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Countdown to Finals: Study Spaces

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!

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Countdown to Finals: Hours of Library Services

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, some services are not.

If you need help, you can always chat with a librarian 24/5. Saturday hours are 10 am-10 pm, and then chat services start again Sunday morning at 10 am.

If you need to check out materials, the Check-Out and Information Desk is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – midnight, Friday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – midnight. If you’re wanting to check out books, there is a self-checkout machine available at all times.

The specialized libraries on campus are also not open 24/7, so make sure to check their hours. All library hours are available on the Mizzou Libraries homepage.

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Take a Mental Break: Finals Week Edition

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.

Stop, Breathe, Think– This website and app help us get into the right frame of mine and we hope it helps you as well.

If in-person activities are more for you, several of our libraries will have some stress relief activities:

  • Ellis Library
    • Tuesday December 14th: Random Act of Snacks- we will be handing out GoPo popcorn, until supplies run out
  • Engineering Library
    • Monday December 13th, 11-1pm: Hot Cocoa Bar, until supplies run out
    • Tuesday Dec. 14th 2-3pm: first 50 people get to take a plant home
    • Coloring pages and origami study buddies
  • Health Sciences Library
    • Smores Trail Mix goody bags until supplies run out
    • Zen garden, sensory bin, puzzles, and coloring pages
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Send a Friend (or Yourself!) a Finals Week 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.

You can choose to feature a dog, cat, or bird. Or choose to be surprised! All pets featured are owned by a Mizzou Libraries employee and they are excited to have their beloved pets to spread some joy.

Send one or many, there is no limit! We will take requests from November 29th-December 10th.

Request here: https://forms.gle/KahzbkveBJVsCdoe9

Have a question? Email mulibrariesprmc@missouri.edu

Thanks UNF Library for the inspiration!

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Writing Your Final Paper? Mizzou Libraries Can Help

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.

Finding Sources

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.

Citing Sources

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.

Writing Help

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!

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Finals Stress Relief at the Health Sciences Library

It’s that time in the semester again: FINALS.

From Dec.1st to Dec.14th the Health Sciences Library will have extended hours. Check our hours page throughout the week.

Make sure to take a break and grab some hot chocolate and cookies in the atrium:

  • Dec. 5th 2-4pm
  • Dec. 10th 4-6pm

All week we will have puzzles and coloring pages out for you to enjoy. 

 

 

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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THERAPY DOGS FOR FINALS

Yes, it’s that time of the semester again. You’re studying, you’re researching, you’re writing, you’re living on coffee and no sleep…but look, a fluffy puff of pure love and joy! These calm, cheerful, trained therapy dogs are here to give you a break and put a smile on your face 🙂

Come to Ellis Library on the 1st floor by the North Doors / checkout desk. There will be therapy dogs Dec. 9-12 during these hours:

  • Sunday 1-5pm
  • Monday 7-9pm
  • Tuesday 7-9pm
  • Wednesday 7-9pm

Check out the full list of stress relief activities happening at your libraries too!

Thanks to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet for coordinating all the dogs and owners who help us de-stress during finals!

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Finals Stress Relief At Your Libraries

Finals are a stressful time, and your libraries are here to help! We have our Ask a Librarian research support services and our study spaces are open 24/7 until Dec. 14! We also have stress relief activities at 4 different locations! Check it out:

Ellis Library

  • Therapy Dogs, Dec. 9-12 by the North Doors on floor 1
    • Sunday 1-5pm
    • Monday 7-9pm
    • Tuesday 7-9pm
    • Wednesday 7-9pm
  • Zen coloring pages station by the North Doors on floor 1

Engineering Library

  • Games and coloring pages

Health Sciences Library

  • Relaxation Station with aromatherapy and a chair massager
  • Coloring pages, puzzles, origami and DIY snowflakes
  • On Tuesday 12/11, we will be giving out Hot Chocolate from 4-6pm

Journalism Library

  • Winter Themed Coloring Pages and DIY snowflakes
  • Handing out treats that week
home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits, Resources and Services De-stress with Therapy Dogs and More in Ellis Library

De-stress with Therapy Dogs and More in Ellis Library

Trained therapy dogs will be in Ellis Library once again during finals week. Visit the dogs on the first floor of Ellis Library during the following times:

Sunday, May 6th: 3-5 pm AND 7-9 pm

Monday, May 7th: 7-9 pm

Tuesday, May 8th: 7-9 pm

Wednesday, May 9th:7-9 pm

Also check out the Zen coloring tables on the first floor, or if you need a quiet space to work on your final papers and projects, Room 213 (Electronic Classroom 2) is open 24/7 during finals as a quiet study space with computers.

All of the dogs are certified therapy dogs, and many participate in service activities in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and libraries. These therapy dogs are trained to interact with children, the elderly, and others facing difficult situations such as college students experiencing finals week stress.