M-F: 9-5. 


Librarians are research experts that help students find appropriate sources for their assignments. Each subject has a specific librarian who specializes in that subject. Librarians are available to meet with students to help with all steps of the research process.

Find your subject's librarian to find relevant guides on research or to make an appointment.

Outside of these hours, students can set up a scheduled appointment for research help by using the Meet with a Librarian link on the homepage. Subject librarians are happy to set up appointments, but won't be available immediately. 

We also have information guides, frequently asked questions, and helpful guide videos for common research questions. 

Looking for help for a specific class? Browse through our subject and class guides to see if we have a library guide for your course. 

Looking for help with general research? Browse through the library's Research Tips.

Help for Statewide Campus/Online Students

As a USU Statewide or Online student, you can access all of the library's databases, articles, and e-books from home or anywhere with Internet. To access library resources from the USU Libraries website, a research guide (like this!), or your Canvas course, you will be prompted to enter your A number and password.

For more information on how to order physical books, get research help, and other time-saving tips, visit the Library Services for Statewide and Online Users page on the library website.

Online Library Access

For help accessing library materials online, statewide, and off campus, visit our Online Library Access page.

For more specific help on troubleshooting articles and databases, you can visit our guide on Troubleshooting Articles and Databases page.