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Early College Program Guide: Home

A guide to help Early College students navigate and use library resources

What Makes a University Library Different?

Welcome to the Fairleigh Dickinson University Libraries! While academic libraries have similarities with high school libraries, you may notice a few key differences. For starters, the books and resources available through an academic library are more specific to the disciplines taught at the university. While FDU Libraries do have general interest materials, for the most part materials are meant to supplement the courses offered and the research needs of faculty and students. In addition to physical books and scholarly journals, academic libraries have databases that can be used to support research in targeted disciplines. 

Finding materials in an academic library might also be different than what you are used to in a high school library. While many high school libraries use the Dewey Decimal system to organize their books, academic libraries typically organize books using Library of Congress classification

Learning how to use and navigate an academic library can feel overwhelming at first. Fortunately, FDU librarians are available to help you make the transition. You can meet with a librarian in-person or chat online whenever the library is open. You'll find out more about FDU Libraries and how to utilize the many services we offer throughout this guide!

How to Use FDU Libraries for Academic Success

As students in the Early College Program, you have access to all of the resources offered through the FDU Library. How can you use the FDU Library for success in your college-level courses?

  • Make a virtual appointment with a librarian to help you with your research. Or if you are local, you can stop in the library for face-to-face assistance at the Reference Desk. 
  • Use a research guide for help with a specific course or subject for targeted research help. 
  • Attend an online workshop to learn about the research process, how to use databases, evaluating websites, and more. 
  • Use the Discovery Catalog to search all library resources in one place. 

Associate University Librarian for Technical Services