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ANS 222: Introductory Beef Cattle Management: Search Tips

This is a course guide for students interested in library resources and materials for Beef Cattle Management. Last updated: 4/4/17.

Search Tips & Tricks

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 Science Librarian, at akepsel@msu.edu.

If Andrea is not available you can still get assistance from a librarian through the MSU Libraries Ask A Librarian services.

General Search Tips

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

Additional Resources

Google Scholar Settings for MSU Access

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. Be aware that not all articles the MSU Libraries provides access to will appear so you may need to locate them by searching for the journal in the A-Z Electronic Journal List.

1) Go to Google Scholar; login to your account if you have one.

2) Access Settings by clicking on the gear icon at the top of the page.

How to get to Google Scholar settings

3) Select Library Links from the menu on the left.

Where to find Library Links option from menu in Google Scholar settings

4) Search for Michigan State University. From the results list put a check in the box by Michigan State University - MSU Access. Click Save.

Steps for searching for MSU and choosing MSU Access highlighted

5) When you do a search on Google Scholar and MSU Access link will appear to the right of the articles we have full text access to. Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can download the PDF or browse for the specific article.

Search results with MSU Access link circled

 

Search Tips & Tricks

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 akepsel@msu.edu.

If Andrea is not available you can still get assistance from a librarian through the MSU Libraries Ask A Librarian services.

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