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Michigan State University


Gender and Communication Studies Librarian

MSU Libraries' COVID-19 Response: Student Support

  • Our Online and Distance Learning Resources page has helpful information on finding and accessing library materials remotely. Additional points about our COVID-19 response:

    • You can request books online for pickup at the Main Library Circulation Desk.
    • Lockers near the north entrance of the Main Library are also available for touchless pickup of library materials.
    • Library staff are also mailing books to faculty, staff, and students off campus. 
    • Library online resources are available 24/7. 
    • Questions? Contact Sharon Ladenson  or use the Ask a Librarian service.
    • Need help with accessing electronic resources? Contact Discovery Services at 517-353-8700 or .

Discussion Exercise

1. What are you interested in researching  for your WS 304 project?

2. What strategies are you using for finding sources?

3. How can the library help?

4. What questions do you have about your WS 304 project?

How do reference sources help with finding information?

Reference sources can help you:

  • Explore a topic: find out what has been said about this subject, trends, issues, etc.
  • Identify and define unfamiliar terms or people in your reading
  • Find references to other books and articles on the subject
  • Find specific keywords to use in online searches
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