Skip to Main Content Albertsons Library Reservations

Bronco Ready Library Guide

This guide is designed to help students succeed in their first year at Boise State. It contains information about library resources & services to help students become better prepared to use the library.

High School vs. College

Your High School Library: 

  • The library may have been one room with one librarian, and maybe a few student assistants

  • The librarian had general knowledge of many subjects

  • Visiting the library was usually with your class and teacher

  •  Help was available during high school hours

  •  Opening hours were limited to the regular school hours

  •  Online resources were probably limited to a small number of general subject databases

  •  Google may have been your primary research source

  •  High school has teachers, some with master's degree and a few with doctorate degrees

High School vs. College

Your College Library, The Albertsons Library:

  • The Library is four floors, over 200,000 square feet, hosts a coffee shop, provides over 110 computers for student use, over 670,000 books, and supplies over 1,100 seats for studying and research

  • There is a team of professional librarians with faculty status, many support staff, and of student assistants

  • The opportunity to consult one-to-one with a professional librarian who has strong knowledge and subject specialization

  • Research help is available in person or online

  • During the semester the library is open 103 hours per week, and only closes a handful of days a year

  • There are over 280 online subject specific and scholarly databases, of which almost all are available via remote access

  • If the library doesn't own a book or have an article you need, Interlibrary Loan will try to get this for you from another library without charge

Expected Changes

  • Google and Wikipedia will no longer be your main ways of researching and learning
  • You must prove that you read the sources by providing correct citations - plagiarism is a serious offence in the university
  • You will be responsible for your own education -- assignments, attending class, managing studying time, and keeping up with work
  • Help may not come your way unless you ask for it
  • Library research has different expectations and can be more complicated
  • Term papers won't work with only 1 source -- you'll need a sufficient number of sources to make your point believable

How Can the Librarians Help Me?

Librarians are available to assist students with finding and using resources, both print & electronic items, in the library.

We can assist you in:

  • Using the library catalog to find print and electronic books on your topic.
  • Finding materials on the shelves.
  • Identify the best articles and books for your paper or project.
  • Finding a book or article based on a citation.
  • Determining which databases are best for researching a particular topic.
  • Assist with building successful search strategies.
  • Citing materials.
  • Explain how you can borrow materials from other libraries or get copies of journal articles not available in our electronic databases.
  • And much more.

Click here to Meet the Librarians

Meet with a Librarian Virtually!

Virtual Reference & One-on-One Research Support

We're available to meet virtually Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday from 11-2PM

To connect virtually with a Boise State University librarian scan the QR code.

Note: If you’re not in the Boise State network, you will need to log in using your Boise State or personal Google account to be granted access to this service.