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International Students Library Guide: Asking a Research Question

Help for international student to navigate the physical and online environment at the University Libraries

  Meet our Research and Writing Team

The Writing Center
The Northeastern University Writing Center is open to any member of the NU community and exists to help any level writer, from any academic discipline, become a better writer.The Writing Center offers face-to-face appointments at 412 Holmes Hall, same-day appointments at 136 Snell library (behind the Argo Tea), and online appointments.  Book an appointment here!

International Tutoring Center provides support to international students with writing, conversation, reading, TOEFL and Career-prep appointments. Schedule your appointment and be sure to select a tutor at your preferred location: 88 Snell Library, Broad St., Seattle, or online.

In addition to tech support, ITS (Information Technology Services) provides software training workshops. You will need to login in to your MyNortheastern account in order to browse the schedule and sign up for workshops.

Subject Librarians Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Subject Librarians assist individuals and small groups with research projects. Who is your subject librarian

Digital Media Commons Edit/Delete Quick Stats
DMC includes collaborative work and teaching spaces, with expert help in using digital and 3-D resources.

Archives and Special Collections Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Archives staff members work with primary source materials in both print and digital form.

Help Us Help You

Bring a copy of the instructor's assignment requirements--it will help us to help you!

Here are some of the questions we may ask when helping you:

  • "What are you researching?"
  • “What type of information are you hoping to find?”
  • “What have you found so far?”
  • “How much information do you need?”
  • “What kinds of information do you need or want to use?”

We are here to help! Ask for assistance when you need help finding information sources for a research paper, project or presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Snell Library FAQS

Have more questions?

  • Send a message
  • Phone Snell Library Help & Information Desk at (617) 373-8778

Research Tools

Subject Guides, including Research Tutorials will help you get started with your research.


Literature review project? Put literature review in the search box above to see books, articles, how-to project planners for literature review.

Need help with bibliographies and citation styles

Looking for software to manage your citations? EndNote and RefWorks are licensed for use by current NU faculty, staff, and students. Zotero and Mendelay are open source products the library supports. Any of these programs can help you collect and manage your references, and auto-format citations and bibliographies in your papers.