Many students arrive at PCC without the research skills they need to be successful in higher-education classes. Our research sessions are available to help your students learn how to effectively conduct research.

Research sessions are most successful while your students are working on a research assignment. If your students will be working on an assignment, please submit a copy of the assignment at the time of your request. Students should be introduced to their assignment before the session. To make a request, contact Kathryn McGuire at or (626) 585-7962. You may also fill out the Request a Library Research Session form below.

What We Do

Research sessions help students become information literate and provide customized, course-specific instruction. Here are a few of the concepts we routinely cover:

  • Getting help from a librarian
  • Choosing and refining a topic
  • Identifying useful keywords / search terms
  • Finding books and database articles
  • Evaluating the credibility of sources
  • Citing sources properly

Sessions typically last 90 minutes and are most productive when students are actively working on a research project. However, we also provide library tours and/or general overviews of library resources and services when appropriate.

Request a Library Research Session

This form is only for PCC Faculty. Please submit the form below to schedule a Library Research Session for your class at least two weeks before your desired date. Please remember that you must attend the library research session with your class.

Contact Information
Course Info

Before requesting a date and time for your research session, please note the Library Hours for a specific Semester/Intersession.

Library Based Assignment

In the box below, please provide a description of your students' library-based assignment. If no assignment, indicate why you would like your students to attend a library research session.

Additionally, if you would like to send the library-based assignment as an attachment, please email it to

Additional Info

If you have multiple sessions to schedule, please note additional sessions in the box above.