Peer-to-peer learning enhances library research skills

Peer Research Consultants provide research help to fellow students in-person, over the phone, and on chat.

Students sitting at the study tables in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, studying and looking through books.

Peer-to-peer learning enhances library research skills

Peer Research Consultants provide research help to fellow students in-person, over the phone, and on chat.

Students sitting at the study tables in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, studying and looking through books.

Have you ever stressed out over a research paper? Did you struggle to find sources or get stuck in the research process?  Don’t panic - Ask a Peer Research Consultant!

Peer research consultants are undergraduate and graduate student workers in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center trained to provide research assistance and answer common library questions. In addition to their strong academic records and writing skills, student research consultants represent a range of majors and research interests, including public health, anthropology, and nursing. Peer research consultants provide welcoming, student-centered research help to the University.

Library research can be intimidating, especially for first-year students. Peer research consultants understand feelings of research anxiety first-hand and strive to help their fellow students feel comfortable using library resources. One benefit of this form of peer-to-peer learning is that student research consultants can explain complex research concepts and strategies in ways that are easy for students to understand and apply to their own assignments.

Peer research consultants provide assistance with the following: using library search tools, such as the catalog and research databases, finding materials, citing sources, evaluating sources for credibility, and referring patrons to subject librarians when additional support is needed.

Peer research consultants are available to answer your questions at the Research Help desk on the 2nd floor of the Knowledge Center through Thanksgiving, on chat through the Libraries website, and on the phone at (775) 682-5657 on Sunday through Thursday 1:00 - 7:00 PM and Friday 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

University Libraries

The University Libraries embrace intellectual inquiry and innovation, nurture the production of new knowledge, and foster excellence in learning, teaching and research.  During each academic year, the Libraries welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors across its network of three branch libraries: the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library and the Savitt Medical Library. Visitors checked-out more than 90,000 items and completed more than 2 million database searches.

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