Ask A Librarian
Library help is available to all members of the Northeastern University community, including alumni and library users at Northeastern’s global campuses.
We are happy to answer questions from members of the public. Please note that access to some of our facilities, collections, and services may be limited to Northeastern affiliates only.
Connect with a Librarian
- Chat with a librarian 24/7!
- Drop in at the research help desk in the lobby of Snell Library: 11am-3pm, weekdays.
- Email the library. Please allow at least one business day for a response.
- Call us (617) 373-2356.
- Text us (617) 934-7876 for quick questions.
- Contact your subject librarian or a library specialist for in-depth research support.
We can help you with:
- Finding appropriate resources for your projects and assignments, including articles, data and statistics, media, archival and primary sources, and more.
- Choosing and using library databases effectively.
- Brainstorming research strategies.
- Understanding citation systems and setting up a citation manager.
- Accessing Northeastern’s online and print collections.
- Requesting items through Interlibrary Loan.
- Referring you to the right specialist, in the library or beyond.
More help options:
- Report a problem: broken library links, error messages, and online access problems.
- Request a session or workshop for your class or other group.
- Suggest a purchase for our collection.
Subject librarians and library specialists
- Find your subject librarian, who specializes in research in your major or academic program.
- Our archivists can connect you to primary sources on the history of Northeastern and its surrounding communities.
- Our data analytics and visualization specialist assists with data structuring and presentation.
- Our data management librarian supports data-intensive teaching, research, and scholarship activities, including data management plans.
- Our GIS (Geographic Information Systems) specialist supports geographic and mapping projects.
- A media specialist can help you plan and create audio and video projects.