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BUILD Scholars

BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is an initiative to support diversity and student success in the biomedical sciences, supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Librarians can save you time! You can chat online, email or talk with a librarian for help finding materials, getting starting on your research, or if you are having problems accessing any of our resources. You can make an appointment with a librarian for individual help with your research paper or project. Each College, Department and Program on campus has a liaison librarian who specializes in provide research assistance in that discipline.

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Use the Summon search box below to locate books, articles and more available through the Wayne State library system.

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Research Management (Notes, Research, Citing, Writing)

There are many online tools and resources you can use to help you with managing your research papers and projects.

WRT Zone

provides writing (by appointment), research and technology support for your research and other course papers and projects. The WRT Zone is located on the 2nd floor of the Adamany  Undergraduate Library. 


 [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research  sources. You can use Zotero to save citations directly from internet search results and library databases, take notes, share resources for group projects and use your saved Zotero citations with Word to insert properly formatted in-text citations and build your bibliography in a variety of citation styles including MLA and APA.

You can run Zotero off a flash drive by first downloading the Firefox Portable Edition, then installing the Zotero Plug-in on the portable version of Firefox. 

For more information on using Zotero at Wayne State, try our Zotero Guide

Skill Building, CLEP and Graduate School Entrance Exam Prep

Learning Express Library is an online subscription resource available through the library that provides access to skill building exercises and books in math, science and other subjects. You will find test prep resources for CLEP exams and College Entrance Examinations like the MCAT and GRE in the College Center. In the Computer Skills Center, you will find Advanced Excel topics like Pivot Tables, and online courses on using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Grant Resources

You can access the Foundation Center and Foundation Grants to Individuals online in the Purdy Library.