If you are using these databases from an off-campus location, and you are asked for a login i.d. and password, use your username (part of your MU email address before the @ sign) and your MU email password.
The MERLIN library catalog may be scoped for this campus only, or to search books available for quick loan from other campuses.
Take advantage of the catalog's keyword search and its capability to "truncate" (have it search for all words STARTING with a certain word stem). For example, to do a search on single-sex education, try this: single-sex and (educat* or school*) .
This will pick up all plurals, all the variations of "education, educating, educated, educators" etc. -- and using synonyms will increase your search results.
Special Book Series on Controversial Issues:
To borrow books from another Missouri library, look for a link to MOBIUS from the search results list or from the catalog record for an individual books (for example, if our copy is checked out).
To find books available for interlibrary loan from other states, use the Worldcat database. further study
Most English classes prefer that you use the Modern Language Association (MLA) style of citation. There are several websites that contain helpful excerpts from the MLA Style Manual. Check Purdue University's site at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_mla.html for explanations and examples of how to cite different sources. Ellis Library also has a copy of the latest edition of the entire MLA Style Manual - ask at the Reference Desk at the front of the Information Commons on the First Floor of Ellis Library.
Good luck! Find something interesting!