Finals Week Tips: Virtual Resources and More

Whether you’re finishing up a paper or project or studying for a final exam, here are some tips to help you finish the semester strong.

Student studying on a laptop while wearing white earbuds in front of colorful book shelf

Take advantage of the Libraries’ resources and helpful staff—even remotely!

Reach out to your Liaison Librarian
Search by subject to find an expert librarian who specializes in your topic or area of study! Then, simply schedule an appointment, or call/email your librarian for help finding resources or tools for your research.

Use Research Guides to find resources by topic
Stuck while searching for resources? You’re in luck! Our Research Guides cover over 265 specific topics, with curated recommendations on books, databases, streaming video, open access items, and more.

Brush up on the research process, including how to cite sources
Check out the blog post below from Giovanna ColosiLibrarian for the School of Education, with helpful research tips and process recommendations, from narrowing your topic to correctly citing sources.

Virtually browse our online collections
Millions of items are available in our online collections, which can be searched through Summon.

For direct links to our online curated databases, visit:

Request scanning or electronic delivery
Looking for a specific physical book from the Libraries? No problem. Anyone with a valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID can request a digital copy of journal articles or book chapters from our physical collections at Bird Library, Carnegie Library, or King+King Architecture Library.

To request a digital copy of an item:

  1. Log into SU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan system.
  2. On the left side of the page, select “New Request” then “Article or Book Chapter.”
  3. Complete the form then Submit Request. Note that copyright law limits how much we can copy in some circumstances.
  4. Once the item is scanned, it will be electronically delivered to you.

Pick-up items from Bird Library
If you’re still in the Syracuse area, safely borrow items from our physical circulating collections through our contactless pick-up option at Bird, by appointment only.

To request that an item to be pulled and held for you:

  1. Find the item in our catalog. Once the item is identified, select “Request this item.”
  2. Complete the form then Submit Request. You will receive a confirmation email that your request is being processed.
  3. Once the item is available, you will receive another email to schedule a pickup time. You will also have an option to request UPS delivery of your item(s) to your residence.
  4. Items borrowed will be prepared and checked out to you prior to pickup. Please do not clean or disinfect borrowed materials, as it may damage the item. Libraries staff follow University as well as national safety guidelines in preparing items for loan and upon their return.

Students in quarantine on campus can also request delivery to building entrances, such as residence halls, by calling 315.443.5727 or emailing for assistance.

Contact us!
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Libraries with any questions. Our staff are ready to provide remote support to point you in the right direction. Simply choose the method that works best for you:

Don’t forget to take a break!

Self-care is important, so remember to get up often, drink plenty of water, talk with friends and family, and take part in campus partners’ study break events throughout finals week—like Holidays at Hendricks, the LGBT Resource Center’s Self Care Study Break, or the Office of Student Activities’ yoga classes, art classes, and Among Us games, for example! The Barnes Center at the Arch staff is also here to help and support you every step of the way.

Plus, check out these tips from Noah Lowy ’21 on how to beat the stress and do your best.

Your local public library also offers tons of free leisure material, from fiction and fantasy to e-books and audiobooks! Below, John Stawarz, Online Learning Librarian, gives his tips and how-tos for accessing all of these relaxing resources!

The end is in sight! After a long and uncertain semester, we’re proud of all you’ve accomplished—and you should be proud, too! From your friends in the Libraries: best of luck on finals, and have a relaxing and restful winter break!