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Research 101: Library Research Basics

About this guide

Photograph of students studying in the libraryWelcome ELAC Students!

  • This guide was made to help you through the research process.
  • Click "Next" to get started, or click on a tab to browse the guide.
  • If you need help, click the "Ask Us 24/7" pop-up tab to connect with a librarian.

Get research help

Need research help? Chat with a Librarian!

  • Lego librarian with glasses and sweater vestOnline 24/7 Chat: Use our "Ask a Librarian 24/7" chat service. (Or click the "Ask Us 24/7" tab.)
  • Phone: Call us at 323-415-4134 during open hours.
  • Email: Email your research question to
  • Zoom: Book a Zoom appointment with a librarian. Students must have a research question and/or research assignment to use this service.
  • In-person: Speak to a Librarian at the Research Help Desk during open hours.
  • Library Workshops: Take an online workshop.