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Getting Started with Research


Why Use This Guide

This guide is built for undergraduate students, and walks students through how to:

  • Pick Research Topics
  • Search for articles, books, etc.
  • Get Off Campus Research & Access
  • Evaluate Sources
  • Cite Sources


Starting your research

1. Enter keywords, or title into the CatSearch box on the library homepage‚Äč.

screenshot of homepage search

2. Limit to articles, books, etc. on the right, from the search results page.

‚Äčscreenshot of article filter

3. Limit to 'Peer Reviewed' on the right if needed.

screenshot of peer-review filter

Didn't find a specific resource you are looking for?

Using CatSearch

Top 7 Things Students Should Know about the MSU Library

Find your library centrally located on campus near Montana Hall
Smarty Cats Tutoring is Free on the Second Floor
The Writing Center is on the first floor
Meet with a Librarian to get help with your research.
Group study rooms are located on the first and third floors of the library.
Brewed Awakening coffee shop is located on the first floor of the library.
Check out laptop and phone chargers, and other useful tech items at the service desk on the first floor.

Top 7 Things:

The posters shown in the slides above represent the final product of a co-design project involving Scott Young, User Experience & Assessment Librarian, and four undergraduate students. See more information about the #MSULIB101 prject.