Collins Library offers several ways to get research help, depending on your needs.
Schedule a research consultation with a Collins liaison librarian.
You can find the liaison librarian for your course or subject area on our appointment page.
Best for: In-depth, customized assistance with any stage of the research process.
Work with a Peer Research Advisor.
The peer research advisors offer appointments and drop-in hours in Library 115 during the fall and spring semesters.
Best for: students in the Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry and other introductory courses.
Consult the online research guides.
Best for: course- or subject-specific suggestions for research resources and strategies.
Chat with a librarian.
You can get help from a Collins librarian, generally from 8-5, Monday through Friday, or from an academic librarian via our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service. The 24/7 service is staffed by librarians from across the country, and a Collins librarian will follow up with you to ensure your research needs have been met.
Best for: Brief or general questions needing a quick response or at hours when Collins librarians are not available.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for help with using the collections of Archives & Special Collections at Collins Library.
Not sure who to contact? Email email@example.com and your query will be directed to the most appropriate library staff member for a response. You also can stop by the library service desk on the first floor with your query, and receive help either right then, as appropriate, or receive a referral to another staff member who can best help you. Note that the service desk team cannot provide in-depth research consultations, but they will work with you to identify the most appropriate referral.
The Peer Research Advisors in Collins Library:
A Peer Research Advisor can: