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FYEX 100: First Year Experience Introduction to the MSU Library

This guide provides FYEX 100 students an introduction to Memorial Library.

Amazing Race

The Library’s Amazing Race is a scavenger hunt type event. Instructors bring their class into the library as a group and the students compete in small teams for a minor prize. This library race allows students to become acquainted with their library as they complete a race activity with their classmates. Students experience the process of finding books, locating journal articles, and using library services in the building. A librarian will explain the activity to the class and provide the necessary materials and prizes. The accompanying activity worksheet could be used as a graded assignment. 

Please use this form if you are interested in scheduling an Amazing Race for your FYEX class.

Escape Room

This year, the library is offering a new activity for FYEX classes, the Library Escape Room! It's an online, asynchronous activity in which students use and enhance their library knowledge to stop a fictional crime. To stop the thieves, students answer questions about:

  • Getting research help from a librarian
  • Accessing and borrowing library materials
  • Using call numbers and maps to find items in the physical library
  • Finding and checking out Maverick Textbooks

The activity can be implemented as a graded activity in D2L Brightspace. If you are interested in integrating the Library Escape Room, please fill out a library workshop request form to get started.

Library Instruction

Librarians offer a variety of library instruction sessions-- currently online and synchronously or through asynchronous instructional modules. These workshops are designed to introduce students to electronic and print resources as well as research strategies to successfully complete class assignments and prepare for life-long learning.

Use the descriptions below to gain an idea of what sessions or topics might be useful for your class. Request a library session using the "Request a Workshop" form. Instruction options include:

  • Basic 50 Minute Workshop (covers the library website, catalog, reference services, and the basics of database searching)

  • Basic 90 Minute Workshop (covers the library website, catalog, reference services, and database searching including common search strategies and practice time)

  • Library A La Carte (build your own instruction session)

Please note times are approximate and individual librarian approaches may vary. Once you have been paired with a librarian, he or she will work with you on the details of the workshop.

You are also invited to suggest topics for your session. Use the "Other Comments or Requests" box on the workshop request form to input these ideas.

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