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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Library Tutorials & User Guides

Videos and instructions to help you gather research

Beginning your Research

Introducing MavScholar video screenshot

Introducing MavScholar

MavScholar is a simple way to search for articles and books at the same time, across all subjects. This video shows how to use the research tool.

   

Find Articles by Topic video screenshot

Finding Articles by Topic

Learn to search for articles on various topics through MavScholar and other library databases.

   
See also: Do it Yourself: Find Articles by Topic

Find Specific Article video screenshot

Finding a Specific Article or Journal

This tutorial will help you navigate library’s resources to find a specific journal or article.

   
See also: Do it Yourself: Find a Specific Article or Journal

Searching for Books video

Finding Books

Learn to search for books and access ebooks in our library catalog, find print books in Memorial Library, and have books shipped to distance students.

   

Requesting Library Materials for Distance Learners video screenshot

Requesting Library Materials for Distance Students

Learn how students living outside the greater Mankato area can have library materials shipped to their home.

   

Distance Learning Services video screenshot

Distance Learning Services

You don’t need to be in the library to access sources. This video shows off-campus students and instructors how to use the library resources.

   

Google Scholar video screenshot

Using Google Scholar

Learn Google Scholar’s search features and how to access fee-based information by connecting Scholar to MSU’s library services.

   

Reading Scholarly Article video screenshot

Reading Scholar Articles

Explains why scholarly articles can be difficult to read & provides tips for reading scholarly articles.

   
See also: Do it Yourself: Read a Scholarly Article

Evaluating web sites video screenshot

Evaluating Websites

This video’s website evaluation tips can help you appropriately use freely available sites in assignments and access fee-based sites via the library’s homepage.

   

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Memorial Library Lightning Tour

This 10 minute tour of Memorial Library helps you better understand the resources of the library and where to find them.

   

Identify Scholarly Information video screenshot

Identify Scholarly Information

Learn why scholarly, including peer-reviewed, information is important for college-level assignments.  

   

Using Library Databases video screenshot

Using Library Databases

Learn about library databases, how they are different from Google, and how to access the complete contents of fee-based information.

   

 

Reading Scholarly Article video screenshot

Requesting an Interlibrary Loan

Learn how to request materials like books & articles from other libraries.

   
See also: Do it Yourself: Request an Interlibrary Loan

 

APA Style

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Test Your APA Knowledge

Short Version

This 13 question slideshow will help you learn basic elements of the APA citation style

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Test Your APA Knowledge

Longer Version

This 25 question slideshow will help you learn basic elements of the APA citation style

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