What would I ask a librarian?

Here are a few ideas of the kinds of things students have asked in appointments: Can I ask____________?

  • How do I know when I’ve searched enough?
  • How to access a journal article, book, or other publication that’s hard to find.
  • Where else to look for something you expected to find.
  • I haven’t used libraries like this much or at all before. How to use BobCat?  
  • I’m not sure where to start and would like to talk it through.
  • Can I ask for tips about searching in an unfamiliar discipline?
  • Everything about searching for data – where to start, how to know what you’re looking at, how long to keep trying, etc.
  • About what I’ve found – is this a publication? Is it credible? Does it count as peer-reviewed?
  • I thought there would be lots of research, but I can’t find much.
  • How to use Zotero, RefWorks, or EndNote.
  • There is too much and I am not sure how to narrow what I choose to read.
  • I’m wondering about resources I haven’t found or used before.