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Research Help

Research Assistance

Librarians and Research Assistance Desk staff can help you get started with your research or take it to a deeper level.

Research Guides

Library Guides help you use the Library, find information on different subjects and more.

Library Instruction

Library courses quickly prepare students to do research for a particular class using the Library catalog, electronic resources and more.

OASIS & Information Competence

OASIS is an online, self-paced program consisting of eight chapters with quizzes. Completion meets the SF State Information Competence requirement.

Research Philosophy

Librarians in the Research Assistance area (Reference Desk) of the J. Paul Leonard Library are committed to user-centered and approachable reference services. Our purpose is to provide relevant point-of-need services, resources, and information that support the education and research activities of University students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Our goal is to teach and enhance information skills that are necessary for academic success and in life-long learning. We proactively respond to users' changing needs by continually evaluating their expectations and realigning services to better meet those needs.

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