Research Help

Ask a Librarian

AskLibrary is your one stop shop for reference help. You can call, text, email, or chat online with a librarian or search for answers to common questions in our Ask search box.

Meet with a Librarian

Oakton Librarians are ready to help you find articles and information for your papers, speeches, and presentations. Research Consultations are available for Oakton students at both campuses. Simply set up an appointment to meet one-on-one with a librarian. Appointments can be made by stopping by the Library Reference Desk or using one of the contact options below.

Des Plaines

Online: Meet with a Librarian at DP
Phone: 847.635.1644


Online: Meet with a Librarian at RHC
Phone: 847.635.1474

Got Research? Workshops

Attend one of our free research workshops. We have special topic workshops as well as basic research workshops that show you how to find reliable online sources, books and articles on your topic, and citation help.

Research Guides

Here you can find guides created by our library faculty to assist you in your research on a variety of topics.

8 Steps to Research Success

Got Research? Here are 8 Steps to Success!

1. Identifying and Developing Your Topic

2. Locating Background Information

3. Finding Books Using Oakton's Online Catalog

4. Finding Journal, Newspaper, and Magazine Articles

5. Searching The Web

6. Evaluating Information

7. Citing What You Find

8. Putting It All Together