MU libraries offer online resources to assist research, other projects

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The odds are, as an incoming student, you'll be required to write at least one research paper during your first semester.

Fortunately, the libraries at MU have plenty of resources to help you get started.

Ellis Library is the main repository of materials, and MU has  "branch" libraries that hold research material specific to a particular major — journalism, mathematics, engineering, law,geology, health sciences and veterinary medicine. There are also collections of material related to a subject, such as the Women's Center collections and one for black studies.

While many incoming students will be introduced to Ellis through their freshman interest groups, the library also offers regularly scheduled tours during the first week of the semester, said Shannon Cary, library spokeswoman.

Beyond easy access to books and numerous periodicals and academic journals — on the shelves and through online databases — MU students can check out electronic equipment to help with their studies, including laptops, tablets, cameras and sound recorders.

Students in need of information can speak with a reference librarian on the first floor of Ellis or visit the MU libraries' webpage at to look up research guides and other instructional material for using the libraries' resources.

According to the website, the Ask MU Libraries page is a recent addition where students can live chat with an MU librarian, search through a database of frequently asked questions or schedule a one-on-one consultation with a reference librarian.

In addition to helping students find what they need for academic research, Ellis has 12 study rooms that can be reserved for groups, designated quiet areas on three floors and the Bookmark Café, where students can order food and beverages.

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