Research Help

The Library offers multiple ways for students to get help with research online and in person.

Research Guides

  • General Research: This guide to doing research at CSUDH covers everything you need to get you started with how to find everything from books, articles, websites and more, to citing those materials.
  • Subject Guides: Specially tailored research guides on a wide variety of subjects for every major.
  • Tutorials: Library created interactive research tutorials.

Help From A Librarian

Instant Research Help

Have a question and need answers now? Use the resources below to get help with questions about the library and our services such as finding books, articles, and other resources; navigating the library website and databases; and accessing basic or in-depth assistance with your research needs.  

  • Research Help Desk - Fall 2018 Schedule
    Visit the research help desk outside the 2nd floor computer lab in Library South for in-person assistance. 
    • Mon-Thu: 8am-9pm
    • Fri: 11am-4pm
    • Sat-Sun: 1pm-5pm
  • Call us: (310) 243-3586
  • Text us: (310) 494-2940
    • Mon-Thu: 8am-11pm
    • Fri: 11am-4pm
    • Sat: 9am-5pm
    • Sun: 12pm-5pm
  • Chat live online with a Librarian
    • Mon-Thu: 8am-6pm
    • Fri: 11am-4pm
  • Chat live online with a Research Help Student Assistant
    • Mon-Thu: 6pm-11pm
    • Fri: 8am-11am
    • Sat: 9am-5pm
    • Sun: 12pm-5pm
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Search our most frequently asked questions about the library and library services.
    • Available 24/7

After hours?

During hours that the library or research help desk is closed, you can still get help.

  • Email: Send us an email and one of our librarians will answer you by the next business day (generally Monday through Friday). Emails received after 6pm will be answered the following business day.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Search our most frequently asked questions about the library and library services. Available 24/7. 
  • OneSearch: OneSearch is your first place to begin searching within CSUDH and CSU-wide resources to meet your information needs.

Need more help?

Make a 30 min or 1-hour research help appointment with a librarian. We can help you form a research question, develop a search strategy, find sources for a literature review, and more.

For research inquiries requiring more than ten minutes of one-on-one assistance, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to schedule a research appointment with a librarian. It is recommended but not required to schedule the appointment with the corresponding subject liaison librarian.

Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the requested appointment time. Appointments can be cancelled up until the start time of the appointment. Users are requested to cancel their appointment either through the system-generated confirmation email or directly with the librarian before the start time of the appointment. Librarians will hold the appointment time for 15 minutes before cancelling the remainder of the appointment as a no-show.

New! Zoom web-conferencing research help appointments. Need help with research but can't make it to campus? When you make an appointment for research help, simply select web as your appointment type. Then use our web-conferencing tool to get help from a librarian on your computer or mobile device with live screen-sharing. It's quick and easy to access. First time users can view this one minute video on launching the tool: Opening Zoom for a Research Help Appointment.


For writing help, contact the Toro Learning Center at (310) 243-3827, or PEGS Graduate Writing Institute for Excellence (GWIE) at (310) 243-2700.