Why Make an Appointment with a Librarian?

  • Librarians are information professionals who can help you at any stage of the research process, from  exploring ideas, getting from topic to research question, evaluating sources for relevance and appropriateness, to using and citing sources, and lots in between!
  • Librarians work closely with faculty.  We are familiar with the requirements of the core curriculum and with the course offerings of  all of the Puget Sound academic departments and programs.  We understand disciplinary conventions in research and are also well-versed in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.
  • Appointments allow for genuine dialogue.  We'll ask you lots of questions to help you clarify your needs, and invite you to ask us questions, too!  You'll leave the appointment with a specific action plan and sources to explore further!

Book a Research Appointment

Meet one on one with one of our expert librarians and get help with your research. Select "All Staff" if you want to see the earliest available appointment time. Otherwise, select the liaison librarian for your course.


I need to consult with a librarian as soon as possible--what should I do?  If you'd like a research consultation, select "all staff" and see who has an appointment available first.  While the liaison librarians have areas of subject specialization, we all are able to help with most research questions.  If you can't find a time that works for you, try emailing the librarian to see if they have any additional availability.  If it's after hours, you also might try Ask-a-Librarian, a 24/7 chat service that is staffed by library professionals from around the country.

Who is the liaison librarian for my course?  Check this list.

Who are the peer research advisors?  Our peer research advisors are students who have been specially trained to help their fellow students with research, particularly for the Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry and other introductory courses.  Learn more.

How do the appointments take place?  Currently we use Google Meet for virtual meetings and will send you the link (using your Puget Sound email address) just before the start of the appointment. During non-pandemic times, the appointments take place in the librarians' offices on the first floor of Collins Library, although the Google Meet option likely will remain available.

How long are the appointments?  Each appointment is scheduled for 30 minutes.  Some appointments take that entire time, while others are shorter, depending on the situation and need. Many students find it helpful to have more than one appointment at different stages of the research process.  For example, you might schedule an appointment with a liaison librarian at the very beginning when you're just exploring research possibilities, then meet with a peer research advisor in a week or two to go over database search techniques or get help with citations.

Why does the appointment request form ask for information about the course and details about the assignment or topic area?  By providing some information ahead of time, you can help the librarian or peer research advisor prepare in advance for a more substantial meeting.  The form includes an option to upload a document, so if you have a preliminary research proposal or bibliography, we encourage you to attach it!


Other Ways to Get Research Help

Visit our Research Help guide to find additional ways to get help!

Need to contact the Archives & Special Collections?  Email archives@pugetsound.edu.

Need to contact the Makerspace?  Email makerspace@pugetsound.edu.

Not sure who to contact?  Email libref@pugetsound.edu.

Questions about the information on this page?  Contact Peggy Burge or any of the other liaison librarians.