General:

  • Cite a source
    Several resources are available on the library's Citation page.  If you are using Summon or one of the individual databases, they will often have citation options built-in.

  • Ask a librarian a question
    Librarians are always happy to help!  You can stop at either of the Reference Desks, call, email, or set up an appointment.  See the Ask a Librarian page for more information.

  • Start a research paper/project
    This tutorial can help get you going on your research.

  • Get help with writing, mathematics and other subjects
    Contact these offices for more information:
    • Writing Lab (Room 222 SSB)
      Offers free one-on-one and group consultations on papers, projects, and presentations.
    • Math Academic Center (Room 222 SSB)
      Tutorial assistance with any mathematics from basic math through calculus or any course involving mathematical skills.
    • Math Technology Learning Center [MTLC] (Room 50 J.C. Penney)
      College algebra, trigonometry, calculus and statistics students can use the lab to do their on-line homework or to get assistance from instructors and teaching assistants.
    • Student Retention Services (SRS) (Room 225 MSC)
      Your starting point for any support you need on campus, including information about tutoring services.
    • Multicultural Student Services (Office of Multicultural Relations) (Room 107 Lucas Hall)
      Comprehensive services offered to students include tutoring and personalized academic support and coaching.

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Books/eBooks:

  • Find a book
    Use the Catalogs to see if the book you need is available at UMSL, within the University of Missouri system, or through MOBIUS libraries.  More help can be found in this tutorial.


  • Find online books
    Online books are often available in the library's catalog. You can also find them using the Locate Online Books tool or through Summon.  Please note that publishers restrict access to the campus that purchases a particular online book.  You may see links to online books at other libraries, but you will not be able to access them unless the title is freely available (such as a government document).

  • Download an EBSCO eBook
    All the EBSCO books can be read online in your web browser. In addition, most (but not all) of the EBSCO eBooks can be downloaded so you can read them offline on a computer, ereader or tablet. If you'd like to download and read some eBooks offline, please see the following page: Downloading EBSCO eBooks.

  • Find career and test preparation books
    Here are some suggestions for finding career materials.
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Articles:

  • Find an article on my topic
    Try searching Summon for articles that match your topic.  You can also search our databases individually (often helpful for more advanced searching). Tutorial   Videos

  • Find out if the library has a particular journal
    Use the Journals by Title search to see if the UMSL libraries have access to the journal you need. Tutorial

  • Get a copy of an article not available at UMSL.
    Request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Find a PEER-REVIEWED article on my topic.
    To learn more about what makes an article or source peer-reviewed,  take a look at these videos.

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