First Year Students Library Guide

Providing help for first year students, such as freshmen, accelerated high school students studying at FIU, and dual-enrolled high school-FIU students, who wish to learn about college level research and using the Library.

Contact Information

Douglas Hasty
Douglas Hasty

First Year Experience Librarian


Office: 305-348-2459

Website / Blog Page


Welcome to the FIU Libraries!

The FIU Libraries are available to help you make the transition from high school to the university academic environment.  As a freshman, there will be new challenges, new opportunities, and new skills for you to learn and master.  Please don't hesitate to ask for help.

  • Feel lost or overwhelmed by your assignments?  Don't know where to start?  No worries - we are here to help you!
  • Make the Library your learning and discovery partner -- class assignments, discovery, research papers, studying and group work, and more
  • Get help by topic, class, or library service with the Research Guides.  
  • Search the library and discover books, articles, and other resources
  • Formulate a topic for your paper
  • Objectively evaluate the sources you've found and make sure they are right for your topic
  • Integrate these sources into your plan for a paper or assignment
  • Write well and argue your point objectively and effectively
  • Use correct citation methods to build your bibliography
  • Become a confident library user by learning, looking, questioning, and seeking help
  • Make the library your place for study, meeting, group work, collaboration, and haven of learning and discovery