Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions at the Library

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Do you make a New Year’s resolution every year, only to find yourself breaking it by mid-January? We understand—we've all been there! This year, let the Library help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

If you resolved to…save money

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Save money on course materials by taking advantage of books, streaming materials, and electronic reserves for your classes this semester. See what your professors have put on reserve by visiting our course reserves page. You can also avoid big ticket software purchases by using the Library’s computers—we have both general productivity software and specialized packages for many different subjects. Plus, thanks to Nutanix Frame, you can use many of the software packages available on Library computers remotely through a web browser.

Many programs installed on Library computers, Including Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and MATLAB, are also available for free or at a reduced price. Visit the Georgetown University Software Webstore to browse the full list of software available for free for Georgetown students, faculty, and staff.

The Library’s list of Recommended Software for Instructional Continuity includes programs for multimedia development that you can use in the Gelardin Center on the 1st floor of Lauinger Library, or from your home computer or mobile device for free, free trial, or reduced cost.

If you resolved to....learn new skills

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Check out the Library’s Spring Workshop schedule. The Library offers workshops on everything from research and publishing to digital mapping. Want to learn on your own time? Check out LinkedIn Learning for courses on professional communication, data analysis, and more.

If you resolved to...take up a new hobby

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The Maker Hub on the 1st floor of Lauinger Library can help you find your new favorite pastime. Learn about 3D printing, crafting, working with textiles, woodworking, building electronics, bookmaking, and other maker skills. The Maker Hub will be holding dozens of workshops this semester, teaching skills in sewing, printmaking, woodworking, and more. If you’re an expert knitter or crocheter—or you’re just interested in giving it a try—join Hoyarn, Georgetown’s club for fiber enthusiasts of all kinds, which will meet in the Maker Hub every Thursday from 4:30–6 p.m. starting in February.

If you resolved to...improve your self-care

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Give yourself a mental break from studying. Browse the music, films, filmed stage productions, documentaries, and educational videos available via the Library’s streaming media databases! Or, visit stimulating Library exhibitions on a variety of topics on the third and fifth floors of Lau or online.

If you resolved to...stop procrastinating

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Working on a paper? Sign up for a research consultation to meet with a librarian to find the best resources for your topic.

If you resolved to...read more

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The Library has a huge selection of popular fiction and non-fiction, much of it available electronically. Find your favorite title or author in HoyaSearch for your favorite title or author, and review our ebooks guide for more information on finding and accessing ebooks. Plus, the new Lattes and Lit Book Club will give you a great opportunity to discuss what you read with friends over a free coffee or tea from the Midnight Mug.

If you resolved to...get organized

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Don’t let your resource list turn into a mess as you do your research. Track your citations diligently with a citation manager like Zotero, RefWorks, or ZoteroBib. Want help learning how to make the best use of these tools? Sign up for one of the Library’s citation workshops.