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Library Hours

Fall Semester Hours  


Friday: 7:45am-10:00pm           

Saturday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Sunday: 12 noon-11:45pm

Spring Semester Hours  


Friday: 7:45am-10:00pm           

Saturday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Sunday: 12 noon-11:45pm 

Summer Hours  


Closed Friday          

Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Closed Sunday

See complete schedule for holidays and exceptions


Welcome to the David & Lorraine Cheng Library


This guide can serve as a starting point for your research needs in your College Writing class.  It is designed to help you to research topics in literature, a field with a variety of library resources. Literary research encompasses the study of authors, their writing, their lives and influences.  Literary research may also encompass other subjects such as history, geography, politics and governments, and events worldwide.

Use the tabs at the top of this guide to navigate through the specific type of resources you may need.  These resources include books, ebooks and databases.  The  tab "Citing Sources" gives information about several citation styles.

  Have a Question? Contact a Librarian:

By phone

Call 973-720-2116

The Reference Desk is staffed until 10PM Sunday-Friday and until 8:00pm on Saturday.

By e-mail

Send your question to the Reference Desk via email -   Allow 24 hours for a response. 

Schedule a Research Appointment

Contact the library for an appointment with a Reference Librarian:  Schedule Research Help

Researching Your Topic

Develop Your Research Topic  

What are the key concepts of your topic? Can you broaden or narrow your focus? Are you researching a particular author?

Consider focusing on one or more of the following:

  • place
  • time period
  • specific event
  • specific people
  • historic events of the time

Does your topic overlap other subject areas such as history, geography or political science?

Think of 2- 3 questions that you will need to explore.

  • Think about the author you are researching and the author's major influences.
  • What was the historical period of your topic?
  • What happened that was significant?

Under each question, think about the following aspects:

  • What do you already know about your author?
  • What do you need to learn to better understand your author, topic or issue?
  • What kind of information resource might provide the answer to these questions?       


Your Librarian

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Bill Duffy
Bill Duffy

Head of Reference

David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University

Reference Office 107c