THE LIBRARY helps students learn to find information for class assignments, research papers, and other projects, to evaluate it for quality and relevance, and incorporate it into their work responsibly and ethically. Students may contact a librarian at a reference desk, by telephone (x3353), or by email (query[at]grinnell[dot]edu). Quick appointments are recommended for students who need personalized assistance with assignments due in 3 days or less. Library Labs are individual research appointments initiated by a student conducting in-depth research on a specific topic. Library Lab forms are available at a reference desk or on the Libraries' web site.
Library 100 is a two-credit course for students who want to develop their research skills further. Students discover strategies for finding and evaluating sources of information in a variety of formats, including print indexes, online databases, government documents, and the World Wide Web. Students learn to compare these sources in terms of reliability and usefulness. Topics such as copyright, plagiarism, privacy, information ethics and information policy are also addressed.