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Research Guides


Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) Workshops

Access Services

All information is provided by the Access Services FAQs page

Set Up Customized Alerts

When you set up your customized alerts, you can remain current with publications in your research area; see your own publications; and you can see how many times an article/scholar has been cited.

Special thanks to Bradley Brazzeal for the information provided in this section.

Search Alerts

Search Alerts: when new articles in your research area are added, you will receive these alerts. This step-by-step list shows you how to create Search Alerts in EBSCO databases. Many non-EBSCO databases also allow you to set up alerts.  

  1. Set up an EBSCO profile by clicking on "Sign In" at the top of the database's page

  2. Click on "Create a New Account" - You should NOT use your MSU ID and Password for this!

  3. Perform your search

  4. Click on "Alert/Save/Share"

  5. Choose an option under "Create an Alert"

  6. Set your alert preferences

Table of Contents Alerts

Table of Contents Alerts: these provide immediate notification when new issues of your favorite journals become available.

  1. Go to the publisher's website

  2. Find the journal's homepage

  3. Look for a link to sign up for Table of Contents Alerts: instructions vary by publisher

Instructional Support

MSU Libraries Schedule of Events and Workshops

See what events and workshops are taking place in the Library. The schedule includes sessions that benefit students and faculty alike; they range from acquiring software & technology skills to specific topics for graduate students.

How to Place Materials on Reserve

This collection includes books, photocopies, video & sound recordings, instructors' old tests, & class notes.

Request a Library Instruction Session

Library instruction sessions can guide your students through the research process, empower them with basic library skills, and teac them how to identify appropriate research materials. Instruction sessions can also be based on your goals for meeting various classes' needs.

Reserve a Room for Your Class

Reserve space for multimedia classrooms, meeting rooms, presentations & seminars.

Teaching and Research Support