Graduate Orientation Welcome Script

Graduate Orientation Welcome Script

recorded Summer 2012


Welcome to the University of Minnesota Libraries. Let's take a brief tour.

The University of Minnesota Libraries are your place for academic research. We have over 14 buildings all across the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.


Our award winning collections including:

7 million books

Over 400,000 e-books that can be downloaded onto a variety of devices

Over 100,000 journal, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, most of those available online

500 articles database and over 10,000 videos, DVDs, and streaming video.

We have millions of unique items in our Archives and special collections 

For example our Sherlock Holmes collection has over 1 million items including manuscripts and memorabilia on that beloved character. We have two underground caverns below Andersen Library specially design for storage of these unique materials.

We have a librarian for every department on campus. Our librarians, buy materials, teach classes and workshops and meet with students on their research projects, theses and dissertations. 


Our website is a great place to start as a growing amount of research can be completed online with your computer, laptop, tablet or even smartphone with our mobile site.

Go to www.lib.umn.edu. Let's take a quick look.

The Library homepage is organized with a series of tabs across the middle.

The Books tab can help you to find books, maps, music and more here at the University. This tab also includes a link to our Interlibrary Loan service where you can request materials from other Libraries.

Our Articles & Databases tab includes are databases by subject page which are a great place for new students to start research. Each page includes the subject librarian at the top and their contact information. Then it lists the best databases for the subject or discipline.

Use our "Findit" system will connect you to the full text and you can connect to full text through Google Scholar, another popular research tool.

Our Journals tab will tell you if we own a specific journal, magazine or newspaper. So if you know the citation you are looking for, search on the title, such as the New York Times and browse to find the year, volume, issue and pages you need.

Our Video and media tab has different ways to search for DVDs, streaming media, music,  images, scores and much more.

Our Courses Resources tab bring together various materials based around specific courses. You can login to this page and find any course reserve readings and databases for your course.

I am going to scroll down here and show you our Researcher Support page. This is a really great page where we are bring together other great things that are useful for researchers beyond our collections. Things like support for copyright and fair use, data management, searching for grant funding, help with publishing and much more. I recommend exploring this page.

And lastly, the Ask a Librarian tab. There are lots of ways to get help. Please send us an email, pick up the phone, schedule a consultation with a librarian one on one or you can get online and this chat box allows you to ask quick questions and chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Again, welcome to the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Contact Kate Peterson at katep@umn.edu or 612-626-3746 with any questions.

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