The IRC or the BI: What Are Those Librarians Talking About?

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Your Brandman librarians would like you to know that we are here to help, and we love to answer your questions. Sometimes, though, you need more than a quick answer, and we have a solution. As part of our services, the Brandman librarians offer bibliographic instruction (BI) and individual research consultations (IRCs). You might ask, “What’s the difference?”

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The BI is a session for an entire class and can be presented using Adobe Connect or in person for classes that meet at the Irvine campus. Many instructors schedule these sessions so that students can learn how to navigate the library website. BIs can be general or have a focus on a specific assignment.

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In contrast, the IRC is a one-on-one session with a librarian. We meet in an Adobe Connect room in real time, and the consultation can cover whatever you need. If you need some help navigating the website, schedule an IRC. If you need some help finding sources for a specific assignment, schedule an IRC. If you need help with citation format, schedule an IRC.

Whether we meet you during a BI or an IRC, know that we are here to support you throughout your journey at Brandman. Please feel free to reach out to your librarians.

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