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FTS: Nordic Explorers: Getting Started


Welcome to the Library! You'll find resources and support that will help you throughout your entire college career. Plus, we're a popular study and gathering space. You'll find a variety of study spots, both quiet and social, as well as tutors, research help, and a variety of other services.

Here are some quick answers to common questions and a more extended guide to doing research in our library. You can also browse all of our research guides - they're an excellent resource for anything you're studying. 

We have librarians to help you with all of your research needs, plus you can follow us on social media.

Finding Books

To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via  the search box on the library's homepage.

When you find books that look useful, write down the Location & the Call Number

General Collection, A - PQ  are on the Third Floor 

General Collection, PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor

Oversize, A - Z are on the Third Floor

Reference, A - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor.

Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. The system is a little tricky to figure out at first, so don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk.

Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.

You can check books out at the Circulation Desk (front desk).

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use. Location: Library -- Main Floor.

Finding Articles

Web Search Tips

Better searches

Search for your topic and add
Search for your topic and add
Use the "search tools" link and limit a search to the most recent year. 

Evaluating a site

Erase everything after the first / to see the root page.
Follow "about" links to see who creaed the page.

Alternatives Search Tools

Google Scholar 
Google Books 
Google News


Ask Us!

Librarians are here to help!

  • Visit or call the reference desk: A librarian is generally at the desk or "on call" Monday-Thursday 10:30-4:30 and Friday 10:30-2:30 (Fall & Spring) (507-933-7567)
  • E-mail a librarian: (please include your name and the best way to contact you)
  • Schedule a consultation: online request form
  • More information: Visit the Ask Us! page


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Julie Gilbert
I love meeting with students and faculty to talk about your research, including any issues you have - or even if you just want to brainstorm. There are lots of ways to reach me. Email me with questions or use the old fashioned phone number below to contact me. Or stop by during my reference/office hours: Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30. I'll either be in my office (Library 108B on the lower level) or the reference desk on the main floor.
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