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Library Services for Online and Metropolitan Students: Home

Who are Non-traditional Students?

The Non-Traditional Student Populations Network defines the non-traditional student as anyone who is not a first-time, full-time, straight out of high school, living in residence, college student. This means that any student that identifies as any one or more of the following categories is non-traditional:



re-admit and re-entry



adult learners (25 years and over)

senior citizens

online/distance learners

works full-time while enrolled

has dependents other than a spouse/partner


Some categories were included based on a 1996 study by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).


Libraries can be overwhelming.  Whether you have been away from academic libraries for some time, just getting started or you are in need of a refresher to the library, this libguide is designed to introduce and navigate Metropolitan College students to the JCSU Library resources/services available to you.  

You are not alone in wanting to finish your degree.  Many students have started or returned to college after taking a break after high school.  The goal is to help you graduate.  

This is a guide not only to help you use the library's resources but contains links that will help you along your academic career.


Note:  For access to many of the Libguide resource links you will need to first login through the library's database page before accessing the link:  


The purpose of this guide is twofold.  It is designed to (1) help you navigate the library website to find books, articles and other library resources, and (2) to be a guide to various non-library resources useful during your time here at Johnson C. Smith University. Check the LibGuide homepage  and scroll through the listings below. You may pick and choose those areas in which you need help or you can review the entire tutorial.

When you enroll in classes where you have specific assignments, your classroom teacher may request library instruction, called information literacy instruction, designed to provide information for the class and/or assignment.   This instruction will be provided by the library liaison to the department in which you are taking your class.