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Ask a Librarian!

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:

Chat with a Librarian 24/7. Need help now? Click here to chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Email us at  When sending email, please allow 24 hours for a librarian to respond.

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.

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When you're planning a search for information, you basically have three tasks:

  1. Clearly describe your topic so you can assess what information is required
  2. Know what's available so you can choose the best resources for your topic
  3. Know how to use those tools so you can search effectively
This guide is designed to help you with each of those steps so you can get the best information in the shortest amount of time.
Of course, your best resource for help with each of these steps is your friendly librarian! This is what librarians do. So, whenever you're beginning a research project, remember the:
Rule of Five:
If you can't find what you're looking for in five minutes, ask a librarian!
There are so many ways to get help from us. Our "Ask a Librarian!" page (above) tells how.