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Upgrade Your Paper: Library Research Consults

UC Davis legend has it that if one rubs the egghead outside Peter J. Shields Library, one can improve one’s grades. While there hasn’t been a conclusive study verifying the accuracy of this assertion, research does show that effective use of the library may improve your GPA and lead to success at the university. (Soria, Fransen, and Nackerud)

Library Research Consults

Shields Library, 2nd Floor
Monday through Friday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have assignments due in the humanities, social sciences or related fields, take advantage our Research Consultation service and meet with a librarian. Whether you are working on a course writing assignment, or a longer research project, librarian subject specialists in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are available to help you improve your ability to succeed. And, get the most out of your library.

There is no need to make an appointment to meet with librarian, just drop by any weekday between 11am and 5pm. Our research consult librarians work closely with the faculty in the humanities, social sciences and related fields, those academic fields which are most likely to assign library writing and research projects.

Bring your syllabus and a librarian can show you how to:

  • Find texts related to your course work, including books that can help you better understand the concepts and problems taught in your course.
  • Locate and track the research in your field, and on your topic, including peer-reviewed articles.
  • Uncover evidence related to your research, such as primary source documents, historical newspapers, or quantitative data.

The University of California’s libraries offer students, graduate students, and faculty access to vast and deep collections. Meeting with a librarian can help you unlock their potential, and upgrade your research skills.

Soria, Krista M., Jan Fransen, and Shane Nackerud. 2013. “Library Use and Undergraduate Student Outcomes: New Evidence for Students’ Retention and Academic Success.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy 13 (2):147–64.


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