If you had access to 24/7 research help, you’d take it, right? Students attending colleges on-ground are likely to be in touch with the library resources offered by their institution. But if you’re an online student, you might not realize how many resources your library offers specifically for you or how much time you can save searching for academic, peer-reviewed resources by simply reaching out. In addition, research shows that students who take advantage of their libraries earn higher GPAs.
Need more reasons to connect with your university library? Here are four ways reaching out to your librarian can help you achieve academic success.
1. You can talk “face-to-face,” if you like.
While asynchronous courses are extraordinarily convenient, seeking face-to-face interactions can create a sense of personal connection and community that research shows helps build pathways to academic success. Many online libraries offer personalized, face-to-face support services, including one-on-one virtual research appointments. Take advantage of the chance to build a relationship with your academic librarian team to better help you hone your research skills and connect you to a wider university community. At Johnson & Wales University, online students can schedule a virtual appointment using conferencing software and connect face-to-face with a research librarian for specialized, personalized research help. (Click on the Make a Research Appointment button on the library’s home page for more information.)
2. You’ll get hands-on help from subject-specific librarians.
Academic librarians often hold advanced-subject graduate degrees, specializing in a particular major, in addition to a master’s in Library or Information Science. If you’re researching a particularly complex project, consider connecting with the librarian with specialized expertise in that particular field. Look for links on your library’s home page, such as Staff Directory, to learn more. Subject-specific librarians can become your secret superpower, providing complicated, virtual research assistance with the touch of a button.
3. You’ll save time.
Perhaps the most precious resource we all have — and the one often in shortest supply for online students — is time. Balancing work, family, and school can take its toll; even for the most motivated student, there’s only so much time in a day. By reducing the amount of time devoted to researching your topics, librarians can help you focus on what is most important: the work itself. Academic librarians often have multiple master degrees focused on researching and subject specialties, so they’re able to find you high-quality resources — fast.
4. You’ll get the help you need, when you need it.
Flexibility and convenience are partly what make online programs (and libraries!) so attractive. Online library resources offer students the convenience of researching scholarly topics in the middle of the night from the comfort of their own homes. Start by visiting your library’s home page, and browse the variety of services available for online students. In addition to highly targeted databases, academic libraries often offer a wide variety of other resources, including online journals, citation services, and even online tutoring.
Whether it’s linking you to specialized resources for your next group project or helping to connect you to a wider university community, academic librarians are here for you!
JWU College of Online Education students have access to round-the-clock library support in addition to an array of student services. Complete the “Request Info” form on this page or call 855-JWU-1881 for more information.