University of Notre Dame

Librarian Research Consultations

Working on research projects at the college level is a little bit different than research you may have done before. Don’t worry! Librarians are here to assist you with your research projects and papers. One way librarians help is by offering research consultations.

What is a research consultation? It might sound intimidating or scary, but it’s really designed to help make things easier for you during your time at Notre Dame. A research consultation is a scheduled meeting with a librarian where you talk through your research project. Things that you might discuss with the librarian during this meeting include (but are not limited to):

  • How to brainstorming ideas for approaching an assignment
  • How to come up with good search terms so you can find good resources for your project efficiently
  • Learning what your professor means when s/he tells you to find “scholarly” or “peer-reviewed” sources
  • How to search using the library catalog and databases, Google, or other resources to find what you need for your assignment
  • Figuring out if the resources you’ve found are good ones for your assignment
  • Organizing and formatting citations for your paper or project

While we’re happy to talk with you about all of these topics, it would be most beneficial for you to choose one or two to discuss during your consultation. Choose what is most relevant to you depending on where you are in your project.

You can schedule a consultation with Melissa Harden, the librarian for First Year of Studies, by booking an appointment with her:

If you don’t see a time that works for you, you can submit a request for a consultation with another librarian online.. In order to help the librarian best serve you, be sure to provide some information ahead of time about what you’d like to talk about during the meeting.

Here’s what you can expect from a research consultation:

  • Someone from the Libraries will respond to your request. Together, you will finalize a time and a meeting location.
  • The meeting will likely last around 45 minutes.
  • You will be able to ask the librarian specific questions you have about your research project.
  • You will work together to develop next steps so you will have a better idea of how to move forward with your project.
  • You will walk away with skills that will help you be efficient and effective with future research projects

If you don’t have time to schedule an appointment, you can chat online with a librarian or stop by the Ask Us desk on the first floor of Hesburgh Library.