Which library resource is the best?
We wish there was an easy answer to this, but all the different topics in all the different classes in all the different departments makes this an unknowable thing.
How do I know which database to use?
The first step is to narrow the All Databases list from all of them to a subject-specific database (use the "All Subjects" drop-down menu near the top, on the left side). Then, carefully read the descriptions for each one. If you're still unsure, Ask a Librarian.
Where is the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is located on the 2nd floor of Drinko Library.
Where can I go to ask for help?
The best place to ask for help is the front desk on the 1st floor of Drinko Library, right inside the main entrance. Or, you can contact us for help using one of the methods on our Ask a Librarian page.
Are the databases a credible source?
The databases that the library provides access to are considered the best places to go for research, and if you choose "Scholarly" or "Peer-reviewed" as an option to narrow your search, then you're good to go. Of course, some of our databases include resources that have not gone through a vetting process (for example: the database Alternative Press Index might have an article from a radical periodical that shows bias rather than all sides of an issue.). So, the best practice is to evaluate ANY and ALL sources that are not marked as "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" using our Evaluating Sources page. Then, if you're still unsure, you can Ask a Librarian for help.
What if I can't find what I need or what I'm looking for?
We know it can be overwhelming to use the library databases, especially if you've never used anything like them before. The thing to remember is that the research process can be very difficult and complex, and that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. Librarians have degrees that allow us to assist you in your research, and that's why we're here: to help you. So, please Ask a Librarian for help when you get stuck.
What is Adobe Spark and how do I use it?
New to Adobe Spark? Check out https://www.marshall.edu/it/linkedin-learning/ for tutorials on how to use it!
Schedule a Research Appointment
Text a Librarian: 304-241-6118
Call the Research Help Desk: 304-696-2334
Visit the Research Help Desk: 1st floor of Drinko Library