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Your Guide to Surviving Finals Week

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Study days and finals are almost here but don't worry, Lau has what you need to get through it!

1. Study Spaces

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The Library has every kind of study space you could need to get started: quiet study areas, individual graduate student carrels, group study rooms, open computer labs, collaborative computer stations, production rooms, and more!

2. Subject Guides

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Getting a bit of a late start on some research? We’ll have you caught up in no time! Our librarians have prepared hundreds of subject guides that give you the best resources for every topic, so you can write a successful paper. And remember, if you want more help: our subject librarians are available for consultations as well!

3. Library Chat

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Need help finding something at the Library or on the Library’s website? Chat with us! The Library’s chat service is available every day whenever the Circulation Desk is open (that’s 8:30 am to midnight most days). Have a last-minute research question? The Research Services’ chat is available every day whenever the Reference Desk is open.

4. Lynda.com

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Using a new program or tool and can’t get it to work quite right? Don’t take it out on your computer—just log into Lynda.com! Lynda.com has thousands of tutorials on software applications (and professional skills), broken down into short segments so you can find exactly what you’re looking for and master it in minutes.

5. Chargers, Ear Plugs, Markers, and More

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The Circulation Desk isn’t just for books! The Library also has Mac laptop chargers, iPhone chargers, Samsung Android phone chargers, ear plugs, dry-erase board markers, laptop locks, and headphones available for check-out at the Lauinger Circulation Desk. Forgot your calculator? You don’t have to give up your favorite seat to run back to your room! The Circulation Desks at Lauinger Library and Blommer Science Library have calculators (both regular and graphing). Blommer Science Library also has book props to help you study more comfortably with large textbooks.


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If you are feeling stressed, check out our Keep Calm and Finals On stress relief activities that run from December 10 through December 14! Good luck with finals! You got this!