RAP Sessions (Research Advisory Program)

Schedule a RAP Session with a Librarian for In-depth Assistance 

Learn how to:

  • Plan your research strategy
  • Find relevant sources of information
  • Evaluate resources efficiently
  • Actively participate in the research process


  • 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
  • Available for current students, faculty, and staff
  • Appointments can be in person, or virtually (via phone, web conference, or in the AETZone)
  • If you need help right now, please contact us via our Ask a Librarian service, or stop by the Library Service Desk (1st floor)

***Request a RAP Session Form***   (RAP sessions are not available during semester breaks)


 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.