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Research Advisor Program

Library Research for International Students (Resources)

What is the Research Advisor Program?

The Research Advisor program is designed to support students entering Maryland Institute College of Art in their research involving the collections and services of the Decker Library.

Each year, International Students in their first year at MICA are matched with a librarian who will help him/her become oriented to conducting research using library resources and services.

If you are a student with a Research Advisor, here are some ways that we can support you:

  • Show you how to navigate the library systems quickly and efficiently.
  • Help you find information for assignments, develop a research question, identify the best sources, and formulate a search strategy.
  • Help when you don't know where to start your research, or you can't think of what to do next.
  • Answer questions about library policies, procedures and services, such as Inter-Library Loans or borrowing privileges at other libraries in the Baltimore area.
  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages explaining new resources and programs, as well as timely reminders like updates about library hours or special library events.
  • Support you even during breaks, or when you are away from MICA doing research.

Things that a Research Advisor won't do:

How often you choose to work with your Research Advisor is entirely up to you, but each Advisor will be in touch with his/her students, and each is available by appointment for one-to-one research meetings. In addition, students can always inquire with the Librarian on duty at the Information Desk for assistance with research.

How to contact your Research Advisor:

  • Katherine Cowan | (410) 225-2714
    Office is Bunting 182 - ask at Circulation Desk
  • Christian Drolsum | (410) 225-2402
    Office is on lower level of Library across from the Information Desk
  • Marianne Sade | (410) 225-2715
    Office is Bunting 182 - ask at Circulation Desk

Even if you do not have a Research Advisor, help is always available

All users of the Decker Library can get help with research at the Information Desk on a walk-up basis during library hours, or contact the librarians by email ( or phone (410) 225-2273, with questions or to set up an individual research appointment.