Research Consultants

Research consultants are highly-trained students ready to help you improve your library research skills. Research consultants can help you:

  • Brainstorm topics
  • Develop research strategies to be more effective
  • Navigate databases, government websites, and citation manuals
  • Understand terms like "peer-reviewed" and "scholarly"
  • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources
  • Read and evaluate sources for credibility and relevance
  • Cite research and create annotated bibliographies


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Research Consultants

Are you a curious person who likes to learn about different topics? Do you like talking to other students about ideas? Apply to become a research consultant!

Research consultants help students with the entire library research process including:

  • Brainstorming and narrowing topics
  • Exploring existing research
  • Finding quality information, including peer-reviewed and scholarly sources
  • Reading and evaluating sources
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Citing sources

Research consultants work in the Knowledge Market alongside consultants from speech and writing. We work around your class schedule and offer many leadership opportunities. 

  • Starting wage: $10.85/hour
  • Extended application deadline: April 3

Students of all majors are encouraged to apply!

Download Research Consultant Application

Graduate Assistant

We also have a full-time special projects graduate assistantship available. In addition to regular consulting duties, the graduate assistant will design a research project answering the following questions:

  • Service assessment: (1) How helpful is virtual consulting in the Knowledge Market compared to other similar support structures? (2) How could we improve virtual consulting in the Knowledge Market? (3) What are students’ favorite features about virtual support? What would students like to change about our model? (4) How can we improve the accessibility of virtual support in the Knowledge Market? 
  • Staffing and training assessment: (1) When do students most often use virtual consulting support? Why? (2) Are we adequately staffed during launch year? Do we need to make any future changes to staffing to support virtual consulting? (3) Are the staff confident in their abilities to support students online? (4) How can we improve training to support consultants who provide virtual consulting? 

The application deadline for the graduate assistant position is April 17.

 Download Graduate Assistant Job Description Download Graduate Assistant Application

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About Our Staff

Our staff have many interests and study a wide array of disciplines. Click the link below to learn more about the consultants.

About the Research Consultants