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Consultations: Overview

What are Research Consultations?

Research Consultations offer 30 minute individual or small group meetings with a reference librarian who can help you develop research strategies based on your research questions and information needs. Need help immediately? Try our 24/7 chat and email service.

During consultations, we can help with:

  • Keyword Searches -- What words to use while you search
  • Refining Research Question or Statement
  • Citation and Documentation of Sources -- MLA or APA citations
  • Source Assessment (Determining Reliability of Sources) -- Web sites, articles, or books
  • Database Use/Selection - Which database is right for your research topic
  • Searching Google -- How to be efficient and effective using a search engine like Google to find resources on the internet.

Scheduling Consultations

Use our research research consultation booking tool to schedule a 30 minute virtual or in-person research consultation with a librarian.

During library building opening hours (click here to see our current building hours), research consultations are available at the Reference Desk (Building 25, 2nd floor) on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to scheduled consultations.

Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian!

We're here to help with library and research questions! 

Highline College librarians are available to help you in-person, via Chat and Email during the following hours:

In-person Hours: Virtual (chat, email) Hours:

Monday: 10am-6pm

Tuesday: 10am-3pm

Wednesday: 10am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-3pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 2pm-7pm

If you need help from a librarian when a Highline College Librarian isn't available, please use the 24/7 chat service.

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