Utilizing the College Library

Utilizing the College Library
Utilizing the College Library
One of the most important things you can do early on in your first year at college is familiarizing yourself with your college’s library or libraries. With the advent of technology, the college library is now offering much more than stacks of dusty books. College libraries are staffed with professional librarians that are motivated to help students with research. It is likely that you came from a high school that had a limited library so you will be amazed and, possibly, overwhelmed by what your college’s library has to offer. Take some time early on in your first semester and find a librarian that can walk you through all the resources that are available.

As a student you should have unlimited access to all the databases to which your library subscribes. There are thousands of online journals and databases that can connect you to materials that you would otherwise be lucky to stumble upon. These databases can sometimes be difficult to navigate. Consult a research librarian to show how to properly and effectively utilize these resources. Be sure to cite these materials properly. With the internet emerging as a source loaded with materials you may wish to use in a paper, there have been many updates to the proper way to cite these sources. A good website to consult is Purdue University’s guide to citing sources.

The library is your best bet for a place on campus to actually get some serious studying completed. Find an area away from the computer labs or the research desks for some peace and quiet. Even with all the technology that is now available in these libraries, there are still cozy, peaceful corners near the stacks of books that can provide the solitude you need to prepare for an upcoming exam. Most libraries have wifi access so you can bring your laptop with you, as well.

Lastly, remember that the library has a collection of print resources that you can use to enhance a research paper or to help you study. As easy as going online is to find your information, do not forget that sometimes it is easier to actually hold the book in your hands as you look for an important passage. College libraries have access to academic journals and books that most public libraries do not. Feel free to get lost in your college library as chances are good you will find what you are looking for.
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