International Student Library Information: Using the Library

To help international students learn how to use the library's resources and services.

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Information & Library Services Desk

Borrow Books

Borrow materials and access your course reserves.

  Loan Period Late Fee
Books  28 days     5¢/day 
Music CDs 28 days     5¢/day 
DVDs & VHS tapes 28 days     5¢/day 
Reserve Materials ranges from 4 hrs-7 days 20¢/hour

         

The Information & Library Services Desk is on the Main Floor of the Library on the left as you enter.

Research Help

Visit the Library Services & Information Desk during our staffed research assistance hours. You can also use the 24/7 chat box on the Library homepage for online help. Research librarians can assist you with finding and citing sources, topic development, and other search strategies. Here is a link for all the ways to Ask a Librarian.

The Library Services & Information Desk is located  on the left as you enter the Library on the main floor.

Computers & Printers

Computers 

Areas of the Library with desktop computers that you can use:

  • Innovation Lab  - on your right when you walk into the Library lobby.This is a 24 hour space that you can access with your StagCard
  • Libary Cafe - on your left when you walk into the Library lobby. This is a 24 hour space that you can access with your StagCard.
  • Main Level of the Library

Other Computer labs on campus

Wireless & Laptops: Bring your own laptop or borrow one from the library for up to 3 hours. Wireless internet available everywhere.

Printing

To print you must have your StagCard.

  • Full-time undergraduates receive $25.00 in free prints per semester, other students receive $5.00 per registered course
  • Fairfield University uses WEPA, Wireless Everywhere, Print Anywhere, which allows users to send print jobs to the cloud, then release them from kiosks around campus. There are 4 WEPA kiosks in the library for both black & white and color printing.

Printing Costs:

B/W Double-sided - 28¢/side
B/W One-sided - 15¢/page

Color Double-sided - 74¢/page 
Color One-sided - 40¢/page

Useful Terminology

Helpful Research Terms

Abstract - A brief summary or description of an article or book. Articles in academic journals usually have an abstract. Some databases and indexes provide an abstract along with the citation for a work. You can use an abstract to help decide if you want to use an article or book for a research assignment.

Bibliography - A list of the resources used for research, usually located at the end of a book, article, or research paper. You must include a bibliography of the resources you used when completing a research assignment. This list of resources is also sometimes called “Works Cited” (for MLA citation style) or “References” (for APA citation style).

Call Number - A group of letters and/or numbers located on the spine of a book or item that identifies it in a library and provides a way for organizing library materials. An example of what a call number may look like is: LB1025.2 .N456 1998. You need to know an item’s call number in order to locate it in the library.

Catalog – A database of the materials accessible via the library. The catalog can be used to search for an item by its author, title, subject or keywords to see if it is available and where it is located.

Citation - A reference to a book, magazine,journal article, or other work, containing all the information necessary to identify and locate that work. There are many different citation format styles; examples include MLA style, Chicago style, and APA style. Ask your professor to find out which style is used in your discipline. You will have to include citations for any research assignment.

Interlibrary Loan – A service offered to students, faculty and staff by the Fairfield University Library to borrow materials held by other libraries. You can use InterLibrary Loan if you need materials that the Fairfield University Library doesn’t have, but other libraries do.

Keyword search - Using a specific term to conduct a search in a database. keywords can be used to search more precisely for the information you are looking for.

Paraphrase - To write information found in a source in your own words. You will often paraphrase information from other sources in your research assignments. Do not forget to cite the sources in your bibliography!

Peer-Review – A step in the publishing process where research articles are evaluated for quality by experts in the discipline prior to publication in a journal. You will often be asked to find peer-reviewed articles to include in research assignments.

 

Common Types of Sources

Database - A collection of information stored in an electronic format that can be searched by a computer.

Dissertation –Ooriginal research written as a prerequisite for a doctoral degree.

Ebook or Electronic Book - An electronic version of a book that can be read on a computer.

Journal - A publication distributed on a regular basis that contains research articles or studies in a particular discipline.

Magazine - A publication with articles often intended for recreational reading intended for a more general audience than journals.

Periodical – A publication that is distributed at regular intervals (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.).

 

Credits for terms and definitions:

New York University
University of Denver -  http://libguides.du.edu/internationalstudentguide
UC Davis