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Research & Instructional Services


Research & Instructional Services provides assistance to the SF State campus community in locating, accessing, and evaluating information and resources. Librarians also provide in-class instruction on library materials and resources throughout the academic year.

The department oversees the Reference Area in the Library, including the Research Assistance Desk where drop-in help can be obtained, an Internet-only computer area for doing research, and a print collection of reference materials.

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IRIS Librarians can help you:

  • Select appropriate types of materials for a particular project or purpose
  • Decipher and interpret citations
  • Select and use appropriate databases, catalogs or indexes
  • Locate materials within the J. Paul Leonard Library
  • Locate materials on and off-campus
  • Show students how to most effectively conduct research for a particular course or discipline

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