Type of Resources
How Do I...? FAQ about using the Electronic Library Resources
- Find articles on a specific topic in magazines or journals
- Look up a journal (or other periodical) to see if MSU subscribes
- See if a specific periodical is available online
- Find newspaper articles
- Find if MSU owns a specific book (in paper or online)
- Find "primary sources" to use for a research paper
- Find numeric data and statistics
- Find a guide to information sources for my discipline
- Find an online dictionary or directory
- Find what electronic resources have been added recently
- Find what other electronic resources are being considered
- Find a high quality Web sites in my area
- Use Electronic Resources from off-campus
Use the Index and Abstract list - Indexes allow you to search the content of scholarly journals, magazines and other materials. Most include summary abstracts describing article content, and some provide the full text of articles. Many cover specific disciplines or areas of study; while others are general or cross-disciplinary. Consult reference services for recommendations on which index service to use.
Start with library catalog - Library catalog lists all MSU subscriptions with locations and links. Search the name of the publication using the Title search function or search by ISBN/ISSN. Electronic availability can also be checked using the Journals or Newspaper Resources listings under Electronic Resources.
Use Newspaper Resources - Newspaper Resources provide access to collections of online newspapers, as well as selected individual titles within those collections. Newspaper Resources are arranged alphabetically by title. Find a more complete newspaper titles in the A-Z Title List of Electronic Journals.
Use library catalog - Library catalog is a search tool that lists the Libraries' collections in many ways including by keyword, author, title, and ISBN/ISSN. It includes books, journals (periodicals), materials on reserve by course or by instructor, and much more.
Use Primary Sources list - Primary Sources are recorded or written down at the time of the event, while secondary sources are recorded later. Examples include diaries and letters (primary) as opposed to memoirs and autobiographies (secondary); or newspaper accounts (primary) as opposed to formal histories (secondary). The Primary Sources list provides access to available electronic versions of manuscripts, letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs, artifacts, literature, and maps. Also included are some categories of government information. Search by subject, or alphabetically by title. Library catalog provides access to other formats of similar documents. Use a Keyword search and include words like letters or diaries.
Use Data and Statistics list - Data and Statistics consist of numeric information. This can be either social and economic data sets that can be analyzed using statistical software applications, or statistical tables that are a collection of numerical facts.
Use Research Guides - Research guides are tools posted by MSU Librarians that provide lists of resources and search strategies for finding information on broad subjects.
Use Online Reference Tools (Fast Facts) - This is a site that includes many tools for quick lookups. Categories include: abbreviations & acronyms, almanacs & encyclopedias, atlases, biographies, calendars & time of day, country information, currency converters, dictionaries & thesauri, dictionaries: foreign language, dictionaries: scientific & medical, footnoting and bibliographies, footnoting and internet sources, periodic table, state information, statistics, tax forms, telephone & address directories, weather, weights and measures, ZIP codes. Now featuring: Oxford Reference Online for more than 100 dictionaries and Gale Virtual Reference Library for acess many electronic books. Both are available for MSU students, faculty and staff.
Use New Resources- New Resources provide a list of the Electronic Resources that have been added in the last 60 days.
The MSU Libraries are considering buying subscriptions to these resources. We have temporary access to them to evaluate their utility and content. Use Trial Resources.
Use Texts & Web Links list - Texts and Links refer to various electronic resources, including online books, useful websites, searchable databases dealing with specific topics, and unique digital collections available through the MSU Libraries.
In order to use the MSU Library's Electronic Resources from off campus, you need to use Library-provided links that include the proxy server. For details see Off Campus Access instructions.
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