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Ask a Librarian and Research Help: Peer Research Advisors

Get help @ Collins Library!

Work with a Peer Research Advisor!

Spring 2021

Hannah Turner and Allie Highsmith are your Peer Research Advisors for 2020-21!
Virtual Drop-in Hours 
(Spring Semester hours begin on Sunday, January 24)
Sunday through Wednesday:  6:30 to 8:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
We use Google Meet: 
Meeting Phone Numbers: (‪US‬)‪+1 262-457-9538‬, PIN: ‪254 151 924#‬
Please be signed in to Puget Sound's Google Suite for Education.



Allie and Hannah are also available for individual appointments, beginning the week of January 25. Go to our Schedule a Research Appointment page, click the request button, and select either Hannah or Allie from the drop-down menu to see what appointment times they have available.

The Peer Research Advising Program

The Peer Research Advisors in Collins Library:

  • Are current University of Puget Sound students, hired through a competitive process, who provide research assistance to other students in a supportive, peer environment.
  • Are experienced student researchers who are extensively trained in a broad range of research tools and strategies across the disciplines.
  • Work closely with the liaison librarians to support student research in the first-year seminars (SSIs) and other introductory-level courses.

A Peer Research Advisor can:

  • Help you turn a topic into a question as well as get you started on finding evidence (and counter-evidence!) to help you create a persuasive response to that question.
  • Work with you to identify relevant databases to locate the information you need.
  • Offer guidance on evaluating the sources you do find.
  • Help out with citation issues.
  • Provide an empathetic ear when you get stuck on a research problem and work with you to generate possible solutions.

I am Allie! I use she/her pronouns and I am a junior. I am double majoring in SoAn and Mandarin and I may add a minor in Spanish. I have spent this summer working on the library oral history page, reading lots, doing baking exchanges with friends, learning Norwegian, and becoming a better cook. I’m super excited to start this job!


Hi! I’m Hannah (she/her) and I transferred to the University of Puget Sound last year. I am double majoring in Sociology & Anthropology and Japanese. I love anime, manga, and Japanese fashion. Some other hobbies I enjoy are drawing, travelling, baking, and reading! I’m originally from California, but I recently moved to Arizona. I worked in the library administration office last year and loved it, and I am very excited to work as a peer research advisor this year!