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Research at the Library

Need Research Help?

The library can help you with: 

  • Choosing a topic, as well as adjusting a topic to be the ‘right size’ - more focused

  • Locating sources to better understand something or to use in a project (such as a paper)

  • Citing (referencing) sources (in MLA, APA, and more!)

Live Help
  • Chat or Zoom
    • Chat with a librarian 24/7 or schedule an online research appointment on Zoom. Visit the Online Research Help webpage to start a chat or book an appointment.
  • Phone
  • In-person
    • A librarian is on-site and available to help during open hours.
Self Help
  • Online library workshops - These cover skills to help you find and use information sources in your research and are offered online via Canvas. Some CCSF instructors assign library workshops, but students are encouraged to take them independently as well.
  • Steps of the Research Process - Tips on getting started and planning for any research project.
  • Evaluating Information - Steps you can take to make sure that the information you find online is reliable.
  • Citing Information Sources - Shows how to cite information sources, which is required for responsible use of information. Covers formats including MLA, APA, and more.
  • Research Guides - Great guides on beginning the research process in a number of subject areas. Designed by librarian subject specialists, the guides list academic sources and provide tips for finding more.
Take a Research Skills Class
  • Library Information Skills (LIS) 10 - Sharpen your skills for doing college-level research with this online class. Check out LI S 10, a one-unit, short term course that is transferable to UC/CSU.
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