Ask Us! Research Support

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Virtual Research Support

Students, staff, and faculty consult with librarians on their research. You might reach out to a librarian when...

  • you hit a wall in your research
  • your usual process isn't working for a particular project
  • you want to learn about new tools and strategies to aid your research


Chat is often the fastest way to reach a librarian. You can chat 24/7 - depending on the time of day, you might chat with a UMD librarian or a librarian from another university. If your browser does not display the chat tab on the right-hand side, try this chat widget.

Reach a Subject Librarian

This is a good option if you want to talk about a project in depth. Our librarians have different specialties in subjects such as business, sciences, or social work, and their expertise can match you up with the right tools and resources relevant to your area of interest. Librarians listed by subject

Email / Phone

You can email a librarian at [email protected] or call 218-726-8100.


See our research guides organized by subject to find links to relevant tools and research tips. 

Who May Use Ask Us?

Ask Us! is for UMD students, faculty, staff, distance education students, Northeast Minnesota residents, and those requesting information unique to UMD. Chats are recorded and saved for one month. Chat content remains confidential—we make every effort to protect your privacy