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Managing Research Projects

Asking for Help

There will be many times during your research project that you will have questions! Never hesitate to reach out for help, no matter how small the problem might seem.

question mark For questions about graduation requirements and your course sequence, contact your faculty advisor and/or academic counselor.

question mark For questions about the requirements of the project and whether you are on the right track, contact the faculty member(s) in charge of your project.

question mark For questions about the library research process, finding full text, citations, and copyright contact a librarian. You can use the Ask A Librarian service or reach out to the librarian in your discipline.

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Details for help from a Librarian

Chat: 

To chat with a Reference Librarian, click the icon on the lower right of the screen when on certain pages of the library's website, including the homepage.

  • When the Reference Librarian is logged in, you can send a message, otherwise you will be prompted to send an email.
  • Your chat will be answered by the next available librarian.

Call: 

Contact the Reference Librarian at 206-281-2419

  • During the hours the Reference Librarian is on duty we should answer immediately unless we are assisting other patrons, then we strive to respond to messages left at this number within one to two hours.
  • Questions asked during the evenings and weekends will be responded to by the next business day.

Email:

 Contact the Reference Librarian at reference@spu.edu.

  • During the hours the Reference Librarian is on duty we strive to respond to email questions within one to two hours.
  • Questions asked during the evenings and weekends will be responded to by the next business day.

Full Reference Desk Schedule