Welcome to all new students and faculty! Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology provides a comfortable environment for study, research, collaborative work, and even coffee and relaxation. Our mission is to assist you in getting connected to research and technology help, in your discovery of useful scholarly resources, and in the creative expression of your own ideas.
For new students to get started using the Libraries, below are my top ten survival tips.
Good luck on your academic career!
Joanne A. Schneider, University Librarian and Professor in the Libraries
1. Get to know your reference librarians.
They offer expert advice on the best resources for your assignments and research. Stop by the Reference Desk on the main floor of Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology, make an appointment for a one-on-one research consultation, or contact them by email or chat. Budding scientists also can ask for help at the Service Desk in Cooley Science Library, McGregory Hall.
2. Bring your laptop to the library and connect quickly to the new campus wireless network called Colgate.
ITS has upgraded the wireless network over the summer. See how fast it is. Check out the link above to find how to best configure your laptop and, remember, calling x7111 will connect you to the ITS HelpLine.
3. Or, use the computers in the libraries.
The two libraries provide you with over 140 computers for your use. They include both PCs and Macintoshes and some have specialized software for editing audio and video or to help students with disabilities. Also, check out the new Hargrove Grover Digital Learning and Media Center in Case-Geyer for digital media work and help.
4. Read a good book.
Or ebook. Or enjoy a CD or DVD by simply requesting them from LASR (Library Automated Storage and Retrieval system) through the Encore online catalog.
5. Find a quiet place.
Levels two and four in Case Library are ‘quiet zones’ with many study carrels and tables. Cooley Science Library provides space that is quiet and cozy.
6. Keep up to speed on new assignments.
Locate materials for your courses placed on reserve by your professors at http://exlibris.colgate.edu/borrowing/reserves-student.html. Also, check out the Libraries’ ‘Information for Students’ web page to find information on using the library catalog, check out course and subject guides, request materials from other libraries through MyInterlibraryLoan, and get many of your questions about the library answered.
7. Get organized!
The Assignment Calculator will help you create a timeline for successfully completing your work on time. Another online resource for citations, RefWorks, will help you build your own database of references for creating a bibliography when writing a research paper.
8. Connect from your dorm room.
Connect to library databases from anywhere on campus. Find out how to connect from off campus.
9. Test your ‘information literacy’ skills.
Get ahead of the crowd by using the Beginning Research at Colgate online tool to help you learn how to best find and critically evaluate information sources.
10. Check out the group studies for collaborative work.
Case-Geyer has ten group studies, some outfitted as digital viewing & listening rooms, available as on-demand reserved spaces with information available at Rooms and Their Use.