Research Assistance

Are you getting the most out of your library collections and services? The library provides a variety of research assistance programs to help navigate, discover, and evaluate the vast collections at UC Davis and beyond.

We can assist with class assignments and papers, help you develop and explore new research areas, and assist you in getting the information and data you need for your project. 


Ask a question 24/7 through our chat research support service. A librarian from another university may respond to your question, but a UC Davis librarian will follow up with additional information if needed.


Submit a quick question using our form. Questions will be acknowledged or answered within one working day.

Librarians offer expert assistance on particular topics or academic disciplines by appointment.

Use this directory to find a librarian with expertise in your subject area of research:  Contact a Librarian

Librarians are also listed on these Subject Guides

Researcher Services Appointments available via Zoom
Student Services Appointments available via Zoom
Blaisdell Medical Library Appointments available via Zoom

Talk to a librarian to make sure you are getting the most from your library.  We are available to help you to find information sources for class assignments, term papers and research projects. 

Drop in via Zoom, no appointment needed.

Library Research Consult via Zoom Currently closed


Due to limitations on in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Information Desk is closed for Fall 2020. If you have questions, please visit the Circulation Desk for assistance.

Get oriented to the library. Stop by to get directions, a quick book look up, and other general assistance from a friendly UC Davis student. Information desk students also make referrals to librarians for expert research assistance.  The Information Desk is located on the 1st floor of the Peter J. Shields Library. Hours are available here. The Information Desk may be reached at 530-752-9862.Shields Library Information Desk