Enhancing Research Success: The Role of LSU Libraries in Undergraduate Research

LSU Libraries is more than just a place to check out books. With a broad selection of invaluable resources, LSU Libraries provides undergraduate students with comprehensive support to help them excel in their academic journey. Here are just a few ways that LSU Libraries saves students time and money:

In-Depth Research Help

Research can be a daunting task, but LSU Libraries has a staff of experts whose job is to help students and faculty with their research at any stage. They have at least one full-time librarian who is an expert in each LSU major and who can help undergraduates throughout the research process.

Contact them to book a consultation at lib.lsu.edu/about/staff/specialists.

Online Research Guides

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LSU Libraries offers a variety of online research guides, including guides geared toward undergraduate student success, that are freely available.

The undergraduate student success guides include self-guided information on study strategies, including note-taking, test-taking, and time management. They include links to study aids, tutoring services, and online writing labs, including the various academic support services offered by LSU, such as the Center for Academic Success and the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office. And, they offer guidelines for conducting research and citing sources.

In addition to academic resources, the guides also cover health and wellness resources that can help students manage stress and maintain overall well-being, such as resources on mindfulness, meditation, exercise, counseling, and mental health services.

View our Undergraduate & Student Success Guides at guides.lib.lsu.edu/undergraduatesuccess.

Browse all our research guides at guides.lib.lsu.edu.

LSU Digital Commons

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The LSU Digital Commons is a searchable, open-access repository for research and scholarship contributed by LSU community members.

Browse the collection or contribute your own research at digitalcommons.lsu.edu.

Free e-Textbooks

The cost of textbooks can add up quickly, but LSU Libraries’ e-textbooks initiative provides access to e-texts at no cost to students. In 2023, it saved students more than $5.7 million. Since it started, it has saved more than $17 million. Find out more about e-textbooks for your classes at lib.lsu.edu/ebooks.

Borrow Technology

LSU Libraries allows patrons to borrow technology such as computers, video cameras, webcams, HDMI cables, phone chargers and more. Visit the Access Services desk in room 241 of the main library.

Study Rooms

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LSU Libraries offers a variety of study rooms that allow for individual and group use. LSU students can reserve a room at lsu.libcal.com/booking/studyrooms.

Chat with an Expert

LSU Libraries’ virtual help desk is open whenever the library is. Patrons can chat with an expert at askus.lib.lsu.edu.

LSU Libraries houses its rare books, manuscripts, University Archives and special collections within Hill Memorial Library, providing students access to diverse materials such as photographs, maps, art, and documents for research purposes. Exhibitions of special collections materials are on display year-round and quiet study spaces are available to anyone.

With the help of LSU Libraries, undergraduate students can achieve their academic and personal goals and set themselves up for success in the future.

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