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First Year Seminar Library Orientation: Home


Welcome to Oklahoma State University!

As students, you have access to millions of resources, flexible study spaces, cutting-edge technology, and helpful people who want to make sure you succeed. This guide will help you learn more about the Library and how we can help support you throughout your time at OSU. Use the links on the left to find online tutorials, an interactive scavenger hunt, and basics about using the library to get started. It's a big library, and we have a lot of stuff, so don't worry if it feels overwhelming at first. We're here to help you.

Have a question about using the library or doing research? Chat with us online, send us an email, or stop by in person.

Have a research assignment and not sure where to get started? See our Research Guides to learn about resources in your major.

For Instructors

We have two options for First Year Seminar classes.

  1. Use this guide as a DIY. Have your students view the tutorials, embed them into your Brightspace, and/or complete the scavenger hunt. If you are planning to use the Scavenger Hunt, please notify Holly Luetkenhaus so we can ensure our staff is prepared for your students, and, if you would like, so we can also provide you with a report of students' responses for your class. The Hunt can be accessed using the Scavenger Hunt tab of this guide. It is mobile-friendly, and designed to have students visit various spaces in the Edmon Low Library and become familiar with our website and select online resources.
  2. Schedule a session with us. If you would prefer a more traditional route, we are happy to offer library orientation sessions, in the library, during your class time. The class will cover an introduction to the library services, spaces, and resources. You can request a session using our FYS library orientation request form. Our outcomes for these sessions are:
    1. Identify what library services and resources are available and how to access/utilize them.
    2. Navigate the physical and virtual spaces of the library.
    3. Identify when and why they should use library or other academic resources versus performing a generic open web search.
    4. Identify librarians and subject guides that may be relevant to their interests and majors.
    5. Use the Discovery Search (BOSS), and a general database (e.g., Academic Search Premier) to locate and use books, articles, and other resources on a given topic.