From a first-year student: “I had a paper I needed to write for Chemistry, and needed a formal lab report for it. Online, the majority of the articles I looked at wanted me to buy them. Turns out the Library has a subscription to the website I was trying to use. The librarian showed this to me in a matter of five minutes. So I basically spent two hours trying to find a report when the library had the exact same thing for free.” Don’t spend hours searching for materials that we can show you how to find in minutes!
What if you have major research paper due at the end of the semester. You’ve started your research but you’re not finding what you want, and you don’t want to spend hours digging for it. (Especially when you know that there are Librarians who can help you to do your research more efficiently.) You could drop by the reference desk, but what you really need is some dedicated time to sit down with a Librarian. Good news! The Library has a service: LibCal, where you can book one-on-one appointments with us for research assistance.
These appointments aren’t just for those of you completing major research papers. If you need help with RefWorks, need to learn how to more efficiently use a database, have questions about HillSearch, or need any other kind of assistance and would prefer to meet one-on-one with a Librarian, you can use LibCal to set up an appointment.
Simply visit the LibCal web page, and look for the “Schedule an Appointment” box. Librarians have a number of time-slots available each week. You can book with any Librarian, but if you’d like to meet with your Subject Liaison, you’ll find a link to a list of our subject areas in the box labeled “One-on-One Consultations.” Each Librarian serves as the Liaison for a number of departments, meaning that he or she is most familiar with our resources in that field.
When you click on a Librarian’s name, you’ll get a pop up window. This window will show you the Librarian’s availability, and any information he or she would like you to provide when you sign up for your appointment. If certain times are reserved for a particular class that is required to meet with us, you’ll see a note to that effect as well.
Available times are shown in green; click on the time you’d like, and a new window will appear. Enter your information, and any additional notes you’d like the Librarian to have so that he or she can prepare for your meeting. This gives us a chance to do some research ahead of time so that we’re best able to assist you during our meeting. For this reason, you must book one-on-one appointments at least 24 hours in advance.
If you need immediate help, you are still always welcome to come to the reference desk, find us on LibChat, email us, or give us a call at 508.565.1203.
For faculty members: If you are interested in having your students meet with librarians one-on-one, please contact us for more information. We can work with you to create a worksheet specific to your course and assignment that students will complete and have a librarian sign off on. We can also work with you to create extra credit options for your students as an added incentive to work with a Librarian during their research.