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Undergraduate Research Portal

A guide to undergraduate research at WSU Libraries.


All workshops are held in 217 Ablah, unless otherwise indicated in the WSU Libraries Events calendar. Click on the event in the calendar to see the location and also to RSVP.

Library Facilities Orientation: Tour Ablah Library, and then learn how to access books, full-text articles, and other library collections. Meet by the Ablah Library Help Desk to start the tour

Finding Reliable Sources: Learn to quickly identify which articles and books are best for background information and for more complex research questions. Understand the differences between primary, secondary and tertiary sources. Become familiar with SmartSearch and other library search tools used to find articles and books.

Using SmartSearch for Group Projects: Learn how the WSU Libraries’ biggest search tool can help you organize your group projects, create sharable folders and share articles among group members.

Writing Papers and Citations in MLA: An introduction to important aspects of using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style to write and format research papers and citation lists.

Writing Papers and Citations in APA: An introduction to important aspects of using the American Psychological Association (APA) style to write and format research papers and citation lists.

Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Portal!
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This guide is designed to assist WSU students involved in undergraduate research. In this guide, you'll find information on engaging in research, writing a literature review, and citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. Some of these topics have been or will be scheduled in the Undergraduate Research Workshop series.

This guide provides supplementary tutorials and information for these workshops as well as resources available from WSU. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian, chat with a librarian in the "Ask-a-Librarian" tab or click on the "Find your Librarian" tab.

Worried about a research project? Want to get a step ahead of your classmates and earn college credit?

Enroll in LASI 170: Introduction to Library Research


Library Help

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us! Librarians are available to help you get started on research, to help you access ebooks and articles, or to assist you with anything else you're having trouble with. Contact a librarian using any of the methods listed below.

  • Instant Message: Use the chat box on this page to send us a message
  • Call: (316) 978-3584
  • Text: (316) 453-6911
  • Email:
  • Research Consultations: You can get in touch with the liaison librarian for your subject area to set up an individualized research consultation.  Research consultations can be done by email, over the phone, or even by Skype.
  • Tech Help: Having trouble with Blackboard or your myWSU account? Call the Help Desk at (316) 978-4357.

Login with your myWSU ID and password to request a copy of an article or book. Articles are emailed to you and requets can usually be filled within a day or so. Books take 3-5 days on average and are sent to Ablah Library for you to pick up. It's free!


More about University Libraries

Mobile access to SmartSearch and other EBSCO Products is available on the following devices:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch
  • Android

Click here for links to even more library resources available on mobile devices.