Reference and Research Services 


The mission of Reference Services is to ensure the effective use of library resources. This is accomplished in a variety of ways including personal assistance at the library Reference Desk, assistance via email, classroom instruction on the main campus and at outreach sites, and through the provision of guides and tutorials.

Reference Assistance

If you need information and are not sure where to begin, contact the Reference Desk.

  • If you are in the library, ask at the Reference Desk.
  • From off campus, call (920) 923-8096, submit the online Ask A Reference Librarian form, or log into Marian Online 2 and enter the Marian Library link on the lower left to enter the Library Tutorials course and use the Ask a Reference Librarian Chat feature, available during normal reference desk hours. For details on how to access the chat feature, visit the Chat with a Librarian page.

Guides  and Tutorials 

The following guides are available via the library Web page: 

Subject specific tutorials are available via Marian Online 2. Your username is the first part of your Marian University email address -- i.e. everything before "" Your password is your Marian University email password.

Classroom Instruction

Course-specific instruction on the use of library resources is available on the main campus and at outreach sites. Sessions should be scheduled at least one week in advance.

Library Tours

Tours are available throughout the year. To schedule a tour contract the Reference Desk.

Information Literacy

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines Information Literacy as a “set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” Information Literacy includes the ability to retrieve information as well as think critically about and evaluate information.

For further information on Information Literacy in Higher Education, follow the links below:


Fun Fact

Classes for various programs are offered in Appleton, Green Bay, Plymouth, Madison, Watertown, Wausau, and West Allis. (Source: Academic Bulletin, 2013-2014).

Campus Info

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45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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