What is a research appointment, and do I need one?

Tried your own searches and encountered difficulty finding the number or types of sources you expected?

Just not sure where or how to begin your research?

Then it’s time to schedule a one-on-one research appointment with a librarian.

The RSU Librarians are happy help you discover how to get started on your research, how to take a topic and narrow your search focus, and help you get on the right track for locating and identifying the best sources for a given topic.

Most appointments are approximately 30 minutes, with some appointments up to one hour depending on the complexity of the topic and assignment. Appointments are scheduled in advance to fit both student and librarian schedules, test preliminary searches, and maximize the productivity and success of your research appointment.

Participating Librarians

At least three days’ notice should be given for the librarian to prepare for the appointment. Impromptu research assistance might also be available without a written worksheet.

  • Kaitlin Crotty: Business, Communications, Psychology & Sociology, and Technology
  • Cecily Tubbs: Biology, Cameron Elementary Education, Health Sciences, and History & Political Science
  • Ash Horn: English & Humanities, Fine Arts, Justice Studies, and Mathematics & Physical Sciences


We interviewed several RSU students about how the library resources benefited them the most during their Capstone research. Here’s what they had to say.

Clohe ArnoldClohe Arnold

“I appreciated the orientation from a past class.”

The Problems with Funding Municipalities in Oklahoma
Alicia used the library’s newspapers and government documents to conduct research for her capstone project. She was also a frequent user of the library’s databases.


Ashley DickAshley Dick

“EBSCO is awesome!”

When Love is a Battlefield: Reversing Dangerous Romance
Ashley used the EBSCO databases and loved that she could create an account, save her searches and access them later. She also used Interlibrary Loan frequently and felt it was easy to use and was a very pleasant experience.”