Research Help

We offer research support for students and faculty through consultation with librarians and subject specialists, online research guides, and instructional courses on use of books, reference materials, scholarly literature, visual and data resources and archives. 

Faculty: to schedule an in-class workshop, contact Jacob Alden Sargent, Associate Director for Instruction + Research, Center for Digital Liberal Arts,

Librarians and Disciplinary Specialists in the Library / CDLA

The Center for Digital Liberal Arts houses librarians and disciplinary specialists who can help you...

  • articulate your research question or topic
  • effectively search library databases
  • understand the process and techniques for conducting a thorough literature review
  • find and access primary sources and statistical data
  • understand issues of authority in the sources you choose to support your argument

Special Collections services are available to Occidental students, faculty and staff and outside researchers. The primary mission of Special Collections is to support the work of Occidental College students, faculty and staff. Service for all others is provided as time allows. To schedule a research consultation, please contact us at To make a research request, please complete and submit this Research Inquiry form.

Meet with Us

Darren Hall, MLIS
Academic Technology Specialist
political science and social sciences
222A Academic Commons (Enter the Library main entrance and turn right. My office is the third office on your right, with my name on it!)
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Samantha Alfrey, MLIS
Arts and Humanities
102 Academic Commons

Andrew LaFave Andrew LaFave, PhD
Social Sciences
223 Academic Commons
Lilly Eluvathingal Lilly Eluvathingal, PhD
222B Academic Commons
Jacob Alden Sargent, PhD
Associate Director, Instruction + Research
sociology, behavioral and social data, social sciences
Room 220 Academic Commons
Christopher Gilman, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Digital Liberal Arts
Slavic studies, languages and literature, digital humanities
114a Johnson Hall 
Yovanna Cifuentes-Goodbody, M.Ed., MSc.
Language Education Specialist
Next to Brown Lab, Academic Commons

Jacques Lesure, Peer Research Adviser
Critical Making Studio

Jan Yan, Peer Research Adviser
Critical Making Studio