Research Assistance

Library staff will help you find library materials for your assignments, and help you develop your own skills in carrying out library research from a distance, e.g.

  • Identifying print and electronic materials on specific topics;
  • Accessing and searching the Library's catalogue and databases;
  • Using Web sites the Library has created or linked to;
  • Providing referrals to other library staff as required.

To obtain assistance from Library staff:

Electronically: Ask Us

Contact your Subject Librarian
- you can also Make an Appointment with a Librarian. If you cannot meet in person, please indicate this on the form to inquire about other options (online, phone, etc.).

Telephone direct a Library Service Desk

Visit the UofA library in person - find library hours here

Note: if you need assistance specifically with delivery of print materials (books, article photocopies, etc.) to your home address, contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at 1 - 800 - 207-0172 or email

The Library website provides many links that will assist you in doing library research via the web - a selection is noted below.

Links to key online resources of the UofA Library: