Introduction to theFIU Libraries<br />Douglas Hasty<br />First Year Experience Librarian<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />Office: 305-348-2459<br />GoogleVoice: 919-701-BOOK (2665)<br />
Going to the Library can bea Virtual Experience. <br />library.fiu.edu/AskUs.aspx<br />
Going to the Library can bea Personal Experience.<br />Send Directions and Contact Information to Your Phone<br /> Green Library, MMC Hubert Library, BBC<br />
Some of the ToolsYou’ll Need for Your Job*<br />Laptop / Computer / Smart Phone / other devices<br />Textbooks and Required Readings (print or electronic)<br />Time Management Skills<br />Excellent Study Habits<br />Patience & Stress Management<br />Focusing on the Task and Reducing Distractions<br />Enthusiasm and Commitment<br />* Your “job” is being a student<br />
Sooner or Later,You Will Need the Library<br />We Can Support You by:<br />Answering questions, providing guidance<br />Suggesting relevant databases and sources<br />Offering research strategies for success<br />Teaching ways to evaluate reliability of sources<br />Providing online resources<br />Providing a building with meeting and study spaces in a modern, comfortable environment<br />
Be Ready to Explore<br /><ul><li>The FIU Libraries have a wealth of information, and sometimes they are located in different areas and on different floors.
You may need to walk about the library to locate materials.
Please don’t let the location of an item detract you from getting it. Usually, it is work the walk.</li></li></ul><li>Not really – “Everything’s online” is an urban tale<br />Many? – yes<br />More in the future? – absolutely <br />Everything? – unlikely in the near future<br />The media may have led you to believe that this is true. Don’t believe everything you read, see on TV, or search online. Alwaysverify.<br />Many materials are already available online – some for many years, but not all – and they won’t be online before you graduate.<br />Don’t be tempted to use online sources just because they are quick and easy.<br />Everything’s Online<br />
Offer objective advice<br />Help you understand how the library works<br />Help you understand how research works<br />Listen<br />Confidentiality<br />Have your best interests in mind<br />We’ve been there too (we were freshmen once)<br />How Does the Library Support You?<br />
Waiting to the last minute to begin an assignment or research limits success, adds stress, and may result in reckless actions. Plan ahead. Research done well should be a good thinking activity, not an activity by impulse or done on the spur-of-the-moment. Successful research means more than clicking on a link. Being a good researcher means that you read critically, ask questions, select or discard, and move on to the next source. There will be lots of sources you discard, but the ones you keep will be worth the effort.<br />I Need It Now<br />
Sometimes you start out doing one search and wind up doing an entirely different search. Don’t be surprised if this happens – this is the challenge and joy of research. Starting in one direction may lead you to another outcome. When this happens you may have found a better way to write your paper.<br />The Perfect Source<br />
When you read articles and books, you should consider the background of the author. Are they a sociologist? Scientist? Politician? Historian? Mathematician? Their background, interests, and point-of-view affects their research and conclusions. This only natural, only human. Just be aware of their perspective when you decide to use their material or not.<br />Whose Dog is in the Fight? <br />
Using the right words is important, especially in research. Start with a two to four key words that you think may get the best results. But remember to have a Plan B – a backup plan - if these words don’t get you the search results you were expecting.<br />It is What You Say<br />
Quick search results are like fast food – tastes good but good for you?<br />Trust but verify. Are the results you’ve gotten the ones that will make your paper/project credible?<br />Shortcut Hint: Find a source you like? Click on the subject heading for more sources just like the one you like.<br />Follow each step to the next step.<br />Be Patient<br />