You made it and we couldn’t be prouder. To help get you through the finals week finish line, we have some virtual study breaks for you to try.
Send a Pet Gram!- Feeling stressed? Need a pick me up or know someone else who needs a a dose of serotonin? Send yourself, a friend, a coworker, or whoever else a pet gram to make them smile.
Color our Collections– for the past few years, Special Collections participated in a week long, social media coloring fest. You can print out and color items from our special collections and archives. And to get you in the Mizzou spirit, there’s a homecoming edition featuring drawings, cartoons, and images from the Savitar, the yearbook of the University of Missouri, published from 1894 to 2004.
Library Ambiance– miss the sounds of the library while studying? One of our favorite things to do is pull up some videos on youtube that mimic the sounds of the library, coffee shops, or our house common room. We’ve curated a list of our favorites to share with you.
Finals Jam Playlist– need a playlist to help you study? We got you covered. This is a list of some of our favorite songs. If you have a suggestion let us know!
Virtual Puzzles– If puzzles are your thing, virtual puzzles can be a nice break from studying. You can even work on the Ellis Library Grand Reading Room.
Animal Cams at the St. Louis Zoo– Animal therapy is backed by science and instantly makes you feel better.
5 Best Mindfulness Apps– This website provides a break down, including pros and cons for each, that help you decide which app is best for you. We’ve become fans of Simple Habit.
If in-person activities are more for you, several of our libraries will have some stress relief activities:
- Ellis Library
- Engineering Library
- Foster animals from Second Chance, Monday May 8th from 12-2pm
- Trail Mix Bar, Tuesday May 9th from 12-2pm
- Coffee and Team Wednesday May 10th from 12-2pm
- Health Sciences Library
- Journalism Library
- Vet Med Library
It’s that time of the semester when you are most likely thinking about your final papers. We’ve got several guides to make the writing process easier.
We suggest starting by looking at Databases by Subject in your subject area. This is a quick way to find the best databases that fit your topic.
Citation Styles & Tools: Citation Styles: The Basics – See tabs for APA, MLA, Chicago, and specialty citation formats. You can also learn more about how our databases help you cite the sources you find.
Paraphrasing vs Plagiarism
Curious about the difference between paraphrasing and plagiarizing? Check out our plagiarism tutorial and other resources here.
Did you know there’s a Writing Center site in Ellis Library in the Info Commons? You can sign up for a writing center appointment here.
As always, your Mizzou Librarians are available to help you through MU Connect and 24/7 chat.
No question is too big or small. We are here for you!
Need research help? Working on your final paper or project? You can ask a librarian for help using our chat service– almost 24 hours a day.
During the day you can chat with Mizzou librarians and library staff. At night, we offer access to a chat reference service called ChatStaff. They will be able to answer most research questions, except for some that are Mizzou-specific.
To access the chat service and see what hours chat reference is available, visit libraryanswers.missouri.edu.
Short on supplies? Mizzou Libraries is here for you!
Need a phone charger or whiteboard markers? Go to the Checkout & Information Desk. Need a place to store your belongings AND charge your devices? Personal storage lockers with USB chargers are now available in Ellis Library, next to the elevators on the main floor. These lockers are free to use, but a Mizzou Tiger Card (MU ID) is required for access.
Need pens, pencils, bluebooks, flash drives, or sticky notes? Checkout the supplies vending machine inside the north entrance of Ellis Library. This is stocked and maintained by the Mizzou Store. If what you are looking for is not in the vending machine, checkout the Mizzou Store. The vending machine accepts fresh bills, coins and student charge with student ID cards. If issues with the machine arise, please fill out a question/problem form (located on the vending machine) and give to the Check Out and Information desk staff.
Every student at Mizzou has many accounts they need to keep track of, and some of those accounts can help you out at the Mizzou Libraries!
Know the status of your Print Quota. Make sure you have money left if you still need to do a lot of printing! If you go over your semester allowance, you can add money to your Tiger card account to pay for additional printing. Unfortunately, student charge is no longer available for this service, so make sure and check your account regularly. To check the status of your Print Quota, click the link and log in with your username and password. You can also request refunds from this site if your print didn’t come out correctly. While you’re at it, make sure to download PrintAnywhere if you haven’t already. If you’ll be in the library, install those printers on your device now to save yourself time.
Another account to keep in mind is your MU Libraries account. This is the account that keeps track of all the books and materials you have checked out from the Mizzou Libraries. For MOBIUS items, check your MOBIUS account. If you have anything checked out through Interlibrary Loan, you can see that information by logging into your separate ILL Account.
Additionally, something else you always want to bring with you to the Mizzou Libraries is your Student ID. After 10 pm this is how you are granted access into Ellis Library, and this is also how you check out supplies (i.e., chargers, whiteboard markers, etc.) or use available lockers during all hours that library services are open.
Before those long hours of studying during finals week, find a study spot at Mizzou Libraries. We have spaces for everyone.
If you prefer silence, check out rooms 201 and 202 in Ellis Library. Check out this Ellis Library floorplan to see all the quiet spots. Journalism also has four private personal study pods on the bottom floor that are first come, first served.
If you don’t prefer complete silence, try the Information Commons (or the first main floor of Ellis Library). Or the Bookmark Café on the ground floor for coffee and conversation. You can always take a look at the Ellis Library sensory map to find the best study space for you.
We also have new maps that help you search by type of seating by floor in Ellis Library. If you are interested in soft seating vs. tall seating, this is the map for you.
If it’s a group study spot you are searching for, try to reserve one of the group study rooms in either Ellis, Engineering, or Journalism. They can be reserved for up to two hours for each group. Some also have Solstice monitors to help groups studying together share information with one another. Whatever you need, make sure and plan ahead, as rooms fill up quickly! Currently, access to the Health Sciences Library is open during the day and badge access after 6pm and on weekends.
Remember, if your program has its own library, be sure to check out those spaces, as they are often designated specifically for you!
Before finals week, brush up on the hours at the Mizzou Libraries. Even though Ellis Library will be open 24/7 for finals, some services won’t be 24/7.
If you need help, the Ask Here Desk in Ellis is open Monday –Thursday from 10 am–10 pm and Sunday 12 am–10 pm. Our peer navigators are here to help! If you can’t make it into the library, you can always chat with a librarian almost 24 hours a day.
If you need to check out materials, the Circulation Desk is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – midnight, Friday 7:30 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5pm. However, if you want to check out books, there is a self-checkout machine available at all times. You can ask your other questions here too!
If you need the MU Print and Mail Center for projects or resumes, you can place your order online at ps.missouri.edu, or email them at email@example.com.
The specialized libraries on campus are not open 24/7, so make sure to check their hours. All library hours are available on the Mizzou Libraries homepage.
Spring is in the air (as is a lot of pollen), so now is a good time to start anticipating spring flowers! Descriptions of flowers in botanical books are often accompanied by images, which can be produced in a variety of ways: woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, and even nature printing where the object itself becomes a printing tool. This spring, we’ve gotten out three books that each use a different technology: hand-colored engravings from 1799, lithographic plates from 1899, and woodcuts from 1999. Come take a look!
The current display in Special Collections features The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed (1799), The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges & Ferns of Great Britain (1899), and Shakespeare’s Harvest (1999).
If you need journal articles, book chapters, proceedings, technical reports, government documents, and any part of other printed publications found within the libraries, simply request that the item be scanned and delivered to you via email. This includes items in any library building, and our off-site depository.
There are many ways you can request items from the libraries:
- In our MU Libraries catalog, you can request items we have in print using
- When searching for articles in databases, you can request a copy through
- Fill out the blank interlibrary loan form if you already know what item you are looking for
There is no charge for MU Faculty, Staff, and Students. For more information on our Scan & Deliver service, please visit our Scan & Deliver page.
On January 25, 2023, the NIH’s new data management and planning policy takes effect. The new policy applies to all research funded in whole or partly by NIH that results in scientific data.
The new plan mandates that all NIH-funded research proposals submit a data management plan, including details about what data will be available, where it will be stored, and how it can be accessed. Data management can be included in grant budgets. Plan compliance will be evaluated during the funding period at regular reporting intervals.
Additional information can be found in our data management plan guide.
Still have questions?
- Stop by the Health Sciences Library Fridays between 9:30-10:30 for DMP office hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Interested in attending a workshop on the new DMP guidelines? Contact Rachel Alexander, our research support librarian.