Research & Information Associates
What's a RIA?
Research and Information Associates — RIAs — are students who assist peers with finding and evaluating information.
Swarthmore's RIAs are able to:
- Work with students throughout the research process across disciplines.
- Provide feedback and strategies designed to help students with questions about topic formation, discovery and exploration of relevant literature, contextualizing source material, and citing materials properly.
- Engage with student researchers about fostering ethical scholarly practices within the framework of their project.
- Appropriately refer fellow students to reference librarians, SAMs, Writing Associates, and other resources for further consultation.
How can I find a RIA?
RIAs have regularly scheduled office hours at the Research & Information Desk in McCabe Library:
- Sunday, 2-5pm and 7-10pm
- Monday, 6pm-midnight
- Tuesday, 7-10pm
- Wednesday, 6pm-midnight
- Thursday, 7-10pm
- Friday, 3-6pm
How can I become a RIA?
Applications are currently closed until spring 2018, but you can take a look at our program details here! Contact Sarah Elichko (selichk1) for more information.