By now you probably know you can access South University's online library resources in the Campus Common, but did you know you can also access these same resources through any Brightspace course? If you haven’t taken the time to explore our library system, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to enhance your learning experience.
Ready to take advantage of all that the South University Libraries have to offer? Then you have excellent timing because February is Library Lovers Month! Learn 10 things you might not know about the campus and online libraries at South University.
1. We have full-time staff
All of our libraries have a full-time staff member who you can contact directly with questions. Feel free to call or email your library for assistance. If we miss your call, please leave us a message with your name and number so that we can call you back.
2. You can live chat with a librarian
Need a little help finding research material? If you're working on an assignment and don’t know where to start or where to go next, use the chat feature to ask our library staff. Our librarians can answer your questions and point you in the right direction, so you don’t have to worry about wasting time looking in the wrong place.
3. There's a Research Guide for that
Research Guides contain recommended articles, websites, books, and other information that can assist you with research, assignments, or general knowledge on a specific subject or area of study. To find them, simply click on Research Guides on the library homepage and select your campus location (or that you’re an online student). From there, you’ll be able to browse guides specific to the programs at your school.
4. We host live workshops
We regularly offer events for South University students, including live workshops online. Check with your librarian to see what kind of learning opportunities are available or coming soon!
5. You can arrange a one-on-one meeting with a librarian
Would you like some one-on-one help from a librarian? Just contact your librarian to arrange an appointment! All of their email and contact information is available by selecting your library location right from our main library homepage.
6. Thousands of eBooks are available to you
Did you know you literally have thousands of eBooks at your fingertips? We offer unlimited access to multiple databases of eBooks that you can use to complete assignments or simply read to further your knowledge in your field of choice.
7. Our Library Help Videos are a great place to start
If you haven't spent much time at the library, it can be a bit intimidating at first. That's why we created training videos to help you get acquainted. You’ll find videos on using the library search feature, finding an article from a citation, and more. To see the full video list, click on "Training Videos" from the library homepage.
8. We can help you improve your study skills
We strive to be as helpful as possible to students. That’s why we offer print books and eBooks that feature tips on how to improve your study habits. Visit or contact your librarian to find resources that can help you become a better learner.
9. You can access even more materials through interlibrary loans
An interlibrary loan is a service that provides access to materials not owned by South University Libraries. Through cooperative agreements, participating libraries share their collections with students and faculty from other institutions. You can access this service by clicking on "Interlibrary Loan Form" under "Services" from the main menu on the Library homepage.
10. The Online Library has a Job & Career Accelerator resource
Job & Career Accelerator™ combines everything you need for your job search—including a job search platform, tutorials, cover letter and resume builders, career path information, and quizzes that tell you what occupations match your skills and interests—all on one website.
Want to know more? Contact your librarian or start exploring the resources in your South University library today!
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Note: This post was originally published April 16, 2015 and updated February 1st, 2018.