When should I see a Peer Research Consultant (PRC)?
You should see a PRC when you have a research paper or assignment for class and need assistance with it. After identifying you need some help, most times it is best to visit earlier than later. Whenever you do choose to see a PRC, coming prepared for an appointment will help you get the most out of the meeting.
How can a PRC help me with my paper?
A PRC can assist you with selecting a topic, narrowing or broadening a topic, creating a research question, navigating library databases and the Libraries web page as well as learning the skills to find and evaluate articles that are scholarly and peer-reviewed.
What things can I do to prepare for my PRC appointment?
One of the best ways to prepare for your appointment is learning what your assignment includes and what your instructor is expecting. Depending at what stage of the research process you are at, coming with ideas regarding what interests you and next steps can be helpful.
What do I need to bring with me to see a PRC?
It is best to bring your course syllabus and any information on the assignment you are looking for assistance with. Bringing previous work you have done for the project is also helpful.
What will I be doing during my appointment with a PRC?
The PRC will want to read and hear about your assignment and where you are at in the process. Then depending on what you are looking for assistance with, the PRC will work with you to brainstorm ideas, show what resources the Libraries’ web page has to offer, or demonstrate ways to navigate databases effectively and efficiently. Meeting with a PRC is very relaxed and up to you with what you want to cover and talk about.
Where are the PRCs?
We have locations on the East Bank Twin Cities Campus:
- Walter Library SMART Commons (room 204)
- Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) in Appleby Hall (room 149)
- Bio-Medical Library (Consultation Hub, 2nd Floor/Tunnel Level)
And the West Bank Twin Cities Campus:
- Wilson Library SMART Commons (Basement Level)
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Offices in H. H. Humphrey School (room 190)
We also offer consultations on the St. Paul Campus, by appointment.