Library Research and Instruction

Tariana Smith

Hello, my name is Tariana Smith, and I am your Reference Librarian. What does a Reference Librarian do you might ask? Well, I am here to ensure that you not only have the resources and information needed for you to succeed throughout your academic career but also ensure that you know how to use information literacy techniques to locate and evaluate your research. With research comes familiarizing yourself with our online databases, various research techniques, and citation styles depending on your field of discipline. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to assist you!
One on One Instruction

The Reference Librarian offers one on one instruction for databases, citation styles, and research methods for faculty, staff, and students. One on one instruction is made on an appointment basis via telephone or by emailing the Reference Librarian. Appointments last from forty-five minutes to one hour. Students, faculty, and staff are given a fifteen-minute grace period. If the grace period is passed, the one on one instruction will have to be rescheduled for another time (unless permitted by the Reference Librarian). The instruction times are determined based on the availability of the Reference Librarian. Appointments must be requested at least 48 hours in advance. Same day one on one instructions will not be available.

Email or call 504-286-5225 for an appointment.

Online students requiring assistance should call the Library - 504-286-5225 or send an email to me at

Class Instruction

The faculty member should fill out the Library Instruction Form located on the Research and Instruction page accordingly under the Services tab. The instruction times are determined based on the availability of the Reference Librarian. Classes are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. All requests must be made at least one week in advance. Keep in mind last minute requests may not be honored.

Use this calendar to check my availability:



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