Michigan State University Library has joined the Michigan Virtual Reference Collaborative that premiered Spring 2005. Originally a collaborative effort between 17 Michigan community college libraries, the success and opportunity offered by Research Help Now has drawn in all types of new library members, such as the Library of Michigan (November 2005) and now MSU Library. This free virtual reference service for Michigan college students and residents provides a wealth of information on using libraries and the Internet for research assignments. Students find help in searching the world wide web, using each of the libraries’ online catalogs and databases and more. This exciting collaboration of community college libraries, the state library, and a 4-year institution throws open the door to an even wider wealth of shared resources and expertise for our students.
Clicking on Research Help Now will connect you in real time to a professional Michigan Librarian. Students ask questions using live chat, view web pages and online articles together, and learn how to do library research one-on-one with the help of an expert!
What type of help can you get from Research Help Now librarians?
· How to search the libraries’ online catalogs for relevant books
· How to look up the full text of magazines, newspapers, books, and other online resources in research databases
· How to find a useful, authoritative web site
· How to find and evaluate information
· How to search the statewide MeLCat book catalog
· How to find and use specialty search sites.
· From wherever you are, home or work.
Research Help Now is designed to be the starting point for all student research needs and is available free of charge. Next time you’re doing research, get the expert, personalized service that librarians provide. Visit Research Help Now at http://www.researchhelpnow.org or look for Research Help Now on your library website.
A collaborative of Michigan libraries is working together to provide a convenient, cost-effective service: Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Monroe County Community College, Mott Community College, Muskegon Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Oakland Community College, St. Clair Community College , Schoolcraft College, Washtenaw Community College, and Wayne County Community College District; Michigan State University Library, and the Library of Michigan.