Research at Howard University Libraries

The role of reference services is to aid the researcher in locating resources, services or other data, whether it be in print or in electronic format in order to solve a problem or to satisfy an information need. 

Reference librarians are at the heart of research. They are trained to locate material whether it be local, at the on-campus libraries, at research centers regionally, or, if need be, international. We meet users at their points of need by facilitating the process of identifying and retrieving information for their research benefit, for study, or personal use. We provide this service through different media, some of which will follow.


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What are Library Liaisons?

Liaison Librarians are subject-area specialists who provide instruction and develop collections that serve the educational and research needs of the University's academic departments. They offer individual and group instruction in the use of the online catalog and research databases, orientation to information resources, and guidance for research projects within the discipline.

“Library Liaisons” or “Liaison Librarians” or lowercase (“Library liaisons” or “Liaison librarians”)? They are interchanged throughout the website text and should probably be standardized.

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What are Instructional Research Librarians?

Each year, hundreds of students and faculty take advantage of hands-on library instruction sessions conducted (by appointment) in the Founders Library Digital Learning Classroom.


General and Specialized Library Guides or "LibGuides" and a host of other useful research tools are available to help researchers identify materials for basic and advanced research

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Virtual Research

Engage with a Howard University Reference librarian and get help with your research.

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