What is a Research Consultation?
Research Consultations are scheduled appointments with a librarian for individualized, uninterrupted, one-on-one assistance with library research. Consultations are available to all PSC students, faculty and staff.
What will a research consultation include?
It will include a conversation about your research needs or assignment and what sources will best meet your needs. We will teach you how to search for and locate books, e-books, and articles available in our databases and other information sources as needed. Research consultations can also provide assistance with evaluating information and using citation styles (MLA, APA, Turabian). We can sometimes provide clarification for assignments but we recommend that you contact your professor first.
Why is this different from the help received at the reference desk?
Research consultations allow the librarian to give their undivided attention for an extended time. While research assistance is always available at the reference desk, it isn’t usually possible for the librarian to spend uninterrupted blocks of time with individuals.
How long does the research consultation last?
Consultation sessions usually last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. If needed, a follow-up appointment may be scheduled.
When are research consultation appointments available?
Appointments will be scheduled during regular Library hours.
How do I request a research consultation?
- Complete and submit the Research Consultation Request form.
- Once you have submitted your request, a librarian will contact you within one business day to set up an appointment time. If you have not been contacted within that time, please call the Reference Desk at the campus library of your choice.