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First Year Students @ Wayne

Welcome to Wayne State University! Learn what's available for you at the libraries, how to get started writing college research papers, and help using advanced features of OneDrive and Microsoft Office.

Welcome to the University Libraries!

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.

Locate a Computer or Study Room on Campus?

The UGL, Purdy/Kresge Library and the Shiffman Medical Library all provide computers for student use.  

There over 35 study rooms available at the UGL.  You can reserve a study room up to 2 weeks in advance, up to 3 hours per day.

Get Help?

Help is available 24x7 through our library Chat. Just click on HELP at the top of any library webpage to reach someone right away. You can also reach us by email or phone. You can also make an appointment with a Subject Specialist Librarian to get individual assistance with your research for papers and projects.


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    

Get Help with Writing

Located on the 2nd floor of the UGL, the Writing Center at 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 Writing Center website.


Call us to make an appointment for an individual tutoring session.

Make an online appointment.

Writing Center Hours

Get Help with Citing Sources and References

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

Find scholarly articles and books for my research papers

Get Started with Research using 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 Subject Specialist Librarian you can contact with any further questions or to meet with him/her for a one-to-one research consultation.

You can also find research guides linked in your Canvas course site under the Library Resources link.

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

Get Organized for My Research Paper

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You CAN beat the clock!

Use the Assignment Calculator to help you stay on top of your research paper. Put your start date and end date, and we'll compile a 12 step action plan for getting your paper done. You can also get email or text reminders for each step of the process.