It’s been a hectic semester and now finals are upon us. It’s enough to stress anyone out! The folks at the Journalism Library want to make your week a little better.
There will be a trail mix bar Tuesday May 10th, 10am-12pm.
We hope this gives you the chance to take a break and give you much needed energy. Good luck, Tigers!
It’s that time in the semester again: FINALS.
From May 1 – May 12, the Health Sciences Library will have extended hours. Check our hours page throughout the week.
To help get you through the finish line, we have some fun activities for you to enjoy starting Tuesday, May 3:
- Make yourself a coffee tea light to bring home. As the candle burns, the oils from the coffee beans warm up and give off a lovely relaxing smell.
- Go on a duck hunt! There will be some rubber ducks placed throughout the library. If you find one, bring them to the service desk for a prize!
- And as always, we will have puzzles out for you to enjoy.
If you are off campus (or on campus!) we have some virtual study breaks you can take as well. Whether your break is 1 minutes to 10 minutes, it’s always important to give your brain a break. You got this!
It’s the end of the semester, and we all know what that means: Finals.
We want you to be prepared, so are some tips and tricks to help make things a little easier for you this finals season:
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
- Monday May 9th, 1pm: Spider plant potting, until supplies run out
- Tuesday May. 10th 11am-1pm: Kitten Cuddle Puddle; Cuddle some kittens from Second Chance!
- Wednesday May 11th 11am-1pm: Trail Mix Bar
- Health Sciences Library
- Rubber Duck Hunt
- Coffee Tea Light Craft, until supplies last
- Puzzles and coloring pages
- Journalism Library
- Tuesday May 10th 10am-12pm: Trail Mix Bar
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 issued as of Fall 2017. 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 MERLIN Account. This is the account that keeps track of all the books and materials you have checked out from the Mizzou Libraries or MOBIUS. 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.
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 only accessible to those with badges authorized to enter the School of Medicine and MU Healthcare buildings.
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 the services are open at the Mizzou Libraries. Even though Ellis Library will be open 24/7, starting Sunday April 24th to Friday, May 13th, some services won’t be 24/7.
If you need help, the Ask Here Desk in Ellis is open Monday –Wednesday from 10 am–10 pm, Thursday 10am-7pm,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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.