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Introduction to Academic Research

Everything you need to know to begin a research project

What You Should Know About Sherrod Library

Help is always available. We know that your schedule is tight. The library staff are here to help you with your research. University level research includes problem-solving for even the brightest student. Relax, because you have expert help available, both online and in person. Students can work with our friendly and knowledgeable reference librarians by phone, email, text message, social media (twitter & facebook) or online chat

We have millions of e-resources available 24/7.

Your have 24/7 access to a wealth of information and resources (with a few clicks, gaining access to over 270 research databases, over 20,000 online journals and over 100,000 e-books is easy!)

If we don't have it, we can get it.

With a click of the "Get it @ ETSU" button, you can request nearly anything, even if we don't have access to it. And it's all free.

Food and drink allowed.

We want students to enjoy food and beverages while they contemplate and collaborate. We only ask that you are neat, and use our recycling stations and trash cans. Einstein Bros Bagels serves up bagels, muffins, chai, coffee, and other products on Sherrod's first floor. 

Extrovert or Introvert? We have spaces for both.

The library offers study rooms so you can study individually or collaborate with a group. Additionally, we have hundreds of study carrels, comfortable chairs, and large tables. Whatever your study style, we have it covered. 

Night owl or early bird?

We provide a safe nest. Students flock to our Late Night Study space, which is open 24/7. For your safety, it is staffed by a security guard at night, and is accessible only by ETSU ID card.

Need to print, copy or scan?

The university gives each student $25 in free printing, which is automatically loaded on your ETSU ID card at the beginning of each semester. Printing services are available in the library. You can print in black and white (10 cents per side) and color (25 cents per side). Print/copy machines are located on the first and second floors of the library. As for scanning - it's completely free.

Need a laptop?

Here, borrow ours! You can borrow a laptop (for in-library use only) from the Ask-Us Desk in the library lobby.

Print lives!

We have over 700,000 books in our library collection, including scholarly works, popular fiction, and children's literature. And we don't just have books. In our media collection we have 3,000 DVDs and CDs, as well as streaming video. You can also download digital audio books via OneClickDigital to a smartphone, tablet, or mobile device to listen to as you work out at the Center for Physical Activity

How to contact us:  

  • Chat:
  • Text: 423-781-0863
  • Phone:  423-439-4307 or 1-866-542-3878 (toll-free)
  • Email: