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5 Things for Library & Research Success

Five things you should know about the University Libraries to get the most out of our services

5 Things from the University Libraries for First Year Success

Scroll down or use the links for more information on how the University Libraries can help make your first year, and each year after, a success!

Personal Research Assistance

Ask a Librarian! We are here to help you succeed. The library is your one-stop shop for all of your research, writing, and tutoring needs.

Study Spaces - Quiet and Group Study

Social Study Space

Study Spaces (tables, carrels, and rooms) are everywhere to meet your needs! Group work? Not a problem, we have a place for you to meet and study on the upper floors in Carlson. At Mulford, rooms 420 and 520 are available for larger groups; smaller groups can use the study rooms along the long walls of the fifth floor.

Books and Articles

Resources galore! Access resources when you need them. The library provides Books, Articles and even some Textbooks.

Computers and Printing

Connect and work! The Libraries' computers can be used by anyone to do research. Plus, all floors of Carlson and Mulford Library are wireless. You can even check out a laptop from the Carlson IT Help Desk or the Mulford Library Service Desk, for use in the building. Printing is also available for free (provided quota is not exceeded).

Topic and Course Library Guides

Our subject librarians have brought together some of the best resources we know about to help you research a topic, pass your course, or use the library resources most effectively.  These may be books in the library, the most appropriate research databases to find articles on a topic, or excellent web tools and sites.  If your course uses BlackBoard, you will see a link to appropriate LibGuides in the course menu.

For example, our subject librarians work with course instructors to create guides specific to your courses and research assignments.  They suggest resources or take you step-by-step through how to use them.  Look for your Course Number in the following list to see if there's a guide for your course:

You can also look for a basic guide in your major or subject area.  While not specific to any particular course, these guides offer some 'best bet' resources for getting started in your area.

We also have lots of guides on other topics, as well as help with using the library and it's resources. A few that might be helpful to you during your first year include: