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First Year Student Guide

Welcome to Your First 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 use the library:

Hoya Saxa!!

GU-Q Library Video Tour

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

  • University libraries are very different from high school libraries. Visit us to find out yourself.
  • 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. Here are some books to help you get started
  • 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.