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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.


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