How To Book a Research Consultation

Midterms are right around the corner, and you may find yourself faced with a research paper looming in the not too distant future. Don’t worry, our librarians are here to help!

Librarians are research experts who can help with all stage of the research process. We can help you with picking a topic, identifying search terms, navigating databases, evaluating sources and more!

Book a research consultation with one of our librarians to get one-on-one research help via Zoom.

How To Book an Online Research Consultation with a Librarian:

  1. Go to the Brookens Library website. From there, click on the pink icon titled “Research Guides.”
Brookens Library webpage
  1. You will now be on a webpage that lists different subjects that are taught at UIS. Select the one that is most related to your research topic or course.
List of Research Guides on Brookens Library webpage
  1. When you choose your subject, you will be taken to a Research Guide that lists the most recommended library databases for your subject. To the left side, you will see a button that says “Make an Appointment with [insert librarian’s name].” Click on it.
Psychology Research Guide at Brookens Library
  1. A box will pop up where you can schedule your online appointment with a librarian. Select a date/time, fill out the online form asking for some basic information about your assignment, and submit! You will automatically be booked on the librarian’s calendar.
Make an Appointment with a Librarian

If you need immediate research assistance, you can also chat with us via the chat box on the library website.

Got Library Questions? Chat with a Librarian

If you have library questions, we have the answers! It’s super easy and simple to get library help with our Chat with a Librarian service.

If you’re on the library website, all you need to do is find the “CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN” box and type your question. A librarian will be able answer your questions or refer you to another librarian for further research help.

Chat Hours:
Sundays: 2pm-8pm
Mondays-Thursdays: 10am-10pm
Fridays: 10am-4pm

If you have a question outside of our chat hours, browse or submit your question on our Library FAQ page.

Book a Research Consultation with a Librarian

If you need research assistance, book a virtual research consultation via Zoom with one of our librarians. They are available to assist you with finding scholarly articles, narrowing a research topic, brainstorming search terms, providing an overview of our databases, and more!

How to Book a Research Consultation:

  1. Pull up the library website and click on the pink Research Guides icon.
Pink Research Guides icon on library webpage

2. Next, choose the subject that best fits your research question, topic or course. In this case, we will just choose Biology.

Select subject from list of research guides

3. Then click on the Make an Appointment button under the librarian’s photo. This will start the process of making an appointment with the librarian associated with that subject. In this case, it is Stephen McMinn!

Make an Appointment button on Research Guide

4. Select the month, day. and time you are interested in. If no times work for you, email the librarian to see if there is another time that might work for both of you. Then click Confirm.

Calendar to book library appointment

5. Fill out the form with details of your research assignment, and let us know what you’d like help with. Select Confirm Appointment, and your appointment will be automatically booked on the librarian’s calendar. All consultations this semester will be done remotely.

Confirm Appointment screenshot

Midterms Drop-In Research Help

Drop in and get help with your research! No appointment needed.

Sundays: 4 – 7pm
Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – noon, 2 – 8pm

Brookens Library is offering drop-in research help for the next two weeks to give you some extra assistance with any midterm research project you might be working on. Stop by the Brookens Library Main Level and get help with your research from one of our librarians all week long.

Our librarians can help you with a variety of research needs, including finding scholarly sources for a paper, developing your research topic, or tracking down a hard-to-find citation, etc.

If none of these times work, you can also schedule an appointment with a librarian. Get step-by-step directions here.

Drop-In Research Help Flyer.

Research Help

As your semester gets underway, you can rest assured that Brookens offers a variety of ways to get help with your research.  

1. Research Guides 

This How-to Tuesday video discusses how to access our online Research Guides. When Taylor struggles with negative feedback she received from her professor regarding the sources she used for her research paper, what can she do? Where should she start? Surely the library has something that can help her with this problem. It does! They’re called Research Guides. Watch the video now to learn more. 

2. Set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our Librarians 

That’s right! All you need to do is go to our homepage – – and click on Research Help followed by Contact a Librarian 

Image of the library website homepage.

You’ll click your area of research from the dropdown menu and information about your specific subject area Librarian will appear. Click on Make an Appointment with… to select a date and time that works for you. 

Image of the Contact a Librarian webpage.

3. Walk-In Research Help 

Beginning January 29, we will be offering walk-in research help from 3:00-6:00 PM every Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no need to make an appointment, just come on in and chat with one our of Librarians about your research questions. 

Image of a white board advertising drop-in research help.

Trail Mix Bar!

The end of the Fall 2018 Semester is upon us and you may need a quick break to fuel up for the final push! Out team of Librarians are offering a free Trail Mix Bar on Wednesday, December 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on the Main Level of Brookens Library. 

Have a research question? Librarians are on hand to help you every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM for drop-in Research Help

Drop-In Research Help!

Drop in and get help with your research! No appointment needed.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.  Brookens Library Main Level

Brookens Library is now offering drop in research help every week. Academic research is a multi-step process that isn’t necessarily linear. While there’s no “right” way to do academic research, we realize that researching can be overwhelming and want you to know that we are here to assist you. Stop by the main level and get help with your research needs from one of our talented Librarians. 

We can assist with every step of the research process – from developing your research topic to helping you track down those hard to find citations.  Undergraduate, Graduate or UIS staff, we’ve got you covered. Put out skills to your use.

We’ll be offering this service through the remainder of the fall semester and then again in the spring once school resumes. 

We look forward to helping you succeed!

Research Help in Founders Every Tuesday!

Need help researching for a big assignment, project or paper and don’t know where to start? Are you getting poor results when searching for books or articles? Ask a Librarian – they are the experts that can help point you in the right direction, refine your searches, and so much more. You can always schedule an appointment with YOUR librarian or we also offer the opportunity to meet with a librarian in Founders Hall, no appointment necessary, Tuesdays from 7-9pm.

Every Tuesday from 7-9 pm
Every Tuesday from 7-9 pm