The Library is Open Online and Helping Students

Tekst: Per Straume

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Wish you could get more help preparing for your exams and assignments? Don’t worry, the library is open online and offering a whole range of services for students, including “Borrow a Librarian.” 

The library staff are working from home and are ready to help you over the net. Students and staff of Volda University College who need help with literature search, reference management in APA, or academic writing can contact the library at or via “Borrow a Librarian” to book an online help session on Zoom. 

You can also get help via e-mail and over the phone. Find contact information for library staff here

The library also has a website that is continuously being updated with the latest news

See below for a list of services the library is offering for students:

Literature Search

Since the physical literature collection is not available, we are happy to help you find alternative digital literature.
Contact us at to make an appointment.

“Borrow a Librarian”

We are offering "Borrow a Librarian," where you can get help with formulating keywords to use in your literature search, finding out what databases are most relevant for you, and learning more about what search techniques you can use to get the best possible results.

In order to get the most possible benefit from the appointment, it is recommended that you prepare by trying to search for yourself beforehand and making sure that you have your research question ready.

Submit a form to book an appointment and a librarian will contact you. PS! In these corona times, this offer applies to ALL students, not just master students.

Reference Help 

The library has an extensive collection of reference examples in APA style (in Norwegian) that shows you how to cite literature in your assignment text as well as in your reference list for most resource types here
The Citation Compass also has some good examples as well as the official APA Style website.

The library will not do your entire reference list for you, but if there are particular sources in your assignment that you’re especially having trouble with citing after trying to look it up yourself, feel free to send your questions to

Academic Writing

Are you stuck in the writing process? Is the assignment difficult to understand? 
You can get help with understanding assignment formulation, structure, language and other issues. However, the library expects you to be an active participant in this process. You do not get help with proofreading, assessment of the level of your assignment, editing or subject-specific guidance – go to your teachers/course advisers for that kind of help.

The library offers guidance on Zoom and telephone by appointment. Email us to book an appointment at

Citation Sorting Station

The library will start offering a drop-in service on Zoom two days per week soon, but the start date and other details have not been finalised quite yet. This offer is just around the corner – see this page for updates.  

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