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Personalized Research Assistance (PRA)

What is Personalized Research Assistance (PRA)?

  • A meeting with a librarian for in-depth personalized research assistance with library research and resources.
  • The meetings can be up to 45 minutes long and concentrate on the best resources for your assignment.
  • We help with understanding library resources, research topics, obtaining materials, evaluate internet resources, citations, and more.

How is it different from assistance at the Reference Desk?

A PRA appointment allows you to meet with a librarian without interruption for an extended period of time. It also gives the librarian a chance to prepare for the meeting and get a better idea of the types of resources available on your topic.

When are appointments available?

You may request a 30- to 45-minute PRA appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How can I make my session most productive?

  • Try to schedule your appointment early in your research process. 
  • Email or drop off a copy of the assignment before your appointment.
  • Tell us know what aspect of your research is likely to cause you the most trouble.
  • Finally, bring a copy of your assignment and any sources you may have already located with you to your session.

How do I request an appointment?

Complete the PRA Request Form. Copies are also located at the Circulation or Reference Desk.