Student Resources

Basic information on using your library

How to Find Materials

There are many ways to search but most simply, enter a title, author, or keyword.  You can then use the facets to help narrow the search.  For example, you might want only peer-reviewed articles, items published within a time period, or limit to only items found in the library catalog (ebooks + stuff in the library). 

Librarians Can Help

Want to take a tour of the library? Do you need help collecting and evaluating resources for a project or paper? Finished your paper and now you have to cite sources in that special way the professor said to use? Expert librarians are glad to help you navigate library resources.


Library Glossary

Dictionary   What are they talking about?

Common library terminology can help you figure it out.

  • Call number - a set  of letters and numbers identifying a particular item in a library collection. Most university libraries (including UNF) use the Library of Congress Classification. Most public libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification.
  • Collection - refers mainly to the location of the item but also can tell you whether or not you may check it out.  There are several main collections: Course Reserves, Curriculum, General Collections, Government Documents, Media, Online, Perodicals, Reference, Special Collections.  Periodicals, Reference, and Special Collections materials may not be checked out.
  • Course reserves - materials held for instructors for students in a class. These items can usually be checked out for a short time period. Find your call number in the Course Reserves Look up and head to the 1st floor desk to check it out.
  • Journal - a periodical containing articles and current information on research and development in a particular area of study.  Journals may be more like a magazine or they may be academic in nature.  See the Doing Research tab in this guide for more information on academic/scholarly, peer-reviewed, and refereed journals.
  • Library catalog - a database of records for materials owned or accessed by a library. This is essentially a list of all of the books, media, maps, journals, and documents that we own or that you can access through your UNF Library.
  • Microformat - microfiche (4 by 6 inch cards) or microfilm (a roll of film) - printed items reduced in size by photographic method.
  • Periodical - an item published at regular intervals, such as a magazine, journal, or newspaper.
  • Research database - provides descriptive information (title, author, date, subjects, summary or abstract) for periodical articles and other information.  Many databases also contain the full-text of the articles.

Student Outreach Librarian

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Maria Atilano
(904) 620-1564
Subjects: General Research
Tags: basic research, library how-to