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Get personal research assistance with Book A Librarian

Mar 14, 2012 7:54 AM

USC students, faculty and staff who want help with their research can make an appointment through Book A Librarian, a free consultation service that provides a person-to-person session with a librarian.

“Book A Librarian is a way for students and researchers to have someone sit down and work with them for more in-depth reference assistance,” said Sharon Verba, Head of Reference at Thomas Cooper Library. “A personal research consultation with a librarian can be very beneficial, whether you are learning to use the library or need assistance with in-depth research.

Book A Librarian consultations offer assistance tailored to individual research needs. The sessions can help identify ways to access and navigate electronic resources; develop search strategies; discover and locate primary source materials; search the web for relevant and reliable information; and locate materials for a literature review.

When sophomore psychology major Abigail Reilly, at right in the photo, needed to begin research for a history project, she signed up for a Book A Librarian session. Reference Librarian Kathy Snediker, left, helped her identify relevant sources.

Book A Librarian consultations are available to all current members of the USC community. Appointment times range from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with sessions typically lasting 30 to 60 minutes.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, go to