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Freshman Guide

Welcome to Your Freshman Year!

Welcome to the Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) Library.

This guide is designed to help you succeed in your first year at GU-Q. It contains information about library resources and services to help you become better prepared to use the library.

Hoya Saxa!!

Tips Every First Year Student Should Know about University Libraries and Research

  • University libraries are very different from high school libraries. Become familiar with the library as soon as you can - both by visiting in person and online.
  • Research is not difficult - research is detailed. Manage a research assignment in the same way you would manage any project: know what to do, have a plan, follow the plan, and establish a time line.
  • Everything is not on Google. Everything is not online. You will have to be a detective when you search and discover information. The GU-Q Library has a wide selection of academic, scholarly databases to make your search rewarding.
  • Start as soon as you get the assignment. This is a time management skill - working on your paper every day, beginning with the day you receive the assignment, will allow you to keep going, remain focused, and very possibly finish early.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Ask for help even if you don't think you need help - just to be sure that you are on the right track. The librarians and library staff are waiting for you to ask - this is why we're here!
  • Use the Course Guides.