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Learn the Library

This guide contains resources for learning how to use NCU Library and accessing its resources.

Book an Individual Appointment

Below are our current one-on-one session offerings. Each one-on-one offers a specific type of assistance. Please review them thoroughly and if you need assistance deciding which session would be best for you, speak with a Library team member through our Ask Us! page.

For questions or assistance with assignment interpretation or specific requirements, please speak with your course instructor. 

Research Consultations

Image with a student using a laptop. Text reads Research Consultation.

Research Consultations are live, one-on-one sessions that provide in-depth, high-level, and customized research assistance with a reference librarian. These sessions are NOT meant to provide basic Library navigation and searching skills. Research consultations are most beneficial for students who have a clearly identified research topic and have already done significant research on their own.

Research Consultation Areas of Assistance: 

  • Developing your search strategy
  • Identifying relevant databases and journals
  • Finding and evaluating information resources
  • Discovering alternative search terms for your topic
  • Using advanced search techniques for specific databases
  • Narrowing your search results

If you need help with APA, Mechanics, Style of Writing, Synthesis, Analysis, or Citation Formatting, please contact the Academic Success Center for support.

Please review all requirements for a Research Consultation prior to signing up on our Research Consultations page

Schedule a Research Consultation Session

Research Smart: Getting Started

Research Smart: Getting Started is a one-on-one session that provides students with the opportunity to learn how to conduct research, find relevant resources, and explore ways to effectively build upon knowledge within their fields of study. Sessions are personalized toward student needs and provide students with the insight and tools needed for successfully completing assignments and establishing a research routine.

Recommended prior to signing up for this session:

Schedule a Research Smart: Getting Started Session

Recorded Video Research Consultations

Recorded Video Research Consultations provide in-depth, high-level, and customized research assistance with a reference librarian. These 30-minute sessions will be recorded and emailed to you within 3 business days (Monday - Friday).

These sessions are NOT meant to provide basic Library navigation and searching skills. For help with basic library techniques, please schedule a Research Smart session. 

Research consultations are most beneficial for students who have a clearly identified research topic and have already done significant research on their own.

Research Consultation Areas of Assistance: 

  • Developing your search strategy
  • Identifying relevant databases and journals
  • Finding and evaluating information resources
  • Discovering alternative search terms for your topic
  • Using advanced search techniques for specific databases
  • Narrowing your search results

If you need help with APA, Mechanics, Style of Writing, or Citation Formatting, please contact the Academic Success Center for support.

Schedule a Recorded Video Research Consultation

RefWorks On Demand

RefWorks on Demand is a one-on-one support service providing basic troubleshooting and technology instruction on RefWorks, the NCU Library's research management tool.

Areas of Assistance

  • Reviewing installation requirements for the Save to RefWorks tool, Microsoft Word Write-N-Cite, or ProQuest RefWorks Citation Manager;
  • Addressing specific questions on adding resources, creating bibliographies, and annotating documents in RefWorks;
  • Troubleshooting basic functionality of RefWorks and its associated tools;
  • Account issues and access.

Required Prior to Session

 

Schedule a RefWorks on Demand Session

JFK Legal Research Consultations

JFK Legal Research Training Consultation service provides one-on-one legal research support for JFK College of Law students in the JD Law and BA Legal Studies programs. Legal specialist librarians, Jamie or Sherry, will sit down with you over Zoom to assist with:

  • Locating secondary and primary law resources within WestlawEdge, Lexis+, and other databases
  • Training on important legal materials and how they can help you in your research process
  • How to get started on your legal research assignment

Please refer to the JFK page, or go directly to the JFK legal research appointment booking page to make an appointment. Please be as detailed as possible when filling out the form.

Schedule a Legal Research Consultation

JFK Recorded Video Research Consultations

JFK Recorded Video Research Consultations

Recorded Video Legal Research Consultations are sessions that provide customized legal research assistance with a reference librarian. These sessions will be recorded and emailed to you within 3 business days (Monday - Friday). 

Note: Librarians cannot provide legal advice, including how to analyze materials or what conclusions to draw from the resources; we can only point you to the resources - from there, inquire with your professor for help with analysis. 

Areas of Assistance: 

  • Guidance on developing your search strategy

  • Receive clarification and education on types of legal resources (i.e. primary vs. secondary)

If you need help with legal writing and citations, please contact the Academic Success Center for support.

Schedule a Recorded Legal Research Consultation