RAP Sessions (Research Advisory Program)

Personalized assistance for in-depth research! Appointments can be in person, or virtually (via phone, web conference, or in the AETZone).

  • Learn about research strategies, finding scholarly resources, appropriate library databases, and more
  • Actively participate in the research process
  • Available for current students and faculty

If you need help right now, please contact us via our Ask a Librarian service, see our Library Guides, or if you're in the library, stop by the Reference/Information Desk on the main floor.


  • Appointments are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00am-7:30pm.
  • We require at least 48 hours notice, excluding weekends, from time of request to prepare adequately for a RAP session.
  • Sessions generally last from 15 minutes to an hour.

***Request a RAP Session Form*** (RAP Sessions will not be available over Spring break, March 9 - March 17)


 For more information about the Research Advisory Program contact:

 Web Conferencing for RAP

Web conferencing is a tool which allows librarians, students, and faculty to interact live via a web interface. Appalachian uses Blackboard Collaborate for web conferencing, it is built into AsULearn, ASU's course management software system. Some features include two-way audio, text messaging, video and a shared whiteboard.

Equipment Requirements

A computer with an internet connection and speakers; microphone helpful, but not required.  If you do not have a microphone, you can use the text chat box to communicate.

Logging in

  • Your librarian will send you a link to the RAP (web conferencing) session.

Helpful Tips

  • There is a short download and Setup Wizard to run in advance of using the software (the software will prompt you to run the Audio Setup Wizard). Allow approximately 15 minutes for those steps.
  • Are you logging in from a work setting? There may be restrictions on your computer. Run the Setup Wizard well in advance of the session to determine if there are problems and discuss them with your local tech support staff.
  • If you have a question, email or phone the librarian conducting your session.

Web Conferencing: Training and Support for Participants.