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MU Libraries Scavenger Hunt: Home


Course Instructors and FIG PAs:

The MU Libraries would like to invite English 1000, SSC 1150 course instructors and this year's PAs to incorporate the Library's Scavenger Hunt into their class syllabi as a mandatory activity.  An early introduction to the library helps students understand that the library is there for them and it has both online and onsite resources that students may not have experienced in their high school libraries.  We can help you achieve your goal of ensuring a smooth transition from high school to college and introducing students to skills and habits which foster their academic success. The Online version is highly recommended.

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 Scavenger Hunt

This activity should take you approximately 30 minutes while walking around Ellis Library and completing the scavenger hunt activity online or on paper.

Online version (recommended): You can join the hunt with your smartphone or other mobile devices in hand. Go to: Or,

Need Help?

If you have questions or need help during the scavenger hunt activity, contact:

Reference Desk  (573.882.4581).

Information for Use

The goal of this activity is to acquaint you with library spaces and services while decreasing your library anxiety.  Additionally, by completing this activity, we hope your will understand, prefer, and be committed to the value of using library resources for academic inquiry. 

There are two formats:

1. Smartphone/tablet-friendly (recommended). This is the URL for the online, smartphone-friendly version of the scavenger hunt:

How to use this activity for a Class Assignment:

  • You must know the name and email address of your instructor to forward the completion email to them.
  • You will need to use a smartphone or tablet for this activity. You can also check out iPads at the circulation desk if you do not have a device of your own.
  • Upon completion of the activity, your will receive a completion email that includes your name, a brief completion message, and a link you can follow to view more learning resources. You should forward that email along to their instructors as proof of completion of this assignment.

2. Paper. The paper version can be picked up at the Reference Desk or instructors can print their own activity sheets from this guide (first column) for distribution to students.

How to use this activity:

  • You must know the name and email address of your instructor.
  • Once you complete the activity, scan the activity sheet using instructions on the sheet itself, and email them both to the instructor and to Navadeep Khanal, E-Learning Librarian (


Please be courteous to your fellow students and respect quiet areas.

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Other Learning Modules

The library offers a number of other Learning Modules which you may want to consider as well, pertaining to library resources, information literacy concepts, and more.  

These are intended for:

(1) the self-guided learner exploring the MU Libraries online and information literacy concepts.

(2) instructors who wish to assign these learning modules to their students to help them in the course and in their academic careers.