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First Year Experience @ the Michael Schwartz Library

Please send any comments or suggestions about this web page to Ann Marie Smeraldi.

WELCOME TO CSU! Need assistance with research? Have a general question about the campus and its resources or services? Ask Your Personal Librarian or just stop by the Michael Schwartz Library between classes. We will be glad to show you around the library.

The Michael Schwartz Library strives to support first year students in their transition to college by providing resources and services that will assist freshmen in achieving academic success. To create a positive learning experience for you at CSU, the Library offers:

  • A First Year Experience Librarian, Ann Marie Smeraldi, to assist you. You may contact her via email or phone at (216) 687-5020. Feel free to stop by the Library for a visit, too!
  • Personal Research assistance at the Reference Center
  • Learning Spaces for silent study and group work.
  • Computers equipped with a variety of software for class work.
  • Wireless Laptop Access
  • Library Blog with latest Library news and events

To learn more about the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, you may want to browse the Full List of Library Services . The Library is your partner in learning. We are here to help you, so please stop by for a visit.

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Essential Library Resources for College Students

Making a Successful Transition to College

College Life: Your First Year in College from SparkNotes
Short guide filled with useful tips that will help first-year students have a positive college experience.

How is College Different from High School? from Southern Methodist University
Handy chart offers a side by side comparison of how high school differs from college.

Learning Express Library
Offers access to targeted skill–building interactive courses in math, reading, and writing, as well as hundreds of online interactive practice tests that prepare them for several types of exams including the SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship, and civil service positions. Computer skills tutorials for a collection of Microsoft and Adobe software are also available.

Study Guides and Strategies
Helpful tips for academic success.

Transitioning to College
This site was developed at Kent State University with input from Ohio academic and high school librarians. It offers learning modules and resources to assist first-year students with the transition to college life.

Transitioning from High School to College Academics
This article from College View offers tips on being a successful college student. Be sure to browse the links under related links for other useful information that will ease you into college life.