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Off-Campus and Distance Users

Learn how MSU students, faculty, and staff can access library materials away from campus

Library Research Online

Through the Library website you have online access to millions of resources including ebooks, articles, streaming video, and more. To start your online research we recommend:

  • Class & Subject Guides:  Access the best search tools and information sources for your research needs.
  • MavScholar:  Simple, one-stop searching for articles, books, videos, and more. Use the filters on the left to focus on ebooks, streaming audio or video, and other online resources.

Course eBooks

Don't see your book?

Search MavScholar to see if ebook titles, including textbooks, are available from the Library.

The campus bookstore has free access to some eTextbooks for the rest of spring semester. On the bookstore site:

  • Click the "FREE eBOOK ACCESS" link
  • Create an account in Vital Source
  • Click on “Explore” in left upper corner (not "Shop")
  • Search for a title and select "Borrow"

Online Library Services

The Library is dedicated to bringing our services and resources to you. In this guide, we explain how to:

  • access online resources off-campus
  • request physical library items be shipped to you
  • get research help from librarians

How do I...?

Visit these other guides to view step-by-step instructions

Find Articles

Steps and tutorials to find journal articles

Find Books & E-books

Steps to find books in the library and online

Find Videos

Steps to find movies, documentaries, TV shows, & more

Cite Your Sources

Learn what a citation is, how to read a citation and how to create APA, ASA, MLA and Chicago style citations.

Find Maps, Atlas, & Travel Guides

A guide to the cartographic materials

Find Theses & APPs

Locate capstone projects at MSU and beyond

Find Data & Statistics

Information on statistical sources and datasets

Find Images

A guide to finding, using, & citing images

Find Newspapers

A guide to finding newspapers online and at the library

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