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Beginning this summer, we are working to upgrade the research experience by making ongoing improvements to our Research Guides.
You may encounter changes in the look and feel of the Research Guides website along with structural changes to our existing guides. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please let us know.

First-Generation Students: Finding & Evaluating Sources

Library Research 101

New to Researching in a University Library? Watch the "Library Research 101" video by FAU Librarian, Dr .Sheri Edwards, to get basic information, tips, and tricks.

OpenAthens: authenticate yourself to use our electronic resources!

Through a statewide initiative in coordination with FALSC and other institutions of the Florida College System and State University System libraries, the FAU Libraries is transitioning e-resources authentication from EZproxy to OpenAthens.

OpenAthens is a gateway service that provides access to the FAU Libraries' licensed electronic resources. For the first time, you will have access to the Libraries’ e-resources without needing to be on the Libraries’ website! You can use an Internet search engine like Google or go directly to a publisher’s website to access the Libraries “Athenized” e-resources via FAU Single Sign-On (SSO)!  

Help Using OneSearch

OneSearch

Try OneSearch, our platform to search the library catalog, individual article titles, etc. in one search. 

The OneSearch User's Guide introduces search tips and strategies for this full-featured search engine. A short video tutorial is available 24/7. For additional help, please contact a librarian.

Interlibrary Loan

To request books or journal articles from other libraries, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Loan time may take 7 to 10 days, so don’t wait until the last minute!

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Interlibrary Loan Video

UBorrow

UBorrow

Use UBorrow to directly request materials from participating libraries within Florida's state colleges and universities.

Evaluating Information

If you are not using the FAU databases, you need to consider some questions when evaluating information from the Internet:

  1. How current is the information?
  2. How reliable is the information?
  3. How authoritative is the source of information?
  4. How accurate is the information?
  5. How relevant is the information to my topic?