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Research Help

Our Philosophy

At Schumann Library, we strive to empower the Wentworth community as responsible information users. With our experienced team of research librarians, we provide teaching, tools, and support for independent resource location, evaluation, and citation. We also endeavor to encourage scholarly pursuits, enhance critical thinking, and foster lifelong learning habits. While equipping users with information literacy skills in an inclusive learning environment, we proudly uphold informed freedoms of speech and thought within the Wentworth community, and beyond. 

A note on terminology: The terms “research” and “reference” are interchangeable.


We encourage faculty, staff, students (both undergraduates and graduate students), and alumni to contact us if you need assistance with your research. Things we can help with include: 

  • How to effectively search and use Library resources, including our discipline and course-specific research guides 
  • Brainstorming research topic(s) 
  • Keyword/search term development 
  • Locate and access relevant resources 
  • Evaluating sources for reliability and credibility 
  • Research strategy development 
  • Requesting materials from other Libraries through Interlibrary Loan 
  • Creating citations with RefWorks citation manager 
  • General citation questions 

And yes, we can help you find that book.  

The reference team tries to maintain consistent in-person and virtual options for questions and research help, and we also make sure we are available for one-on-one or group consultations/appointments.  

Our Collections

The Library staff, with the assistance of Wentworth faculty, staff, and students, are responsible for building and maintaining a robust collection of physical and electronic resources that reflect the teaching, learning, research, and exploratory needs of the Wentworth community. We want to empower Wentworth users to contact our reference team to request topics and titles they want represented in our collection. If you want to learn about what specifically we do (and don’t) collect, please view our Library’s collection development policy on our website

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