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Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide information on MU Libraries' resources and services specific to the research needs and interests of those pursuing advanced studies in education.

A good place to start research is by using Discover@MU (see the box below).  This is a massive database including citations for articles, dissertations, books, DVDs and much more.

Use the tabs at the top of the page to find the resources for more comprehensive searching.

Discover@MU Search

Discover @ MU is a simple and fast search engine that helps you discover relevant information on any topic from the MU Libraries' collections. It is the place to start your research in scholarly journals, books, videos, maps, manuscript collections, music scores and more. From your search results, it's one step to the full text of articles or you can see if a book is on the shelf

Please Note

Classroom Instruction     

The library instruction session conducted in conjunction with ELPA orientation can only touch, briefly, on the basic elements of research.  As you undertake more advanced research such as that connected with writing your dissertation, it is highly recommended that you talk to a librarian.  The contact information for the librarians working with the ELPA Cohort are provided on this guide.

Online Tutorials                 

Fridays @ the Library Workshops are an excellent means to learn how to use Zotero, or EndNote, and how to conduct a literature review.  Fridays @ the Library Workshops, which cover a wide-range of topics, are held during the fall and spring semesters.  Watch the carousel on the libraries' homepage to see the schedule of workshops.  Many workshops are available online as well as in person.  Enter the URL for a directory of and links to recorded workshops.

Additional Help

You can contact the librarians working with the ELPA program for assistance:

Paula Roper
Education Librarian
167 Ellis Library
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO  65201-5149
(573) 882-3326

Rhonda Whithaus
Head, Online Information Services
157 Ellis Library
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO  65201-5149
(573) 882-9164

At any time, you can use the Ask A Librarian service for assistance.