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Top 10 CMU Library Resources You Need To Know

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Bay Bledel
23 Oct 2018
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Carnegie Mellon University is a private nonprofit research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As one of the top schools in the nation, Carnegie Mellon requires some of the best resources to accommodate its student body of nearly 6,000 undergraduates. They can be found in its five libraries located on campus. Here are 10 library resources you need to check out.

1. Special Collections Open Hours

Hunt Library, one of the libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, houses the Fine and Rare Book Room. This special archive available to students is located on the fourth floor. It is accessible to the public Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m. through November 30, 2o18. Here, you can access some of the most rare and unique materials owned by Carnegie Mellon University. An image of shelved library books.

2. Research Guides

Struggling with a class? Carnegie Mellon University libraries offer special guides catered to various classes and subject areas. Go to any library on campus to inquire about this resource. Soon, you will see your grades improve. An image of books and an apple, with a blackboard in the background.

3. Global Communication Center

The Global Communication Center offers free communication consulting for students. Swing on by to learn to communicate more clearly and effectively. Sessions are available either one-on-one or in a classroom workshop setting. Many students have benefited greatly from this resource. An image of a globe.

4. Study Rooms

Study rooms can be signed out if you need an extra quiet study space, or a semi-isolated area that is perfect for a group project. They can be reserved online or in person. Study rooms are available in every library across campus. Conference rooms for larger groups are also available. An image of a study room.

5. Google Scholar

In order to be able access Carnegie Mellon University licensed materials, students can configure Google Scholar. This resource is a valuable research tool. It is also perfect for citations. Students who need help can ask a librarian to help them configure Google Scholar. An image of the Google Scholar logo.

6. IT Support

If you have a problem with your computer, this is the department to ask. Either they know the solution to your dilemma, or can direct you to someone who does. IT services are available in all five libraries across campus. They are available during all hours that the libraries remain open, but can also be reached via telephone. An image of a computer.

7. Citation Overview

Struggling with citations, be it in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian format? Look no further than the Citation Overview section of the library website for some direct help. Many students at CMU benefit from this resource. If you are still struggling, come to any CMU library in person and ask a librarian. An image of the Purdue Owl.

8. Printing and Scanning

Students at Carnegie Mellon University have a $40 print quota per semester. Black and white pages are priced at 5 cents and color pages priced at 70 cents. Should the quota be exceeded, additional printing quota can be purchased online or in person. Every library at CMU has both black and white and color printers available for students to use. An image of a printer.

9. University Archives

The University Archives house over 100 years of CMU's history. This includes documentation on the lives and contributions of its students and faculty. The archive can be used by students wanting to do research about CMU. Librarians are available to help students locate exactly the resources that they need. An image of an archive.

10. Research Consultations

Students needing in-depth help with a research project can request a consultation with a subject librarian. During this session, they will receive help with building a research plan. Research consultations are available at any library at CMU. Many students conducting research benefit from this resource. An image of a librarian at work.

Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University

1. Hunt Library

The Hunt Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is perfect for those students who are up at all hours of the night studying and need a good place to do it. Hunt Library is also the biggest library on campus. All of the above resources can be accessed here. An image of Hunt Library at CMU.

2. Sorrells Library

The Sorrells Library is open 12 p.m.-1 a.m. on Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays. The Sorrells Library is also known as the engineering and science library. It is located in Wean Hall on the CMU Campus. The above resources are available here to students. An image of Sorrells Library at CMU.

3. Mellon Library

The Mellon Library is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. It remains entirely closed on weekends. CMU students can find the above resources here. If you have trouble finding anything, librarians are always available to help. An image of the Mellon Library at CMU.

4. Qatar Library

The Qatar Library is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays. It is closed on Fridays and Saturdays. All of the above resources are available to CMU students here. Librarians are also available for those who need help locating resources. An image of Qatar Library at CMU.

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