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Drop-in research help, 7 days/week

Did you know that you can get one-on-one research help at the library?  During the semester, we offer drop-in assistance 7 days a week, in the afternoons and evenings.

  • Sunday through Thursday, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday, 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

If you can’t make it in to the library, no worries! You can also call us (617-879-2222), email us (, or chat with us from our website.

What can you help me with? We can help you at any point in the research process, whether you are still trying to settle on a topic, to refine your research question, to find scholarly articles or demographic statistics, or to format your paper and reference list in APA (or MLA, or Chicago) style.

Maybe it's time to drop by the library!

Maybe it’s time to drop by the library!

We can be especially helpful when you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your own research, so don’t be afraid of getting in touch! We have been trained to help you find a way up, around, or through the obstacle standing in the way of your information-gathering.

Who will be helping me? Many talented people staff our drop-in hours and can assist you with your research. Some of us are librarians, and some of us are librarians-in-training. All of us are excited to assist students with their research projects! Get to know us a little better:

What if my project is really complicated? Are you doing an independent study, an honors paper, or a graduate research project? For more in-depth research needs, you can make an appointment ahead of time to meet with a research librarian for up to 60 minutes. It’s best to request these appointments a few days in advance. We can help you come up with a strategy for consulting a variety of sources in order to hone in on the ones that best suit your project.

Get to know our library assistants!

Did you know that you can get drop-in research help from the library 7 days a week, from noon until closing?  If you haven’t already done so, you should get to know our evening/weekend library assistants!  We’re happy to feature our eight fantastic Public Services Assistants (PSAs) in this week’s post.  All of them are either studying to become librarians, or have already attained their Master’s degree in library science.  They can help you with your research assignments… and they tell you where to get the best biscuits in the neighborhood!  It’s a win-win.  Drop by (or call, or email, or chat) and say hello!

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June Thammasnong
My favorite thing about being a librarian is talking to you and making connections. Our world and our lives are comprised of connections to information, to places, and perhaps most importantly, to other people. Librarians have the honor of assisting patrons to do all of that, and more!  * The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is New Zealand!  * I grew up in California, with lots of love.

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Brian Hogue
Before I became I librarian, I worked as the Fine Arts book buyer for Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR. * When I’m not at work, you can find me  riding my bike somewhere. * My favorite place to eat in the neighborhood is  Rod Dee. * My favorite place in Boston is Davis Square (technically not Boston, but still my favorite). * The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is Germany. * I grew up in Boise, ID.

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Lauren Forsyth
My favorite thing about being a librarian is being surrounded by books! * My favorite place to eat in the neighborhood is Sweet Cheeks BBQ— their biscuits are to die for. * I grew up in Danvers, MA.


Marva Tomer
One of my favorite things about being a librarian is learning about new things while helping library users find information. *  I love Boston because of its diversity, history, and cultural life. Boston is definitely “wicked awesome!” *  I always enjoy a conversation about travel and animals.

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When I’m not at work, you can find me in the company of a stack of books, as I work to finish my master’s thesis in History. Following the completion of my thesis, you will find me working on any number of art, craft, photography, and furniture restoration/re-purposing projects I have been dreaming up as a form of procrastination during my thesis writing. * The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is Bratislava, Slovakia. * I grew up in Gray, Maine which is about 30 minutes north of Portland.

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Hillary Saxton

Before I became a librarian, I majored in English at Eastern Connecticut State University. * My favorite thing about being a librarian is meeting new people and adding more friendly faces to my day-to-day. * When I’m not at work, you can find me serving up ice cream (and coffee!) at JP Licks!

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I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. *  The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I spent six months studying literature and creative writing in Spanish during college.  *  My favorite place in Boston is the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens. It’s closed for renovation right now, but in the spring and summer it’s a great place to curl up with nature and a good book.

StacyStacy Collins

Before I became a librarian, I was sure I wanted to go into publishing, but it turns out I’m much more interested in connecting people with books than I am in connecting books with profit. Besides, I’d never be able to say no to a good manuscript just because it might not sell.  *  My favorite thing about being a librarian is the trivia! While helping students and faculty with research topics and resources, I learn a little bit about pretty much everything in this job, which means my small talk at parties is amazing.  *      When I’m not at work, you can find me in class or doing homework (boring, but true). And on the weekend, I’m most likely cooking or baking while my cats watch Star Trek in the next room.

Don’t they seem like good people to get to know?  Drop by the front desk of the library some time, and say hello.  And bring along your research questions– they’re here to help!

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We are very excited to welcome on our Boston campus a cohort of students from Singapore, who are studying for the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education through an exciting partnership between Wheelock College and the Singapore Institute of Technology.

Students, we are so looking forward to meeting you!  Librarians are available to help you to find articles, books, and other information sources for your assignments.  We are also happy to help you to find your way around campus, or around Boston.  The library is open to you during your entire stay; please feel free to use the building as a comfortable place to study, read, check email, write assignments, or just to spend time with friends. You can find out when we’re open on our website.

Speaking of assignments, we hear you already have some homework!  For your preliminary writing assignment in Dr. Ellen Faszewski’s class, you might find the database called Science in Context to be useful.

A screenshot from the database.

Use Science In Context to research current issues, and to get the scientific information you need to make sense of the news!

In this database, you can find articles from newspapers and magazines.  To understand the science behind an issue, try a reference article; these articles from scholarly encyclopedias can provide reliable background information.   You can also find academic journal articles, for the most advanced scientific thinking on your topic.

Unsure of your topic ?  Browse topic collections on current issues such as oil spills or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Science in Context is accessible from Singapore or the United States by logging in with your Wheelock College credentials.  If you have any difficulty in accessing the database, or deciding which articles to use, please get in touch with me, Maric Kramer!  I would be happy to help you out.

We look forward to welcoming you to the library!