This guide was put together in collaboration with the First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) Program, based out of the Greenfield Intercultural Center, and PennFirst, a student organization of self-identified FGLI students. The guide highlights resources and services that FGLI students at Penn should familiarize themselves with during their time at Penn.
The best resource that Penn Libraries offers is its Librarians. Librarians at Penn are professionals who are expert navigators in a certain subject area. Subject librarians commonly visit classes and conduct workshops. You can also request a research consultation with a subject librarian, in which the librarian assists you in finding resources for your paper or project. Here's a lists of librarians and their corresponding subject areas: https://www.library.upenn.edu/people/subject-specialists.
Note: It is okay to schedule a consultation with a librarian outside of your major. Librarians understand that you may be writing a paper or working on a project for a general requirement or elective course outside of your major.
The Penn Libraries website is full of useful resources such as databases, books, videos, and more. The homepage can be overwhelming. A good place to start your research is the Subjects/Collections page, a list of subject areas often studied at Penn: http://www.library.upenn.edu/common/browsesubj.html. Each link will take you to a page of suggested resources specific to that particular subject area.
To find subject databases:
Citation management tools allows you to save your database search results and create bibliographies without having to memorize a citation style. To learn more, check out this Citation Management Tools guide: https://guides.library.upenn.edu/citationmgmt.
The Penn Libraries offers software demonstrations, skill-based workshops, guest lectures, open houses, and other events throughout the year. Librarians often do office hours and presentations out of the Libraries too. Go to http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/ and click the links on "Workshop Registration" to view the various workshop calendars.
You can also request a personalized workshop or demo by filling out this form: http://faq.library.upenn.edu/widget_standalone.php?la_widget_id=3206.
You can also check out laptops, chargers, adaptors, cameras, tripods, flash drives, microphones, etc from the Penn Libraries; https://guides.library.upenn.edu/equipment.
You can book group study rooms at the Penn Libraries: http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/.
Library Resource Liaisons (LRLs) are students who can help you navigate library resources. LRLs hold office hours around campus. Learn more at https://guides.library.upenn.edu/ask_a_library_resource_liaison.