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Tutor Guide: Start


We designed this guide for you - campus tutors! We put together information to help you connect students to information about doing research & the library itself. Use this guide whenever research questions arise during a tutorial. Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate the guide and find help with citations, database usage, and identifying reliable sources.  

Helpful Library Resources

These two resources are our best bets for finding help for research questions - especially during times when the reference desk isn't open.

Research Guides: Here, you can find resources broken down by subject, discipline, and even by course.  You can also locate the Research Guides by clicking on “Research Guides” on the left side of the library homepage.

Quick Answers: For library FAQs and answers about anything from how to use the scanner to where the reference books are located, the Quick Answers page is full of helpful information.

Interlibrary Loan

If the Gustavus library doesn’t have a particular book or article you’re looking for, you can request it from another library through interlibrary loan. An easy way to submit an ILL request is by clicking the yellow "Find It" button that appears under the item you've searched for. The button will take you to a new page, then click the link under "Borrow from Other Libraries" and log in with your Gustavus account. After assuring that the information in the request from is correct, click "submit request." Alternatively, you can follow the steps outlined below:

  1. On the left side of the library homepage, click the link “My Library Account” and login using your Gustavus account.  
  2. Submit a request for a book or article using the “Create ILL Request” links on the right side of the page.  
  3. Provide as much information as you can in your request to expedite the process, and be sure to request your material well ahead of your project due date.  

Requests are generally fulfilled within a few days to a week, depending on the availability of the material and the library it is borrowed from.  For more information, FAQs, and a video tutorial, see the ILL page on the library website.

You can also use the Tracking Down Materials tab at the top of this page for more information about finding hard copies of sources.

Tutor Hours and Locations

Academic Tutors: The Academic Success Center compiles a list of all academic tutors and their tutoring times and locations every semester.  Click here to find a tutor in your subject.

Writing Center Tutors:  For the most up to date and accurate schedule, visit the Writing Center website, where you can view tutor hours and schedule an appointment.


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Contact a Librarian

Whenever you or someone you're helping has a research questions & you're not sure how to proceed, don't hesitate to get in contact with a librarian! We're here to help. Answering research questions is why we're here. 

There are many ways to connect with a librarian. Our Ask Us page has links to an online appointment form, as well as information about reference desk hours for drop-in appointments. Otherwise you can simply email any of the librarians - pick any of the people who have a red profile box.

While we do work with specific areas, we tend to consult with each other about questions, so don't worry about finding the "right" librarian for your question.

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