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Meet with a Research Librarian

Schedule a meeting with one of our Research Librarians to get help with research skills such as:

  • Research question and topic development
  • Citation styles and management
  • Basic and complex search strategies
  • Evaluating sources
  • Writing process

Meet with a Librarian in the library or online via Teams. No need to come into the McDermott Library building - you can access Teams online from anywhere with an Internet connection or through your phone.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers programs and services designed to enhance academic success of every cadet at the Academy. Cadets can get help with time management, reading strategies, general learning skills, writing papers, delivering presentations, and preparing for graduate school. Formal courses, group seminars, and individualized help sessions are offered to assist cadets to reach their academic, professional, and personal goals.

Academic Success Center Daytime Hours by Appointment Monday - Friday 0730 - 1630
Quantitative Reasoning Center Evening Walk-in Hours Monday - Thursday 1900 - 2030
Writing Center Evening Walk-in Hours Monday - Thursday 1630 - 2030
Public Speaking Lab Evening Walk-in Hours Monday - Wednesday 1630 - 2030

Programs and Services provided by the Academic Success Center:

Quantitative Reasoning Center (QRC)

The QRC provides supplemental instruction in select core quantitative disciplines in one-on-one and small group sessions to enhance student learning and motivation, especially for first and second-year students.

Communication Strategies Center (CSC)

The CSC intertwines the vital skills of reading, writing, and speaking to improve cadets’ critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills through three valuable resources: Writing Center, Public Speaking Lab, and Reading Strategies Program.

Strategies for Academic Success (SAS)

The SAS program prepares cadets for success in academic performance and life-long learning by teaching techniques to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of studying. The SAS program also helps English as a Second Language (ESL) cadets and international students navigate the daunting world of academic discourse in a foreign language by providing targeted coursework in English for Academic Purposes and Reading Strategies.

Graduate Studies and Scholarships (GSS)

The GSS program assists the Dean of Faculty in selecting highly qualified cadets to attend graduate school immediately following graduation from the Academy. The GSS helps to increase cadet awareness of all requirements and tools needed to qualify and compete for graduate school scholarships and programs.

Cadet Mentorship

The Cadet Mentoring Program connects cadets with mentors from the Academy and throughout the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. The program provides cadets the opportunity to hand-pick professionals outside of their normal circle of daily contacts and establish connections with mentors whom they may never meet otherwise. Designed to guide personal and professional growth and elevate performance in all mission elements, the program helps cadets navigate career and personal milestones such as selecting academic majors, clubs and special programs, career fields and base assignments. These mentoring relationships will benefit cadets at the Academy but will be priceless during a lieutenant’s transition into active duty and a future career.

Sign up as a cadet or mentor today

Cadets: All cadets are eligible
Military mentors: Active Duty, Guard, Reserve (TSgt+ and Capt+)
Civilian mentors: Federal Employee, Contractor (GS-11/AD-21+)

Blackboard Support

Blackboard staff support is no longer located on-site. If you have questions, please email the Blackboard Help Desk at or create a USAFA SIS JIRA ticket. If the office is busy, creating a ticket is the most reliable method to receive assistance.