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Purpose of this Guide

This guide directs those pursuing advanced studies in education to essential university libraries’ collections, resources and services.

Discover@MU (see the box below) is a massive and complex database--including citations for articles, dissertations, books, DVDs, government documents and much more—making it an appropriate tool to at least begin virtually any type of research.

The tabs at the top of the page connect to sections of this guide outlining resources appropriate for more specialized 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 is provided on this guide. 

Additionally, the libraries hold a variety of classes and workshops that might be of interest-- including sessions on Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, copyright, publishing and other topics-- scheduled at different times throughout the academic year.  To view a list of these offerings periodically check at   

Online Tutorials                 

There are a number of recordings and tutorials available online including such subjects as Zotero, EndNote, the literature review, the Library Catalog and many others.  Enter the URL for a directory of and links to recorded workshops.  Additionally, there are a number of YouTube videos that might prove useful in assisting with your research or demonstrating how to use various tools and resources.


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, Research Services
RAIS Division
154 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.

MU Connect

A handy way to schedule a consultation with a librarian—lasting fifteen minutes to an hour or more is MU Connect.  This system allows you to book a time, convenient for both your schedules, to work either in-person or via telephone on your research concerns.  This link will take you to the MU Connect site