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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:

    • Library staff are mailing books to faculty, staff, and students off campus. 
    • Library online resources are available 24/7.
    • Books can be returned to the building book drops and are quarantined for 24 hours (materials will clear from your patron account after quarantine).
    • The Main Library is currently open with reduced hours: 9 am- 5pm Monday - Friday.  Confirm this on the library's home page.  
    • Library staff will retrieve books and other materials for you (most of the building is currently closed for safety).  
    • 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

Selected reference sources

Michigan State University