Welcome to Roux!: A Tour of the Library & Archives

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Welcome to Roux LibraryWelcome to Roux Library, where our mission is to educate students in developing lifelong, critical, information-seeking skills by identifying and making information resources available to the college community, and by providing engaged instruction for access and use of information resources, and where we strive to provide exemplary service to all of our patrons, including students, faculty, staff, community users, and researchers.


In this library tour, you will learn about the many resources and services we have to help you be successful in whatever academic endeavor you may undertake. Along the way, you will get some basic hands-on practice with many of these resources. For more in-depth information about any of the topics introduced in this introduction, look for specific tutorials that address your questions, or come in to see one of our librarians. We're here to help you!

The page you are on is the Roux Library home page. From this page you will be able to access all that we provide to the Florida Southern College community.

First, let's look at some of the library's resources. Click on the "resources" link in the blue bar at the top of the page.


On this page, you can see the different types of resources we offer as well as the different library spaces we administer.

How many electronic books and related items does Roux library have?

Where can you access works written and created by FSC students, faculty, and staff?

True or False: The public is welcome to explore the Hollis Hays Library at Roberts Academy?


Now, let's explore some of the services Roux Library offers.

Click on the "services" link in the blue bar at the top of the page.


In addition to traditional academic library services such as circulation of library materials; research assistance and instruction to classes, small groups or individuals; and interlibrary loan, Roux Library provides other services which may not be as traditional.

Note: When there are open answer boxes, just type in your response. Unlike the multiple choice questions, you will not be able to check those answers. 

Poster Printing

How much does it cost to print a poster up to 48"?


Study Carrels

How many study carrels are available in the library?

To use a free study carrel in the library, stop by the front desk and check out a key. In the archives, go to the second floor and ask one of the personnel on duty.



Which of the following is NOT available for checkout in the library?

Picture of Riley Norman from The Southern newspaper


Now, click the "McKay Archives" link in the blue bar at the top of the page.

Located next to Roux Library, you will find the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr. Archives Center. The McKay Archives holds many different collections including FSC institutional records, faculty papers, and audio/visual and artifact materials.

If you click the links, you can explore the digital collections the Archives curates and delve into the history of FSC.

Photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright during construction of the Polk County Science Building.

Archives staff are available to assist you Monday - Friday, from 8:00am - 5:00pm.


One of the most important resources we have at the Library & Archives are our librarians and support staff. Click on the "Contact" link in the blue bar at the top of the page to learn more about the people who work here.

All of us have different duties, and each one helps keep things running smoothly.

To learn more about our librarians, click on their names.

In what year did Mr. MacDonald assume the role of Director of the Library?

Which of the following librarians has a degree from the University of South Florida.

If you wanted to learn more about the history of the College, which person would be your best resource?

If you have a research question about Spanish or French, whom should you contact?


Let's take a closer look at the resources Roux provides to assist our patrons with research.

Navigate back to the library's home page at http://www.flsouthern.edu/library.


Looking for Books, DVDs, CDs

Clip art of person looking for books on library shelvesFinding books at Roux is really easy! If you can search for something in Google you'll have no trouble finding books (or DVDs, CD, vinyl records, etc.) in the library.

First, click the "Find Books, E-books, & DVDs" link on the library's home page.

Notice the search box and, below that, two tabs. Selecting the DiscoveRoux tab will search what we have in the library and will also look for electronic sources, websites, and other outside information.

To look for items here, be sure to select the At Roux Library tab.

Next, search for Harry Potter and hit enter.

How many total results are returned?

Examine the "Refine by" items on the left.


Look at the first page of results.

Finding an item on the shelf is as easy as knowing what floor the item is located on and then using the call number and labels on the shelf to locate what you're looking for. But remember, if you need assistance, all you need to do is ask!


Research Guides & Tutorials

Now, let's talk about some essential tools you will use when researching: Roux Library's Research Guides.

From the library's home page, click on the "Research Guides & Tutorials" link.

In the middle of this page you will find a list of guides that have been put together by librarians and your professors to provide you with a "one stop shopping" experience when you are looking for essential research information. Some disciplines may have only one guide for all classes taught in the subject; some disciplines will have several for individual classes taught in the subject.

These guides will include information about resources we have in the library, useful websites, links to important organizations, databases you should use to find scholarly articles, and other resources you will find useful.

How many English research guides are there?

In addition to the discipline research guides, we have guides with information about the library and some research how-tos.

Click on the "Library Information" link and look at the titles of the guides.


Research Guides & Tutorials

Staying on the Research Guides page, find the video tutorial on using Interlibrary Loan.

Watch the video and answer the following questions:

Which of the following items would you NOT be able to get through Interlibrary Loan?

True or False: You will have to come to the library to pick up everything you order through ILL.

If you find an article from a source other than one of our databases, what should you do before ordering it through ILL?

Looking at the other information on the Research Guides page, find the answer to this question: 


Navigate back to the library's home page. Notice the Journals & Databases link. This is where you will find an alphabetical list of all the databases we make available to the FSC community.

Click on this link.

Whom should you contact if you need help with your portal ID and password?

Find SciFinder in the list of databases.

Our databases include ones that are excellent for searching across many or all disciplines, as well as more specialized databases, geared towards a specific subject, purpose, or discipline. These resources come from several different companies and many include information that is not available anywhere else, even on Google -- this is called proprietary information.

Picture of hand holding a spyglass emerging from a computer screen.Although the trend may be changing somewhat, for now, because so much scholarly work is proprietary, you should never rely solely on Google when doing research; you won't be able to find the information you need for your classes on the open web. But don't worry, access to databases through Roux library is always free, helping you do the best research you can.

Use the list of databases to answer the following questions.

For which discipline would ABI/INFORM Complete be best for researching? 

You have to write a paper for Dr. Taylor's Marine Biology class. Which database will give you the best results?

Now that you have explored some of the many databases we make available to you, you should have a better idea of where you can go when you begin your research.

If you would like to learn how to search with a general database, check out our tutorial on DiscoveRoux.


Finally, return to the Roux Library home page.

Near the bottom of the page, you will see a red box inviting you to join the Roux Reads Book Club. Click on this box.

Roux Reads is a student run organization that, each year, chooses books to read and talk about at regular meetings, proposes books to add to the library's collection of popular literature, plans events for the campus to increase awareness of the club, and may participate in other campus-wide events as a group.

Joining is as easy as asking for more information about the book club at the circulation desk. Or, you can email circ@flsouthern to learn more.


We hope you have enjoyed learning more about the services, resources, and databases that Roux Library provides to the Florida Southern College community.

Remember, if you have questions, we're only a phone call away:


Or if you prefer, come speak to one of our librarians. We are always willing to help!

And don't forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (icons are on the bottom of the home page), as well as on FSC Engage!


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