Top Research Librarian Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Research Librarian. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Research Librarian resumes they appeared on. For example, 14.9% of Research Librarian resumes contained Online Databases as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Research Librarian actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Research Librarian resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Online Databases

high Demand
Here's how Online Databases is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Assisted newspaper reporters with research for their articles using various online databases.
  • Performed research on appropriate CD-ROM and online databases.
  • Searched archival and online databases for appropriate informational data.
  • Assisted users with accessing library computers and online databases.
  • Performed literature searches using online databases and library catalog.
  • Prepared presentations for students on using online databases.

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2. Library Materials

high Demand
Here's how Library Materials is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Monitor copyright compliance of library materials.
  • Classified and cataloged books, publications, and other library materials in both print and digital format.
  • Locate, request, and/or purchase library materials from various sources.
  • Conduct upkeep on materials and organization of library materials and petition and conduct reading programs for children to advocate encourage literacy.
  • Used automated system, charged and discharged library materials circulated to library users according to established procedures and policies.
  • Cataloged (original cataloging) library materials from Library of Congress to the National Library of Medicine classification system.

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3. Internet

high Demand
Here's how Internet is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Used OCLC, online Literature Indexes, Library catalogs, and Internet search engines to locate additional citations.
  • Trained attorneys, paralegals, and support staff on legal and Internet search techniques.
  • Completed research requests using databases such as Factiva, Thomson Research, Reuters and Lexis Nexis and different Internet search engines.
  • Performed computer searches utilizing Lexis-Nexis, Autotrack, Internet, Westlaw, DC-4 and traditional reference materials.
  • Developed and maintained circulation/reference collection, library website, electronic databases and indexed useful Internet sources for research purposes.
  • Provided electronic database and Internet searching assistance to different professionals inside and outside the ministry.

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5. Collection Development

high Demand
Here's how Collection Development is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provided the Federal Reserve library and Bank with collection development, cataloging, knowledge management.
  • Contributed to collection development in adult non-fiction and Spanish language materials via Baker & Taylor.
  • Participated in assigned collection development responsibilities.
  • Performed collection development of digital assets by evaluating, ingesting and logging HD digital footage and photographs using CNN developed software.
  • Proposed library budget for collection development, operational management and preservation of library resources at the Library Board Meetings.
  • Managed collection development via profiles and one-off orders based on solicited feedback from population served and other professional resources.

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6. Research Library

high Demand
Here's how Research Library is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Co-founded new research library within the Global Marketing Sales & Service group.
  • Established, developed and updated the agency's research library.
  • Worked in the company's research library providing support and research assistance to drug development teams
  • Catalogued entire 10,000 volume research library using Resource Mate library program.
  • Maintained research library Organized publications Handled all incoming/outgoing mail

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7. Ready Reference Service

high Demand
Here's how Ready Reference Service is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provided ready reference service and assisted in the internal records and in-house database files.

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8. Online Catalog

high Demand
Here's how Online Catalog is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Performed online catalog data corrections and resolved bibliographic problems.
  • Designed, implemented and documented process for adding electronic monographs to online catalog.
  • Check in/checkout circulation materials and assist patrons with online catalog usage.
  • Created and maintained an online catalog of books for student use
  • Corrected discrepancies in card catalog, online catalog, and actual collections.
  • Added url links to online catalog providing desktop access to full-text resources.

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9. Intranet

high Demand
Here's how Intranet is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Assisted and instructed staff on the use of research databases and intranet catalogs.
  • Assist in development and manage all day-to-day operations of the Foundation's Intranet.
  • Developed SI's first library intranet in collaboration with magazine staff.
  • Collaborated on the development of the library WIKI and intranet pages.
  • Research and intranet orientation for all incoming attorneys.
  • Selected relevant industry news and posted items to the intranet daily.

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10. Research Services

high Demand
Here's how Research Services is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provided in-depth information research services to faculty, staff and students at the library and through online access.
  • Provided research services to Time Inc.'s family of magazines using online, internet and print resources.
  • Provide reference and specialized research services to medical school faculty, students, and affiliated clinical researchers.
  • Provide research services in person, over the phone, and via e-mail.
  • Conduct business and legal research to support Library & Research Services Dept.
  • Performed Online Research services for sites nationwide.
  • Provided research services firmwide and maintained a presence in the San Francisco and Oakland offices.

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11. Dialog

high Demand
Here's how Dialog is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Search Dialog, Frost & Sullivan and business databases.
  • Provide Scientific Research via Dialog, and do research on Publications of scientists and inventors for due diligence.
  • Completed courses in DIALOG, legal reference, and the Spanish language.
  • Streamlined Dialog and OCLC procedures.

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12. Oversaw

high Demand
Here's how Oversaw is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Assigned copy cataloging editing and oversaw quality control bibliographic record production.
  • Purchased and oversaw the processing of all new media for the library collection.

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13. Training Programs

average Demand
Here's how Training Programs is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Conducted legal research training programs for staff and maintained its print libraries.

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14. Factiva

average Demand
Here's how Factiva is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Introduced new online reference/research tools such as EBSCO, Factiva, IHS, and LexisNexis.
  • Functioned as an expert in using Lexis-Nexis, Dialog, and Factiva databases.
  • Provided research via Lexis-Nexis and Dow Jones (Factiva), Investext, S&P, and Moody's.

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15. Electronic Resources

average Demand
Here's how Electronic Resources is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Researched in-depth information requests using various print/electronic resources and provided ready reference service to the auditing staff.
  • Performed research using legal and business electronic resources.
  • Planned and managed library's traditional and electronic resources, ordered library materials ADDITIONAL INFO U.S. citizen LANGUAGE Chinese, English
  • Train law firm associates in the use of electronic resources including legal and academic databases.
  • Prepare and present brown bag session on electronic resources.
  • Provide research and reference services to all firm attorneys using both a physical collection and electronic resources including Westlaw and Lexis.

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16. Reference Desk

average Demand
Here's how Reference Desk is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Synthesized and analyzed reference desk queries to create a knowledge base of frequently asked reference questions.
  • Staffed reference desk; fielded myriad of queries; compiled library usage metrics.
  • Staffed reference desk; fielded queries; compiled library use metrics.
  • Manned reference desk for quick reference services to in-house personnel.
  • Handled reference desk and answered calls from branches and clients.
  • Managed reference desk including advising readers and delivering computer class instruction to the public.

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18. General Public

average Demand
Here's how General Public is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Handled reference/research requests from company employees and general public.
  • Handled general public purchase and loan requests.
  • Established and maintained effective working relationships with publishers, vendors, associates and members of community organizations and the general public.
  • Assisted attorneys, law clerks and the general public with legal research.
  • Provide outreach for students, scholars, and the general public.
  • Catalogued library books Determined results of student surveys Assisted the student population and general public in finding reference books

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19. Research Projects

average Demand
Here's how Research Projects is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Conduct research projects for medical writers * Maintain digital bibliography of published works
  • Assisted administrators with a variety of research projects for the Records Management department.
  • Coordinate all major research projects.
  • Organized information gathered from research projects for vertical files and entered key access information into database.
  • Provided individual instruction in utilizing scholarly computer databases for the purposes of undergraduate and graduate research projects.
  • Support patrons with research projects as reference paraprofessional and answer general questions.

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20. Library System

average Demand
Here's how Library System is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Selected, installed and maintained integrated library system.
  • Marketed library programs in the library system's monthly newsletter, Happenings, via the Apollo database.
  • Assisted with implementation of new integrated library system interface including technical support and user training/support for the integrated library system.
  • Collaborated with the Technical Services Manager on special projects including the continuing implementation of new integrated library system modules in EOS.
  • Organized a fatherhood involvement program through the library *Categorized and classified electronic library system according to Destiny specifications.
  • Cataloged all materials for resource library to support volunteer tutors and adult learners using automated library system.

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21. Literature

average Demand
Here's how Literature is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Indexed product literature for in-house databases.
  • Conducted literature searches for company engineers.
  • Created bibliographies and performed literature searches.
  • Saved scientists and engineers substantial time and effort by conducting hundreds of literature searches, data searches and patent searches.
  • Executed literature research in all areas of law, specifically patent & trademark law.
  • Ordered materials and performed literature searches using OCLC.
  • Assisted graduate students with available researching tools Cataloged labor-related literature & transcripts for the Cornell Archiving Project
  • Performed interlibrary loans, book selection, literature searching on Index Medicus.

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22. Oclc

average Demand
Here's how Oclc is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Conducted searches on OCLC for Inter-Library loan to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full text information on sources.
  • Conducted searches on OCLC for Inter-Library loan for bibliographic, abstract and full-text information.
  • Managed utilization process of SIRSI SYMPHONY and OCLC Connexion.
  • Processed interlibrary loan requests via ILLiad and OCLC First Search.
  • Created electronic bibliographic and authority records for OCLC and Voyager databases.
  • Perform original and copy cataloging for all language materials using Dewey classification, OCLC, and Sierra.

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23. In-Depth Research

average Demand
Here's how In-Depth Research is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Delivered in-depth research, quick reference and custom tailored information using financial based data sources.
  • Execute in-depth research and analysis for scientific, marketing, business development and regulatory functions.
  • Gathered and analyzed data and conducts in-depth research in the business, management, legislative and other areas.
  • General Duties * Conducting in-depth research for a wide range of legal topics.

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24. Practice Areas

average Demand
Here's how Practice Areas is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provide research support both electronically and manually to support the diverse needs of the LECG practice areas.
  • Supported all offices, concentrating primarily on Energy and IP practice areas.
  • Research and reference for attorneys and paralegals in international, environmental, health care, and communications practice areas.

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25. Online

average Demand
Here's how Online is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Researched business and marketing topics related to the practice of law using online and traditional information resources
  • Served as a contributing writer and researcher for the museum's online publication, The Dispatch.
  • Trained library staff of six on all new library software, online services and research techniques.
  • Developed an online guide on best available mobile applications for medical students and clinicians.
  • Provided reference services; conducted bibliographic instructions; assisted users search online catalogues.
  • Fact-checked and copyedited using online systems and tools.

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26. Bloomberg

low Demand
Here's how Bloomberg is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provided MorningStar and Value Line reports, Bloomberg information, industry information and capital changes on companies to Financial Advisors.

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27. Customer Service

low Demand
Here's how Customer Service is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Presented community workshops, provided customer service regarding inquiries for articles, etc., and lectured organizations regarding current issues in Russia
  • Required excellent customer service skills and abilities to interact well with very diverse customers of all education and socioeconomic levels.
  • Provided excellent customer service in a team-based environment including reference, reader guidance, programming, and technology assistance.
  • Supervised professional and paraprofessional library staff, administered library collections, responsible for staff training and customer service.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Assisted with improving customer relations and library services with my commitment to quality customer service.

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28. Current Awareness

low Demand
Here's how Current Awareness is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Created and maintained current awareness services; compiled request statistics; obtained copyright clearance, reprint and redistribution permissions.
  • Edit monthly current awareness business news publication.

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29. Research Support

low Demand
Here's how Research Support is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provided research support for editors, authors and illustrators creating patient education materials.
  • Provided research support for internal consultants and senior executives.
  • Provide research support and analysis to a professional staff consisting of retired military personnel, government employees and research scientists.
  • Edited consumer health content according to clients' specific requirements and provided research support.
  • Provide reference and research support to staff at a a government contracting and consulting firm.

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30. Research Reports

low Demand
Here's how Research Reports is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Assisted in competitive intelligence program networking market research reports and databases.
  • Create research reports on companies and industries for the marketing and public relations departments.
  • Filed and distributed all Research Reports to other branches.
  • Write 15-50pp Market Research reports on strict deadlines.
  • Performed comprehensive competitive intelligence on current and prospective firm clients; prepared original analytical research reports on findings.

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31. Sharepoint

low Demand
Here's how Sharepoint is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Utilized Microsoft SharePoint to create and maintain the library intranet portal.
  • Developed SharePoint site earning consistent preference by aircrew testers based on provision of accurate, current information.
  • Revamped and regularly updated the library SharePoint website.
  • Create firm-wide research and administration SharePoint sites used by attorneys, executive administration, and various levels of personnel.
  • Administered the Knowledge Base (SharePoint).

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32. Libguides

low Demand
Here's how Libguides is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provided web content via LibGuides.
  • Create LibGuides for library webpage.
  • Initiated purchase and implementation of LibGuides.
  • Developed and maintained more than 15 subject reference guides (LibGuides) Administrative Responsibilities:.
  • Created LibGuides for both instructional purpose and informational uses.
  • Create subject-based LibGuides to assist patrons in researching.

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33. Reference Materials

low Demand
Here's how Reference Materials is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Research for Professors and Students * Demonstrated current computer programs * Obtained journals, documents and books * Maintained reference materials
  • Purchased appropriate print and electronic reference materials, supplies and other required resources to ensure quality library services.
  • Gained valuable experience in conducting efficient, comprehensive research by working with the library's extensive collection of reference materials/database systems.
  • Corresponded, collaborated and interacted with personnel to gather, investigate and allocate reference materials.
  • Assist students and faculty with circulation, reference materials, and electronic academic databases.
  • Designed library instruction material enabling users better access to reference materials.

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34. Electronic Database

low Demand
Here's how Electronic Database is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Assisted users with navigating the library catalog, electronic databases, job-seeking resources, and more.
  • Provided reference services for employees using print and electronic databases such as Nexis.
  • Coordinate monthly research orientation classes and demonstrate electronic databases and resources to Library staff and researchers.
  • Offered instruction to researchers on how to effectively search electronic databases and journals.
  • Assisted patrons in locating and using materials in the library's collection including print materials and electronic databases.
  • Demonstrated the library's electronic databases to University faculty during Shaw's 2002 and 2003 Summer Technology Institute.

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35. Annual Reports

low Demand
Here's how Annual Reports is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Researched competitors using organization charts, business articles and annual reports.
  • Assisted with the production of annual reports.

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36. Reference Questions

low Demand
Here's how Reference Questions is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Exercise independent judgment in answering reference questions, reader's advisory, computer instruction, addressing security issues and assisting customers.
  • Interpreted, analyzed and aided patrons' information request by answering reference questions, using directories and locating desired informational needs.
  • Conducted reference interviews and assisted patrons with reference questions and the location of relevant information and materials.
  • Answered general reference questions * Specialized with technology-based questions and IT * Managed four studios for video editing
  • Provided answer to reference questions and suggested appropriate engineering materials and websites.
  • Researched and located answers to difficult reference questions for library patrons.

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37. R

low Demand
Here's how R is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Worked with College of Engineering faculty in developing metadata schema used in online searching and presentation of research in federal repositories.
  • Developed and implemented research methodology topics for specific subjects with strong concentration on marketing, economics and industry research.
  • Assisted with managerial functions including hiring, budgeting, internal customer relationship management and external vendor relationship management.
  • Reduced operating costs by persuading management to stop hiring paraprofessionals and to discontinue printing of financial reports.
  • Performed essential Library management functions, and assisted in maintenance of client information and accounts databases.
  • Provided library assistance, research and reference services to both electric energy researchers and marketing consultants.
  • Assisted in writing the company's Copyright Compliance Policy; awareness and education of policy corporate-wide.
  • Provided instructional sessions on specialized online library resources increasing employee self-sufficiency with article and content searches.
  • Revised and edited pharmaceutical marketing publications according to client specifications; provided supporting documentation.
  • Served as backup Medical Librarian before transitioning to the role of Medical Librarian-Medical Editor.
  • Gather vertical file collection of biographical, statistical, competitor rankings and forecast articles.
  • Analyzed current trends, innovation, and advanced competitive intelligence on emerging markets globally.
  • Provided library and information support services to business and marketing research for consultants.
  • Worked cooperatively with librarians in other offices to complete time sensitive research requests.
  • Correspond with Research Librarians, paralegals, attorneys and Business Development Managers.
  • Developed procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information.
  • Designed, implemented and maintained internal job tracking/cost allocation database system.
  • Served as an administrator for the department-wide database troubleshooting and subscriptions.
  • Provided executive management weekly/monthly website analytic reports on web usage.
  • Provide liaison to acquire permissions/clearance with publishers and content providers.

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38. Reference Assistance

low Demand
Here's how Reference Assistance is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provided reference assistance to students, faculty and staff and other library patrons.
  • Provided reference assistance to attorneys and staff.
  • Provided research consultation, reference assistance and technical assistance to faculty and students.
  • Provided reference assistance and user support to summer associates and attorneys.
  • Provided reference assistance for students and staff by ascertaining information needs.
  • Provided reader's advisory and reference assistance to a diverse population.

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39. Document Delivery

low Demand
Here's how Document Delivery is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Provide document delivery services using electronic, manual, and non-traditional sources.
  • Interacted with diverse vendors for subscriptions, applications, document delivery and event planning.
  • Provided for document delivery and dissemination of articles, patents, translations.
  • Assisted with the document delivery needs of customers.
  • Created a user satisfaction survey for Document Delivery users and feedback surveys for library workshops and trainings.

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40. Information Research

low Demand
Here's how Information Research is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Fulfilled information research and collection development for R&D, Legal and Business functions.
  • Led information research to aid in design of medical devices in orthopaedics, neurosurgery & bracing franchises.

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41. Staff Members

low Demand
Here's how Staff Members is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Assisted staff members with book recommendations and book search as well as photocopying commentaries for executive director.
  • Processed course registrations by entering registrant information into a database and communicating with staff members to clarify issues on registration forms.
  • Provided instructional sessions to the public and staff members demonstrating research methodologies
  • Trained and supervised up to 10 staff members.
  • Fort Riley Post Library is a 35,000-volume facility that operates 40 hours a week with 5-7 staff members and several volunteers.
  • Worked with staff members and students providing information, materials, searched databases, coordinated hardware and software update and maintenance.

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42. Information Services

low Demand
Here's how Information Services is used in Research Librarian jobs:
  • Supported the students and staff of a concrete research laboratory providing on-site library and information services.
  • Provided information services through both traditional and virtual means.
  • Developed rubrics and assessment methods to determine the effectiveness of information services across campus including student research and citation literacy.
  • Prepare timely and accurate statistical reports related to library/information services, resources, and activities.
  • Analyze and evaluate library and information services, technology and media service requirements.
  • Provided information services to students and faculty, assisted in collection development and maintained the reference collection.

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20 Most Common Skill for a Research Librarian

Online Databases20.5%
Library Materials11.5%
Internet6.9%
Legal Documents6.7%
Collection Development5%
Research Library4.6%
Ready Reference Service4.4%
Online Catalog4.2%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Research Librarian

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Online Databases
Online Databases
14.9%
14.9%
2
2
Library Materials
Library Materials
8.4%
8.4%
3
3
Internet
Internet
5%
5%
4
4
Legal Documents
Legal Documents
4.9%
4.9%
5
5
Collection Development
Collection Development
3.6%
3.6%
6
6
Research Library
Research Library
3.3%
3.3%
7
7
Ready Reference Service
Ready Reference Service
3.2%
3.2%
8
8
Online Catalog
Online Catalog
3%
3%
9
9
Intranet
Intranet
2.9%
2.9%
10
10
Research Services
Research Services
2.7%
2.7%
11
11
Dialog
Dialog
2.6%
2.6%
12
12
Oversaw
Oversaw
2.1%
2.1%
13
13
Training Programs
Training Programs
2.1%
2.1%
14
14
Factiva
Factiva
2.1%
2.1%
15
15
Electronic Resources
Electronic Resources
2%
2%
16
16
Reference Desk
Reference Desk
2%
2%
17
17
Print Resources
Print Resources
2%
2%
18
18
General Public
General Public
2%
2%
19
19
Research Projects
Research Projects
2%
2%
20
20
Library System
Library System
2%
2%
21
21
Literature
Literature
1.8%
1.8%
22
22
Oclc
Oclc
1.7%
1.7%
23
23
In-Depth Research
In-Depth Research
1.7%
1.7%
24
24
Practice Areas
Practice Areas
1.7%
1.7%
25
25
Online
Online
1.7%
1.7%
26
26
Bloomberg
Bloomberg
1.5%
1.5%
27
27
Customer Service
Customer Service
1.4%
1.4%
28
28
Current Awareness
Current Awareness
1.4%
1.4%
29
29
Research Support
Research Support
1.4%
1.4%
30
30
Research Reports
Research Reports
1.2%
1.2%
31
31
Sharepoint
Sharepoint
1.1%
1.1%
32
32
Libguides
Libguides
1.1%
1.1%
33
33
Reference Materials
Reference Materials
1.1%
1.1%
34
34
Electronic Database
Electronic Database
1.1%
1.1%
35
35
Annual Reports
Annual Reports
1.1%
1.1%
36
36
Reference Questions
Reference Questions
1.1%
1.1%
37
37
R
R
0.9%
0.9%
38
38
Reference Assistance
Reference Assistance
0.9%
0.9%
39
39
Document Delivery
Document Delivery
0.9%
0.9%
40
40
Information Research
Information Research
0.9%
0.9%
41
41
Staff Members
Staff Members
0.9%
0.9%
42
42
Information Services
Information Services
0.9%
0.9%

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