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Student Peer Research Consultants

A guide to the SPRC program

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of research can we discuss in a consultation?

Consultants can help you when you're getting started or when you're getting stuck with library research. We can help you think through your topic, locate specific items, and devise initial search strategies. For advanced subject-specific research, we may refer you to a Librarian. 

How should I prepare for a consultation? 

Review your assignment and come with ideas about what topics or research questions you would like to explore within the parameters of that assignment. Think about what questions you would like to go over with the Consultant. Be prepared to share the assignment description, any completed work, and your course syllabus, as this will help us to best understand your information needs. 

Will consultants find sources for me? 

Consultants can help to locate specific items and advise on search strategies, but will not act as personal research assistants. 

Can SPRCs help me with my Citations?

We do not provide a citation checking service, but can direct you to helpful citation style and management resources. For more information, see the Writing Center resources and Research Toolkit

Are group appointments available?

Yes! Please specify in your research consultation request that this is for a group project. If you are looking for SPRCs to meet with a large group, such as a full class, club, or learning community, please submit a consultation request no later than two weeks in advance so we can ensure adequate preparation and availability. Faculty seeking a library instruction session for their class may submit an instruction request

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