STRATTON TAYLOR LIBRARY
What is a research appointment?
It is an individual search session, up to an hour in length, in which a student works intensively with a librarian to identify the best sources for a given topic. It is scheduled so both individuals can plan their time and the librarian can search for some of the information in advance.
How do I schedule one?
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.
Several of our Capstone students were interviewed about how the library resources benefited them the most during their Capstone research.
Alicia used our newspapers and government documents to research for her Capstone Project. She was also a frequent user of our databases and appreciated the orientation from a past class.
Ashley used the EBSCO databases regularly. She stated “EBSCO is awesome!” She loved the EBSCO feature that allowed her to create an account within EBSCO so that she could save all of her searches and come back to access them later. She felt this was extremely useful. She also used Interlibrary Loan frequently. She felt that it was “really easy to use and was a very pleasant experience.”
The databases were the most helpful and she also used other library materials, including books.
She was able to use 4 articles that she received through Interlibrary Loan and found the library staff to be very helpful as well. When talking about the databases she commented, “If it wasn’t for those [databases] I wouldn’t have been able to formulate my paper!”
Daniel used the EBSCO databases when conducting his research. He found 39 articles and used 25 articles for his final paper. He also checked out 7 books from the library. He went through 3 separate orientations in the past and found what he learned to be valuable to him while conducting his Capstone research.
Used EBSCO databases, checked out or used many books, was a heavy utilizer of Interlibrary Loan articles. She also found her past orientation to be helpful.
Utilized EBSCO databases and also JSTOR was somewhat helpful to her. She had an orientation with Sarah Clark earlier in her academic career and she thought this was of benefit to her while working on her Capstone project.
The EBSCO databases were his primary source of information. In the past he had a research appointment with one of our librarians and the information and skills that he was taught during this session were very helpful in working on his Capstone project.
Kevin used the databases frequently and found our Reference collection to be extremely useful. He was able to find many resources in the psychology section. He also had an orientation with Sarah Clark on the Bartlesville campus and this was beneficial throughout his academic career.
She found Interlibrary Loan easy and useful. She used the EBSCO databases and JSTOR for the majority of her research and was able to find and use 23 total articles for her final paper. Mae Lina - also liked that she could use our databases from home and thought this was “extremely nice.” During her Freshman year she had a research appointment with Jan Ferris and found that so helpful and Jan to be such a great support, that throughout her academic years she continued to seek out Jan’s help whenever she needed a librarian’s support.
The databases were extremely helpful. She also used Interlibrary Loan “lots!” Another thing she mentioned was that she had a library orientation for her history class and this really helped her to understand and utilize the library resources more effectively.
Michele used Academic Search Complete to find almost all of her resources for her Capstone Research project. She had an orientation in two of her classes and found them to be “really helpful” in her research efforts.
The databases were her main resource for her Capstone Project. She found and received 2 articles through ILL and found several books through our library.
Nicole used the EBSCO databases. She was also a user of Interlibrary Loan. She went through three separate orientation classes and they all happened to be with Sarah Clark. These allowed her to have a very good understanding of how to use all of the library resources.