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Research Help: What's a Research Consultation?

This page provides information about reference services at Southwest Minnesota State University Library.

One-on-One Research Help

Do you have a big research paper looming in your future? Is half of your grade determined by a presentation? A research consultation can help you find and use the sources that you'll need quickly and efficiently. 

Here's how it works:

Schedule a Research Consultation. (Click the button below!) We'll email to confirm your appointment. If none of the times available will work for you, please email, and we will attempt to schedule an appointment that will work.

Come prepared. Search for sources on your own-- we'll also do some investigating!

Meet with us! Your meeting will take place in a librarians' office (you'll get the location in your confirmation and reminder emails), and we'll be ready to talk about your research and ideas! We will compare our findings with yours, and you'll likely come away with some new sources or strategies that can help your research. 

Don't wait until the last minute! You should schedule an appointment well before your assignment is actually due-- trust me, it will make our meeting much less stressful for both of us!


Vital Statistics

>24: Hours in advance you need to book a consultation

30: Minutes your consultation lasts

4: Librarians available for consultations

15: Average number of consultation slots available each week