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Need help with Research? Have a general question about the library's resources or services? We're here to help!

There are a number of ways in which you can reach us:

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Call a Reference librarian at (206) 592-3232 (on-campus extension 3232) during library hours.

Visit the Reference Desk, located on the Library Plaza Level (2nd Floor) during library hours.

Choose topics: Topics

Find and develop a research topic.

Places to find a topic - databases

These databases have lists of topics for you to explore.

Explore and develop your topic

Choose and explore a topic - click for a short IRIS tutorial to get you started.

 Tips for Choosing a Topic - below is a 5 minute video via YouTube.


Places to find a topic - encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are great places to get topic ideas!  You can find definities, basic facts and background information.


Places to find a topic - Web sites