Research & Instruction

If you’re working on a complex research project you may benefit from a one-on-one Research Appointment where you can discuss your information needs with a librarian.
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Instruction services such as workshops, course guides, and research appointments are available for students and faculty.

For Students: 

For Faculty:

  • Course-related library lnstruction - Based on the goals of your assignment, an instruction librarian will customize a library workshop for students to learn about the research process, to use specific databases, to locate scholarly sources and/or to properly cite sources. 
  • Course Guide Creation - Librarians will create an online guide to accompany a research assignment. Guides typically include relevant databases, library research tips, and contact information. 
  • Assignment Creation Assistance - Librarians are available to review assignments or assist faculty in the creation of research or information fluency assignments which provide a positive learning experience for students.  We can also help faculty to construct assignments that challenge students to go beyond Wikipedia as supporting evidence.
  • Read the Library Instruction Program document to understand how information fluency can help students improve their critical thinking and research skills.

Course-related library instruction
Today’s students are comfortable using Google and Wikipedia to find information but often don’t know where to search for evidence to support college-level projects. Information fluency, or recognizing a need for information, knowing how to search for and locate relevant information, evaluate it, and properly cite it, is a set of skills needed not only to successfully complete research projects but to prepare students for life after graduation. CLUE librarians will customize research workshops to meet faculty and student needs.

Bringing your class to the library:

  • Request a library instruction session  that is customized for your class or classes.

  • Most library instruction sessions take place in room 309 located on the 3rd floor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Room 309 is a hands-on classroom with 20 computers and seating for up to 30 people. 

  • We appreciate at least one week advance notice to prepare for the session and make sure there is a room available in the library.

  • Timing of the library session is critical. Students benefit most from a library session when they are aware of the assignment, have chosen a topic and are ready to begin locating information.

  • Your involvement in the library session is key to your students’ success. Students will want to ask questions about the assignment and will benefit from hearing about your experiences with library research.

  • Librarians will include active learning exercises to engage students in critical thinking skills as well as information fluency skills.

Contact Jennifer Corbin, Head of the Center for Library User Education, for more information.

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Follow step-by-step instructions or use Research and Course Guides to help yourself.

Search our FAQ for common questions about library services.

Follow step-by-step tutorials for basic searching assistance.

Use our Research Guides and Course Guides created by subject librarians to find databases, reference sources, research websites, and other key information sources.

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Library Answers - Ask Questions, Find Answers.
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Get help at any stage of the research process at the Research Help Desk.

Get help at any stage of the research process.

Stop by the Research Help Desk on the 1st floor in the Learning Commons of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

  • Spring 2015 Hours (calendar of hours)
  • Monday–Thursday 9 am - 9 pm
  • Friday 9 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday not available 
  • Sunday 12 noon - 9 pm

Call the Research Help Desk at (504) 865-5606.

Email the Research Help Desk at

Request a Research Appointment  for a personalized, in-depth meeting to discuss your research needs.

Chat with the Research Help Desk.

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Workshops on library research skills are available throughout the semester or build a custom workshop to fit your needs and schedule.

The Center for Library User Education at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library offers workshops on library research skills for Tulane students, faculty, and staff. Available workshops and their descriptions are below. Workshops may also be arranged upon request for one participant or for multiple participants who request the same day and time.

Request a Research Appointment if you want to meet privately with a librarian about your research project.

Faculty members should use the Library Instruction Request Form to schedule a course-related workshop for a class. Librarians will tailor a workshop around your assignment and goals.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Click on workshop name to expand the description.

Strategic Reading for Research (1 hour)

Academic research involves a lot of reading and can be a challenge, especially when you have a million other things to do. Luckily, you can read strategically to help identify significant points, find relationships across readings, and see how each reading relates to your research project. In the end, reading strategically will also make your writing process easier. Students who attend this workshop will learn how to read strategically, including how to annotate readings, how to track relationships across readings, and how to mark out relationships to your own research project.  No sign-up is required.

Request the Strategic Reading for Research workshop  if these dates do not fit your schedule.








Research Appointment Room,
First Floor

Citation Management Tools (1 hour)

EasyBib, Zotero, RefWorks, EndNote, and Mendeley can help you to store the citations you find during your research. They all make it easy to format a works cited list. Which is best for you? This workshop will make you aware of your options and help you decide what tool is best for you. No sign-up is required.

Request the Citation Management Tools workshop  if these dates do not fit your schedule.









Using the Data Management Plan Tool (45 minutes)

This workshop is for all scholars interested in meeting the data management requirements of federal funding agencies. The workshop will explore the data management requirements scholars currently face and how to utilize the Data Management Plan Tool (DMPTool) to help address them. The workshop will also offer step-by-step demonstrations of how to use the DMPTool to ensure your grant proposal addresses federal guidelines. In addition, the workshop will explore some of the other tools and resources offered through Tulane University to facilitate your research data needs. No sign-up is required.

Request the Data Management Plan Tool workshop.


Build a Custom Workshop

Build a workshop from the options below.
Request a custom workshop

Navigating the library website
• Learn how to find the best resources and services for your research.
Topics may include subject-specific guides, key databases, research services available.

Catalog searching
• Learn how to locate books, journal titles, music, video, and more in the library catalog.
Topics may include devising a search strategy, using subject headings, and advanced features of the catalog interface.

Borrowing & renewing books
• Learn the ins and outs of borrowing and renewing books from Howard-Tilton, other New Orleans libraries, and libraries around the country.
Topics may include managing your checked out books, using Inter-Library Loan to get books from other libraries, and borrowing privileges as other university libraries in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Selecting the right databases
• Learn how to find the best database for your research need.
Topics may include disciplinary and interdisciplinary databases, databases with archival and primary source material, and simultaneously searching multiple relevant databases.

Selecting the best sources
• Learn how to choose the right information sources for your research needs.
Topics may include evaluating search results on the Internet and in the library’s collections to find the most appropriate items and using search tool features to filter or limit results quickly.

Formulating search strategies
• Learn how to turn your research question into an efficient search strategy.
Topics may include extracting keywords from a research question, locating the specialized vocabulary of relevant disciplines and specific search tools, and using discovered items to find additional sources.

Better searching through technology
• Learn how to take advantage of the latest technology to assist your research.
Topics may include accessing subscription resources from off-campus, getting to full-text articles from searches in subscription databases or Google Scholar, and managing research materials through e-mail, personal accounts, and external applications.

Research topic development
• Learn how to find scholarly background information on a topic, and how to refine a topic idea into a workable research question.
Topics may include locating specialized encyclopedias and reference materials, broadening or narrowing the scope of a topic idea, and mapping the relationship among related concepts.

Critical note-taking
• Learn note-taking strategies to keep your research organized and manageable throughout the project.
Topics may include note taking techniques, tracking related concepts across resources, and managing direct quotes and paraphrasing for proper citation.

Locating resources not at Tulane
• Learn how to expand your research beyond the collections held at Tulane.
Topics may include searching for books and other materials at libraries throughout the United States and beyond, using inter-library loan and other borrowing privileges at non-Tulane libraries, and effective Internet searching to find high-quality open-access materials online.

Citation management
• Learn how to manage your research and quickly create citations and bibliographies with a range of subscription and open-source tools.
Topics may include the value of using citation management tools, choosing the tools that’s best for you, and introductions to selected tools including EasyBib, EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero as well as tutorials and help documents to guide you through the software specifics.

Cited reference searching
• Learn how to find track the scholarly impact of a work and follow the debate on important topics through the literature.
Topics may include cited reference searching in subject databases, Web of Science, and Google Scholar.

Data management
• Learn how to describe and manage your research data from grant proposal writing to long-term storage.
Topics may include writing a data management plan for a grant proposal, organizing data for efficient use and storage, and keeping data safe over the long term.

Getting ready to publish
• Learn how to find the best journals for your next published article and know your rights as an author.
Topics may include finding highly ranked journals in your field, locating journals’ copyright policies, and how to protect your intellectual property rights as an author.

Archival research
• Learn the basics of archival research to take full advantage of Tulane’s special collections and archives in New Orleans and around the world.
Topics may include the organization of archival materials for efficient searching, what to know before visiting an archive, and strategies to manage your research findings.

Suggested combinations:

Beginners' Blueprint: Research topic development, basic search strategies, full-text and proxy access
Honors Thesis: Critical note taking, citation management, advanced search strategies
Dissertation Delight: Advanced search strategies, cited reference searching, citation management, locating resources not at Tulane

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Need help on a specific topic? Get in touch with one of our librarians.
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Chat with the Research Help Desk.
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