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Research Commons

The Research Commons at American University Library connects campus services with students in a convenient location near other services and study areas. The Library partnered with other campus services to create a central place on campus where students can get help throughout the research process.

Research Assistance

Offered year-round

Research Assistance

Hours - Mon–Thurs: 10am–9pm; Fri: 10am–6pm; Sat–Sun: 1pm–6pm

research@american.edu
202-885-3238

Reference Librarians assist students and scholars through the research process. This includes helping students locate the best available sources for their projects and papers and providing guidance on research strategies.

Walk-in consultations are provided daily at the First Floor Reference Desk. Students may also reach a librarian for consultation through online chat, phone, text, or email. Subject specialist librarians are also available for personal appointments in cases that require specific expertise. Find more details about hours, services, and contacting reference librarians.

Technology Support Desk

Offered year-round

Technology Support Desk

Hours - Mon–Fri: 10am–6pm

helpdesk@american.edu
202-885-2550

This service from the Office of Information Technology offers students, faculty, and staff convenient, easy access to professional technology assistance. Technology Support Engineers provide assistance with a wide range of issues, from internet connectivity to virus removal to system restoration.

Walk-in services are available on the First Floor of the Library.

Academic Support & Access Center

By appointment only

Academic Support & Access Center
ASAC Tutoring Hours - Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun: 5pm-9pm
ASAC Supp. Instruction Schedule (room 312) - 

Monday: 6pm-7pm - MATH 211; 7pm-8pm - PHYS 220/PHYS 160
Tuesday: 5:45pm-6:45pm - ECON 100; 7pm-8pm - ACCT 240
Wednesday: 7pm-8pm - STAT 202
Thursday: 7pm-8pm

ASAC
202-885-3360

The ASAC Tutoring & Writing Lab provides free one-on-one tutoring for classes in historically challenging areas: Economics, Accounting, Statistics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and Writing. Peer tutors help students learn course concepts, practice problems, and prepare for test review. Writing counselors help with every step of the writing process; they can identify areas for improvement, and will explain strategies to help structure your essays.

Please check our online scheduler to find the appropriate tutor and schedule for your needs: https://american.mywconline.com/

MakerSpace

MakerSpace

Hours - Fri: 2pm-3pm

Joey Fones
202-885-3539

Need help or interested in learning more about making academic posters, 3D prints, or makerspaces? Representatives from the Technology Services unit will be on hand to guide you through the printing process, potential resources, and to answer questions. Geared towards beginners, you'll have the opportunity to learn about printing basics for the two services (how to get started, where to look for free resources, pitfalls to avoid, etc), and we'll help you schedule appointments for your final prints. We will also have some project ideas and tools to get you started "making." Take your creativity and presentation skills to the next level!

Professional Communications

In partnership with the Kogod Center for Business Communication

Professional Communications

Hours - Mon-Thurs: 7pm-10pm; Sun: 3pm-7pm

cbc@american.edu
202-885-1840 or 202-885-1920

The Kogod Center for Professional Communications service provides help with presentations and public speaking. Help with business and workplace writing—including reports, memos, emails, and cover letters—is provided for every stage from first draft through revisions and on to the polished final product.

Located on the First Floor of Bender Library, this service is available to all AU students, regardless of major.

Appointments are preferred, but drop-ins are accepted as space allows. Students can make an appointment online or call 202-885-1920.

Statistical Support

Statistical Support

Statistical Software Support

Hours - Mon-Thurs: 12pm-5pm

Prof. Behzad Jalali
202-885-3154

Students may stop by the Statistical Software Support Desk for help with SPSS, SAS, and other statistical software. Guidance is provided by expert graduate student consultants.

Walk-in services are available on the First Floor of Bender Library.

Writing Center

By appointment only

Writing Center

Hours - Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm; Fri: 11am-6pm

Neisha-Anne Green
202-885-2938

Located on the First Floor of Bender Library, the Writing Center is staffed with trained student consultants providing free coaching sessions. 

Support is not limited to class assignments—the Writing Center offers help with cover letters, application essays, or any other writing project. Available services include brainstorming ideas, improving paper organization, strengthening a paper's thesis, and fine-tuning prose.

Students are encouraged to schedule one-on-one consultations online or by stopping by the Center in person. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome and may arrange for up to two sessions per week.