What Happens in a Research Appointment? (RA Series #1)

Posted on June 13, 2018

By Elizabeth DeZouche - Visiting Instruction Librarian

Many students are intimidated by making a research appointment because they don't know what will or can happen. I'm here to dispel the myths and rumors around the conundrum that is the Research Appointment. This blog post will be the first in a series about how we conduct our Research Appointments.

The first thing you may ask is who will meet for this appointment? A Research Librarian, whom holds their Masters in Library Science as well as other degrees/certificates, will meet with you to discuss your research needs. In addition to their MLIS, a Librarian will have certain areas of expertise or interest. For example, Art, Art History, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies are listed under my "Department/Topic Area" because I have a Bachelors of Art in Art History and I am the liaison to the GSWS department. You can view all the Librarians, their departments, contact information, and make an appointment with one on the Research Appointments webpage. Once you request a certain date/time it gets locked in on our Outlook calendars: that time is now yours!

The second question you may ask is when in my research or writing do I need to make an appointment? At any time during your research process you can make an appointment! Whether it's at the beginning where you need help with topic searching and brainstorming or in the beginning of your research when you are starting to look for resources and information.