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Library Resources and Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Research Help

A guide to all of the many services and resources the library provides that are available online. Created March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Ask a librarian online: text, zoom, email, chat

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We've gone online, but we're still here to help!

Our librarians are available to help you with your research questions, even if you’re not on campus. We can help you choose the best resources for research and work with you to define the best search strategies for your topic.   

Connect with a Librarian

Our Librarians are happy to answer your questions via Chat and Text during the same hours that we staff the reference desk. 

Have a question?  Ask us: 

  • Click the chat box at the bottom of this page (or any library web page) to start a chat session with us.  If a St. Thomas Librarian is not available, someone from the AskMN state-wide chat service will be.

  • Send us a text: (651) 504-1324 

  • Send us a question on our Ask a Librarian form and we'll send you an answer via email.


Connect with a Librarian via Chat (purple box at bottom right) and Text (651-504-1324) 

  • Monday-Thursday 10am - 10pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 12pm - 4pm
  • During off-hours, you can still get chat reference help through AskMN, a cooperative service with other academic librarians.

Email and Ask a Librarian form

  • Email a librarian or send us a question through our Ask a Librarian form anytime and we'll answer as soon as we can.

Research Consultations

Our subject librarians are happy to meet with you one-on-one to help with your research needs, and we can do that virtually.  Find your subject librarian and their contact information here:

Types of Virtual Consultations

  • Email consultations: Email us with your question and we can have an email consultation to get you started.  The librarian may recommend that you move to a Zoom consultation if that makes more sense. 

  • Zoom consultations: Set up a consultation as you normally would with a librarian, but ask to meet via Zoom.  We’ll be able to share our screens to make the research process easier. 

Library Course and Research Guides

The subject librarians curate research guides with links to the best resources and search strategies for a course or subject. These are a great place to go to get started on your research.