Reference

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Reference provides research assistance and services to support the academic research of Northwestern University. Librarians and reference staff:

  • Answer general or specific research questions using a variety of resources in print, online, and other formats.
  • Offer research assistance in person, by phone, email, and IM.
  • Provide one-on-one consultations for more in-depth questions or projects.
  • Conduct library instruction sessions for classes, for groups, as well as workshops on a variety of topics.

IM or Text us at (847) 780-7332.
Send us an IM (Instant Message)*


For detailed help in specific areas you may wish to contact the following departments or libraries: Africana, Art, Government Information, Health Sciences, Law, Math, Music, Science and Engineering, Transportation, United Library, and University Archives.

 

*Our IM, text and e-mail services are intended for use by current students, faculty and staff of Northwestern University. We will also attempt to answer questions from the general public when they pertain to specific items in our libraries' collections, library services or to the university itself.

 IM and texting service available these hours during the academic year

Monday-Thursday: 10am-10pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-9pm