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Graduate Student Library Introduction


Welcome to the ODU Libraries. Whether you are on-campus or are studying remotely, we're here to help you through every step of your research journey. This guide will introduce you to library services available to you as a graduate student at ODU, and help you with the basics of finding resources, using databases, and managing your citations. Please see specific research guides in your subject area or contact a subject specialist librarian for in-depth research support.

Each subject area at ODU has its own subject liaison librarian who is an expert in research for that area. If you are struggling, or just need a little extra help with your research, we're here to help. You can set up an online or in-person appointment with your librarian and they will help you with your research questions.


Subject Specialists

Art - Gay Acompanado

Business & Economics- Miriam Bridges

Education & Library Instruction Program - Karen Centeno

Engineering & Physical Sciences - Abbie Basile

Health Sciences and Life Sciences - Joleen McInnis

Humanities - Elizabeth Hogue

Social Sciences - James Rhoades


There are several ways to get quick help with library research.

  • Chat is a great way to get help with a simple research problem, like finding a journal, book, or article, or to ask for help with accessing resources and services in the Libraries. If you have a more complicated question, the Chat service can direct you to the person who can help.
  • For complex research questions or in-depth research support, request an appointment with your subject librarian.
  • For quick questions about the Libraries outside of Chat hours, you can call the Learning Commons Help Desk at 757-683-4178 during Libraries' hours.

We work hard to create online learning tools (like this guide) for when you're working through a problem on your own or want to learn about a new topic. Here are some of the best places to look for online help:

  • Library Guides are available to help with subject specific research, searching for specific types of resources, and learning to use resources like EndNote. They link to interactive tools such as videos, images, and presentations, as well as linking to the most important resources and databases for each topic.
  • The ODU Libraries' YouTube Channel contains short videos that show how to complete specific tasks, or provide short introductions to concepts in information literacy, research, and library services.

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