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New Student Resources: Transitioning to College

High School Visit?

Are you a high school teacher wanting you bring your AP English classes for a visit? Learn more about our Research Days!

Contact: Lindsay Miller, First Year Experience Librarian.  

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High school Vs. College libraries

Even the best high school libraries and media centers look and work very differently than academic libraries.

Your high school library:

  • was probably one room with one librarian who had a general knowledge of lots of subjects
  • was only open during school hours, with help only available during those times
  • only had a few online databases that were limited in scope, and very basic and geared toward school age students
  • probably had filters or blocks on computers, limiting certain websites and searches
  • held only a small collection of books on restricted subject areas, organized by the Dewey decimal system

The MU Libraries:

  • have multiple locations specializing in different subject areas. All of our libraries are open late, offer online help, and King Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the school year.
  • employ over 40 librarians that have subject specialties and multiple master's degrees or a Phd in their area of study
  • have access to 100s of databases, from general to extremely specific (medical, primary sources, newspapers, etc)
  • organize our materials with the Library of Congress classification system (not the Dewey decimal)
  • hold over 4 million books, but as a student you can borrow from any Ohio academic library and you can access thousands of e-books and other online resources

What does it mean to be information literate?

Information Literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information.

Professors and librarians hope a first-year student can:

  • Understand the value of finding evidence
  • Identify keywords, synonyms, and related terms to describe information needs effectively
  • Identify an author’s thesis / main point and basic structure of the information
  • Understand the difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
  • Understand what constitutes plagiarism