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A Quick Orientation to Library Guides


No matter whether you're an experienced student, brand-new to college, or returning to school after time away, everyone needs help getting around the library sometimes. This guide gathers together some of our best tutorials and instructional materials to help you get started.

What Are Library Guides?

The Chamberlain University Library's website is made up of library guides.

Every library guide -- like this one! -- is a collection of information put together by the Chamberlain University Library team to help you learn more about a specific topic or subject or course of study. You can think of a library guide as being like a book, with each guide page being one chapter in that book. The different sections of each "chapter" are listed underneath each page. 

There are three different kinds of guides for students and faculty: 

  • Topic Guides, which will help you learn about a specific library skill -- like how to search for Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines or APA Citations.

    The guide you're reading right now is a Topic Guide

  • Subject Guides, which will help you find resources about a specific academic subject -- like pathophysiology, chemistry, or math.

    The Ethics Guide is a Subject Guide

  • Course Guides, which will help you find resources for your specific degree path -- like the DNP, MSN, RN-BSN, or BSN degree options.

    The DNP Program Guide is a Course Guide

How Do I Find My Way Around a Library Guide?

As you can see on this guide, every library guide has a navigation bar on the left-hand side, which provides links to all the "stuff" included in the guide.

Just click what you want to see, and your browser should take you right there!

How to Get Help

What Librarians Can Help With

The library staff CAN

  • Help you get started with your research
  • Help you request a copy of an article
  • Help you learn to use the library and search effectively
  • Help you navigate and get the most out of our databases
  • Provide certain kinds of advanced research support
  • Answer quick questions on almost any topic related to the library

The library staff CANNOT

  • Review your papers or help with APA References, Citations or Formatting
    • Instead: Ask your professor
  • Help you understand assignment requirements
    • Instead: Ask your professor
  • Help you buy, access, or find free copies of textbooks
  • Help you with computer troubles
    • Instead: Contact Chamberlain University IT at 877-366-9388
  • Answer questions about finances, tuition, enrollment, course requirements, or course contents
    • Instead: Contact Chamberlain Student Services at 800-240-2071, Option 3

How to Get Librarian Help

There are three main ways to get help from a librarian:

Make an Appointment

Making an appointment is the most effective way to get one-on-one help with your research or with in-depth questions about using the library. You can make an appointment by going to this page, which will get you into the appointments system.

Librarians can meet with you by phone or WebEx during office hours. When are office hours? Check our hours!

Chat Live

During our chat hours, you can speak with the librarian on duty and ask quick questions about your research, APA issues, or other library related topics. Check our hours to see when chat is open.

Email a Question

Head over to to submit a question by email. Emailed questions are typically answered within about 24 hours, Monday through Friday.

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