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Librarians can get you started during any stage of the research process, whether it's exploring your topic, finding and evaluating sources, formatting citations, and more.

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Schedule a Research Appointment

Schedule a research help appointment with a librarian in-person or online with video chat and screen sharing. Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance so the librarian can plan ahead.

Interested in primary sources or materials from the Gerth Archives & Special Collections? You can also schedule an appointment time to view collections and/or to speak with an archivist about your research needs.

For research inquiries requiring more than ten minutes of one-on-one assistance, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to schedule a research appointment with a librarian. It is recommended but not required to schedule the appointment with the corresponding subject liaison librarian. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the requested appointment time.

Appointments can be cancelled up until the start time of the appointment. Users are requested to cancel their appointment either through the system-generated confirmation email or directly with the librarian before the start time of the appointment. Librarians will hold the appointment time for 15 minutes before cancelling the remainder of the appointment as a no-show.

How can I schedule a time to work with a librarian on my research? 

You can schedule a research consultation through our online form.

When should I work with a librarian? 

Meeting with us gives you the chance to work one-on-one with a librarian to meet your unique research goals. This can be anything from getting started formulating a topic to advanced research on a capstone project. We are happy to work with you at any point in your research process.

We require that all consultations be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance to allow the librarian time to prepare.

Who should I meet with? 

All of our librarians are experienced researchers who work with students from all disciplines and courses! 

However, if you're working on advanced research in your discipline, for example a capstone project or graduate level research, we do have subject librarians who can provide more advanced research support.

How long are consultations?

We offer consultations for either 30 or 60 minutes.

In most cases, 30 minutes is plenty of time to go over a topic, get started finding resources, review citations, and more. Since our librarians spend time serving the entire campus community, we only recommend 60 minute sessions if you are working on a large scale project such as a thesis or capstone project or if you anticipate that you will need extra time to work with a librarian.

Where are on campus are consultations held? 

On-campus consultations are held in librarian offices on the main floor of the library. When you arrive simply check-in at the Research Help Desk next to the open computers on the main floor of the library. The librarian will meet you there and show you to their office.

Can we meet online? 

You can use the same form to schedule an on-campus or online consultation. If you would like to meet online simply select "Video chat with screen sharing (Zoom)" under "Appointment type" when booking.

Online consultations are held with the video conferencing tool Zoom. Before you are scheduled to meet the librarian will email you a link to a Zoom meeting room. If you have Zoom downloaded onto your device you will simply need to follow this link to connect for your appointment. Learn more about using and downloading Zoom.

What should I bring? 

The better prepared you and the librarian are for your consultation, the more you will get out of it! Before meeting the librarian may ask for more details about your assignment or topic to help them prepare to meet. On the day of the consultation please bring your assignment as well as any work you've already done, class notes, or anything else you think might help the librarian better understand your research goals.

What do research consultations cover? 

A research consultation is a chance to work with a librarian on your specific project so what we cover depends on your assignment and goals! Some common skills we may work on are developing a research topic; finding articles, books, and other resources in the library's collection to support your research; finding data, statistics, or other information on your topic; evaluating sources to see if they are appropriate for your project; and citation. If you're not sure if a meeting with a librarian is right for you feel free to reach out over email ( or chat to find out more.

How often can I work with a librarian? 

In order to ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to work with a librarian, we typically ask that students schedule appointments no more than once per week. If you feel you need additional access to librarian appointments please feel free to reach out to our Reference Coordinator at to discuss accommodations.

Visit the Research Help Desk

The Research Help Desk is located on the main floor of the library near the open computers (see map). This is where you can get in-person help with finding library materials, getting started researching a topic, formatting citations, and more. The Research Help Desk is staffed by Student Assistants and an on-call librarian.


A librarian can assist you Monday through Thursday 10am to 4pm. Outside of these hours a Student Assistant can help you get started or arrange for a librarian to get in touch with on the next business day.

A librarian and a student at the Research Help Desk.

Questions Librarians and Research Assistants Can Answer

The library provides research assistance to students, faculty, and staff through a variety of in person and online methods. Services include working with patrons to identify information needs, find and evaluate sources, create search strategies, manage research, give proper credit to sources, and conduct other research related activities. Our staff do not conduct research for users, but rather they facilitate the development of patrons’ information literacy skills by teaching them how to conduct research themselves. In addition, library staff do not assist with proofreading or writing mechanics nor interpret statistical, legal, or medical information.

Follow Up

Questions submitted by email or text message after 9 p.m. will be answered the following business day.


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