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How to ask Library Staff for help with library services or for assistance with research, citation, and evaluating sources.


Lone Star College-North Harris Library Ask-A-Librarian

There's always librarian ready to assist you with your reference needs!  Whether it's research, citation, or you just need help accessing a database, we're here to help you! Our services are available during normal library hours.

What can we help you with?

Here are a few of the things we can help you with:

  • Research - constructing a search strategy, finding articles and books, using library database, and locating primary sources.
  • Citation - preparing your Works Cited or Bibliography, citing quotes, and formatting relating to MLA, APA, and Chicago Style Manuals.
  • Evaluation -  is this a reliable source? Is the information presented timely and accurate?
  • Technical Issues with Library Resource - Having trouble accessing a library database or electronic book? Need help resolving a library fine or placing a hold on a book? We can help you out with that.

Need Help with Tutoring or Writing a Paper?

Checkout Tutoring Services. Tutors at the Center for Reading and Writing can help you with the development and structure of your paper. The Math Achievement Center (MAC) Lab can help with problems related to math subjects. The Biology Learning Center has many tools to help you better understand topics in biology.

CallHave a quick question about research or citations? Need help renewing a book or or accessing a database? Give us a phone call! Library Staff are ready to answer your questions during normal business hours. For questions on Research, Citations, and Library Databases, call the Reference Desk at 281-618-5707. For questions about library fines, holds, and book renewals, call the Circulation Desk at 281-618-5491.

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Have a quick question like "How do I cite an article?" or "What database should I use?" or need to report a technical issue like a database not working, try Chat Reference. This service works a lot like many popular messaging services: chat via text messages with a librarian in real time. Click to Start a Chat Reference Session.

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Have a more complicate question? Perhaps you need help developing a search strategy or you've tried several databases and you are still having trouble finding articles on your subject? Send an email to Hold on your account? Question about a book due date or late book fine? You can email these questions to the Library Circulation Department at Make sure to explain your issue in detail and a librarian from LSC-North Harris Library will reply to you with detailed instructions to help you with your problem.

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Need help finding scholarly sources on a research topic? Would you like someone to review your citations and quotations to make sure they're formatted correctly?  Make an appointment to meet in person with a librarian for help with research and citation.

Meetings take place at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor of the LSC-North Harris Library (the building with the clock tower).

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Can't make it into the library to meet with a librarian? Make an appointment to meet with a librarian virtually via the WebEx Video Conferencing Tool. A librarian can walk you through using library databases for research or review the quotes and citations in your paper to make sure they are formatted correctly.

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