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Library Orientation: Getting to Know George A. Spiva Library

Learn about the library, its people, resources and services.

What is Fulltext?

Databases with fulltext have complete articles. 

Databases without fulltext simply identify that the articles exist, but don't provide the articles themselves. 

Most of Spiva Library's databases are a mix of both. 


In Spiva Library, newspapers, magazines, and journals are arranged alphabetically. The most current issues are located on the third floor by the Reference Desk.  Most older print issues of magazines and journals are also found on the third floor.  Older issues of newspapers and some magazines and journals that have been filmed are located on the fourth floor.

If you are looking for a specific journal, you will want to use the Search box below.

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Full Search Guide

Interlibrary Loan Request for Articles

If you need an article to which Spiva Library does not have full-text access, we can request a copy from another library using a service called InterLibrary Loan.

This service is available to all MSSU students, faculty, alumni, staff and community card holders.


InterLibrary Loan Policy

*a nominal service fee may
apply in some cases*

What is a Scholarly or Peer Review Article

North Carolina State University Libraries explains the peer review process and its significance in research.

If we don't have access...

Why Use Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is not designed for comprehensive research or clinical questions. However, it is still a worthwhile and useful search tool, although a limited one. Much like the Google search engine, Google Scholar is designed to find quick and easy answers for time-pressed users.

Set Preferences to link to full-text available @ MSSU and export citations to RefWorks

Google Scholar Search

Accessing Off-Campus

To access database subsctiptions from off-campus you must be a current MSSU student, faculty or staff member with a username and PIN.  If you don't know or can't remember your Missouri Southern Username or PIN, please contact the IT Help Desk.

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