March 22, 2021

Get homework help from the experts: University Libraries launches Research Paper Refuge

Students are invited to get expert homework help from the University Libraries via the new Research Paper Refuge.

The program provides a regular virtual space to schedule help with paper research, organization or source citation via Zoom. Research Paper Refuge is available from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays — join a session during these times here, or sign up through Get Involved.

This resource is available to students as they work on research papers, group projects, capstones, theses or articles intended for publication. It provides a way for students to stay on track with their long-term research and writing goals, and aims to create a community of writers who can help serve as a supportive accountability group.

The program was developed by junior Zunaira Imran and librarians Veronica Bielat, Monique Oldfield and Katrina Byrne after they worked together on citations for a research publication Imran was writing. Bringing it to life was a collaborative effort between students, WSU Libraries and the Academic Success Center.

“It can be especially challenging to focus on classes when working from home, so sometimes long-term projects can get pushed aside,” said Imran, who is a student in the Irvin D. Reid Honors college majoring in biochemistry and psychology. “Wayne State’s librarians are an excellent resource — they’ve got a wealth of knowledge and work to create a community centered around helping students.”

In addition to the Research Paper Refuge, WSU Libraries offers individual study spaces on a reservation-only basis and a host of remote services, including the Ask-a-Librarian tool, which allows students to chat 24/7 with a live librarian via chat or Zoom, subject-specific consultations, technology access, and more. Learn more online.

“We’re always here to continue supporting our students virtually as they tackle research projects,” Bielat said. “Let us help you make the most of the resources available to you!”

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