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Library Information for Faculty: Student Consultations

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43 percent of oakton students that make library appointments feel unfamiliar with library resources

Student Research Consultations

Why should I encourage student research consultations with a librarian?

Ok, I'm in. What do I do now?

What happens in a student research consultation?

Where do they take place?

How does a student sign up?

How do I know my student attended a session?

What should I put in my syllabus?

Graph showing what disciplines are represented in student appointments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why should I encourage student research consultations with a librarian?

Students are often intimidated by the research process and enter your course with unique experiences in conducting research that are difficult to address at the whole-class level. Librarians are able to work through the research process individually with students, meeting them where they are. We might help them:

  • Narrow down their research question
  • Encourage them to pursue their research interests
  • Navigate a new database
  • Understand what is meant by "scholarly article," "qualitative research," "peer-reviewed" or other research vocabulary
  • Locate a copyright free image
  • Locate an article
  • Request materials through interlibrary loan
  • Check their citations

Ok, I'm in. What do I do now?

Please, LET US KNOW you are encouraging your students to make appointments whether it's just a suggestion, for extra credit or a requirement. You can do that by requesting an instruction session, but just selecting "research consultations" on field #11. Please provide us a copy of your assignment via this form as well.

What happens in a student research consultation?

The student and the librarian talk through the students' research concerns and often start with something like "tell me about your research project!" We allow the student to share their interests and concerns to help assess where they need the most help. We encourage students to be the primary person navigating the computer rather than demonstrating how databases work. We look over their assignment with them to address the requirements and expectations. Finally, we work to increase their research skills and confidence.

Where do they take place?

Research consultations take place

  • On either campus during open library hours
  • Via Zoom or Google Meet
  • Over the phone
  • Via online chat

How does a student sign up?

The student can schedule an appointment by going to https://oakton.libcal.com/appointments

How do I know my student attended a session?

The student will provide your name and we will send you an email. If you're not sure if a student attended or if they forgot to send to ask us to send confirmation, they can email the librarian they worked with or send an email to Martinique Hallerduff at mhallerduff@oakton.edu and she can confirm the appointment (allow 2 business days).

What should I put in my syllabus?

I encourage (require/offer extra credit for) students to work with an Oakton Librarian as part of the research process. Oakton Librarians meet with students one on one to talk through your research, help you find articles, and cite sources. A good time to make the appointment is when you're beginning the research project if you feel overwhelmed, or when you get to a point in your research and you feel stuck. Simply visit https://oakton.libcal.com/appointments and choose "no preference" (or choose our class librarian [insert name]) to make an appointment.