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Research Commons

Research Assistance Desk

Contact - research@american.edu, 202-885-3238
Hours & Information - https://www.american.edu/library/ask/index.cfm
Location - Bender Library, Main Lobby
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. Subject specialist librarians are available for personal appointments in cases that require specific expertise.


MakerSpace

Contact - libmakerspace@american.edu, 202-885-3539
Hours - Mon, Weds, Fri: 11am-5pm or by appointment
Location - Bender Library, Lower Level
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, and we'll help you schedule appointments for your final prints.


Geospatial Research Lab

Contact - geospatial@american.edu, 202-885-6409
Hours & Information - https://www.american.edu/library/technology/geospatial/
Location - Anderson Computing Complex, Room B-16
American University Library's Geospatial Research Lab supports the research and teaching programs of American University faculty, staff, and students, through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and resources. Make an appointment for geospatial research design and methodology support to help you determine which tools, methods, and data structure will work for your project.


Academic Support & Access Center

Contact - asac@american.edu, 202-885-3360
Hours & Information - https://www.american.edu/provost/academic-access/tutor-services.cfm
Location - Bender Library, Collaborative Room 1
The ASAC Tutoring 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. Please check our online scheduler to find the appropriate tutor and schedule for your needs.


Statistical Software Support

Contact - Prof. Behzad Jalali, 202-885-3154
Hours & Information - https://www.american.edu/provost/academic-access/mathstat.cfm
Location - Bender Library, Collaborative Room 7
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.


Statistical Consulting Center

Contact - Statistical Consulting, 202-885-3154
Hours & Information - https://www.american.edu/cas/mathstat/statistical-consulting.cfm
Location - Bender Library, Collaborative Room 7
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. Students may stop by for help with SPSS, SAS, and other statistical software as well. Guidance is provided by expert graduate student consultants. Services are available by appointment or walk-in.


Writing Center

Contact - Neisha-Anne Green, 202-885-2392
Hours & Information - https://www.american.edu/cas/writing/
Location - Bender Library, Collaborative Room 6
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, but walk-ins are also accepted. Please check the website for hours information.


Research Applications & Methods Support

Contact - rsg@american.edu, 202-885-3862
Hours - Sun-Thurs: 11am-9pm
Location - Bender Library, Collaborative Room 7
Advanced graduate student consultants can provide one-on-one help with qualitative and quantitative research methods and research projects. They can help with data analysis and visualization, or software as MATLAB, Mathematica, Qualtrics, NVivo, EViews, R, SAS, Stata, SPSS, or Tableau. Help is also available for with digital data formatting, data clean-up, recoding, matching, and merging data. The consultants can help you install and configure the Virtual Computing Lab(VCL) client and NVivo software on your laptop or access to Qualtrics.