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MC 380: Social Policy

Dr. Susan Stein-Roggenbuck | Fall 2017

Welcome to the MSU Library and your course guide!

 Our mission is to help you be successful in your studies here at MSU and in your future educational career.facade of msu main library - red brick and glass structure, with greenery and fountains in the foreground

Ways to Get Help

1.  Email me.  My contact information is on the left.  I am happy to meet one-on-one or to help you via email.  

2.  Peer Research Assistants are trained students that can help you with research.  They're located in the South Engagement Center (Holden C124) and are open Sunday through Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm.  You don't need an appointment, just drop by (but if you prefer making appointments, you can!). 

They can help you:

  • find info for your research papers
  • find different types of sources
  • answer questions about the library
  • get you connected to library services that can help

3.  Other Librarians.  You can use our chat service from anyplace, or if you're in the library, you can go to the reference desk (first floor, east side).  

Getting a Book

When you find a book through the library's website, you will see a call number which tells you where the book is located in the library.   The example record below shows you the call number ((e.g. E302.5.E45 2000), the branch the library is located in (e.g. Main Library) and the item's status (e.g. Available).  

If the book's status is "Available", you can find it in the library using the call number and the orange "Map It" button (click that for a map of where the book is in the library).

If the book's status is anything other than "Available", click the purple "Get It" button for a list of ways to get the book.

Once you have the book, take it to the check out desk on the first floor.  You'll need your MSU ID to check it out.  Undergrads can check out a book for 3 weeks, but you can also renew a book online by logging into your library account.  

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