• When can I submit my thesis/dissertation?
  • Where do I submit my thesis/dissertation?
  • Do I need to submit electronically or in paper?
  • How do I submit electronically?
  • Do I need to give the Library a paper copy?
  • Is there any paperwork that needs to be submitted with my document?
  • How long will it take to check my thesis/dissertation?
  • After I submit my thesis/dissertation, what happens?
  • What should I do when I get a list of corrections?
  • What fees will I pay?
  • What is the optional copyright fee? Should I pay it?
  • When is the optional copyright fee charged?
  • What are the deadlines for submitting my thesis/dissertation to the library?
  • I'm having trouble formatting my thesis/dissertation. Where can I find help?
  • Can the Library recommend someone to type or format for me?
  • Can I get personal copies bound for myself or my committee?
  • What is Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
  • Who can use Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
  • Why do I need a username and password?
  • What if I forget my password?
  • How is Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) better than traditional ILL systems?
  • Are there any disadvantages to the electronic system?
  • How do I create an account?
  • What are the copyright restrictions for Interlibrary Loan?
  • What Web browser should I use?
  • Is security a problem if I use a public workstation?
  • Why does my browser say youre sending a cookie? Whats in it?
  • What is the Max Cost? Why do I need it?
  • How long will I wait for materials I have requested?
  • Can I do anything to speed up the process?
  • Is there a restriction to the number of requests I can make?
  • Are there any restrictions on what I can borrow?
  • I don't see my older requests when I look at my request history.
  • How am I notified when my materials arrive?
  • How do I obtain my materials? Where do I return them?
  • What is Electronic Delivery?
  • What if I need a thesis or dissertation through UMI?
  • Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
  • What does the status of ___________ mean?
  • What is the single, largest "SET" in our United States Government Documents Collection?
  • What are the two biggest differences in an Library of Congress Call Number (used in the rest of the MSU Library) and a SuDoc Call Number (used for the U.S. Documents)?
  • What makes a TOPO MAP, a topo map?
  • What types of functions are held in the John Grisham Room?
  • Is there a charge to book the John Grisham Room?
  • What types of functions are held in the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum?
  • Is there a charge for visiting the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum?
  • How big is the collection?
  • How much of the Collection is open?
  • Who may use the Collection?
  • Does MSU own these papers?
  • Why were the papers transferred to Mississippi State University from the University of Southern Illinois?
  • Is there anything besides the papers in the collection?
  • Are the papers all original?
  • What is the significance of the Grant papers and why should MSU want them?
  • How many other universities have presidential collections?
  • Are any Grant Papers available in published form?
  • How are books selected for the collection?
  • How are the book purchases funded?
  • Where do we buy the books for the collection?
  • How can I suggest a book for the collection?
  • What is BOO?
  • Can a librarian request a book for his or her own professional use?
  • What should I do with a patron book suggestion?
  • What kinds of gifts does the library accept? Where should I bring them?
  • What should I do if I find a damaged book in the stacks?
  • I see in the catalog that a book is "Being acquired by the library" and I need it right away! What do I do?
  • How do I request a book that has either been ordered but not received by the Cataloging Department or a book that has been received but not yet cataloged by the department?
  • How do I report errors that I find in the online catalog?
  • What are the main parts of a bibliographic record?
  • How do I find books/journals/AV materials?
  • What is the difference between a monograph and a serial?
  • What is the difference between a "catalog as seperate" (classed sep) series and an analyzed (classed together) series?
  • What is the difference between a serial and a journal/periodical?
  • Do you make copies?
  • How much does binding cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • I'm confused about what a Serial actually is. What is a Serial, anyway?
  • Why can't I tell what the Library actually has in the Online Catalog for Print Serials?
  • Why doesn't the Library have the issue I'm looking for?
  • Does the Library have this title available online?
  • How do I access an electronic journal?
  • What is the difference between an Index and a Database?
  • How many books am I allowed to check out?
  • Where is the Interlibrary Loan located?
  • Can I check out a Journal?
  • Where are the copiers located?
  • Where are the call numbers located?
  • Where are the Juvenile books located?
  • Can I request textbooks through Interlibrary Loan?
  • Who can attend workshops?
  • Why do some of the sheet music titles in the Charles Templeton, Sr. Sheet Music Collection only have a cover image or a restricted image when I try to view them?
  • Is there any way to get a copy of the entire score or document if it is restricted?
  • Who should I contact with questions about a specific item, collection, or copy request?
  • Can I donate materials to add to the collections I find online?
  • What is Reserve?
  • What services are provided by the MSU Library for Distance Learning students?
  • How can I search the online library catalog for books and journals at CVM Library?
  • Who can check out materials?
  • How do I... Find out when the Libraries are open?
  • For how long can I check out materials?
  • How can I figure out how to get online access to a journal article?
  • How can I receive assistance from a Librarian?
  • What is Electronic Reserve?
  • What do the workshops cost?
  • How do I... Find a book?
  • How do I... Renew a book?
  • Do I need to register for a workshop?
  • How can I place materials on Reserve?
  • What other resources/tutorials are available to me as an Distance Education student?
  • What issues of a certain journal do you have?
  • What kinds of materials can I check out, other than circulating books?
  • How do I access an electronic book?
  • How much are late fees?
  • What are the best databases to use to search for information on veterinary medicine topics?
  • How do I access the indexes and databases provided by the MSU Library?
  • What is proper copyright information?
  • Where are the workshops located?
  • How do I... Find a journal?
  • How do I... Find an article within a journal?
  • How do I register for a workshop?
  • How do I access electronic journals?
  • Where is the Externship Database and how do I use it?
  • Can I renew my materials?
  • How can I make sure the book I need will not be checked out before I can come get it?
  • How do I access CVM dissertations and theses?
  • How do I determine what books, journals, and other resources are available from the MSU Library?
  • How can I access my Electronic Reserve material(s)?
  • What if I can't attend the workshop for which I registered?
  • How do I... Find a thesis or dissertation?
  • How do I... Find a book not on the shelf?
  • How do I request a session for my group or class?
  • How do I know if my Instructor put something on Electronic Reserve?
  • How do I borrow materials from the MSU Library?
  • Does CVM Library own my class textbooks?
  • I'm not on campus. Can I use Access Services?
  • What if I lose a book?
  • I heard that the CVM Library has ebooks...how can I find and use them?
  • How do I borrow materials not owned by the MSU Library?
  • Can I take Reserve materials out of the Library?
  • What if I need to cancel a session I requested?
  • How do I... Get materials from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
  • How do I... Find reserve materials?
  • Where can I make copies of this material?
  • What does the Find It button found in many of the online databases and online catalog mean?
  • Can I check out journals at CVM Library?
  • What if I can't find a book?
  • How can I check out books at participating libraries?
  • What can I borrow at CVM Library and how long can I keep it?
  • How do I... Find CDs, DVDs and videotapes?
  • How do I... Find and use style guides?
  • How do I renew a book online?
  • What happens if I don't comply with these policies?
  • How can I pay my fines at CVM Library? Do you accept credit/debit cards?
  • How do I... Find tax forms?
  • How do I... Find newspapers on microfilm?
  • I need something from the main campus library--can you get it for me?
  • I want something, but CVM Library doesn't have it. I really need it! What are my options?
  • Where do I pick up my InterLibrary Loans and holds? Can I have them sent to my office?
  • My professor left a book or video in the CVM Library for the class to look at. Where do I pick it up?
  • I left my ID at home. Can I check out a book without it?
  • Can I reserve a room in the library? How do I do that?
  • I'm a professor. Can I reserve a computer or room for a student test?
  • What equipment does CVM Library have? (A/V equipment, office supplies, computer equipment, etc.)
  • Where can I use my laptop in the CVM Library?
  • How do I set up iPrint on my computer to print remotely to the CVM Library computer lab?
  • Where is the lactation room for nursing mothers in CVM?
  • I need help finding resources...I have a project, paper or article due and I don't even know where to start!
  • What are the CVM Library hours?
  • Where in CVM can I send a fax?
  • How can I pay for copies and printing?




    Q: When can I submit my thesis/dissertation?
     

    A: You may submit as soon as you have made all content corrections and obtained all signatures on your approval page. You must have all signatures to meet the first submission deadline. Deadlines are posted at http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp.
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    Q: Where do I submit my thesis/dissertation?
     

    A: Submit your completed document electronically (as a single PDF file) to the Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review using the ETD submission software. Log-in to the ETD server at http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/ETD-submit/login.
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    Q: Do I need to submit electronically or in paper?
     

    A: As of the Fall 2007 semester, all theses and dissertations must be submitted electronically. If you would like a bound paper copy for yourself, your committee, or your department, the library's binding unit will be glad to assist you in ordering your bound copies from the binding company the library uses, National Library Bindery Company of Georgia. The student will be responsible for the full cost of binding and will make direct payment to the binding company. Please call 662-325-7674 or visit the library's binding unit located in Technical Services for more information about personal copies of theses or dissertations.
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    Q: How do I submit electronically?
     

    A: On the T/D website (http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp), look under "Submit Electronically" and choose the "Login to ETD Server" link and create an account for your ETD (be sure to remember your username/password combination because it cannot be retrieved by Library staff). Convert your document to a single PDF file and post it to your ETD account by following the instructions.
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    Q: Do I need to give the Library a paper copy?
     

    A: No; however, some students choose to give the library a bound copy as a gift. If a gift copy is given to the library, it will be cataloged and placed in Special Collections.
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    Q: Is there any paperwork that needs to be submitted with my document?
     

    A: You must submit the following forms to the Library's Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review:
    • Author Contact Form (required)
    • ETD Rights and Permission Form with signatures (required)
      Distance students may send approval/signature page and forms by friends, U.S. Priority Mail, UPS, FedEx, or any other delivery services. The mailing address is Theses and Dissertations, Mitchell Memorial Library, P.O. Box 5408, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Forms may be faxed to 662-325-2895. Email questions to etd@library.msstate.edu or call James Nail at 662-325-2170 or Damen Peterson at 662-325-8756.

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    Q: How long will it take to check my thesis/dissertation?
     

    A: Submissions are checked in the order received. Early in the semester, the check is usually complete within 48 hours. After the deadline for first submission, the check may require several days.
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    Q: After I submit my thesis/dissertation, what happens?
     

    A: The Library checks your thesis/dissertation, prepares a list of corrections needed, and emails you the list of corrections. Once you make the corrections the process is repeated until all corrections are made and your document is approved for final submission. Once final submission approval is granted, you will receive a list of instructions and a link to our publisher website to upload your approved document. Once uploaded, fees will be assessed to your University account.
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    Q: What should I do when I get a list of corrections?
     

    A: Make all listed corrections and re-submit your corrected thesis/dissertation as soon as possible. Many students re-submit three or four times before all errors are corrected, so don't wait until the final deadline to submit corrections.
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    Q: What fees will I pay?
     

    A: Fee Schedule
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    Q: What is the optional copyright fee? Should I pay it?
     

    A: The optional $55 copyright fee pays for ProQuest to file an application of claim of your copyright with the United States Copyright Office. You do not have to register your copyright, but you cannot sue for copyright infringement in the United States unless you have registered. For more information about copyright, see the U.S. Copyright Office's Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright or http://www.copyright.gov/.
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    Q: When is the optional copyright fee charged?
     

    A: After the final submission, instructions will be provided for posting to the UMI/ProQuest website. All fees will be charged after this posting.
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    Q: What are the deadlines for submitting my thesis/dissertation to the library?
     

    A: The deadlines are set by the Office of Graduate Studies. Each semester deadlines are posted at http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp and on the OGS calendar at http://www.grad.msstate.edu/academic_calendar/. To meet the first submission deadline, you must submit a completed approval page with all signatures and upload a PDF of your work to the ETD server. To meet the final submission deadline, you must make all corrections and pay all fees.
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    Q: I'm having trouble formatting my thesis/dissertation. Where can I find help?
     

    A: The Instructional Media Center, on the second floor of the library, offers individual help with formatting.

    Check the Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review webpage for Microsoft Word formatting hints.

    Workshops are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters; check the Library's calendar of events or the T/D website for the current semester's workshop schedule.

    If time permits, the Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review staff may help with limited formatting but cannot format entire documents for students.
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    Q: Can the Library recommend someone to type or format for me?
     

    A: No. The Library does not maintain a list of people who type or format for students.
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    Q: Can I get personal copies bound for myself or my committee?
     

    A: If you would like a paper copy for yourself or your department, the library's binding unit will be glad to assist you in ordering your bound copies from National Library Bindery Company of Georgia, the binding company the library uses. The student will be responsible for the full cost of binding and will make direct payment to the binding company. Please call 662-325-7674 or visit the library's binding unit located in Technical Services for more information about personal copies of theses or dissertations.

    Other options:
    • Many commercial copy shops offer binding services for soft cover copies.

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    Q: What is Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
     

    A: Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) is the electronic system you use to request an item through Interlibrary Loan. The name ILLiad can be thought of as an acronym for InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database.
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    Q: Who can use Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
     

    A: This service is available to all MSU Faculty, MSU Staff, currently enrolled MSU students and students considered to be Distance Learners. This service is not available to alumni, courtesy card holders or other institutions with which the MSU Library has an agreement.

    "Distance Learning" refers to a body of classes taught either off-campus or via some form of technology that does not require the student to attend class on campus.

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    Q: Why do I need a username and password?
     

    A: Your username and password allows us to give you secure access to information about your interlibrary loan requests. We can also enable you to edit your personal information such as your address or phone number.

    Your username is your NetID and your password is your NetPassword. No one but you will know your password, not even the library staff. The password you set is stored in an encrypted file.

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    Q: What if I forget my password?
     

    A: In the event that you forget your password, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (662) 325 -0631 or helpdesk@msstate.edu.
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    Q: How is Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) better than traditional ILL systems?
     

    A: The Illiad is better because:
    • You will find it easier to submit your interlibrary loan requests. With Interlibrary Loan (Illiad), you enter your name, address, and other personal information into the system only once, at the time of your first request.
    • Your request will be handled more rapidly and accurately as problems relating to misinterpretation of hand-written requests are eliminated.
    • You can get many of your photocopies more quickly through Electronic Delivery.
    • You can get information about the status of your request through the Web at any time from any location without having to call the ILL Department.
    • Library personnel are able to serve you better because all data about your request and its handling is stored in a searchable database. We are able to respond quickly to your inquiries about your request. We are also able to gather statistical information about the performance of the libraries that lend to us, enabling us to make better decisions when choosing a lender to supply an item.

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    Q: Are there any disadvantages to the electronic system?
     

    A: Some people might find it troublesome to have to log into Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) using a username and password. We believe this is less trouble than traditional paper and electronic systems, which require you to enter your personal information with each new request.
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    Q: How do I create an account?
     

    A: Log in to Interlibrary Loan (Illiad), using your Net ID and Net Password. Fill out your personal account information in your profile by filling in all required fields. Be sure to fill out the information completely and accurately. Be sure you qualify to use Interlibrary Loan (Illiad). If you have questions see FAQ question 2. Once you have filled in all the required fields, click on Submit Information.

    All loans must be picked up at the desk and will not be mailed unless special circumstances exist and mailing has been approved by the Access Services Staff.

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    Q: What are the copyright restrictions for Interlibrary Loan?
     

    A: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. On of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "Fair Use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

    This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

    This institution reports the use of photocopies and reproductions in excess of allowable limits to the Copyright Clearance Center and pays the copyright fees associated with these articles.

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    Q: What Web browser should I use?
     

    A: You need a Web browser that can handle forms, tables, and, preferably Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). We recommend the current versions of either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
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    Q: Is security a problem if I use a public workstation?
     

    A: Yes. Web browsers cache information and create a history file on the local workstation. This allows a subsequent user of the workstation to access the system under your name using the browser's Back button to recall a page from the cache, or by finding a page with your personal information in the browser's history file. If you are concerned about the security of your interlibrary loan requests, you can take the following steps:
    • Access Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) only from your personal computer or an otherwise secure workstation.
    • When using a public access workstation:
      1. Delete from the history file those pages that contain your personal information.
      2. Exit from the Web browser before you leave the workstation. This prevents the Back button from accessing the pages you were using.

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    Q: Why does my browser say youre sending a cookie? Whats in it?
     

    A: The technology that we use sends a Session ID to be stored on your machine. You can refuse this cookie and still be able to use Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) without any problems.
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    Q: What is the Max Cost? Why do I need it?
     

    A: The Max Cost is the maximum you are willing to pay for an article or loan. Most of the libraries we lend from lend items for free, but from time to time these libraries do not have the required materials needed, and we must order from other sources. When you indicate a max cost of $0 and we exhaust the sources that lend for free, your request will be canceled. If you indicate a max cost of more than $0, the number of sources from whom we borrow is increased. We will always try to borrow from our reciprocals (free lending sources) first.

    Most non-reciprocal sources start the fees at $10 with an additional charge per page.

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    Q: How long will I wait for materials I have requested?
     

    A: The typical request takes at least seven to ten business days to complete. Requests without proper citations or low max cost could take longer. Also, rare or unusual requests take longer to process. If you have not received your material within fifteen days from ordering, please contact the Access Services Department.
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    Q: Can I do anything to speed up the process?
     

    A: Do not use abbreviations unless the source of the citation uses them. If you know what the abbreviation stands for be sure to include the title in its entirety.

    Obtain complete citations from standard biographic sources (i.e. indexes, bibliographies, library catalogs, etc.) and make a note of the source in your request

    Be sure to check the holdings of the MSU libraries. The number one reason for unnecessary delay is that the University owns the material.

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    Q: Is there a restriction to the number of requests I can make?
     

    A: No, but be considerate of others. If you have a large number of requests for a grant or research project, submit them over a few days. This will allow the Access Services staff to process not only your orders, but the orders of other patrons as well.
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    Q: Are there any restrictions on what I can borrow?
     

    A: The MSU Library adheres to a National Interlibrary Loan Code (1993) that places some restrictions on the materials we can borrow. We do not normally borrow the following:
    • Textbooks used in Coursework
    • Standardized Test preparation books (i.e. LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, TOEFL, etc...)
    • Non-circulating materials (reference books, rare books, etc…)
    • Audio-visual materials
    • Periodicals (i.e. entire issues)
    • Genealogical materials
    • Computer software
    • Non-circulating theses and dissertations

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    Q: I don't see my older requests when I look at my request history.
     

    A: From time to time we purge older records older records from Interlibrary Loan (Illiad). Our policy is to keep requests online for several years in order to comply with record keeping requirements of the copyright law.
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    Q: How am I notified when my materials arrive?
     

    A: That depends on how you filled out the Preferred Notification Method field in your profile. We can contact you either by e-mail or phone.
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    Q: How do I obtain my materials? Where do I return them?
     

    A: Articles
    Copies of articles are sent to you electronically if you have marked "yes" in your profile for Preferred Electronic delivery (if possible). Otherwise, they are held at Mitchell Memorial Library's Access Services department, at one of the branch libraries, or are mailed as per the user's instructions.

    Loans
    All loans must be picked up at either the Mitchell Memorial Library or at one of the branch libraries. Loans will not be mailed unless circumstances warrant a change in policy. All changes are subject to approval by the Access Services Coordinator.

    Returns
    Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the Access Services department located in the Mitchell Memorial Library. Please remember that these materials are on loan from another institution and must be returned on time. Please do not place Interlibrary Loan material in the book drop. If the material is returned by any means other than returning them to the Access Services

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    Q: What is Electronic Delivery?
     

    A: Many libraries ship photocopies of articles to us in electronic format. In the past we printed these articles before delivering them to you. Now, through Interlibrary Loan (Illiad), we are able to offer you the option of electronic delivery of these articles in PDF format (Adobes Portable Document Format).
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    Q: What if I need a thesis or dissertation through UMI?
     

    A: Theses and Dissertations may be purchased through UMI for a fee of $29. This fee must be paid by the requestor and is due at the time of delivery. Once the material is ordered, you are responsible for this fee.
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    Q: Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
     

    A: System problems or Interlibrary Loan questions: Access Services office at (662) 325-7678 or e-mail to access@library.msstate.edu.
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    Q: What does the status of ___________ mean?
     

    A:

    Awaiting Copyright Clearance

    This article request must be reviewed to determine if any copyright fees need to be paid. The library, not the requesting customer, if required, pays these fees.


    Awaiting Customer Contact

    This requested item has arrived and has been processed by the ILL staff, but we have not yet informed the customer that the item has arrived.


    Awaiting Post Receipt Processing

    This requested item has been received in Interlibrary Loan (Illiad), but has not yet been processed for delivery to the requester


    Awaiting Request Processing

    This requested item has been submitted by the customer and has gone through the copyright clearance process, if necessary. It is now ready to be searched and requested from potential lenders.


    Awaiting Return Label Processing

    The customer has returned this item to the ILL office. It is currently waiting return processing so that it can be returned to the lending library.


    Cancelled By Customer

    The customer has cancelled this request and no longer requires the requested item.


    Cancelled By ILL Staff

    The ILL staff has canceled this request. The reason for this cancellation may be found in Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) by pushing the "View/Resubmit Cancelled Requests" button and looking at the detailed information for the cancelled item.

    Note: If the ILL staff cancels one of your requests, Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) immediately sends you an e-mail message explaining why the item was cancelled.


    Checked out to Customer

    The requested ILL item has arrived from the lending library, has been processed by the ILL staff, and has been checked out by the customer or by one of his/her proxies. Until the item's status is changed to "Item Checked In", the customer is responsible for the item.


    Customer Notified via E-Mail

    The requested item has arrived, has been processed by the ILL staff, and the customer has been notified of it's availability via Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)'s automated E-Mail. This status reflects the customer's preferred notification method (E-Mail) as entered in his/her personal information page.


    Customer Notified via Phone

    The requested item has arrived, has been processed by the ILL staff, and the customer has been notified of it's availability via telephone. This status reflects the customer's preferred notification method (Phone) as entered in his/her personal information page.


    Delivered to Web

    The requested item has arrived, has been processed by the ILL staff, and has been posted to the requesting customer's personal Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) page, where it may be viewed and/or downloaded electronically via Adobe Acrobat.


    In Print Queue

    The requested item has been partially processed by the ILL staff. It is currently awaiting the printing of its Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) identification label.


    In Return Address Print Queue

    The customer has returned the item borrowed from another library to the ILL office. It has been checked in and is awaiting the printing of its return address label.


    Item Checked In

    The customer has returned the item borrowed from another library to the ILL office and the item has been checked in. It is now ready for return processing.


    Item Returned Received

    The item has been returned to the lender.


    Received Incorrect/Partial Item

    An item was received that either does not match the item that was requested or is incomplete. The ILL staff will determine the quickest means to correct this.


    Request Finished

    The entire request process has been completed successfully. Requests with this status are archived under the "View Request History" button.

    Note: Cancelled requests are not at "Request Finished" status and thus do not display under "View Request History". Cancelled requests may be found under the "View/Resubmit Cancelled Requests" button.


    Request in Processing

    This request is being processed at this moment.


    Request Sent

    This request for an item not owned by Mississippi State has been sent to possible lending libraries and we are waiting for the item to be shipped by a lender.


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    Q: What is the single, largest "SET" in our United States Government Documents Collection?
     

    A: The Serial Set - almost 15,000 volumes.
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    Q: What are the two biggest differences in an Library of Congress Call Number (used in the rest of the MSU Library) and a SuDoc Call Number (used for the U.S. Documents)?
     

    A: The differences are:
    1. The LC call numbers appear in a column and SuDocs call numbers appear all in one line.

    2. The "." is a true DECIMAL in LC call numbers and it is only a POINT or divider in a SuDoc call number.

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    Q: What makes a TOPO MAP, a topo map?
     

    A: That the shape of the Earth's surface is shown by Contour Lines.
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    Q: What types of functions are held in the John Grisham Room?
     

    A: In addition to hosting tours of the John Grisham Collection, the John Grisham Room Hosts speaker series, presentations, workshops, luncheons, receptions, and other related events for Libraries departments and for departments across campus.
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    Q: Is there a charge to book the John Grisham Room?
     

    A: Tours of the Collection and Room are free-of-charge, but a $50-to-$75 setup fee is charged to Banner accounts of departments reserving the Room. Libraries committees may use the Room free-of-charge.
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    Q: What types of functions are held in the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum?
     

    A: Tours of the Museum for any age/size group are scheduled year-round. The conference room in the Museum may be reserved for Libraries meetings and by administrative departments across campus for small, admistrative functions.
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    Q: Is there a charge for visiting the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum?
     

    A: Tours are free-of-charge, and Libraries committees may use the conference room free-of-charge; however, a $50 setup fee may be applied to Banner accounts of departments outside of the Libraries.
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    Q: How big is the collection?
     

    A: Over 14,760 linear feet.
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    Q: How much of the Collection is open?
     

    A: All of the Collection is open. The processing of unpublished materials is on-going, but all papers are available for research. As materials are processed, information is made available to the public via the Grant Website.
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    Q: Who may use the Collection?
     

    A: Undergraduate and graduate students and on-campus and visiting scholars. Others may request permission from the Grant Collection staff.
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    Q: Does MSU own these papers?
     

    A: No, the U. S. Grant Association has always owned the papers and continues to do so. However as long as the papers are in the University Library, MSU is responsible for their care and making them available for research. We expect they will be at MSU in perpetuity because the Mitchell Memorial Library will fulfill the preservation and research parts of the agreement between MSU and the Grant Association.
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    Q: Why were the papers transferred to Mississippi State University from the University of Southern Illinois?
     

    A: The story of why the Grant Association Board of Directors made this decision is not available to the public since litigation was involved. We can say the papers coming to MSU resulted largely from the fact that MSU's Giles Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. John Marszalek, was named to replace Dr. John Y. Simon, who passed away in 2008, as Executive Director and Managing Editor of the Grant Papers project. Since Dr. Marszalek resides in Starkville, moving the papers to MSU was a logical choice, but the determination of the Dean of Libraries and the MSU Administration created conditions that made it possible for the papers to come to MSU. The Association's Board of Directors unanimously approved the transfer of the papers to MSU, and the formal agreement between the Association and MSU took place on January 30, 2009.
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    Q: Is there anything besides the papers in the collection?
     

    A: Yes, there are various photographs and other memorabilia that will be periodically exhibited.
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    Q: Are the papers all original?
     

    A: No, most of the papers are photocopies of originals held in other libraries, and individual collections around the nation. Former director Simon had copies made of these papers over a period of 46 years. Together the published and unpublished papers, plus memorabilia and Grant-related published volumes, make the Collection the largest of Grant materials in the world.
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    Q: What is the significance of the Grant papers and why should MSU want them?
     

    A: The papers document key periods in the history of nineteenth century America: the Mexican War, Civil War, and Reconstruction. As a major research university, MSU is in a unique position to offer these papers to scholars and students for studying these eras that shaped the United States of today.
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    Q: How many other universities have presidential collections?
     

    A: Among Southeastern Conference universities, aside from MSU, only the University of Tennessee has presidential papers (Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson). Other university libraries with significant presidential papers include Virginia (Thomas Jefferson) and Princeton (Woodrow Wilson). Presidential libraries as we know them today began with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, and administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. MSU hosts one of only ten projects publishing the papers of U. S. presidents.
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    Q: Are any Grant Papers available in published form?
     

    A: Yes, there are 31 volumes of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. These are available in most major libraries. However, all the volumes have been digitized and are now available on-line and searchable via our Grant website. The major goal for Dr. Marszalek and his staff is the editing and publication of an additional volume compiled of significant papers not available in previous volumes. The editing of Grant's two volume memoirs is also a top priority.
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    Q: How are books selected for the collection?
     

    A: Choices about what materials to buy are guided by the Library's Collection Development Policy, which is available on the website, and by the research and curricular needs of the University. Faculty are asked to identify titles that would be the most useful for the library's collection; then the books go through an approval process in which they are vetted by the department head and a librarian. Areas which are not represented by a department, but which are considered essential for academic libraries, are collected by the Collection Development Committee.
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    Q: How are the book purchases funded?
     

    A: The books are paid for from the library budget. However, the book budget is divided up among the departments on campus; the department has the responsibility for spending their portion of the money. The amount of money allocated to each department is determined by a formula, which is outlined in the Collection Development Policy, available on our website.
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    Q: Where do we buy the books for the collection?
     

    A: The library has a primary book vendor/jobber, YBP, which assists us both with developing a robust collection by suggesting book titles and with acquisitions activities by selling books to us at a discount. Many times, however, a book is unavailable through YBP and must be bought from a variety of other vendors, such as Amazon, certain out-of-print clearinghouses, and sometimes even the publisher itself.
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    Q: How can I suggest a book for the collection?
     

    A: Book suggestions can be made either by entering them in BOO or by emailing Laurel. Whenever you submit a book suggestion, please keep in mind the mission of MSU Libraries as an academic library serving research and teaching needs.
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    Q: What is BOO?
     

    A: BOO stands for "Book Orders Online"; it is the tool that University employees use to suggest and approve books for the collection. It's accessed on the website under the Just For You tab.
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    Q: Can a librarian request a book for his or her own professional use?
     

    A: Yes, you can enter your requests in BOO under the department "Library Science".
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    Q: What should I do with a patron book suggestion?
     

    A: Please email the suggestion to Laurel. She will forward it to the appropriate Liaison.
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    Q: What kinds of gifts does the library accept? Where should I bring them?
     

    A: The library accepts donations of materials that support the curricular and research needs of the University and which fall within the libraries' collection development guidelines. Once accepted by the library, materials become the property of the University and cannot be returned. Acceptance into the collection is not guaranteed. If you have items which you would like to donate to the library, please have them delivered to Acquisitions or to Stacks Maintenance; if you have a large donation, we can arrange to have it picked up. You will receive a written acknowledgment for your donation.
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    Q: What should I do if I find a damaged book in the stacks?
     

    A: If you find a damaged book in the stacks, please have it delivered to Acquisitions.
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    Q: I see in the catalog that a book is "Being acquired by the library" and I need it right away! What do I do?
     

    A: Fill out a Book Request Form at the Access Services Desk and we will rush it.
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    Q: How do I request a book that has either been ordered but not received by the Cataloging Department or a book that has been received but not yet cataloged by the department?
     

    A: Material Request cards are available at the Access Services Desk. Complete the card with as much information as possible (author and title are very important) and return it to the desk. If the item has already been received, the title will be cataloged as "rush." Library personnel will notify you when the item is ready for you to pick up.
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    Q: How do I report errors that I find in the online catalog?
     

    A: There is a "report a problem" link at the bottom of every screen in the online catalog. Supply the information requested and submit your comment. Library staff may also submit a Tech Services ticket to report any problems/errors they find. As an alternative, problems may be reported via email to June Garner.
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    Q: What are the main parts of a bibliographic record?
     

    A: Bibliographic records describe items (books, serials, dvds, e-resources, maps, software, etc.) owned by the Library. The record has specific components that allow data to be communicated to the online catalog and displayed in a readable fashion. Some of the components are: author, title, publication date, subject headings, and call number. Each of these concepts is represented by specific numbers. For example, the main author is 100, the title is 245, a subject heading is 650, and the call number is either 090 or 050. Coding the numbers and descriptive data in a precise configuration is essential for the data to appear in the online catalog.
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    Q: How do I find books/journals/AV materials?
     

    A: The online catalog will tell you which materials the library owns regardless of the format (books, journals, magazines, tapes, DVDs or teacher's kits). At the Library's main page, click on the "online catalog" in the gray bar. When the search box pops up, type in the information you know (e.g., title or author). If you just know the topic, try a Subject search. Click on the "search" button." A list of titles will display that match your search term. Select your choice from the list, clicking on the title in order to ascertain the call number and location of the desired item. Remember, titles may be in various locations (Reference, circulating, Juvenile, Special Collections or one of the branch libraries, etc.) so make note of it.
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    Q: What is the difference between a monograph and a serial?
     

    A: Serials are titles that are published indefinitely, without a predicted or expected ending. They also must contain some sort of numbering scheme. A monograph is intended to be published only once or for a short period of time and has no specific enumeration.
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    Q: What is the difference between a "catalog as seperate" (classed sep) series and an analyzed (classed together) series?
     

    A: By definition, both types must have uniquely named parts (individual titles) in addition to the series title. Without the unique title there would be nothing distinctive between the items in the series. Each unique title has its own bib record in the online catalog. The key difference between analyzed and classed sep is the enumeration. If the series has specific numbering then the series is analyzed since this numbering keeps the items distinct from one another. If the series is NOT numbered, the call numbers must be separate/different from each other so that individual titles can be distinguished from each other. As a result, each part of an unnumbered series is classed separately.
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    Q: What is the difference between a serial and a journal/periodical?
     

    A: A serial is issued only one time a year (annually) or less frequently. It may also be a publication of greater frequency but consist of mainly reference material or statistical data. A serial is classified. A journal/periodical is issued several times a year (monthly, 3 times a year, weekly, etc.) and the articles, while they may be very technical and contain statistics, are read as a whole. Journals are arranged alphabetically by their title and shelved in Bound Journals.
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    Q: Do you make copies?
     

    A: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer copy services at this time.
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    Q: How much does binding cost?
     

    A: $35.00 for one copy, $17.50 for two or more copies. Thickness of the item is not a factor in cost of binding.
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    Q: How long will it take?
     

    A: Two to three weeks, but you can communicate your need for urgency to the binder and use your credit card to place a rush on your order.
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    Q: I'm confused about what a Serial actually is. What is a Serial, anyway?
     

    A: Determining what a serial actually is can be confusing. Here are some definitions that may help:
    • Serial: material that is published in installments, issued in a succession of discrete parts; they generally bear numerical or chronological designations, and have no predetermined conclusion. We generally use the term "serial" to identify the overall type of publications handled by this department.
    • Periodical: a title that is published at predictable, regular intervals, such as weekly, monthly, or annually. Newspapers, magazines and most journals fall under this category.
    • Journal: a periodical that contains articles on a particular subject or subject area. These items have one title, and are usually a numbered series. For example, Academy of Management Journal is a title that is published bimonthly. Each piece will appear like this: Academy of Management Journal, Volume 52, Issue 1 (2009); Academy of Management Journal, Volume 52, Issue 2 (2009), and so on.
    • Monograph: a non-serial publication, complete in one volume or a finite number of volumes, such as a book; thus it differs from a serial publication such as a magazine, journal, or newspaper.
    • Monographic Serial: a group of separate items where each item bears an individual or unique title, as well as a collective title, common to the group (series title). For example, for the Current Controversies series, Current Controversies is the overall name. However, each piece within that series has its own individual name, such as "Fair Trade" and "Censorship," and will receive an individual LC call number based on the subject matter of each.

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    Q: Why can't I tell what the Library actually has in the Online Catalog for Print Serials?
     

    A: There are a number of reasons why the Online Catalog looks this way at present; but rest assured, the Print Serials Unit is presently hard at work in an effort to make the holdings clearer. Just to name a few of the reasons: in the past, there were different standards dictating the way holdings should be entered; there was a major migration of holdings data from an old system to our present system; and the system was managed differently. The Print Serials Unit is currently working to correct the holdings data, bring the data up to current standards, update the management, and make the holdings appear in a more user-friendly way.
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    Q: Why doesn't the Library have the issue I'm looking for?
     

    A: There are a number of reasons why an issue may be missing: if you are looking in the Online Catalog, the holdings information may be difficult to interpret; another patron may be using it; the issue may have not been received from the publisher yet, or it is still in processing; there may have been a change in its status such as a title change, the title ceased, the Library decided to change the format, etc.; the Library received and processed it, but the issue was lost; and the list goes on. Please consult your Reference or Subject Librarian - they can help! The Reference or Subject Librarian will interpret the holdings information in the Online Catalog and can contact the Print Serials Unit for further information. If the issue cannot be located as quickly as you need it, the Librarian can assist you in obtaining the issue through our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service.
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    Q: Does the Library have this title available online?
     

    A: It is the Library's mission to provide as much access as it can, and many of our print titles are conveniently accessible online. Log onto the on the Library's website and go to the Library's Electronic Journals List; type in the name of your journal and click the "Search" button. If the title and access links do not appear, we may not have electronic access to that title. Please consult your Reference or Subject Librarian, who can assist you in finding online access through an electronic journal portal or database, or can assist you with our ILL service.
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    Q: How do I access an electronic journal?
     

    A: The most important thing to remember when accessing eJournals is to use the library's website to gain access to the full-text of eJournals to which the library subscribes. If you get to an eJournal without going through the library's proxy server, the full-text will not be freely available to the end user. There are several entry points for electronic journals:
    • The eJournal portal is the most direct link to an eJournal. To use this page, simply use the search form to find journals by name or use the A-Z listing of all eJournals. The portal gives you direct access to the main page of an eJournal from which you can search or browse by volume/issue or date of publication.

    • The Indexes/Databases is a convenient access point whereby you can find citations to articles and link directly to the eJournal or article by using the Find It button or, in some cases, the full-text is available via the database in which you are searching.

    • The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) also will link out to eJournals via the Find It button. If the library has online access to an eJournal, the Find It button will appear both in the OPAC results list and in the title record. Simply use the OPAC to search for a title and use the Find It button to gain access to the eJournal.

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    Q: What is the difference between an Index and a Database?
     

    A: The difference between them are:
    • An Index is a database of citations. Some indexes offer only citations, while others offer more in-depth information such as abstracts. Most of the indexes to which the MSU Libraries subscribe offer a link out service to identify if full-text is available. If the full-text is not available, use the link for Interlibrary Loan to request a copy of the material to which you need.

    • The term database, as it's used in libraries, typically refers to an aggregated collection of eJournals and/or eBooks to which full-text is available. Examples of library databases are Academic Search Premier, Business Source Complete, IEEE Explore, ACM Digital Library, etc. These databases bring together a collection of materials that are searchable via one interface with links to the full-text of articles or chapters.

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    Q: How many books am I allowed to check out?
     

    A: There is no limit to how many you can check out.
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    Q: Where is the Interlibrary Loan located?
     

    A: Interlibrary Loan is located at Access Service, which is located on second floor. Click here to view the Interlibrary loan location.
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    Q: Can I check out a Journal?
     

    A: Graduate students and faculty are allowed to check out five journals and only for 24 hrs.
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    Q: Where are the copiers located?
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    A: Click here to see copier locations and pricing.
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    Q: Where are the call numbers located?
     

    A: Call numbers A-S are located on 3rd floor and T-Z call numbers are located on 4th floor.
    Click here to view A-N call number location
    Click here to view P-S call number location
    Click here to view T-Z call number location
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    Q: Where are the Juvenile books located?
     

    A: They are located on the 4th floor. Click here to view the Juvenile books location
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    Q: Can I request textbooks through Interlibrary Loan?
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    A: As of June 1, 2011 the Interlibrary loan department will no longer process requests for textbooks for students. Textbooks are difficult to locate and libraries that own textbooks are usually not willing to lend them to other libraries. When we are able to find a library that will lend us a textbook, the due date is often within 3-4 weeks and not long enough to cover the entire semester.
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    Q: Who can attend workshops?


    A: Workshops are open to everyone in the MSU community. Others may request to attend sessions; these will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
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    Q: Why do some of the sheet music titles in the Charles Templeton, Sr. Sheet Music Collection only have a cover image or a restricted image when I try to view them?
     

    A: U.S. copyright laws prevent the dissemination of protected materials. If an item is restricted, we cannot make the entire document or score available through our website.
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    Q: Is there any way to get a copy of the entire score or document if it is restricted?
     

    A: If the only restriction on a score or document is copyright, you may request a single copy.
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    Q: Who should I contact with questions about a specific item, collection, or copy request?
     

    A: See the contact information field under each individual item, which provides an e-mail address for the appropriate person to contact in that area.
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    Q: Can I donate materials to add to the collections I find online?
     

    A: Each collection is made up of materials acquired as a single unit, whether it consists of a single item or multiple items, and is closed to additional materials from other sources. However, if you wish to inquire about donating materials to form a new collection, you may contact us through the following links:


    Special Collections: http://library.msstate.edu/specialcollections/donating.asp


    Congressional and Political Research Center: http://library.msstate.edu/cprc/index.asp
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    Q: What is Reserve?
     

    A: Instructors can make their class material(s) (i.e. class readings, notes, sample tests, and articles) available to students. They can view the material(s) by coming to the Access Services desk and checking them out.
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    Q: What services are provided by the MSU Library for Distance Learning students?
     

    A: For a complete listing of services visit the Library's Distance Learning website. http://library.msstate.edu/justforyou/distanceed.asp
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    Q: How can I search the online library catalog for books and journals at CVM Library?
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    A: To get to the online library catalog, go to http://catalog.library.msstate.edu. If you know the title or author of a book, use a Title or Author search. If you just know the topic, try a Subject search. If you know the journal title, search by Journal Title. You can limit your search to CVM Library items by using the Library pull-down menu below to choose MSU--College of Veterinary Medicine Library. Click Search and then click on the titles to see more information about each item. When you find an item you're interested in, be sure to check the Location (CVM Library, Reference, etc.) and the Call Number at the bottom of the screen.
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    Q: Who can check out materials?
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    A:

    Library privileges are available to all active MSU faculty, staff and students with a valid MSU ID card. MSU faculty and staff are considered active as long as they are employed at the University. MSU students are considered active if they are enrolled in the current semester or next semester. Students enrolled in the previous semester but not yet registered by drop date of the current semester will no longer have borrowing privileges, as well as access to online resources.

    MSU Students, Staff, and Faculty
    Active university faculty, staff, and students must present a valid MSU identification card to check out books at the Access Services Desk. If the patron does not have his/her MSU identification card, he/she may use a valid driver's license. If the patron does not have a valid photo identification card, they will be unable to charge materials. Lost identification cards should be reported immediately to the Registrar's Office, 161 Allen Hall, and to the Access Services Department of the Library. MSU faculty and staff are considered active as long as they are employed at the University. MSU students are considered active if they are enrolled in the current semester or next semester. Students enrolled in the previous semester but not yet registered by drop date of the current semester will no longer have borrowing privileges, as well as access to online resources.
    Community Members
    Community members must present a valid Courtesy or Public Library card, from a participating GTRL library (see below). Courtesy cards must be purchased from the Access Services Department for a $20.00 annual fee. Alumni may obtain a free Courtesy card with proof of membership in the Alumni Association. Identification cards are non-transferable. Patrons are responsible for all library materials borrowed on their cards.
    Continuing Education, Distance Education and Visiting Students
    Students taking class but not receiving a MSU ID card may be eligible to receive a temporary library card through the Access Services Department. The Access Services Department requires that a list of the students enrolled in the class along with an MSU contact person, the student's identification number and permanent address be provided. The cards will be ready within twenty-four hours of receiving the list.
    Special Library Patrons
    Special Library Patron cards will be issued at the Dean of the Library's discretion. The Dean will determine the loan period. The card holder will not be responsible for fines, although should a book become lost the patron will be responsible for the replacement cost of the book plus the processing fee. These cards will be renewed indefinitely without cost to the patron.

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    Q: How do I... Find out when the Libraries are open?
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    A:

    You can see today's hours at the top of most pages of the Libraries' website, just right of center.


    For a more comprehensive list, including hours for future dates, branch library hours, departmental hours, and holiday and intersession closings, see http://library.msstate.edu/hours/hours.php.


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    Q: For how long can I check out materials?
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    A:

    The loan periods for circulating books at MSU are as follows:

    • Courtesy Card Patrons
      Circulating Books: 28 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
    • MSU/MUW Undergraduate Students
      Circulating Books: 28 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
    • MSU Graduate Students
      Circulating Books: 56 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
      Journals: 1 day loan period, no grace period, limit of 5
    • MSU Professional & Support Staff / Faculty
      Circulating Books: 120 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
      Journals: 1 day loan period, no grace period, limit of 5
    • MUW Graduate Students
      Circulating Books: 56 day loan period, 28 days grace period, no book limit
    • MUW Professional & Support Staff / Faculty
      Circulating Books: 120 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
    • Tombigbee Regional Library System
      Circulating Books: 28 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
    • EMCC/MSMS Students
      Circulating Books: 14 day loan period, 7 day grace period, 10-book limit
    • SHS Patrons
      Circulating Books: 14 day loan period, 7 day grace period, 10-book limit
    • SHS Faculty and Staff
      Circulating Books: 28 day loan period, 7 day grace period, no book limit
    • Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System
      Circulating Books: 28 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
    • Retired Faculty / Special Library Patrons
      Circulating Books: 120 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
    • Visiting Faculty
      Circulating Books: 120 day loan period, 28 day grace period, no book limit
      Journals: 1 day loan period, no grace period, limit of 5

    Branch libraries in the School of Architecture and the College of Veterinary Medicine may have different loan periods for some materials. Students taking classes through Continuing Education receive the status as assigned by Continuing Education.

    The above time limits apply to regular circulating materials that are checked out by the Access Services Department. Reserve materials, reference books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials have different loan periods.


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    Q: How can I figure out how to get online access to a journal article?
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    A: Go to MSU Libraries' webpage at http://library.msstate.edu. Type the title of the article into the search box in the middle of the page--this is our "Discovery" service, which automatically searches all of MSU Libraries' databases for the title. Find your title in the results list. Click on the maroon-and-blue FIND IT button to see if MSU Libraries has online access or owns the article in print.
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    Q: How can I receive assistance from a Librarian?
     

    A: The Ask-A-Librarian service provides a variety of ways for students to obtain assistance from a librarian. Visit the Ask-A-Librarian website for access to online chat, email and telephone reference/consultation assistance. Librarians are eager to assist you with your research needs. http://library.msstate.edu/help/askalibrarian.asp
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    Q: What is Electronic Reserve?
     

    A: Instructors can make their class material(s) (i.e. class readings, notes, sample tests, and articles) available to students via the internet. They can view the material(s) by using a computer lab on campus (such as the Computer Commons lab in the library) or on a personal computer at home. Electronic Reserve documents are stored in Adobe's PDF format.
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    Q: What do the workshops cost?


    A: All workshops are free of charge.
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    Q: How do I... Find a book?
     

    A: The Online Catalog will tell you which materials the library owns whether they are books, journals, magazines, tapes, DVDs or teacher's kits. Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. When the search box pops up, check that you are on the Online Catalog tab before entering your search. If you know the title or author, use a Title or Author search. If you just know the topic, try a Subject search. Click on the titles to see more information about each item. When you find your book, be sure to check the Location (MSU Library, MSU Reference, etc.) and the Call Number at the bottom of the screen.

    Need more information? Try How to Use Your Library on our Online Tutorial
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    Q: How do I... Renew a book?
     

    A: Click here for the Renew Instructions
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    Q: Do I need to register for a workshop?


    A: Because space is limited, most workshops require prior registration. Please check the individual workshop for details.
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    Q: How can I place materials on Reserve?
     

    A: There are three ways you can place materials on Reserve.
    1. Complete the Reserve Request form at http://library.msstate.edu/circ/placing_on_reserve.asp
    2. Bring the completed Reserve Request form and the material(s) to be placed on Reserve to the Access Services desk.
    3. E-mail the completed Reserve Request form and the material(s) to be placed on Reserve to ldempsey@library.msstate.edu


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    Q: What other resources/tutorials are available to me as an Distance Education student?
     

    A: The How To Use Your Library tutorial provides an overview of the library and demonstrates how to find resources for your class assignments and other research. http://library.msstate.edu/htuyl


    Subject specific research guides have been developed as a means of highlighting the most relevant resources available for a specific subject or discipline. Visit our research guides online at http://guides.library.msstate.edu


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    Q: What issues of a certain journal do you have?
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    A: Looking up the journal's title in the online catalog will lead you to this information, whether the journal is in print or online, or both. Go to http://catalog.library.msstate.edu and type in the title of the journal next to Journal Title. The results list may have one or more listings for the same title. In the results list, if you see an entry with "[electronic resource]" after the title, MSU Libraries has access to at least some issues online--click the title to see what the range in years is. If, in the results list, you see an entry without "[electronic resource]" after the title, MSU Libraries has at least some issues in print--click the title to see what the range in years is. Look for the list of "Holdings" under MSU VETMED to see which issues we have here in the CVM Library.
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    Q: What kinds of materials can I check out, other than circulating books?
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    A:
    Periodicals
    The Access Services Department will loan periodicals located in the first floor reading room for a loan period of one day to MSU faculty, staff and graduate students. A maximum of five periodicals, bound or unbound, can be loaned at a time. The first five will have to be returned in order to charge others. Graduate students not returning the periodicals by closing on the day they are due will be charged a one dollar fine per item per day with no maximum. Faculty and staff not returning journals when due will have their borrowing, interlibrary loan, and reserve privileges blocked.
    Reference materials
    Reference materials will circulate to faculty at the discretion of the Reference Librarian on duty. The Reference Librarian will accompany the borrower to the Access Services Desk.
    Government documents
    Government documents with barcodes are charged as circulating books. Government documents without barcodes and topographical maps may also be checked out and receive due dates as circulating books. Only paper documents shelved in the Government Documents Department can be charged. Government Documents circulate to all students, staff, and faculty members.

    All other forms of documents are to be utilized within the Government Documents Department and cannot circulate without the special permission of the Coordinator of Government Documents and Microfilms. The following are non-circulating:

    • Microfiche Documents
    • Congressional Records
    • Serial Set Volumes
    • Census Materials
    • Reference Material located in the Government Documents area

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    Q: How do I access an electronic book?
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    A:

    Electronic resources such as electronic books (ebooks) and electronic journals (ejournals) are licensed from various publishers. The licenses are specific to an institution or library system. Because of these license agreements, only the patrons of the institution that purchased the resources can access it.


    For ebooks or ejournals owned by other libraries other than your own library, you can visit that specific library for in-person access.


    The Library can also get materials needed through Interlibrary Loan. For more information, Ask a Librarian.


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    Q: How much are late fees?
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    It is the patron's responsibility to return books on time. Each book is stamped with a due date and overdue notices are sent only as a courtesy to the patron. Notification by mail will begin when the books are one week overdue or when fines occur. A fine of $10 is assessed for each book over the grace period. This fine does not increase for additional days past the grace period. The Mississippi State University Libraries accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or MoneyMate for payments. Overdue fines not paid within two weeks will be transferred to the patron's consolidated billing account and may be paid at the Controller & Treasurers office, 158 Garner hall or online through MyBanner.


    For MUW students there is a $10 fine assessed to any loan that is one day past the grace period. This fine does not increase for additional days past the grace period. MSMS students will be assessed a $10 fine to any loan past the grace period.


    MUW/MSMS patrons will be blocked for fines of at least $10. MUW/MSMS will be notified when a patron is to be placed on hold for extreme overdue material or non-payment of fines. MUW/MSMS patrons are subject to all other policies governing the charging of circulating materials.


    For EMCC patrons there is a $10 fine assessed to any loan that is one day past the grace period. This fine does not increase for additional days past the grace period. EMCC patrons will be blocked for fines of at least $10. EMCC Library staff will be notified when a patron is to be placed on hold for extreme overdue material or non-payment of fines. EMCC patrons are subject to all other policies governing the charging of circulating materials.


    For SHS students there is a $10 fine assessed to any loan that is one day past the grace period. SHS Library Staff will be notified when a patron is to be blocked for excessive fines or overdue material.


    Fines will not be waived for Library Student Assistants.


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    Q: What are the best databases to use to search for information on veterinary medicine topics?
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    A: See our list of databases that contain information on veterinary medicine, and other topics related to research done at CVM here: http://library.msstate.edu/DatabasePortal/subject.asp?id=24
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    Q: How do I access the indexes and databases provided by the MSU Library?
     

    A: The MSU Library has a wide variety of online indexes and databases that are available to on campus and distance education students. Distance education students access these resources through the library's website but will be required to input their Netid/NetPassword to access the resource.
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    Q: What is proper copyright information?
     

    A: The title of the original work, volume, year and any other pertinent information should be placed on the first page of a journal article or chapter from a book. Any material without this information cannot be placed on either Traditional reserve or Electronic reserve.
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    Q: Where are the workshops located?


    A: All workshops are held in the ELI, Giles, IHL or IMC Presentation rooms on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library unless otherwise noted; be sure to check the calendar of events to see where a specific session is to be held.
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    Q: How do I... Find a journal?
     

    A: The Online Catalog will tell you which journals the library subscribes to whether they are electronic or paper. Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. When the search box pops up, check that you are on the Online Catalog tab before entering your search. If you know the title of the journal, use a Title Browse search. Click on the link next to the title to see more information. Once you have found the journal you need, click the Find It button to see if the Libraries have electronic access. If the journal you need is not available electronically, click the back button and check the Holdings at the bottom of the screen to find out if the Libraries own the issue you need in paper. The most recent issues (usually one year) of paper journals are in Current Journals for easy browsing and older issues are found in Bound Journals or in Microforms.
    Want to search e-journals only? Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. When the search box pops up, click the E-Journals tab then enter the first few words of the title. Tip: If you aren't certain how the title begins, you can change to Title Contains All the Words and enter words from the middle of the title.

    Need more information? Try How to Use Your Library on our Online Tutorial
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    Q: How do I... Find an article within a journal?
     

    A: Use one of our indexes/databases to find articles within journals and magazines. Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. When the search box pops up, click on the Index/Databases tab before entering your search. Enter a word from the index/database name and click go to get an alphabetical list of databases. If you don't know the index/database name, click the Category tab to choose from a subject list of databases. Both lists contain the same databases, just organized differently for easy access. Once in the database, search the topics for which you are looking.

    Need more information? Try How to use your library! Finding Journal Articles our Online Tutorial for database searching.
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    Q: How do I register for a workshop?


    A: Visit the calendar of events, select a workshop, and fill out the form.
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    Q: How do I access electronic journals?
     

    A: Students needing access to online resources will use their NetId/NetPassword to access all electronic resources offered by the MSU Library. Distance education students should use the E Journal portal or the Online Catalog located on the front page of the Library website (http://library.msstate.edu) to identify their journals.
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    Q: Where is the Externship Database and how do I use it?
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    A: The Externship Database is a tool for CVM students to use to research externship experiences. It's on a single, dedicated computer in the CVM Library, located in the study carrel at the entrance to the computer lab. Instructions on how to use the Externship Database are located on the computer desktop.
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    Q: Can I renew my materials?
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    Circulating books can be renewed two times unless requested by another patron. Materials may be renewed by e-mail, online or by bringing them to the Access Services Desk. Overdue materials must be brought to the Access Services desk for renewal. Renewals will not be allowed for books with holds against them.


    Renewals are not allowed on periodicals and reference materials. Government Documents can be renewed normally unless the item is a special permission item.


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    Q: How can I make sure the book I need will not be checked out before I can come get it?
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    A:

    Holds is a process that allows active MSU patrons to place a "hold" on any circulating book within the consortium. Using the online catalog, this process will take you through a series of steps, including logging in with your 9-digit MSU ID number and PIN (last 4 digits of your MSU ID number).


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    Q: How do I access CVM dissertations and theses?
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    A: CVM Library has a small number of CVM theses and dissertations in print, located in the front of the journals section of the library (ask at the Information Desk). To find many more online, you can use the ProQuest Theses & Dissertations Database. You can limit your search to MSU items by clicking on Advanced Search, and using the pulldown menu to search for Mississippi State University under "School Name/Code". For help and information about formatting and submitting your own thesis or dissertation, go to http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp.
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    Q: How do I determine what books, journals, and other resources are available from the MSU Library?
     

    A: Students should use the Library's online catalog to identify the books, journals, videos, etc. available in the MSU Library. Distance education students can borrow materials from the MSU Library collection by entering their request through
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    Q: How can I access my Electronic Reserve material(s)?
     

    A:
    Your students can access your electronic reserve material(s) by going to http://library.msstate.edu

    Select the Online Catalog

    At the top select Reserve Room

    Enter in the Instructor's last name and click on the "Search by Instructor" button. Choose Instructor's name from list.

    Then all the materials that you have on reserve will show up. If you are teaching more than one class, students will be able to choose which class they are in.

    If a book is on Reserve, students will see the title and call number. If it is a journal article or chapter from a book, it will give them the title and option of pulling up the Full Text Document by clicking on the button.

    To access this material, you must be an active MSU student, staff or faculty. Electronic Reserve documents are stored in PDF format and require the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    To open the PDF document, you need to authenticate by using your NetID and NetPassword as required by Copyright laws to ensure that only MSU Faculty, Staff and Students access the documents.


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    Q: What if I can't attend the workshop for which I registered?


    A: You can unregister yourself by taking the following steps:

    • Go to the events calendar.

    • Click on "Display Personal Schedule".

    • Enter the confirmation number from the workshop for which you registered, and your last name, and click Submit.

    • The event for which you're registered will display. Click "Cancel" for the event you will not be attending. In the next window, click "Continue."


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    Q: How do I... Find a thesis or dissertation?
     

    A: Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. When the search box pops up, check that you are on the Online Catalog tab before entering your search. If you know the title or author of the thesis/dissertation, use Title Browse or Author Browse. If you want to browse thesis/dissertations by department, do a Subject Browse search for Mississippi State University dept . of [Your Department Name Here] dissertations. Once you have found the thesis/dissertation you need, click the link in the Electronic Access note or get the Call Number from the bottom of the screen. The library collects two copies of each Mississippi State thesis/dissertation that are not available electronically. One is kept on the regular book shelves on the 3rd and 4th floors, the other is kept in Special Collections on the 3rd floor and can only be used in the Special Collections department.

    Want information about submitting your thesis/dissertation to the library? Go to the Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review web page http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp or call (662) 325-2170.

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    Q: How do I... Find a book not on the shelf?
     

    A: If the Online Catalog tells you a particular item is Available but you do not find it on the shelf, contact the Access Services department. They will attempt to locate the material and inform you if it is found. Be sure to have the Title and Call Number or Volume/Issue number of the item you need.
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    Q: How do I request a session for my group or class?


    A: For workshops offered by Library Instructional Services (EndNote, How To Use Your Library, Academic Integrity/XF Seminars, Practical Professor, Survival Skills for Graduate Students, Databasics, Write Right!), contact the Library Instructional Services department at (662) 325-0810 or instruction@library.msstate.edu.

    For other workshops, contact the Instructional Media Center at (662) 325-7676.
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    Q: How do I know if my Instructor put something on Electronic Reserve?
     

    A: Most Instructors will tell students in class or put it in their syllabus that they have material(s) on Reserve. If yours doesn't, you can search the online Reserve Desk as instructed above.
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    Q: How do I borrow materials from the MSU Library?
     

    A: Distance learners may request photocopies of materials or have books mailed to them through Library Express by logging into Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) and placing requests. This service is free-of-charge to all MSU faculty, staff and students that are considered distance learners. http://library.msstate.edu/justforyou/distanceed.asp
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    Q: Does CVM Library own my class textbooks?
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    A: Yes, the CVM Library keeps a complete set of your DVM or VMT class textbooks behind the Information Desk in our Reserve section. These textbooks can be checked out for two hours.
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    Q: I'm not on campus. Can I use Access Services?
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    A:

    Yes, distance learners may request photocopies of materials or have books mailed to them through Library Express by logging into Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) and placing requests. This service is free-of-charge to all MSU faculty, staff and students that are considered distance learners.


    Books can be returned by mail. Patron is responsible for return postage to MSU and any overdue fines. Fines are based on the date books arrive at the Library. Potential fines can be avoided by renewing books prior to return. Interlibrary loan materials can not be renewed. Patrons are responsible for any damage or loss, including those occurring during shipment. Return books to:


    Mitchell Memorial Library
    Attn: Access Services Department
    PO Box 5408
    Mississippi State, MS 39762


    For more information on Library services to distance learners, visit the Information Portal for Distance Learners.


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    Q: What if I lose a book?
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    A:

    Lost books must be paid at current market price, plus a $10.00 per book processing fee, and assessed fines. If the Access Services Department is notified that a book is lost before it is twenty-eight days overdue, no fine will be charged, but the price of the book plus the $10.00 will be paid.


    Books are due on the date stamped on the date due slip in the front of the book even if the library is closed. Books can be returned to the library book drop located on Hardy Road in the back of the building, or to the book drop located in the front of the building (drill field entrance).


    There is a grace period after the book is due. During this period no fines are charged and books may be renewed. If the book is not returned or renewed within the grace period, the Library will assess a $10 fine per item. If books are turned in at the outside book drops, they will not be checked in until the following day. It is always preferable to return books to the Access Services Desk in person and ask to have them discharged.


    If a book is found after it has been paid for, the patron may be reimbursed for the price of the book but not for the fines or the processing fee. The money will be refunded on the patron's consolidated billing account and a refund check printed at the Controller & Treasurers office, 158 Garner Hall.


    A patron who believes he/she has returned material that is charged to his or her account should contact the Access Services Department as soon as the error is noted. The Access Services Staff will print out the patron's record and begin a series of searches for the returned material. If at anytime the Access Services Staff finds the material located in the University Libraries and it has been sensitized, all fines will be dropped and the person will be notified and an apology will be issued. If the material is found and has not been sensitized, the fines will not be waived. If after sixty days or ten searches the book has not been found, the patron will be responsible for the price of the book(s) and the reordering fee of $10.00.


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    Q: I heard that the CVM Library has ebooks...how can I find and use them?
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    A: It's true! Due to popular demand, the CVM Library is providing more ebooks for your convenience. These books have pdf chapters that can be downloaded to your computer or mobile device; they're searchable and available from anywhere. If you're interested in checking out what we've got online, go to the online library catalog at http://catalog.library.msstate.edu. Leave the search fields blank. Set the library to MSU--College of Veterinary Medicine, set the Type to Electronic Book, and click Search. You will get a results list of all of CVM's ebooks...simply click on the maroon-and-blue FIND IT button to see a list of the pdf chapters that you can download. If you know of a veterinary medicine ebook that the CVM Library might be interested in purchasing, email your suggestion to Derek Marshall at dmarshall@library.msstate.edu.
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    Q: How do I borrow materials not owned by the MSU Library?
     

    A: Materials not owned by the MSU Library can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan located in Access Services. Students can login to the online service using their Netid/NetPassword and complete an order form. Articles will be delivered electronically while books will be mailed to the student. https://illiad.library.msstate.edu/illiad/
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    Q: Can I take Reserve materials out of the Library?
     

    A: We have several ways an Instructor can place materials on Reserve.
    • Closed Reserve- Materials may be checked out for 2 hours and used in the library only. The material cannot leave the library for any reason.
    • Two Day Reserve- Material may be checked out for two days and returned on
      the third day after the Library opens.
    • Electronic Reserve- Materials placed on electronic reserve.

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    Q: What if I need to cancel a session I requested?


    A: You can cancel your session by taking the following steps:

    • Go to the events calendar.

    • Click on "Display Personal Schedule".

    • Enter the confirmation number from the workshop you scheduled, and your last name, and click Submit.

    • The event will display. Click "Cancel" for the event you wish to cancel. In the next window, click "Continue."


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    Q: How do I... Get materials from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)?
     

    A: Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) FAQ http://library.msstate.edu/faq/faq_display/index.asp?cate=3&x=11&y=8

    Need more information? Try Understanding Interlibrary Loan (Illiad): An Interactive Tutorial http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?a=1159&/.
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    Q: How do I... Find reserve materials?
     

    A: http://library.msstate.edu/circ/accessing_electronic_reserves.asp
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    Q: Where can I make copies of this material?
     

    A: We have 3 dimes copiers, located beside the Access Services desk, in Government Documents/Current Journals and in the 1st floor reading room.

    We have 8 MoneyMate copiers:
    • 2 are located in the Copy Center on 1st floor
    • 1 is located inside the 1st floor reading room
    • 1 is located in the Reference Room
    • 1 are located in Government Document and Current Journals
    • 1 is located inside the 3rd floor Reading Room (P-S)

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    Q: What does the Find It button found in many of the online databases and online catalog mean?
     

    A: The "Find It" button helps you locate the full text using one of the following methods:
    1. By looking into other databases for the full text.
    2. By searching the online catalog to see if the library subscribes to the journal in print.
    3. By linking to the library's Interlibrary Loan service.

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      Q: Can I check out journals at CVM Library?
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      A: Faculty, staff and graduate students can check out bound (i.e., not new issues) journals for 24 hours.
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      Q: What if I can't find a book?
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      If a patron is unable to locate an item on the shelf, the Access Services Student Assistant on duty will (with a staff member's approval depending upon availability of student workers) go with the patron to assist in locating the material. If the student assistant is unable to locate the material, the patron will be asked to fill out a Book Request card. At the time the patron fills out the book request card, the patron is informed that if he/she has not been contacted by the Access Services Department after a period of ten days, he/she should seek other means for getting the material (i.e. Interlibrary Loan). The Access Services Department will search for the missing item for 90 days. During this period, if the book is found, the patron will be notified that the item has been found and the Access Services Department will hold the item for seven days for the patron. If after 90 days the item is still missing, the book will be withdrawn from the collection.


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      Q: How can I check out books at participating libraries?
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      A:

      Mississippi Library Partnership (formerly GTRLC)


      Established in 1993 as a means of increasing the sharing of resources (access to one database which would contain all of the holdings within the Golden Triangle area) and automation costs as well as the sharing of technical expertise.

      1. Mississippi University for Women/Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MUW/MSMS)
        Patrons must be registered and in good standing at the MUW prior to charging materials from the Mitchell Memorial Library. MUW patrons receive the same loan periods as MSU patrons. MUW patrons also receive the same renewal privileges and grace periods as MSU patrons. MSMS patrons receive a fourteen-day loan period with a seven-day grace period. MSMS patrons receive two renewals just as a MSU student. There is a limit of ten items that can be charged to a patron at any one time (not per transaction).
      2. Starkville High School (SHS)
        Patrons must be registered and in good standing at the SHS prior to charging materials from the Mitchell Memorial Library. SHS students receive a loan period of fourteen days and grace period of seven days. SHS patrons can renew materials two times. There is a limit of ten items that can be charged to a patron at any one time (not per transaction). SHS faculty and staff have a twenty-eight day loan period and seven day grace period.

      Tombigbee Regional Libraries


      Patrons must be registered and in good standing at any of the ten TRL public libraries prior to charging materials from the Mitchell Memorial Library. Those libraries are:

      • Amory Municipal Library
      • Bryan Public Library
      • Choctaw County Public Library
      • Evans Memorial Library
      • Hamilton Public Library
      • Mathiston Public Library
      • Nettleton Public Library
      • Webster County Public Library
      • Weir Public Library
      • Wren Public Library

      Patrons receive a loan period of twenty-eight days and a grace period of twenty-eight days. There is no limit of items that can be charged to a patron at any one time and patrons are allowed two renewals.


      Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System


      Patrons must be registered and in good standing at any of the three OKT public libraries prior to charging materials from the Mitchell Memorial Library. Those libraries are:

      • Starkville Public Library
      • Maben Public Library
      • Sturgis Public Library

      Patrons receive a loan period of twenty-eight days and a grace period of twenty-eight days. There is no limit of items that can be charged to a patron at any one time and patrons are allowed two renewals.


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      Q: What can I borrow at CVM Library and how long can I keep it?
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      A: It depends on what your university status is and what you're borrowing. See this chart for more information.
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      Q: How do I... Find CDs, DVDs and videotapes?
       

      A: The Online Catalog will tell you which materials the library owns whether they are DVDs, videotapes, journals, books, magazines, or teacher's kits. Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. When the search box pops up, check that you are on the Online Catalog tab then enter the title. Once you have found the material you need, be sure to check the Location and Call Number which is listed at the bottom of the screen. You can also browse the CD, DVD, and video collections in the Instructional Media Center (IMC).
      You can also limit a search to just visual materials (DVDs, videotapes) or just music. Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. Check that you are on the Online Catalog tab, then click Search Catalog. Click the Keyword Search near the top of the screen to get more search options. To limit your search, change the Format to visual materials (DVDs, videotapes) or music.

      Need more information? Try How to Use Your Library, our Online Tutorial
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      Q: How do I... Find and use style guides?
       

      A: The best place to find style manuals like APA, ACS, MLA and Chicago is the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. There are also some online resources that provide some guidance on different citation styles. Feel free to check out the libraries' Citation Style Guides http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?a=1127
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      Q: How do I renew a book online?
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      A: Circulating books can be renewed two times unless requested by another patron. Materials may be renewed by e-mail, online or by bringing them to the CVM Library Information Desk. Click here: http://library.msstate.edu/circ/renew.asp to see a tutorial on how to renew your items online. Overdue materials must be brought to the CVM Library Information Desk for renewal. Renewals will not be allowed for books with holds against them. Renewals are not allowed on journals and reference materials.
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      Q: What happens if I don't comply with these policies?
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      A:

      Library borrowing privileges will be suspended for any individual who fails to comply with Access Services policies for return, renewal or recall of materials or payment of fees due. Mississippi State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or age.


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      Q: How can I pay my fines at CVM Library? Do you accept credit/debit cards?
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      A: The CVM Library accepts cash, checks, or MoneyMate for payments. If you wish to pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, you may pay your fines in person at Mitchell Memorial Library. Overdue fines not paid within two weeks will be transferred to the patron's consolidated billing account and may be paid at the Controller & Treasurers office, 158 Garner hall or online through MyBanner.
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      Q: How do I... Find tax forms?
       

      A: During the spring semester, the Government Documents/Microforms room on the 2nd Floor of the library provides a display of tax forms and instruction booklets. Materials are also available via the web at http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/ for federal information and http://www.mstc.state.ms.us/
      for State of Mississippi information.
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      Q: How do I... Find newspapers on microfilm?
       

      A: Newspapers on microfilm are located in the Government Documents/Microforms room on the 2nd Floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. The titles are organized alphabetically by the city in which they are published. If you are not sure where your newspaper is published, you can search for the newspaper by title in the Online Catalog. Click on the Search link at the top center of the screen. When the search box pops up, check that you are on the Online Catalog tab then enter the title of the newspaper. Click on the link next to the name of newspaper. The record displayed will tell you the city and state where your newspaper is published.
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      Q: I need something from the main campus library--can you get it for me?
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      A: If you are interested in items located at Mitchell Memorial Library on main campus, there are two options for having it delivered to CVM.

      • If it is a circulating item at Mitchell Memorial (or at any other of our 40 member libraries in the Golden Triangle area), you may put the item on hold and specify the pickup location as CVM Library. To do this, simply find the item in the online catalog (http://catalog.library.msstate.edu) and click the Place Hold link to the left of the item's title.
      • For journal articles, Mitchell Memorial Library only also offers a Copy Service--staff will retrieve a journal article, copy and mail it to your campus address for a fee of $0.25 per page. To order an article through the Copy Service, fill out the InterLibrary Loan form (https://illiad.library.msstate.edu/illiad/) and check the box which says Copy Service.

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      Q: I want something, but CVM Library doesn't have it. I really need it! What are my options?
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      A: If the item is at another MSU Library, see I need something at from the main campus library--can you get it for me? above. If the item you want isn't at any MSU Library, you may InterLibrary Loan it and have it delivered to the CVM Library for pickup. MSU Libraries works with other libraries around the world to borrow the resources you need for your research. Go to https://illiad.library.msstate.edu/illiad/ for more information and to use the InterLibrary Loan online form to request a book or article. If you know of a book or other resource that you think the CVM Library should purchase, send an email to Derek Marshall at dmarshall@library.msstate.edu with your request, or visit the CVM Library Information Desk.
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      Q: Where do I pick up my InterLibrary Loans and holds? Can I have them sent to my office?
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      A: Wise Center employees and students must pick up InterLibrary Loans and items you have placed on hold at the CVM Library Information Desk. CVM faculty, staff and students located at CVM satellite clinics and offices may request that the items be sent to their location via campus mail.
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      Q: My professor left a book or video in the CVM Library for the class to look at. Where do I pick it up?
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      A: Professors often leave items for class members to use behind the Information Desk in our Reserve section. Simply ask at the Information Desk to see the items. These items may be checked out for two hours, but must be used in the CVM Library.
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      Q: I left my ID at home. Can I check out a book without it?
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      A: Unfortunately, we can only check out items to you if you have your MSU ID. However, you're welcome to use items in the library.
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      Q: Can I reserve a room in the library? How do I do that?
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      A: Yes, the CVM Library study rooms are available for reservations for any formal or informal group of students, faculty or staff. We have a large study room (up to 10 people) and a small study room (up to 4 people)--both equipped with white boards and TV/DVD/VCR. For more information or to make reservations, contact Donna Bishop at 662-325-1260 or dbishop@library.msstate.edu or the CVM Library Information Desk at 662-325-1256. The CVM Library Classroom is reserved through the Office of Academic Affairs--call Susan Heath at 662-325-1078 for more information or to make reservations.
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      Q: I'm a professor. Can I reserve a computer or room for a student test?
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      A: Yes. Please contact Donna Bishop at 662-325-1260 or dbishop@library.msstate.edu to arrange the reservation.
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      Q: What equipment does CVM Library have? (A/V equipment, office supplies, computer equipment, etc.)
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      A: The CVM Library has two TV/DVD/VCR systems available to view media, located in our study rooms. The CVM Library classroom has a ceiling projector for presentations; the Classroom is reserved through the Office of Academic Affairs--call Susan Heath at 662-325-1078 for more information. Each study room and the classroom is equipped with white board(s). Ask at the CVM Library Information Desk to borrow headphones, powerstrips, ethernet cords, and white board markers and erasers. The CVM Library provides access to automatic staplers, 3-hole punches, and a paper cutter. There is a black-and-white copy machine capable of making two-sided copies available for patron use. The CVM Library computer lab has 16 up-to-date PC's for internet browsing, email, and searching the library's resources. The computer lab also has two black and white printers, one color printer, and a flatbed scanner. Wifi is available throughout the library, as well as ethernet data jacks and electrical outlets.
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      Q: Where can I use my laptop in the CVM Library?
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      A: The CVM Library provides wifi in all areas of the library, as well as ethernet data jacks in some areas. There are electrical outlets near or in some study areas--just ask at the Information Desk and we can show you where they are. We can also lend you powerstrips, ethernet cables and headphones--just ask! For more information on how to hook up your laptop to iPrint so that you can print directly to the CVM Library computer lab printers, see How do I set up iPrint on my computer to print remotely to the CVM Library computer lab?, below.
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      Q: How do I set up iPrint on my computer to print remotely to the CVM Library computer lab?
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      A: Downloading iPrint onto your laptop will allow you to print remotely to printers all over campus. Go to http://iprint.its.msstate.edu/ for downloads and instructions. CVM Library computer lab printers are PA-LIBCVM (black and white), PA-LIBCVM02 (black and white), and PA-LIBCVMColor (color). Remember, printing charges still apply. If you have questions or need help, please call MSU ITS at 662.325.0631 or 888.398.6394 or email helpdesk@msstate.edu. CVM Library is not responsible for lost or stolen print jobs.
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      Q: Where is the lactation room for nursing mothers in CVM?
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      A: The lactation room is a safe, private place for nursing mothers in the Wise Center, located in the rear of the journals section of the CVM Library. Students are allowed to use the lactation room to study if it's unoccupied, but they must yield the room to nursing mothers. Please ask at the CVM Library Information Desk if you have any questions or concerns.
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      Q: I need help finding resources...I have a project, paper or article due and I don't even know where to start!
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      A: Got questions? Your CVM Library is here to help! Whether you need help finding a single book or article, or whether you need to create an entire research plan, we can help. Stop by the CVM Library Information Desk and ask your question, or contact Derek Marshall, the CVM Librarian, at 662-325-1114 or dmarshall@library.msstate.edu. We can guide you through the databases and library catalog to find exactly what you need. Professors, researchers, clinicians and students are all welcome. Please ask--we are here for you!
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      Q: What are the CVM Library hours?
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      A: Generally, the CVM Library is open Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hours change during student holidays and holiday weekends...please see the CVM Library home page for information about hours on specific dates.
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      Q: Where in CVM can I send a fax?
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      A: Faxing services are available in the library. Stop by the CVM Library Information Desk and we'd be happy to send or receive faxes for you. Please see http://library.msstate.edu/print for more information on our fax policies and pricing.
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      Q: How can I pay for copies and printing?
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      A: All printing is automatically charged to your Banner account. The copy machine accepts coins and bills. Alternatively, you can pay for your copies at the CVM Library Information Desk, where we accept cash, checks, or MoneyMate for payments, or you can charge it to your campus account and pay it online through MyBanner.
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