Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I
- Get help from a librarian?
- Know where to go in the library?
- Use the search box?
- Search the library's databases for journal articles, newspapers, etc?
- Find a book on the shelf?
- Check out or renew a book?
- Cite sources & avoid plagiarism?
- Check my library account?
- Request an interlibrary loan?
- Check if my professor put materials on course reserve?
- Connect to databases & other services off campus?
- Find if I am eligible to borrow from Morgan?
- Reserve a Study Room/Meeting Room/IT Classroom, etc?
- Find the Writing Center?
- Use the printers? Are they free?
- Know where to start with research?
How do I get get help from a librarian?
Librarians are available for drop-in assistance 10-4 Monday-Friday, please come to the front desk and ask to speak to a librarian. You can also reach us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or text askmorganlibrary + your question to 66746.
How do I use the search box?
The Discovery Search tool on the library's homepage is your go-to start for exploring the library's resources. All Resources will search both our catalog of printed materials and our online holdings. Articles searches our research databases, Books our catalog of printed books, and eBooks our electronic books. Credo Reference is a curated database of encyclopedia entries and other reference materials (think a scholarly Wikipedia). Use the check boxes at the bottom to narrow your search: Full-text will only search for materials you can read online, Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) is used to select journals that have been evaluated by scholars in the field before publication and is essential in academic research.
How do I search the library's databases for journal articles, newspapers, etc?
Using the search box is the simplest way, but if you prefer to select particular journals, select Resources -> Databases.
How do I find a book on the shelf?
We use the Library of Congress call number system. All our main circulating collection is on the third floor of the library. Periodicals including journals and newspapers are on the second floor. Reference materials & government documents are on the first floor.
How do I check out or renew a book?
To check out a book, bring it to the circulation desk at the front of the library with your Bear Card. You can renew either in person, by contacting the circulation desk, or by logging on to My Account in the main library menu.
How do I cite sources & avoid plagiarism?
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides a valuable guide for constructing citations using three of the most common citation formats: MLA, APA, & AMA. OWL also includes resources on plagiarism.
How do I request an interlibrary loan?
You can request a loan from another library through our interlibrary loan system.
How do I check if my professor put materials on course reserve?
You can ask your professor if they have left anything on course reserve. These materials can be checked out from the circulation desk for two hours at a time (but cannot be taken out of the library). To check with the library, please contact circulation and provide the professor's name and course department & number.
How do I reserve a Study Room/Meeting Room/IT Classroom, etc?
Our website includes a room reservation system as well as calendars showing the rooms' availability.
How do I connect to databases & other services off campus?
You are able to access all the library's online services off campus using your ID number (the 14 digit barcode without the letters on the back of your Bear Card) and your last name - when you search the catalog or databases, you will be asked to enter this information. Watch this short video tutorial on accessing the library's resources remotely .
How do I find if I am eligible to borrow from Morgan?
All Morgan students and staff are eligible, as well as alumni registered with the system. Members from the University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium may also borrow from Morgan.
How do I find the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is located at the back of the first floor of the library in rooms 102-106 and 141. Contact the Director, Dr. Tristan Abbott, for more information or call (443) 885-4789.
How do I use the printers? Are they free?
You may use the printers in the computer labs on the first floor (rooms 117 and 118), and print up to 30 pages per day. Full printing procedures are included on our website.
How do I know where to start with research?
Our General Research Library Guide offers many valuable insights, including a video at the bottom of the Websites & Multimedia page about Creating A Research Plan.
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