Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question that is not answered below, please call the library at 863.680.4164 or send us an email.
Locating Items in the Library
Q: Where is everything in the library? Do you have a map of the library? A map of the campus?
A: We have a brochure detailing where all the materials in the library are located. In addition, you can ask at the desk to have a staff member take you on a guided tour. A map of the library is printed on the brochure and, in addition, this information is on the library's web site. Maps of the campus are located at the circulation desk, and a campus map is also on the FSC web site.
Q: Where are the books?
A: Roux Library's collection was classified in the Dewey System; however, the library is now undergoing a reclassifying project that will result in most of the collection being classified in the Library of Congress (LC) system. The structure of the LC system can be viewed here. The first floor holds the reference collection. The second floor has the 000s through the 300s. The second also holds the LC classified books. The third floor has the 400s through the 900s, and the oversize book collection. The books will be shifted from time to time as the collection is reclassified.
Q: What are the library's circulation policies?
A: Please see Roux Library's circulation page for this information.
Q: Where are the magazines and newspapers?
A: The current issues of magazines and journals are located on the second floor, and are shelved alphabetically. The older periodicals that are stored on microform are also shelved on the second floor. The newspapers are located in the news center, which is located on the first floor just to the left of the staircase.
Q: What is microfilm and microfiche material and how do I use it?
A: Many of the library's older newspapers and journals are stored on microform. Microfilm is a plastic reel of film and microfiche is a flat plastic card. Many older journals and newspapers are stored on microfilm. The library holds over 40 years of ERIC, (Educational Resources Information Center) and this is stored on microfiche. The entire collection consists of more than 430,000 microforms. There are three microform reader / printers located on the second floor of the library, near the journals that begin with the letter R. A staff member will be happy to assist you with the machines.
Q: If the library does not own what I need how can I obtain it?
A: You may be able to get what you need through interlibrary loan (ILL). If the material is in our catalog, Suncat, you can place a hold on the material through this system. If you need material not found locally, there are ILL forms available. You can find the library's online form on the ILL web page to request material you need, or you may want to use paper forms that are located at the circulation desk. Please see the ILL web page for more information or ask at the front desk. Suncat can be accessed from the catalog computers in the library, as well as from your own computer, or computer labs here on the campus.
Research Resources in the Library
Q: Can I use the Internet in the library?
A: Yes there are 13 computers for Internet, word processing, and other uses in the cyber café and there are 5 computers on the first floor of the library. You must have an FSC network login and password to use these computers. You may obtain the login and password from the FSC computer lab located in the Rinker Technology Center on the east side of campus, adjacent to Ingraham Avenue.
Q: Can I access library databases from home and other campus computer labs?
A: Yes. From your computer go to the library's home page. On the left sidebar there is a link to connect to Journals & Databases. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your portal ID and password. The database you chose should then be displayed.
Q: How do I look up books in the catalog?
A: You can use the catalog from the library, or, on your own computer. Click "Search Catalog" on the library's homepage to begin your search. You can search for books by title, author or subject. We are on a system with nine other libraries, and you may find something that is not in Roux Library. You may be able to obtain it through interlibrary loan if that is material that you need. From your personal computer you can get to our catalog by going to the library's home page, and clicking on SunCat Catalog.
Q: Does the library have e-books?
A: Yes, the library has access to thousands of electronic books. You may access the e-books from the library's home page. Click on Electronic Journals, Databases and you will see a link to NetLibrary. You will have to set up an account to use the e-books.
Q: How can I find articles on my topic?
A: A good start is to use EbscoHost. You can access EbscoHost from the library or your own computer by clicking on Electronic Journals, Databases. You may also want to use LexisNexis, or FirstSearch, or one of the other excellent databases located on the Electronic Databases page. You will need your library bar code, located on the back or your college ID, to access the databases if you are not on the campus network.
Q: What is the difference between a magazine and a scholarly journal?
A: A scholarly journal contains articles of original research, and uses in-depth analysis of issues and topics. Articles will use technical or sophisticated language. An article in a scholarly journal may be broken down into sections; Methods, Results, Conclusion, and a bibliography is usually included. A magazine's contents may contain current events, have glossy pictures, advertising and uses language that is understandable to the general reader.
Q: What is the difference between the Internet and the library's databases?
A: The library purchases access to subscription databases and for that we have access to thousands of articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, conferences and more. The databases provide abstracts, full text articles, subject headings, authority, reliability and validity. Much of the content on the Internet is free, but unreliable. There may be no way to be certain how a web page author gathered his facts or if the information has been evaluated or if the page has been updated regularly.
Q: How can I narrow my search so I don't get thousands of hits?
A: You may want to try using Google, a very highly rated search engine. Google has a great Search Tips page that has lots of tips and hints on searching.
Q: How can I tell if a web site is a good source for my paper?
A: Here are some basic questions you might want to ask about the web site. Who is the author? What was the date the page was posted? When was it last updated? Who is the intended audience? Does the domain name give any clues (.com, .edu, .org, .mil, .net) to determine what type of page it is and who is responsible for its content? Is there in-depth analysis of the content? If in doubt, do not hesitate to call the library; we will be happy to help you evaluate the web site.
Q: How do I cite web pages?
A: Using the MLA style: Author/Sponsor; Title of the individual "article" or information page; Title of the main home page -- look for a link on the information page to "HOME" or "MAIN"; the date the page was posted/updated; the Address URL (location); the date you accessed the page (pages can be here today, gone tomorrow). You may also want to use other style guides, they are located in the Reference section, or just ask someone at the desk for help.
Q: Is there a wireless connection in the library?
A: Yes. The library and the cybercafé have wireless access available.
Q: Are there any other programs or software loaded on the library's computers?
A: Yes, Microsoft Office, which includes Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
Q: Can I bring in my own software and/or headphone to use on the library's computers?
A: Yes, the computers are IBM PC compatible and have a CD-ROM drive. The computers do not store information, therefore please bring along a disc to save your work.
Q: Do you have videos? DVDs? Audio CDs?
A: Yes. The library has a growing collection of audio-visual material. You can search for material in the catalog just as you would a book, using title, author, (or composer, director) or by subject.
Q: What hours are you open?
A: The library is open 82 hours a week during the school year. The hours are: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 11pm. Friday 8 am to 5pm. Saturday 1pm to 5pm. Sunday 2pm to 11pm. The summer hours are Monday - Thursday 8 am to 6:30 pm. Friday 8 am to 1 pm. Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Sunday. The hours vary during exam weeks.
Q: Does the library have textbooks?
A: No, the library policy is that we do not acquire textbooks.
Q: Is this a Frank Lloyd Wright building?
A: No, the architect for Roux Library was Nils Schweizer, a student and protégé of Mr. Wright at Taliesin, Wright's home and architectural complex in Wisconsin.
Q: Who is that medieval guy hanging in the stair landing?
A: It is Robert Bruce. The brass rubbing of Robert Bruce, King of Scots, currently hanging in the Roux Library, is one of 43 brass rubbings of the Allene Sefton Collection, owned by Florida Southern College. This particular brass rubbing was taken from Dumferline Abbey, Scotland, near Edinburgh, and represents one of the most important figures in Scottish history. Alexander M. Bruce, a former professor of English at FSC, has written a pamphlet on Robert Bruce; it is available in the library.
Q: Are there study rooms available?
A: Yes there are 5 small rooms on the north side of the second floor, near a bank of filing cabinets.
Q: Where are the copy machines?
A: There are two copy machines on the first floor, near the CD collection and there is one copy machine on the west side of the second floor.
Q: Can I send or receive a fax?
A: Yes. If you wish to send a fax and if it is long distance, you will need a calling card or your FSC long distance password. If you wish to receive a fax, there is a charge of $1.00 per page. The fax number is 863.680.4126.
Q: Is there coffee or other refreshments in or near the library?
This page is maintained by Nora Galbraith, Resource Sharing Librarian.
A:Yes. The library now has a cyber café, TûTû's, located on the first floor. Click here to see the menu and other information about TûTû's.