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Library Research Guides

The Library Research Process, Step-by-Step

A general guide to help get you started in the research process for your paper or project. You can use this site as a starting place or for help if you can't find sources for your paper.

Citation Help


There are many guide books and resources that go over the research process in more detail. These are some good examples that may be helpful to flip through.

Library Research from Home or Off-Campus

Sweetland Peer Tutoring Center Hours

There are peer tutors available across central and north campuses to help you with your writing.

In-Person Help at the Library

The Undergraduate Library reference desk is located on the first floor of the Shapiro Library building. We offer all levels of reference service on a walk-in basis, by phone at (734) 763-4141 during service hours, by appointment, or by email at

There are also many different desks throughout the different U-M libraries with staff that are happy to help you with any question you have--just walk right up!