The Graduate Reference Assistant will provide assistance with basic questions asked by patrons that can be answered quickly. Difficult or more complex questions that will take more than a few minutes should be referred to a reference librarian or have the patron make an appointment to meet with a reference librarian.
Examples of questions you should refer to a Reference Librarian:
If the reference desk is not busy and you have some free time, you can practice doing some basic searches. Use topics related to your courses to search in various tools:
1) book catalog for books
2) HawkFind or discipline-specific databases for articles
3) internet (Google, Google Scholar) for credible/authoritative websites
You can go over some of your search results with a reference librarian. The librarian may suggest modifications to your search strategy or additional sources that can be reviewed.