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FTS: The Politics of Housing and Homelessness: Start

Welcome to the Library!

This guide contains resources to help you find and evaluate sources, as well as general information about using the Library. Take some time to wander the space, get to know various study areas and browse our books, movies and magazines. Don't hesitate to ask anyone at the Information Desk or Reference Desk if you have any questions - or send me an email. My contact information is below my picture and I love hearing from students. ‚Äč

You can also find links to information like library hours and circulations policies (like how long you can check out books), as well as a bunch of other information on the Library's main page. Please explore the website just like you will explore the building itself. Consult our Library FAQs and an overview of the Library

Our Library

Housing and Homelessness Resources

These sites provide overviews and in-depth information about housing and homelessness. You can also search for other organizations & resources online.

Citing Your Sources

We've got a one-stop guide for doing citations in some of the major styles. You can always ask a librarian if you've got a tricky citation and aren't sure what to do. We also encourage you to visit the Writing Center for writing help.

Connect with Us!

Hm, connect with the library on social media? Do I really want to do that? 

YES!

We post about all kinds of things related to libraries, books, research and events. Be among the first to learn about new books in the library. Read our reviews of leisure reading materials. Discover various resources to support your research. See pretty pictures of the library. (We'll even throw in a few research tips now and then!) 

Here's how to connect:

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, call numbers A - PQ  are on the Third Floor 

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

Oversize are on the Third Floor, Beck Hall side

Reference are on the Second (Main) Floor, Beck Hall side

Browsing are on the Second (Main) Floor near the entrance

Young Adult & Children's Books are on the First Floor 

AV materials (DVDs, etc) are on the First 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 Information Desk (main floor of the library).

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 Information Desk. This page has information about loan periods, renewals, etc.  And this page gives even more detail about finding books in our library.

You should also browse the Encyclopedia Homelessness. It was published in 2004, so some of the information might be outdated, but it will give you some good topic ideas. Use the call number below and find it in the Reference collection (main floor, facing Beck).

Finding Articles

To find articles, try these databases, which will connect you with all kinds of sources. You will probably find a lot of information (but sometimes you find no information!). Be persistent, try various search terms, and above all, ask for help if you're stuck. Send me an email with any questions or to set up a time to meet.

Once you've found some articles, you'll probably want to narrow down your results. You can always add additional terms to your search to narrow the focus. Use the Search Tips tab at the top of this guide for tips.

  • Newspapers are good for very specific news items or recent events.
  • Magazine articles reflect a popular approach to issues and are often short and simple in style.
  • Articles in academic journals report on research and are sometimes quite long and complex. Concentrate on the abstract (a one-paragraph summary that sometimes is at the beginning of the article), the introduction, and the last paragraphs. 

When articles are not available as PDF or HTML files, there's a yellow "find it!" button that will search for the article in other databases or offer you a chance to get a copy from another library, a process that usually takes a day or two and is FREE for you. Consult the Tracking Down Materials tab for more information. 

Librarian

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Julie Gilbert
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Hello! I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions about research, an assignment, or the library in general, please contact me. You can also reach any of the reference librarians at folke@gustavus.edu or via the Ask Us! button on the library's homepage.
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Gah! I need help!

Research is difficult and nobody expects you to know how to do it all on your own. Check with your teacher if you aren't sure how to approach your assignment or want a second opinion on sources and strategies.

Stop by the Writing Center at any point during the process for expert advice from your talented peers. The Academic Support Center can help with issues such as time management and organization.

Connect with librarians for any and all research questions. If you're in the library, visit the reference desk (located at the Information Desk right inside the front doors) and chat with a librarian on duty. If no librarian is there, take your question to the Information Desk. Our student workers are trained to answer basic reference questions and to help you connect with a librarian.

You can also contact a librarian directly or request an appointment. All information can be found here.

Emil me with any questions or to schedule a meeting - I'm happy to help with any and all of your research questions. Or if you just want to chat about your topic & create a strategy for searching, we can do that, too. 

Library Session Slides

If you want a refresher from our library session, the slides from class are posted here.

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