Let a PCC librarian guide your students through the research process! Our research sessions provide customized instruction tailored to your assignment and your students' needs.

While PCC campuses are closed, we're offering synchronous sessions via Zoom upon instructor request. Sessions are recorded for students unable to attend "live."

To get started, please email Kathryn McGuire at kmcguire2@pasadena.edu or fill out the 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 ebooks in the library catalog
  • Finding articles in subscription databases, including scholarly journals
  • Evaluating the credibility of sources
  • Citing sources properly

Tips for Great Research Sessions

  • Submit your research session request at least two weeks in advance
  • Schedule the session when your students are actively working on a research project or paper
  • Share a copy of the assignment and your expectations for the session with the librarian beforehand
  • Attend the session along with your class and participate as appropriate

We look forward to working with you and your students.


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 kmcguire2@pasadena.edu.

Additional Info

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