Library Operations during COVID-19

Smith Library Center

Research & Instruction Services

Librarians provide research consultations to students as well as an instruction program focused on using library resources & technologies and the development of students’ critical evaluation skills.

Research Help  

Students: Are you trying to formulate a research question? Are you wondering which databases or other library resources are the most appropriate for your research? Can’t find appropriate resources? We can help! 

Request a Research Appointment for in-depth and personalized assistance with a librarian. A librarian will email you within 24 hours to schedule an consultation. We can meet you in our office or via Google Meet.

Ask a Librarian.This online FAQ may have the answer you’re looking for! 

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.

The Research & Instruction Services (RAIS) team:

Theresa Zelasko
Head of Research & Instruction Services
(512) 863-1558  |  SLC 103B

Joan Parks
Senior Research & Instruction Librarian
(512) 863-1320  |  SLC 103D

Katherine Hooker
Research & Instruction Librarian
(512) 863-1024  |  SLC 103C

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 more.  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 only)  

Whether you want an instructional session focused on the use of library resources or on learning with technology, we will be happy to customize 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 Theresa Zelasko, Head of Research and Instruction Services, at