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Orientation to Effective Writing

Library resources that reinforce the research, writing, and information-literacy skills that carry Augsburg students through their undergraduate years and beyond

Make an Appointment

You can walk in and bring your research questions to an “on-call” Lindell librarian on weekdays and Saturdays, but sometimes it's good to plan ahead. If you know when you'll be on campus and you want to be sure to see a librarian then, fill out this form to schedule a one-on-one research appointment with a librarian who knows how to navigate assignments like yours. Librarians are available to meet in person Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are generally between 15 and 30 minutes long, depending on your schedule.

You can also send your name, topic, and available dates and times to refdesk@augsburg.edu. In either case, we'll get back to you by the next business day with a possible appointment match.

If your question can't wait, go to our 24-hour Chat line, where you'll find a qualified librarian (although not necessarily one from Augsburg) for whom academic research is a piece of cake.

Other ways to reach the library, including phone numbers, are on our General Contacts page.

Writing Lab

The Writing Lab, located on Lindell's street level, can help with all parts of a writing assignment, including analyzing a topic and constructing a thesis. No appointment is necessary.; current hours are posted on their Web site, www.augsburg.edu/writinglab.

Group Study Rooms

There are ten study rooms on the third floor of the library that can be reserved. For eight of them, you must be present in the library to use the sign-up sheet on the door. The two largest are reserved using Google Calendar. Go to our Study Room page for all the details.

Online Tutorials

Want to get started with choosing a topic? Or need a refresher in evaluating a Web resource? Day or night, professor-approved video tutorials are at your fingertips. Go to our Credo InfoLit resource (you'll have to log in to AugNet first) and pick what you want to learn from the left-hand column. Drill as deep or as shallowly as you like; there are optional online quizzes to keep you on your toes.

RefWorks

RefWorks is an online research management, writing, and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Lindell Library subscribes to it, so it is free to Augsburg faculty, staff, and students. We strongly urge you to get on the RefWorks wagon so you can organize not only this assignment, but all the projects you'll navigate throughout your scholarly career. Everything you need to know (we hope) is in our RefWorks guide.

Citation Help

Citation style is like a secret code that scholars use to recognize quality research. You can crack the code! You'll find citation guidelines in many places on the library Web site: our “Place to Start” guide, on the Writing Lab site, and in RefWorks.