Meet with a Peer Research Consultant (PRC) when you have a research paper or assignment for class and need help with it. It is best to meet earlier than later.

Before your session

  • For online consultations: PRCs will invite you to a meeting using Google Hangouts. Please test this service before your appointment
  • Learn what your assignment includes and what the instructor expects.
  • Come with ideas about what topics or research areas interest you.
  • Think of the questions that you have about your research project/paper. This allows for a smoother consultation.
  • Bring the assignment, any completed work, and the course syllabus.

At the session

  • If meeting in-person, PRCs have table signs - find your PRC!
  • If meeting online, login to your UMN email and wait for an invite to Google Hangouts. Be prepared to share your screen so the PRC can help with your research.
  • The consultation: discussion of your assignment and where you are in the process. The PRC can help brainstorm ideas, find resources offered by the Libraries’ web page, or demonstrate ways to navigate databases effectively. You decide what to cover and talk about with the PRC. The meeting is relaxed.
  • In-person consultations are typically 30 minutes.
  • Online appointments are 30 minutes.

After the session

  • The PRC sends a summary email listing databases, articles, or resources discussed during the consultation. The email includes a request for evaluation.