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Research & Resources

Course Pages

A Course Page is an online resource specifically designed for a single course. The webpage contains a list of resources, both electronic and in print, that would be instrumental in the successful completion of a course project or paper.

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Course Reserves

Print course reserve materials are items that WSU instructors have asked the Library to make available for short-term loan to students in their classes. Most reserve items are for in-library use only and have a two hour check-out period. Videos and DVDs have a 4 hour check out period unless otherwise requested. You can find items on reserve for your course by going to the WSU Library Catalog, select "Course Reserves" from the Libraries and Collections drop-down menu.

Electronic course reserve materials are mainly articles that WSU instructors have requested that the Library make available to students via a web-based program. The electronic course reserves will be available 24/7 (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week) depending on system maintenance.

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Distance Education Services

The Winona State University Library provides library services to WSU students who attend our courses taught at a distance from Winona or Rochester. Specifically, we send requested books and photocopies of articles from the Library's collection, with the exception of articles that patrons can download for themselves from the Library's databases. For books and articles not in the Library's collection, we also provide our distance patrons with delivery of requested interlibrary loan materials.

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Online Music

The Digital Music Project at the Darrell W. Krueger Library continues to make music available through the Library Catalog. You can find music and other audio items by going to the WSU Library Catalog, then selecting "Online Music" from the Libraries and Collections drop-down menu. You will need Real Player or Quicktime installed on your computer, and you can listen to them anywhere on campus, and if you are off campus or in the dorms you may listen to them if you have connected through VPN.

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RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that will allow you to: create your own databases of citations by importing references from the WSU Library Catalog and WSU Databases or entering them using a template; automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.); and then export them as several document types (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)

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The e-Reference Shelf

The e-Reference Shelf includes a list of freely available web sites and subscription resources that have been selected by the WSU Librarians to further assist you with your research. Many of the sites includes government sites, winona-related sites, citation and style manuals, and encyclopedias.

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Guides

How do I start?

This web page will provide you with ideas on how and where to start your research.

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Ask a Librarian

If you have basic research questions or need to ask someone how to get started, contact a librarian at the Reference Desk: submit the Ask a Librarian form or call the Reference Desk, (507) 457-5146.

Also, for each WSU academic department and most programs, there is a librarian who works closely with the faculty, students, and staff of that department. The library liaison can arrange library instruction sessions for students, build and manage collections in a particular subject discipline, create research guides, and offer advance research assistance.

The library liaison can help you get started on your research project(s) or paper(s) by suggesting resources and research strategies, and show you how to use the WSU Databases, Refworks, the Library Catalog, and how other library resources. Visit the WSU Library Liaison web page to find the contact information for the Library Liaison for your department, so that you may arrange a time to discuss your research project(s) or paper(s).

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Information Gallery Help

The Information Gallery has created online help guides to assist you with your computer hardware and software questions.

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Online Tutorials

Please check back for Online Tutorials created by the WSU Librarians that will demonstrate how to search in the Library Catalog, the WSU Databases, and other research strategies.

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FAQs

Can I access the databases from off campus & from the dorms

Yes, when you are off-campus or in the dorms, you can still access a majority of the WSU Databases. When you click on a database an Authentication Login Form will appear. At this point you will be asked for your WSU login (for email or D2L). You also have the option of using your WSU 14-digit barcode number, which is on the back of your WSU ID card, and your password, which is your last name. If you have difficulty accessing the databases, please contact the library.

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What is the Library Athenaeum?

The Athenaeum hosts events that explore and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region. These events could include lectures, readings, discussions, seminars, performance arts, and other educational experiences.

The Athenaeum is located on the south/bluff side of the second floor of the Krueger Library. It will approximately seat 60 people. Athenaeum events will typically be scheduled on Wednesdays between 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

For further information about the Library Athenaeum, please visit the Library Athenaeum web page, which is where you can read the Athenaeum mission, view the current Athenaeum event calendar, and read about past Library Athenaeum events.

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Find It!

Find It! is a cross-database integrator powered by SFX software. This allows patrons in one database to access the Full-Text of an article from another database. If the Full Text is not available, the software offers the patron an Interlibrary Loan form already filled out with the citation.

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How do I check my WSU Library Record?

Go to the WSU Library Catalog, then at the top of the web page, click on "My Account". At this point you will be asked for your WSU 14-digit barcode number, which is on the back of your WSU ID card, and your password, which is your last name. While viewing your record, you can renew items checked out from the WSU Library, check the status of your Interlibrary Loan requests, and view your circulation history.

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How do I borrow books or get articles from other libraries?

If the WSU Krueger Library does not have a book or access to an article either in print or electronic, you can request that a book or an article be borrowed from another library. For books, you can begin searching in the WSU Library Catalog, and select "All MnPals Libraries" from the Libraries and Collections drop-down menu. When you have a find a book that the library does not have, you can then select Interlibrary Loan. You can also find books in WorldCat, which is an online catalog of over 7,000 libraries. Once you find a book that the library does not own, you will see a FindIt! button.


When you are searching for articles in one of the many WSU Databases, and the library does not have electronic or print access to the article, you will click on the FindIt! button. Then you can select Interlibrary Loan under the "More Options" section.

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Can I check out books from the Winona Public Library?

Yes, as a Winona State University student you can check out books and other items from the Winona Public Library.
To get a Winona Public Library card, bring your student ID and driver's license to the public library, which is located on the corner of 5th Street and Johnson Street.

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What does In Libris Libertas mean?

In books [there is] freedom.

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