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Resources for Distance Students: Need Research Assistance?

This guide provides information about the resources and services that the Lewis J. Ort Library provides for those students who attend classes at a distance.

E-Mail a Research Librarian

Reference Librarian Help


Students have access to research librarians to assist with their research for their classes. This could include helping determine keywords to use when searching, determining the best database(s) to use when searching on a topic, help with citation styles, or help selecting credible resources.

The library welcomes students who attend at a distance to come visit the library if they need reference and research assistance. However, we know you may not able to come to the library in person, so, we want you to know that there are multiple ways for you to get help from a research librarian even if you can't visit the library in person.

You can call 301-687-4395, e-mail, or set up a one-on-one appointment.

Need Help from a Research Librarian?

Stop by the Library Services Main Desk on the 3rd floor of the library or call us at 301-687-4395 or e-mail us at

A research librarian is available during the fall and spring semesters:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm and 6 pm – 9pm
  • Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm

E-mail a Research Librarian

Students can send an e-mail directly to:

Students can also go to the e-mail form located on the library’s web page and fill out the form that will be sent to a librarian. The form can be located on the following page:

Most weekdays, you can expect to receive an answer the same day. Weekends, holidays, and unscheduled closings, e-mail is checked less frequently but the student should still receive an answer within 24 hours.

Make a Research Consultation with a Research Librarian

A Research Consultation allows you to schedule a specific time to meet with a research librarian for help with your research. As a distance student the librarians can set up a time to meet with you the way that works best for you. This might be via the phone, over Skype, using Google Hangouts, or through Big Blue Button through Canvas.

The Research Consultation provides help with:

  • Getting started on a research project (i.e., identifying a topic, developing a search strategy, discovering the appropriate databases and other research tools)
  • Identifying research materials inside and outside of the library
  • Evaluating the relevance and usefulness of selected research materials

To schedule a Research Consultation please select the following link: