Library Help for Students New to Mason

Students New to Mason

The Gateway Library is here to support first-year and transfer students transitioning to Mason by providing resources and services that help achieve academic success. To create a positive learning experience for you at Mason, the Gateway Library offers:

  • A group of librarians who specialize in the needs of new students
  • Personal research assistance at the Gateway Library
  • Learning spaces for quiet study and group work, including private study rooms
  • Research tools including access to scholarly sources, computers, and wireless Internet access
  • Workshops to help you get started in your research

We recommend that students start research with the following databases:

  • Databases for General Topics: Provides access to databases and search tools useful for general research topics, including databases of reference sources, popular press periodicals, and scholarly articles drawn from many disciplines.
  • Proquest Research Library: Provides access to newspapers, magazines, multidisciplinary scholarly journals
  • Academic Search Complete:¬†Provides access to multidisciplinary scholarly journals, magazines
  • Visit our Tutorials page for help using the Databases and any of our other research tools.
  • For more subject specific help, contact your subject librarian.

For more information, contact the Teaching and Learning Teams office in Gateway Library by e-mailing