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K-State Today

October 12, 2018

K-State Libraries launches peer research consultation program

By Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Peer Research Consultation, a pilot program coordinated by Allyssa Bruce, library help student supervisor, and Dan Ireton, academic services librarian, is open to all students in need of assistance with research assignments. It will be especially helpful for undergraduates who are novice researchers.

The peer research consultants have received intensive training in communication skills, the information literacy framework, tactics for focusing and exploring search topics, developing search strategies, evaluating and citing sources, and more.

Students can schedule an appointment online, then meet with their consultant at Library Help in the K-State Student Union. Appointments are available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday when classes are in session. 

"A number of university programs here and across the country have seen strong results, including increased retention, from peer-to-peer academic coaching," Bruce said. "Many students, especially those who have academic anxiety, are more open to learning from an experienced peer. In cases where the students need more intensive guidance, our consultants will refer them to specialized K-State Libraries’ services and experts." 

The four peer research consultants are Adam Carr, senior, human resources; Krista Everhart, junior, secondary education; Savannah Winkler, senior, English; and Tiffany Bowers, senior, anthropology. Each of them is an experienced Library Help Desk employee.

For more information or to arrange for a brief class visit from one of the consultants, contact Bruce at abruce@k-state.edu.