|Basic Library Research Skills||
Southern Utah University
Getting to know the library is the first step in finding the information sources you need.
First, we take you on a brief tour of the Sherratt Library so you'll know what you can find and you'll learn about the services provided by the library for students. Then we'll introduce you to the library collections and their information sources, as well as the classification systems used to group these materials and make them accessible. We will conclude with some facts about the library, FAQs or Frequently Asked Questions, that you should know when using the library.
You will discover that the Sherratt library is quite different from school and public libraries you've used. You'll discover that, even though the Sherratt library is a medium sized academic library, the arrangement and access to information resources, and the services offered to students are similar to what you'll find in very large academic libraries, like the University of Utah. Learn this library and you'll be confident when you use other academic libraries.
The research process starts when you enter the Sherratt Library. In this section, we will take you on a brief tour of the Sherratt Library.
The Gerald R. Sherratt Library is located on 200 South on the south side of campus. There are four floors: the lower level, called the Garden Level, and three upper floors. When you enter the SUU Library you are on the First floor. Briefly, here is what you'll find on each floor:
Special Collections, classrooms, Media Collection, Curriculum Collection, & media viewing rooms.
Circulation, Reference Desk, Reference Collection, serials (periodicals), copy center, library computers, and student computer lab.
Main Collection and group study rooms.
Juvenile Collection, oversize books, group study rooms, library administration and faculty offices.
Now take a closer look at the features and services you will find on each floor of the Library.
1 - Garden Study Area
2 - Special Collections
3 - Library
4 - The Media Collection
The Curriculum Collection is also located in the Media Collection. In this collection you'll find current Utah Kindergarten to high school textbooks. This collection is cataloged using the Dewey Decimal System, the same system used in schools and public libraries. This collection is used frequently by students in education programs.
Main Level (First Floor)
The Main Level is where you will begin much of your library research. Reference is the place to get help in finding library materials and where reference books are located.
1- Reference Desk
2 - Reference
3 - Computer Lab
4 - The Honors Commons
5 - Serials Collection (Periodicals)
6 - Microform Collection
7 - Copy Center
8 - Interlibrary Loan
9 - Circulation
Check at the Circulation Desk for Group study rooms which are provided for students to study together without interrupting other students in the library. Each study room is equipped with a state-of-the-art large flat-screen T.V., a projector, a computer, a white board, a clock, a table, and chairs. Reserve group study rooms at the Circulation Desk.
1 - John and Karen Huntsman Reading Room
2 - Main Collection
Group Study Rooms
1 - Study Area
2 - Juvenile Collection
3 - Oversize Collection
4 - Administrative Offices
Group Study Rooms
2. Locating Library Information (Frequently Asked Questions)
From the library home page, http://www.li.suu.edu, click on About the Library to find maps of the library, library hours, telephone numbers, and a list of library faculty and staff. Here are a few facts about using the library:
Item Check out at: Books Circulation desk Periodicals Circulation desk Media materials Media Collections Reserve materials Circulation desk Reference material no check out available Microfilm/fiche no check out available
Your student ID is required for all checkouts.
Present your student ID at any college or university library in Utah and you will be able to check out material. You may return the books to the library where they were checked out or the circulation desk in the Sherratt Library and they will be returned at no cost to the student.
ILLiad, accessed from the library Web page, allows you to submit requests for articles and books not available in the Sherratt library. Articles requests can take 2-3 days.
The library Web site is your doorway to library research.
Use the library Web site to find books, media and journals the library owns, to find articles, to find materials reserved for your classes, to search the Internet, and to find information about the library.
The library Web site is accessible to anyone connected to the Internet. To access the library Web site, go to http://www.li.suu.edu, or from the SUU Web site, http://www.suu.edu, click on Library on the left side of the page.
Many of the resources and pages accessible through the library Web site can be accessed freely from off campus. However, the library pays for over 100 subscriptions to electronic article indexes, many with full text articles, and you must be a SUU student to use these article indexes. These article indexes are available off campus using your university computer account (student ID and password). Home access setup instructions are discussed below.
On campus: When you connect to the SUU Library homepage while on campus you will be able to access and search all of the library databases and book catalogs.
Off campus: When you connect to the SUU Library homepage from off campus you will be prompted to login using your student username and password. Make sure you select Student as your department:
After you login you will be able to search all the library databases.