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MSU Library Research Guide

This guide will help MSU students get started with research using the MSU Library resources.

Suggested Tutorials

Starting Your Search

  1. Enter search terms in the CatSearch box on the library homepage:screenshot of library homepage
  2. Limit by Resource Type on the search results page:
    screenshot of how to limit to articles
  3. Limit to 'Peer reviewed', by subject, author, date and others, on the right:
    Screenshot of limiting to peer reviewed articles
  4. Click on 'Full Text Available' if the library has access, 
    link to full text available
  5. Then follow the light blue links to get the full article from one of the listed databases. 
    example of light blue links

Quick Search

CatSearch- for articles, books, and more!

Have questions about CatSearch or having trouble logging in? Check out the CatSearch guide for answers.

Video: CatSearch Basics in less than 60 seconds

The steps outlined in this video are included in text as well, in place of closed captions or a transcript, because there are no spoken words in the video.

  1. Enter keywords in the CatSearch box on the library homepage.
  2. On the search results page, use the filters on the right to limit your search. 

Interlibrary Loan

Document icon

The MSU Library provides interlibrary loan (ILL) services for current students, faculty, staff, and affiliates.  Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this to alumni, retirees, or the general public.

ILL is an agreement to borrow from and loan to other libraries. You can request books (no current semester textbooks), articles, video or audio recordings, government documents, theses/dissertations, conference proceedings, patents, and newspapers. 

If we can find a source, we’ll try to get it!

Most article requests take 2-3 business days while most loan requests take 3-7 business days.