1) When starting a search, think about the main keywords of your search. Be as specific as possible.
2) It may be necessary to search in multiple locations in order to find all the necessary literature on your topic.
3) Review articles provide a thorough introduction to a topic and often have extensive bibliographies that can be used to find additional literature on that topic.
4) When accessing the electronic databases always go through the MSU Libraries. This will give you access to the full text of articles available in the Libraries' journal subscriptions.
5) Not everything is available online. Print resources are available at the Main Library and can be checked out using your MSU ID.
6) If you need a resource not available at the MSU Libraries you can request it through InterLibrary Loan.
Google Scholar can be set up so that it recognizes you as an MSU user and will give you access to full-text articles where possible.
1) Go to Google Scholar; login to your account if you have one.
2) Access settings by expanding the menu at the top left of the page, then clicking on the gear icon.
3) Select Library Links from the menu on the left.
4) Search for Michigan State University. From the results list put a check in the box by Michigan State University - MSU Access. Click Save.
5) When you do a search on Google Scholar a MSU Access link will appear to the right of the articles that the full text is available for. Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can download the PDF. You may be prompted to log in with your Net ID and password.
Be aware that a MSU Access link will not appear for all articles that the full text is available for. You may need to locate them by searching for the journal in the A-Z Electronic Journal List.
It can be difficult to determine how or where to begin a search for information, but these tips and tricks should get you started. If you have questions or need assistance contact Andrea Kepsel, Animal Sciences Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Andrea is not available you can still get assistance from a librarian through the MSU Libraries Ask A Librarian services.