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College Libraries and Research: What to Expect

Adapted from the guide - Transitioning to College by Kent State University

College: What to Expect

If you are planning to attend college or you are already there, you are discovering (or will soon discover) that there are BIG differences between college and high school. This guide provides information about the changes you will face during the transition from high school to college. You will find general information about college and how college differs from high school, but the focus of this guide is on college libraries as an academic support service and college level research expectations.

In  the video below, Jason and Emily share some experiences from their first year of college with high school students who are visiting the campus with their guidance counselor.

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Using the available support services will help you ease into college life and be a successful student. Here is a list of some common services:

  • Academic Advising 
  • Career Services 
  • Computer Labs
  • Counseling
  • Disabilites Office
  • Health and Wellness
  • Library
  • Student Life
  • Tutoring Center
  • Writing Center

In the video below, Jason and Emily get through their first semester by using the support services that are typically offered at colleges and universities.  

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Think of a syllabus as a guide to success for your college courses. If you don’t consult it frequently, you will get lost! Check out these sample syllabi from real professors.

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