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.
Offered year-round (on the Second Floor during the summer renovation)
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.
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
ASAC Tutoring Hours - Will be back in the fall. ASAC Supp. Instruction Schedule (room 312) - Will be back in the fall.
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.
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!
In partnership with the Kogod Center for Business Communication
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.
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.
The Statistical Consulting Center offers assistance with research-related statistical queries. Services include providing instruction on interpreting statistical results, designing an effective survey, or setting up a sample group. Services are available by appointment or walk-in on the 1st Floor of Bender Library.
By appointment only (in the GRC during the summer renovation)
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.