Anyone is welcome to come use the collections or ask for research assistance. Librarians or graduate student assistants provide reference assistance to Clark Library patrons during all hours of operation. For larger research projects, we recommend scheduling a research consultation with a librarian. Research consultations are available to everyone, including faculty, staff, students and community members. They usually run 30-60 minutes in length, and involve connecting researchers with appropriate materials and resources for learning technologies. Many patrons are surprised to discover the many types of maps, government information or data resources in our collection that can support their research, and tools that can be used to support their research.
You can get reference and in-depth research help:
- Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By scheduling a consultation online on a specific topic (U-M login required) or email a specific librarian based on their expertise, from the Clark Library staff listing
- By phone at 734-764-0410
- Drop-in help during specific hours for GIS topics is available in fall and winter semesters
Contact us to arrange class use of the collection, class presentations and other uses.
Examples of topics we assist with:
- navigating government-produced resources including print depository items, subscription-based databases, and electronic resources made available for free online
- bibliographic searching
- analytical and historical bibliography
- database searches
- assistance with data visualization
- assistance with locating and obtaining cartographic materials (print maps and atlases)
- assistance with geospatial data, digital mapping, and tools, including GIS