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Library Resources and Services for International Students  

The TAMUC Library faculty welcome international students and hope this library guide will help them in their studies and general adaptation in the U.S.
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Useful Quick Link

  • Library Homepage
    There are several ways to access the library website (E-college, the TAMUC website, etc.) However, the fastest and most reliable way to access it is enter the library website:
  • Library Hours
  • How to contact a reference librarian
    You can contact a reference librarian by phone, by email, by chat, and in person (walk-ins, and by appointments.)
  • Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL)
    If you do not find your information in our library we can always order it for you from other sources through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. It normally takes a week for an article to be sent to your email box, and about two weeks to deliver a book to the library. You will need to fill out separate forms for books and articles below:
  • Articles and Books through ILL
  • Class Reserves
    This is the material your professor/instructor wants you to use within the library. You will need to provide your instructor's name and course number to an assistant at the service desk on the first floor to access the materials.
  • Research Guides Home Page
    LibGuides are designed not only to help students quickly grasp the basics of information searching but also to sharpen their research skills.

Writing Process

While libraries abroad may offer writing help, that is not the case in most academic libraries in the U.S.  Librarians in our library are to help students to properly select needed material and to introduce them to the various services the library offers.  All writing activities as well as submitting and checking papers are the responsibilities of the students themselves.  Students should consult their instructors and seek writing help at the Writing Center, which is located in the Hall of Languages.

Getting Started

So, you got your first paper assignment and you need to select information material for your topic.  Your instructor wants you to use only peer reviewed/ scholarly articles.  The professor also wants you to be quite specific in choosing articles; they all should pertain to the topic and come from scholarly journals.  Besides, there will be many other conditions attached to the assignment.    It is quite enough to get you frustrated, is it not?

Let’s get organized here.   First of all, please learn the terms.  The following links will help you to understand the term meanings your professor/instructor mentioned in the assignment. 


Welcome to the James Gee Library!

We are well aware that many of our students are coming from other countries.  We also know that the ways libraries around the world offer their services could differ from those in the U.S.  In addition, going to school in a foreign country always assumes cultural and language barriers.  Keeping these factors in mind, we designed this research guide to help international students to quickly and painlessly grasp basic knowledge of using library resources and services.   

Research & Instruction Services Team



Welcome to Gee Library

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