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MSU Extension - Resources for Extension Institutes: Welcome

Resources for MSU Extension personnel across Michigan.



This is a guide to the many resources and services available to Extension personnel and Educators in Michigan. It is intended for you to be able to easily locate and utilize electronic and print resources.

If you know of a resource or a need that is not addressed here, please contact Suzanne.

I'm off campus - how do I get stuff?

All MSU personnel can use and request Library materials.
If you are more than 50 miles away from MSU, please register in ILLiad as a Distance User. Link: ILLiad – InterLibrary Loan form.
You will need the barcode number on your employee ID to register in ILLiad.

MSU Guides

MSU Libraries (MSUL) have research guides (LibGuides) to subject areas identifying books, ebook, article databases, reference materials and other items that are available through MSUL.

Research Guides

I create and maintain all the Agriculture, agricultural economics, and plant science guides.

Books and ebooks

  • Books and ebooks are found in the library catalog.
  • If you want a book and its status is available, you can request it via ILLIad.
  • If you simply want a book chapter, we can scan the chapter and send it to you electronically via ILLiad. Click on the ‘Request Article/Chapter’ link in the far right column, log into ILLiad, and complete the information for the specific chapter.
  • Ebooks are listed in our catalog and can be read online.
    • Most offer a variable amount of pages that can be saved as a pdf; very few offer a full-book pdf option.
  • If an ebook is available but a print copy is desired, it can be requested through Uborrow and/or ILLiad.
  • If MSUL doesn’t own an item, try searching other libraries by clicking on the ‘Check other libraries’ button at the top of the page.
    • Search Uborrow first.
    • If a copy is available in Uborrow, request it and it will be sent to you directly.
    • To return items, you will be asked to ship via a verifiable delivery system (such as FedEx or UPS) or to return the item in person.
  • Items (books, Rovi materials) can also be requested via MelCat.

Advanced Catalog Search

Articles and Databases

  • Electronic article databases are found on the main page under the heading Quick Links, then Electronic Resources.
  • Commonly-used Electronic Resources are on the right.
  • The search box allows you to type in the name of a known Database name.
  • There is a link to browse the Database List by Subject, Title or Vendor.
  • If you have a citation to an article, the easiest way to locate the article is to look up the title of the article using SearchPlus (found on the Library Homepage).
    • Enclose the title in quotes [" "], and possibly include the title of the journal also.
  • If the full text of the article isn’t with the citation, click the ‘Find text @ MSU’ link [web-bridge button].
  • If MSUL doesn’t have the article, place an ILL through ILLiad.

Plant Sciences Librarian

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Suzanne Teghtmeyer
Main Library
366 W. Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI 48824

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