The mission of the Florida National University Library is to support the curricular needs of the university. This includes the acquisition, organization, maintenance, and provision of timely access to library materials, in a variety of formats, which reflect current advances in academic and professional knowledge, as well as, information technology. As part of this mission, the library supports student and faculty research, the use of evolving information formats, and techniques which seek to encourage lifelong learning.

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Library Catalog

Hours of Operation

Hialeah Campus

Monday-Thursday 8-10
Friday 8-9, Saturday 8-5
Phone: (305) 821-3333, ext. 1020

South Campus Resource Room

Monday-Thursday 8-10
Friday 8-9
Phone: (305) 226-9999, ext. 1320

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Filed by the ACRL Board on February 2, 2015. Adopted by the ACRL Board, January 11, 2016.
The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (originally approved in January 2000) were rescinded by the ACRL Board of Directors on June 25, 2016, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, which means they are no longer in force.

Authority is constructed and contextual

Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.

Information creation is a process

Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information various ways.

Information has value

Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.

Plagiarism & Citing

Plagiarism Statement see the Student Handbook – Code of Ethics, pages 61-62.

Plagiarism Prevention. A paper that relies on research is a collaboration between someone and their sources. To be fair and ethical, everyone must acknowledge the writers/authors of those sources. By acknowledge the sources, someone avoids plagiarism, a serious academic offense.
Three different acts are considered plagiarism:
• failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas
• failing to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks, and
• failing to put summaries and paraphrases in someone’s own words.

List of Reference(s) on a new page; heading centered and not boldface
List alphabetized by authors’ last names, or titles for works with no authors
Authors names inverted, with initial(s) of first name(s)
First line of each entry flush left; subsequent lines indented ½”
Double-spaced throughout

APA/MLA Formatting and Style
MLA/APA Samples

Research is a form of inquiry

Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

Scholarship is a conversation

Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Search is a form of strategic exploration

Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.
Finding information, conducting research, evaluating sources

Samples: Boolean Logic is for better searching. Boolean expressions are for refining keyword searches.
• AND or the + (“plus”) symbol: Narrows the focus of search
• NOT or the – (“minus”) symbol: Narrows the search by excluding texts
• OR: Expands the search and includes more than one keyword
• Quotation marks (“ ”): Direct the search to match exact word

Implications for Teaching and Learning with Information Literacy Tools

Student and Faculty Workshops
Research Tools and Use of Electronic Databases
How to Search for Journals and Newspapers
Freshmen Library Orientation
“Information Literacy Unit”
Library Resources Exchange by Programs
NCLEX Exam Preparation for Nursing programs (ASN, BSN, and MSN)
Library Research Tutorials
Cultural Exhibits and Programs





Library Services

FNU Library Policies and Procedures
Reference Services
Library Collections
The Law Library
Intercampus Loans
Computers/Internet Access
Printing/Copying Services

Databases 24/7 access – anytime…anywhere


(Library and Information Resources Network)

Library and Information Resources NetworkOnline Periodicals and more: Elibrary (a comprehensive digital archive for information seekers, It includes  hundreds and hundreds of full-text periodicals, nine international newswires, classic books, hundreds of maps, thousands of photographs, as well as, major works of literature, art, and reference), InfoTrac (a database of magazine and journal indexes including over 1,800 full-text magazines, available online, which includes index entries, abstracts, and in most cases, the complete articles from magazines and journals), and ProQuest (an interdisciplinary database representing titles found in ABI INFORM, Periodicals and Newspaper Abstracts), as well as, LexisNexis (which includes Shepard’s Citations, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources), among others.


Florida Electronic Library A comprehensive resource including approximately one hundred additional databases such as: A+ Research and Writing, Academic OneFile, Books and Authors, Computer Database, Criminal Justice Collection, Educator’s Reference Complete, Expanded Academic ASAP, Florida Job Search Resources, Gale LegalForms, Gale Virtual Reference Library, General Business File ASAP, Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module, Informe Academico, Law and Government, Library of Congress Teacher Resources, Literature Resources from Gale, Multicultural Studies, Nursing and Allied Health Collection, Small Business Resource Center, World History Collection, among others.

World Digital Library

World Digital Library The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual   format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The principal objectives of the WDL are to: promote international and intercultural understanding, expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet, provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences, and build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.


CEO Express
As information has proliferated, jobs have become more competitive and time consuming, so executives have sought ways to make their lives easier. Therefore, CEOExpress brings together the best logistics resources on the Internet for busy Chief Logistics Officers and executives.

Library of Congress

library_of_congress_logo_  The library’s mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with more than 158 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 36 million books and other print materials, 3.5 million recordings, 13.7 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 6.7 million pieces of sheet music and 69 million manuscripts, with many of these available in digital format.

Library Staff Members:

Ida Tomshinsky, MLS
Library Director
Anolan Alonso
Maria E. de la Cruz
Hialeah Campus Librarian
Michelle Palacios
Library Assistant (HC)
Arlene Carrion
Library Assistant (HC)
Ingrid Enriquez
Library Assistant (HC)
Martha Rodriguez
South Campus Librarian
Lourdes Portuondo Palmino
Library Assistant (SC)


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