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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

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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.


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Finding Articles by Topic

This tutorial will help students search for articles on various topics through MSU's MavScholar and other library databases.

See also: Do it Yourself: Find Articles by Topic

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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.


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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.


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Requesting Library Materials for Distance Students

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


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Identify Scholarly Information

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


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Using Google Scholar

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


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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.


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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