Library & IT

Research & Instruction Services

Librarians provide in-person and online research support to students as well as an instruction program focused on the use of library resources and technologies.

Research Assistance  

Are you trying to formulate a research question? Are you wondering which databases or other library resources are the most appropriate for your research? Do you want to incorporate technology into your assignment? We can help! 

Request a Research Appointment for in-depth and personalized assistance with a librarian or instructional technologist.

Ask a Librarian.This online FAQ may have the answer you’re looking for! If not, submit your question and it will be answered by email as quickly as possible Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Outside of department hours, questions will be answered within 24 hours or less.

Drop-in research assistance can be requested at the InfoDesk on the first floor of the library. InfoDesk staff will contact the librarian on call to assist you.

You can also directly contact any of the Research and Instruction professionals:

Carol Fonken
Director of Research and Instruction Services
(512) 863-1550  |  SLC Research Commons 

Melanie Hoag
Instructional Technologist
(512) 863-1644  |  SLC 141

Katherine Hooker
Research and Instruction Librarian
(512) 863-1024  |  SLC Research Commons

Joan Parks
Head Research and Instruction Librarian
(512) 863-1320  |  SLC Research Commons

Theresa Zelasko
Outreach & Information Literacy Librarian
(512) 863-1558  |  SLC Research Commons

Online Research Guides  

Are you looking for a place to start exploring library resources? Or, is it midnight and there is no one in the library to help you?

Try our online Research Guides to find search tips, database help, information on citing sources, and much, much more.  Browse all guides, or you can browse by subject or librarian. A Subject Guide has been developed for each academic discipline, in addition to general guides, and some guides for specific courses.

Research Instruction Sessions (Faculty)  

Whether you want an instructional session focused on the use of library resources, or on learning with technology, we will be happy to work with you to to offer a workshop that meets your goals. Sessions range from general to specific and can be scheduled for an entire class period, or some topics can be covered in 30-minute mini-workshops.

We can also prepare an online Research Guide tailored to your class assignment. 

Schedule an Instruction Session online, or for more information, please contact Carol Fonken, Director of Research and Instruction Services, at