Information for New Students

New to Ginn Library? We're Here to Help!

Ginn Library provides a variety of services and resources to help Fletcher students succeed in their courses, research, and experiential learning activies.  

Research Assistance

Ginn's Research and Instruction Librarians are on duty between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday to help you with:

  • Developing a research strategy
  • Finding books, journals, and articles 
  • Searching out statistical data
  • Locating legal documents
  • Formatting citations for footnotes and bibliographies
  • Researching your Capstone and dissertation topics

Stop by the Reference/Research Help Office in the library or contact us by phone, email, or chat at any time using the Ask a Librarian service.

You might also want to see the Research Basics section for do-it-yourself assistance and tips for your research.

Workshops and Learning Opportunities

Ginn Library and IT staff hold a variety of workshops both in the Library and in the Mugar Computer Lab. Ginn workshops cover a vareity of topics including:

  • Getting started with research
  • Citation tools and strategies
  • STATA and statistical analysis

Visit our workshop calendar to see upcoming training opportunities. You can also sign up for a Lynda.com account to participate in web-based, self-paced technology training. Contact FletcherIT@tufts.edu or Ask a Librarian if there is a workshop you would like to see offered at Fletcher. 

Circulation/Reserves

Books in the Ginn Library collection may be checked out at the Circulation Desk near the entrance of the Library. Course Reserve books are held behind the circulation desk, and may be checked out for 2 hours, to insure their availabilty for other students in the class. The Circulation Desk also has a variety of technology items (e.g. laptops, adapters, chargers) available to be checked out by Fletcher School students.

A valid Tufts ID card is required to borrow books and technology from Ginn.

IT Help

Tufts Technology Services (TTS) provides a variety of IT resources to help you successfully complete your course work.  

If you need help, drop by the Tech Desk in Ginn Library for assistance with your laptop or with questions about Tufts systems and software access. See the Ginn IT Help Desk hours on our Hours page.

You can also contact Tufts Technology Services (TTS)

  • By phone: Tufts Technology Support Center Service Desk, available 24/7 at 617-627-3376
  • By email: it@tufts.edu.
  • In person at Eaton Hall Computer Lab (Eaton 212)

Additional Technology Resources

Consult with an event support specialist: If you need help planning the audiovisual and technology aspects of an upcoming event, feel free to set up a consultation appointment with our specialist. 

Printing, Scanning, and Copying: Computers, printers, and scanners are located in the Ginn Library and Mugar Computer Lab. Black and white print-outs cost 10¢ per sheet single-sided, and 15¢ per sheet double-sided. Add value to your Tufts ID with a credit card at the JumboCash website, or with cash at the kiosk in the library. You can also download drivers to your laptop to print to the public printers.

Computer Safety and Responsibility: Viruses and malicious software can damage your computer: make sure you have anti-virus software installed. Also, be aware that it is illegal in the US to share music and movie files without the copyright owner’s consent. If caught, you could face stringent fines and lose your network privileges. Uninstall and do not use peer-to-peer (P2P) programs (e.g. BitTorrent or MOJO). You are responsible for understanding copyright law pertaining to sharing music and movie files, and Tufts’ expectations about responsible use.

Streaming Video and Music Resources

Kanopy: Kanopy streaming allows access to thousands of educational films from major producers such as the BBC and PBS. Videos are arranged by subject collections, covering Arts, Business/Training, Education (K-12), Health, Humanities, Media/Communication, and Sciences.

Alexander Street Press: Online collections and videos for scholarly research, teaching, and learning include access to 515,062 albums (6,435,063 tracks), 16,971 videos, and 47,763 books and documents. Topics include Arts & Design, Diversity, Health Sciences, History, Literature & Language, Music & Performing Arts, Personal Interest, Psychology & Counseling, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences.

OntheBoards.tv.: OntheBoards.tv is a website that offers high-quality videos of full-length performances by artists working in dance, theater, music, and other art forms.

Swank Digital Campus: Swank is a streaming service for many high-quality popular films

Music Research Guide (Tufts University Libraries): This guide, created by the Tufts Music Librarian, provides information on streaming music and audiovisual resources licensed for student use.