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Getting Started at FSU Libraries

This guide will serve as an introduction to using FSU Libraries' resources and services and provide useful information about how to research in a university environment.

Top 5 Things to Know

  • OneSearch for all items
    You can search your items with FSU Libraries OneSearch which is on the left side of the library homepage. It is a discovery tool that searches any items in our collections. It’s a great starting point for your research and can be used to narrow down resources with the advance search function. 

  • Search By Item 
    1) Course Reserves
    Course Reserves are course-related materials made available for the semester through the FSU Library when the course is offered. Items that may be on reserve include: books, videos/DVDs, and physical objects and the said items may be from the Libraries’ collection or personal copies belonging to the instructor. Online materials such as e-books, links to articles, streaming videos, and scanned physical items may also be placed on the electronic reserve link on the course Blackboard site. For more information, go to the Course Reserves website
    2) Books & more
    You can search for books and other materials in a variety of ways using the catalog on the library website or just clicking the image below. The catalog will let you search by keyword on the basic search. If you have additional information about what you are looking for such as the title, author, and subject to narrow down your search, use the advanced search function. Please keep in mind that authors are listed by their last name followed by first name.  
    3) Articles

    FSU Libraries provide many options to search articles. It allows you to search by peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, journal databases, etc. Please use the image below to search your articles.   
    4) Journals
    Search for your journal using our A to Z list of journal titles.
    5) Government Documents
    FSU Libraries is one of the Federal Depository Libraries which provide the public with equitable access to published U.S. government information. More than 470,000 tangible government documents (roughly 340,000 microfilms, 135,000 bound volumes of congressional and agency publications, and 1,600 maps) are available in physical or electronic formats. In addition to U.S. government documents, the FSU Libraries provide documents published by the State of Florida and the United Nations. Students, faculty, and the public have access to the collections during all hours that Strozier library is open.   

    Click the images to find your items!


                                                         
               Course Reserves                Books & more                        Articles                              Journals                           Government
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Documents

       ​If an item is not available at the FSU Libraries, you can request it from other libraries through UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan.
       While the UBorrow service allows you to get items from any 
participating libraries within Florida's state university and college system, 
       Interlibrary Loan allows you to request articles, books, and more from libraries around the world. 

  • UBorrow 
    ​You can request items from participating college libraries and state university in Florida. The UBorrow service increases your access to other information resources in Florida and delivers more quickly than standard Interlibrary Loan. You will receive an email as soon as your book has arrived and ready for pickup.  You may request one 30 day renewal for materials borrowed through UBorrow. You can return your UBorrow items at any of the libraries at FSU.

    Search UBorrow
    ​Search directly at the UBorrow website or while searching the FSU Catalog, click on the UBorrow icon at the top right of the search result window. This will take you to the UBorrow Catalog page. Request books by clicking on the UBorrow icon, enter your library number and password, and select where you want to pick up your book.  You will receive an email in a few days letting you know that your book is ready for you.
     
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) 
    Students presently enrolled in classes may use Interlibrary Loan service if items are not available at the FSU libraries. Please log on to ILLiad with your FSUID & password to request Interlibrary Loan. The College of Law and College of Medicine provide a interlibrary loan service for their community. For more information about ILL service, please go to Interlibrary Loan FAQs

    ILLiad Log on 
    College of Law ILL
    College of Medicine ILL
  • Research Assistance Services
    There are several ways to seek assistance from librarians for your research. The librarians can help you find the best resources for your topic, discuss strategies and develop skills for searching resources, and identify and locate your items at the libraries or online. 

    In-Person: Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk at the FSU libraries. You may be referred to the appropriate librarian or department if a librarian is unavailable. See the full schedule of Reference Desk hours.  
    Call: Strozier Library Main Phone (850) 644-2706, Undergraduate Services (850) 644-1486, 
             
    Graduate/Faculty Services (850) 644-6061, Dirac Science Library (850) 644-5534
    Text: Text us with any library-related questions to (850) 937-7067.
    Chat: Chat with a librarian via the Ask a Librarian. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours.  If chat is unavailable, send us a question via e-mail. 
    EmailEmail a librarian with your questions. 
    Contact a Subject Librarian: Make an appointment with a Subject Librarian for your research needs. Subject librarians are librarians who have expertise in particular discipline areas. They can provide all levels of research assistance for faculty, staff, and students in their subject areas. To find the librarian assigned to your subject area or department, go to the Directory of Subject Librarians
     
  • Research Guides by Subject or Course
    If you are not sure where to start, a research guide is another place to start your research. A Research Guide by Subject is written by a Subject Librarian to provide you with the most helpful information available on your topic. A Course Guide is a guide created for a particular class and is often aimed at a particular research question or project in a class. Please contact Subject Librarians on the guides if you have questions. If you still have trouble on which guide to choose, please use the research assistance services above!   
                                                                                                      
                                        Search for FSU Research Guides                                 Search for Subject Librarians
  • Academic Advising

    A FSU academic advising program, Advising First, has a academic advisor located in the Strozier Library in order to serve the advising needs of any Florida State students, especially those students who may be experiencing difficulty getting in to see their assigned advisor during standard office hours. Students can stop by for quick-stop needs, such as questions about courses, schedules, university policies, majors, and a variety of other topics. In addition to providing advising services to the general student population, this advisor provides specialized services to students experiencing indecision regarding their current major to assist them in defining their academic and career goals.

    Location & Hours: Advising First's satellite office is located in Strozier Library 107D on the main floor in the annex.
                                       Students may walk-in or make appointments. 
    Need more information? Call Advising First's main office at 644-3430 or go to Advising First website.

  • Tutoring
    Both Strozier and Dirac libraries offer tutoring services in a wide variety of subject areas (accounting, biology, chemistry, math, physics, statistics, reading/writing, etc.).  For a comprehensive listing of hours and courses supported, please see the Tutoring Information at FSU Libraries.

  • Career Services
    Access thousands of career resources located in our Career Center Library. You will find our resources organized into six main categories: Planning, Occupations, Education, Experience, Preparation and Opportunities. 
    Go to the Career Center Library.
  • Study Spaces
    Study spaces are available to FSU students and faculty at the Strozier and Dirac libraries. Rooms can be reserved for 2-4 hours (depending on each library's study room policy). Please find the location & availability of study spaces and reserve a room at the following link.

​   Reserve a Room Online:

Learning Commons (21 rooms. First and third floor of Strozier for Undergraduate Students)
Scholars Commons (4 Rooms. Ground floor of Strozier for Graduate Students and Faculty)
Dirac Science Library (38 Rooms. Dirac library study rooms are available for FSU students and Faculty) 

  • Borrow Equipment
    University Libraries lend technology equipment at the Engineering, Dirac, and Strozier libraries. The items currently available are laptops & laptops chargers, power up, cameras, DVDs, mondopad, Nintendo Wii, and projectors.  
    Go to Borrow Equipment to get the details about what you can borrow and item availability. You can find the Multimedia Help Research Guide and additional information for Technology Center at the website. 

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