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Research Help

How can a reference librarian help me?

  1. Develop a paper topic that's just right

  2. Develop a research strategy

  3. Learn to find and how to use relevant resources

  4. Evaluate the appropriateness of a source for your assignment

  5. Find books, articles and websites

  6. Work on any research-related question, problem, or skill

  7. Learn how to cite in MLA, APA, Chicago, and other citation styles

Research Help in Summer

Research Help in Summer

Email a question: asklibrarians@francis.libanswers.com

Browse answered questions and ask your own: Ask-A-Librarian

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When can I expect a response?

Ms. Rager is the reference librarian available during the summer months and she is generally available 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. She will respond to you as quickly as possible but meetings and other responsibilities may delay it.


Who's your FYPL?

Are you a first-year student???

Then you have a "First-Year Personal Librarian"

Also known as FYPL (pronounced "fipple"), your personal librarian is there to help you with becoming acclimated to college research and to answer any questions that you may have as you conduct research. 

Please feel free to contact your FYPL with any questions!

Students are assigned a FYPL based on their last name.

A-F - Mr. Coffield - bcoffield@francis.edu

G-N -  Ms. Hoffman - rtkacik@francis.edu

O-Z --Ms. Rager - jrager@francis.edu 

Library Liaisons

Each of the reference librarians are also departmental liaisons and are especially equipped to answer research questions in those fields.

Mr. CoffieldLibrary Liaison to the School of Arts and Letters departments: Communications, Fine Arts, Literature & Languages, Philosophy/Religious Studies, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology/Criminal Justice.

Ms. HoffmanLibrary Liaison to the School of Business and  the School of Arts and Letters departments: Education, Master of Education programs, and History/Political Science

Ms. RagerLibrary Liaison to the School of Health Sciences

Ms. Kokus - Library Liaison to the School of Sciences