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First Year Students @ Wayne

This guide is created as a "one-stop shopping" site of library services for students new to Wayne State University.

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Reference Desks

Undergraduate (UGL): 313-577-8852
Purdy/Kresge: 313-577-6423
Arthur Neef Law: 313-577-6180
Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094

How do I?

Find my Class Textbook?

For many of the first-year general education courses, a copy of the class textbook will be available for viewing with the Undergraduate Library under Textbook Reserves. To see if your class/professor has a copy on hold, click the provided link and enter in your course information. You'll need your OneCard to view the book for 2-hours within the UGL.

Renew my Books?

Simply sign into your Library Account with your Access ID and password. There you can make any necessary changes.

Get Help with my Computer?

The Library Computing Help Desk is walk-up tech support found right in the UGL.  It's available 24 hours a day during the week in the Extended Study Area of the 1st floor.  You can also call at (313) 577-8606.

Locate a Computer or Study Room on Campus?

The UGL, Purdy/Kresge Library and the Shiffman Medical Library all provide computers for student use.  Click on this link to see if computers are Available Now!

There are a few study rooms available for use around campus.  There are some open rooms that are first-come, first-serve.  For the locked rooms, you can check out a key for 3-hours at a time at the circulation/reference desk. For more info on the Study Rooms, click on this link.

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Hours at the UGL for Today:

Usually open 24 hours during the school year, check the calendar here:

Learn How to Use the Library for Research

Use re:Search to help get you started on your first research paper! The six lessons will introduce you to the library, help you choose a topic, find resources including books and articles, evaluate websites for quality and learn about plagiarism.

Lesson 1: Welcome to the Libraries                           Lesson 4: Finding Articles

Lesson 2: Getting Inspired                                          Lesson 5: Using the Internet

Lesson 3: Finding Books                                             Lesson 6: Plagiarism    

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WRT Zone

The Warrior Writing, Research & Technology Zone

Located on the 2nd floor of the UGL, the WRT Zone is your new one-stop shop for help with writing projects, library research, and technology support.


The WRT Zone offers support for writing in many different ways, including generating ideas, revision, resumes, personal statement, etc. They offer face-to-face tutoring, in-class, workshops, online, and virtual meetings. For more information, visit the current writing zone website.


The WRT Zone can assist with everything from the basic research paper to theses and dissertations. They have experienced library staff available to help with the many aspects of library research, including citation styles, finding sources, evaluating resources, getting full text, etc. For more information, go to the research help site.


The WRT Zone offers a variety of technology assistance, including video editing, graphics creation, MS Office support, E-portfolios, etc. Additionally, we have several computers with the Adobe Creative Suite for students who want to work on multimedia projects. Our location is also equipped with two Whisper Rooms where students can work on multimedia projects in a more private and sound isolated environment. For specific hardware, software and policies of the WRT Zone, visit the technology help site. Workshops will also be offered, starting in late March 2014, the first on the topic of making better presentations.


Stop on in, or make an appointment by calling (313) 577-6109 or send an email to

Research Guides

A great place to find suggestions for article databases, books, online journals, etc. to start your research are the Research Guides.  There is a guide for each subject of study.  Note that each guide has a coordinating Liaison Librarian that you can contact with any further questions or to meet with him/her for a one-to-one research consultation.

The video below is a short presentation on how to locate your Research Guide and how to navigate it.

Classic Catalog Search

Search here for books, media, and the titles of journals we own.

Background Information for Research

Use this reference database to find informative, introductory articles on all kinds of topics.

Also try CQ Researcher, which will provide an authoritative overview and summary of issues.

Need Citation Help?

Use the Library's quick guides to help with citing in MLA or APA style.

WSU Library Locations and Services

We have a variety of libraries on campus. It is important that you are able to help direct users to our to the appropriate place. Many times a userpatron will ask for help finding a item and it will be located in a different library from the one you are in.