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Resources for Online Students

University Libraries Services

Chat Help

Get instant help when chat is online! Have a quick question? Having trouble accessing an ebook or journal article? Not sure how to find a specific resource? Just click the green "Chat" button on the Libraries' website.

Reference Help Desk

Have a quick question or need help with basic research? Call the Research Assistance Desk at 901-678-2208.

The Center for Writing and Communication

UofM's combined writing and speaking center offers free, one-on-one consultations online. Whether you are working on a paper, presentation, or speech, the CWC can help you brainstorm topics, develop a thesis, build your argument, help with research, organize your writing, develop editing strategies, and implement standard citation conventions.

Email & Text Help

Have a late-night question? Send us an email or text message and we'll get back to you within 48 hours.

1-on-1 Research Help

You're not expected to be an expert researcher, but you can get help from one - librarians. Meet virtually for 30 minute, or hour-long research sessions. Learn what the best databases are, develop your online searches, and get your research done faster.

Special Collections

Need primary resources? Get help from archivists in McWherter Library's Special Collections Department to find exactly what you need. Their online digital repository is a treasure trove of primary sources!

Course Reserves

If your professor has put something "On Reserve at the Library," that means it is either a physical item that you can access by asking for it at the Check Out Desk in McWherter Library, or it is a digital file that you can access on the Course Reserves website.