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LCOB Graduate Student Research Guide

Research resources and assistance especially for business graduate students

Contact the Business Librarian to schedule an Individual Research Session (IRS)

What is a Personal Librarian?
  • Here is your opportunity to personally connect with FGCU Library, generally, and the Business Librarian in particular.  As a new  or returning graduate student, navigating the library's resources may prove a bit challenging.  If you are returning to school after time in the working world, you may discover that the research process has changed and that you could use some individual guidance.
What can a Personal Librarian do for me?
  • Help you to navigate the library's print and online resources
  • Answer questions about library policies, procedures, and services
  • Assist with research by:
    • Clarifying research topics, brainstorming search terms, formulating effective search strategies
    • Identifying and evaluating information
    • Recommending library resources
  • Help with managing citations
Is participation required?
  • Nope.  My hope is that you will feel comfortable enough to reach out for assistance if you need it, though.  I will occasionally email you about library resources, workshops, or other services.  
How do I contact my Personal Librarian?  Do I have to meet with you in person? 
  • The only time we ever have to meet at all is when/if you make an appointment.  I am typically able to provide research assistance via email or, sometimes, a phone call.  How we interact is totally up to you.
Will my personal librarian conduct research for me? 
  • Nope. I will, however, help you identify appropriate resources; brainstorm search terms, and suggest ways to manage your research topics.

Schedule a Virtual Research Consultation

Virtual Office Hours

Contact the the Business Librarian to schedule a virtual research assistance session.  Once a date and time has been established, I will send you a link/invitation to a virtual meeting space--you won't need to download anything.  But you will need the following:

  • A device equipped with a speaker/mic ( a camera would be nice, but not required).  
  • a quiet space.
  • Appointments may be scheduled Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. 

Email Regina Beard ( to schedule a session.

Know Your Information!

Be a Savvy Information Consumer

It may seem that there is just too much available information--both free stuff found on the Internet and library resources.  Some of it is easily accessible, sometimes not so much. But when you find good information, how do you know it's credible, that is, how do you know you can trust it?  

  • Library resources are safe sources of information.  Databases include scholarly journal articles, newspapers, magazines, reports, and other formats, all of which have been evaluated by librarians or other information professionals.
  • Information from the Internet, on the other hand, should be closely scrutinized before you use it.  

What to look for?  

Evaluating Information Found on the Web can help you evaluate sources. Consider these criteria:

  • Currency - how old is the information? If it's too old, it may no longer be true or factual.
  • Relevance - how important is the information for your needs? Does it really address your topic?
  • Authority - where did the information come from? Did the author or creator include their credentials?
  • Accuracy - how reliable, truthful, and correct is the information? Can you locate additional resources that confirm or support the information?
  • Purpose - why does this information exist?  Is it to teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?

If you are uncertain about any of these criteria, feel free to contact the librarian.

LCOB Writing Guidelines


From the Lutgert College of Business (LCOB) Writing Guidelines...

"In the workplace you are expected to write clearly and coherently.  The Lutgert College of Business faculty expect college-level writing on all assignments..."

Read this document to understand LCOB writing expectations and use it as a guide for your assignments. Pay special attention to the sample formats.