Research Appointments

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Research Appointment?

The Research Appointment (RA):

  • gives you uninterrupted time for in-depth assistance, tailored to your research problem
  • provides a step-by-step research strategy
  • introduces you to specific online and print reference sources such as bibliographies, indexes, and full-text sources
  • makes sense, to prepare you for extensive library research

Who is it for?

We suggest you work with a reference librarian first. We may be able to answer your questions or help you get started with research

One of the online Resources by Subject guides or Library Class Guides might also help.

RA's are designed to help Smith students, faculty, and staff members with a

  • Term paper
  • Research project
  • Honors project (an RA is required)
  • Master's thesis or doctoral dissertation
  • Class presentation

When can it be scheduled?

You arrange a time to meet with a member of the reference staff, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How long will it take?

You'll meet in one of the libraries for 30 to 45 minutes. When you set up an appointment, please plan ahead to allow the librarian time to prepare.

How do I sign up?

To arrange for a Research Appointment, first contact a librarian. You may send email, call, or stop by the reference desk in Neilson Library or the service desks in Young Science Library, Hillyer Art Library, or the Josten Library for the Performing Arts.

The RA request form is available online. Tell us about your research project, and submit the online request.