Schedule a Research Consultation
If you would like individual help in finding research materials or using a particular electronic or print resource, you may want to schedule an appointment with a reference librarian.
Note: Consultations are normally scheduled from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. We do not do the actual research for you, nor will we be able to help you with the mechanics of writing a paper - the Writing Center will be helpful with this.
|Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Schedule a Research Consultation?
Schedule a Research Consultation:
provides FGCU students, faculty and staff the opportunity
to schedule a one-on-one or small group consultation with a member of the
Reference Team. This service allows us
to provide you with more focused research support.
What are the hours of service?
In general, Schedule a Research Consultation sessions are conducted Monday
through Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. However,
depending upon the availability of Library Faculty, evening
and weekend assistance can be provided.
does the Schedule a Research Consultation session last?
These sessions are intended to last approximately 30
minutes to 1 hour. Additional consultation
time can be scheduled as needed.
What do I need
to do to use this service?
There are very few restrictions
on the Schedule a Research Consultation service.
- This service is offered only to FGCU students, faculty or staff.
- It is expected that requesters will meet their appointment time, or contact us within in a reasonable time period to cancel. Missed
appointments could jeopardize future use of this
may be asked to complete a Schedule a Research Consultation Assessment Form after
Where is this service
Schedule a Research Consultation sessions are held in the FGCU Library. The consulting Librarian will decide whether a private
office or an open lab session is appropriate.
Why must I first
sign up using a web form?
The web form is used to collect data that enables us
to evaluate and improve this service. All
information concerning you, including e-mail, name, and phone
number, will be kept confidential and fully protected in accordance
with library privacy laws.
Who can use this service?
This service is intended for the students, faculty,
administration, and staff of Florida Gulf Coast University. It you are not affiliated with FGCU, we can only reply
to your inquiry if it concerns Florida Gulf Coast University
or some unique resource of the Florida Gulf Coast University
Library. It is recommended that patrons
not associated with Florida Gulf Coast University work with
a library in their local area to obtain research support.
Who will receive
/ answer my request?
A trained member of the Florida Gulf Coast University
Library Reference Team will contact you after you request
a personalized consultation. During this
initial consultation, we will ask questions concerning your
research consultation needs, resources you have already consulted,
and so forth. The first contact will establish
a specific research consultation appointment time if it is
determined that you still need such support.
kinds of research consultation requests are appropriate?
Personalized Research Consultation Service is designed
for in-depth, customized research consultation
with a trained member of the Reference Team. Some examples of why you might wish to schedule an
for uninterrupted, focused sessions
consultation sessions than can normally be provided at
the Reference Desk
sessions during non-traditional Reference Desk hours
assistance from a FGCU Librarian
in advanced search techniques for specific electronic
discussion of your specific research need
alternative terms for your topic
how and where to access appropriate databases
skills in interpreting the resulting citations
various options for obtaining full-text library materials
kinds of research consultation requests are not appropriate?
The FGCU Library Staff cannot conduct
your research for you, or write specific research-related
reports. We also cannot answer questions that a professor
has assigned as part of a class assignment, or questions
that require typing paragraphs or lists of information,
you give me a list of SIC codes in the retail industry?
- Can you provide a brief summary of the key facts
of the Revolutionary War?
- What do the critics say about O Henry's short
story The Gift of
How soon can I
expect initial contact?
The FGCU Library Reference Team
tries to initiate first contact with Schedule a Research Consultation requestors
within one business day (for requests received Monday through
Friday, excluding holidays). The exact
day and time of your personalized consultation will depend
The FGCU Reference Team will make every effort to schedule
your consultation within 48 hours of the initial contact session.
desired mode of consultation (face-to-face in the FGCU
Library, telephone, e-mail)
availability of FGCU Reference Team members
ability of the FGCU Reference Team to contact the patron
requesting Schedule a Research Consultation service
How can I expedite the
be as specific as possible when writing your question. Tell us what resources you have already used.
- Have a copy of the class assignment ready.
- Make sure you start the process early. Many in-depth personalized consultations may require
multiple sessions in order to satisfy the research needs
of a specific project.
can also call the FGCU Library Reference Desk at 239-590-7630.