Research Guidance

Reference Service

The St. John's University Libraries' Reference department provides drop-in reference service at campus library reference desks, e-mail and text reference through the Ask a Librarian service, and one-on-one reference service by appointment.


Staten Island 


Reference service is provided by librarians throughout the University Libraries. Librarians are always scheduled at the Reference Desk in the Reference Department at each campus during regular university hours. Additional Reference Services include:

Ask a Librarian: Email a librarian with your research questions. Response time is usually within 6 hours.

Schedule an In-Person Reference Appointment on Queens Campus via Timetrade. (New!)

One-on-One Reference Appointments

Did you know that, in addition to obtaining information and referral services at the St. John's Libraries' Reference Desks, you can set up a one-on-one consultation with a librarian who will advise you on effective research strategies? Each St. John's librarian has an additional subject specialty and is available to participate in your session, when needed.

To make a one-on-one Reference Appointment, contact Prof. Lucy Heckman, Head of Reference, Queens Library or Prof. Lois Cherepon, Staten Island Library. You may also contact  Librarian Subject Specialist to schedule a private or small group research consultation.


St. John's University Libraries run workshops throughout each semester on different aspects of doing research and using software. Find the workshop you want and register online. Workshops are free to students, faculty and staff members.

St. John's University Libraries provide workshops in research and technology, and are free to employees and students at St. John's. Preregistration is encouraged.

Queens Library Research Workshops
Cover a broad range of topics, such as term paper research, citing sources, conducting literature reviews, and using Windows Movie Maker. 

Staten Island Library Research Workshops
Cover topics such as Internet Research, Using Campusguides, and using RefWorks. 

Queens Library and Technology Workshops
These workshops offer training on using various information technologies, such as wordpress, screencasting software, screencast-o-matic, glogster, and more. 

Other Resources

Research Survival Guide
Provides an overview of the research process, including choosing a topic, forming a thesis, finding and evaluating information, and citing information and avoiding plagiarism.

Copyright Guidelines
Provides a rudimentary introduction to US copyright law.

Research Instruction
Faculty members may contact Instructional Services to schedule in-class library instruction.