With all of these different ways of contacting us, you're probably wondering: which one is the best? Which one will get you the answer you need quickly?
The answer: it depends. On you. On your question. On us.
The bottom line is that we always want to provide you the best service we can-- but that not all communication media is created equal, and sometimes trying to give a good answer via text just won't cut it. But sometimes it will!
Email email@example.com when
We can answer questions best over email when you have one or two simple, well-defined questions. Here are examples of questions we answer easily over email:
-"I am an off-campus student. Can I have interlibrary loans delivered to my house?"
-"I am just starting to research signs of autism in young children. Where can I find journal articles about this?"
-"How can I renew my books online?"
-"My professor said he put some books on reserve at the library. Where exactly do I go to get those books?"
Stop by the library for research help when
Librarians working the Research Help Desk will have contact information available at the Main Circulation Desk. You can stop there (or call 507/537-7278) for more information.
Schedule a research consultation when
We can answer your questions best with a research consultation when you are looking at a large project requiring multiple sources and/or you have other complex questions about the library's sources and services.
Here are examples of questions that are best answered via a research consultation:
-"I am researching the Cuban Revolution and I need to use both primary and secondary sources. Where do I start?"
-"I am trying to decide between researching early video gaming and researching present video gaming for my term paper. Which one might be easier?"