MSU's Library Services

student at the library

The primary role of the MSU Librarian in the creation of courses is to facilitate the students' use of the MSU Library for any course related research and reading.

  • Course support
  • Liaisons
  • Distance Learning Services (DLS)
  • InterLibrary Services
  • Helpline

The MSU Libraries provides information and many resources electronically giving you the advantage of direct access to materials from your office, home, or elsewhere. The MSU Libraries supports the instructional, educational, and research needs of faculty, staff, and students providing assistance through liaisons in locating and using electronic resources, and acquiring print and electronic materials through interlibrary loan services.

Distance Learning Services (LDLS) staff provide technical support for library electronic resources and other library services.

Course support

The primary role of the MSU Librarian in the creation of courses is to facilitate students' use of the MSU Library for any course related research and reading. These courses must be university level courses with appropriate research components. Librarians can help instructors understand what services are available to their students and how they can be accessed effectively from the course pages and the university web pages.

Liaisons

MSU Libraries assigns a liaison to each subject area and department. The liaison who is a subject specialist, offers research advice to students and faculty and can help build reading lists and locate reference materials. Call 517-353-8700 for information regarding your liaison.

Distance Learning Services (DLS)

Distance Learning Services (LDLS) is a department of the MSU Libraries dedicated to the support of distance learning. DLS also provides information support, reference and research assistance, including assistance in accessing and searching electronic resources.

Library Electronic Resources

The MSU Libraries subscribes to electronic databases, journals, and full-text resources for the educational and research needs of currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. These include hundreds of indices/databases, online journals and newspapers, electronic books, research guides, and other resources. The electronic databases give researchers immediate access to full text articles. You can search the full text databases by keyword, title, author, or publisher. Access to electronic resources is limited by license to current faculty, staff and students.

Library Electronic Resources and the MSU Proxy Server

Most of our resource providers limit access to our electronic resources through a method known as "IP (Internet Protocol) Restriction" -- access is limited to authorized users only (currently-enrolled students, faculty, and staff) within our msu.edu domain to enforce the license agreements of our vendors.

Off-campus access to the electronic resources is available through EZ Proxy, the MSU proxy server. The EZ Proxy authenticates and gives you access to the electronic databases and resources. Accessing resources that have a green IP icon you will go through EZ Proxy, the MSU proxy server for validation and then into the database. When you find a resource on the e-resources page or the library catalog, click on the link and you will receive a login page asking for your MSU, NETID and password to access the resource. If you have problems logging in please call Distance Learning Services at 1-800-500-1554 or reachout@msu.edu.

Many electronic resources post a "terms of use" link that allows users to view their rights. If you have questions about the "terms of use" contact Distance Learning Services at 1-800-500-1554 or reachout@msu.edu.

InterLibrary Services

InterLibrary Services is a department of the MSU Libraries providing access to MSU materials and interlibrary loan for faculty, staff and students, including those in distance learning programs.

Delivery of books and journal articles

Distance students and faculty/staff can request delivery of books and journal articles owned by the MSU Libraries using ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database), an authenticated electronic system. When the requested material is received you will be notified by email. Books will be sent to your selected delivery location and articles will be made available electronically as full-text through the MSU Libraries.

Interlibrary loans

If the MSU Library does not have a particular article or book, you can request items through ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database), an authenticated electronic system. Requested material can be obtained from 5-14 days so you will need to plan ahead. Books received from the lending library will be sent to your selected delivery location and you will be notified by email with a link to the requested article electronically. Call 1-800-500-1554 for any access problems.

Helpline

The Libraries, Computing and Technology Helpline for MSU is available 24/7 by calling:

Toll Free: 1-800-500-1554 (North America and Hawaii)
Local: (517) 355-2345

The Libraries, Computing and Technology Helpline provides:

  • Support for the ANGEL course management system including start-up, technical and access problems, and feature requests
  • Distance learning assistance with library resources
  • Support for Adobe Connect, Adobe Presenter and Storemedia