MWSU Library Frequently Asked Questions

What are the library’s COVID-19 procedures?

The Library follows MWSU’s COVID-19 protocols. You can find these on the MWSU COVID-19 website.

Library Access

What are the MWSU Library’s hours?

Please check our library calendar for library hours.

Is the MWSU Library open to the community?

MWSU is open to all students, and MWSU faculty and staff.

What is my MWSU Library Account login?

To log into your MWSU Library account, enter Your Name and your Unique Campus ID.
Your Unique Campus ID is your G number plus “MW” Example: G12345678MW. Help Document

Can I access MWSU Library databases and eBooks off campus?

Yes! When accessing electronic resources off campus you will be redirected to a login screen. Enter your MWSU credentials (i.e. Goldlink/Canvas username and password) and you will then have access.

Get Help

How can I reach a librarian for assistance?

Librarians are available to assist you with your research needs. You can virtually reach a librarian by chat, email (refdesk@missouriwestern.edu), text (816-398-8542) or in person during open MWSU Library hours. For more information consult our Ask-A-Librarian page.

What if I can’t log into the library’s electronic resources?

If you are unable to log into library databases but can still access Goldlink, try changing your password. Instructions for changing your password can be found here. If you’re still having issues, librarians are available to assist you with your troubleshooting needs. You can virtually reach a librarian by chat, email (refdesk@missouriwestern.edu), text (816-398-8542) or in person during open MWSU Library hours. For more information consult our Ask-A-Librarian page.

Library Resources

How do I find an article?

To find an article you can search one of our many databases. Our most popular database is Academic Search Complete (ASC). ASC covers multiple disciplines, so is great for any class assignment. View a tutorial

How can I access eBooks available from MWSU Library?

MWSU Library has over 250,000 eBooks available to our patrons. Visit our eBooks library guide for access to reference, academic, non-fiction, and fiction titles. If off campus you may need your MWSU login credentials to access. If you have any problems, please contact us.

How can I access streaming video from the MWSU Library?

MWSU Library’s Films on Demand product offers educational films from a wide array of reputable producers. If off campus you will need your MWSU login credentials to access. If you have any problems, please contact us.

How do I cite my source in MLA, APA, or Chicago (Turabian) citation style?

Consult our Citation Styles library guide for help on various citation styles.

Library Services

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

When the MWSU Library does not have a book, film, article you need for your research, it will borrow/obtain it for you from another library. Fill out an interlibrary loan form, by logging in with your MWSU Library Account.

Where can I return my books?

Any item you’ve borrowed through the MWSU Library can be returned anytime on campus at our book drop on Downs Drive or our book drop on the north side of the Hearnes building. You can also return items inside the library during open hours.

How does curbside pick up work?

Please check our Curbside Pick Up guidelines for information on using this service.

I’m searching the open web (Google, Bing). How can I tell if MWSU Library has a resource I come across?

Our Lean Library add-on will alert you when a resource you find on the open web is available through the MWSU Library. Click here for more information on Lean Library.

How can I connect my Google Scholar search to the MWSU Library?

Google Scholar settings allow you to link your search results to the MWSU Library. Instructions on linking Google Scholar to MWSU Library.

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