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International Student How-tos...

Library Life

Everything in the Library is yours to use: books, videos, CDs, computers, journal articles, magazines, and newspapers. While some of the items are available for use only within the library, most can be loaned to you to use outside of the library, free of charge.

The Owens has three full floors of materials. Be sure to check the maps when first learning where resources are located. Signs posted around the Library are helpful also.

It’s always fun to discover new things, and learn how to use them. Here are some tips for you to get started on "How-To's" at Owens Library.

  1. Find Books at Owens

Use the Library Catalog to locate books (as well as music CDs and videos) that are owned by the Owens Library. Do a quick search by keyword, title or author. If using the advanced "Keyword Search" screen, you can also limit searches by language. When it shows information about a book you'd like, make a note of the collection and the call number. The call number is the exact order of the books. Our books have Dewey Decimal call numbers (for example, 973.0496 O12a).

When you find the call number for a book you would like, you will need to use that number to locate the book on the shelves. Our library shelves are open - you go get the books yourself. The call numbers put books on similar topics together, so while you're getting the one you know about, take a quick look around to see if others on the shelf nearby look useful, too.

  1. Check out books

Books can be checked out at the Library Services Desk and are loaned to undergraduates for a period of three weeks and to graduate students for eight weeks.

You may "renew" them to keep them longer, unless another person has put an electronic "hold" on the books because they would like to read them next. Use your library account to renew books. (You can also place a "hold" on books someone has checked out, or ask us to "recall" a book from another person if they have already had it.

  1. Borrow material

A valid Northwest student ID is required for checking out library materials. Return all materials to the book drop at the Library Services Desk on first floor when the library is open and the outside book drop when the library is closed.

Two courtesy overdue notices are sent to student e-mail accounts before charges are added to student bills. A $60 replacement fee with a $15 processing fee will be assessed for most materials not returned to Owens Library.

  1. Watch videos and locate music CDs

Videos are located on the 2nd floor of B.D. Owens Library and may be watched at viewing stations there. Music CDs are also available on 2nd floor.

  1. Use copier at Owens

Locate one using our maps. We have copiers on 1st and 2nd floor. Ask at the Library Services Desk or Periodicals Office if you need help.

  1. Check out notebook computers, digital cameras; VCR, DVD, CD, & MP3 players; overhead projectors, and camcorders

Visit the Multimedia Support Services desk on 2nd floor to borrow equipment.

  1. Get a Group Study room

There are also group study rooms on the 3rd floor that are nice to use if you need to work on a project as a group. These are not reserved but any group may use them.

  1. Learn library words

Library and technical terminology can be like learning another language. The University of Michigan's Shapiro Undergraduate Library has an excellent list of definitions for typical library words. You can always ask an employee here at Owens, too.

We look forward to seeing you in the library!

Life in America

Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville is situated in the state of Missouri. Missouri is located in the region of the United States commonly referred to as the Midwest.

  1. eduPASS

This site provides information for international students who are thinking about pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional education in the United States. It also contains material of interest to international students who are already in the United States.

This guide contains up-to-date information about everything an international student needs to know about studying and living in the United States. It covers every topic, from college admissions and financial aid to culture shock and clothing sizes (on the shopping page).

  1. International Students.org

It’s a website with tips on coming to and surviving in professional, academic environment in the United States. The site includes tips about culture, language and returning home.

Academic Life

  1. Find articles and books for your research

It's our primary job! If you have questions about locating materials, please ask a librarian.

We also offer an "Interlibrary Loan" service for Northwest students for materials that are not available in the Library Catalog or article databases. We can get electronic copies of articles from other libraries or borrow books from them so that you may use them.

Books: Most books are free of charge.

Periodical articles: Most copies of articles are free of charge. It may take to 2 days to 2 weeks for electornic delivery to your Northwest e-mail account (it depends on the response of the lending library). Forms to request books or articles are available.

  1. Cite your sources

Use our website to learn more about citing your sources correctly.

  1. Get assistance with your classes

Use Northwest's Talent Development website to learn more about getting help for your classes.

  1. Develop study skills

Get new study habits.

  1. Receive expert writing tutoring

The Writing Center is located on the 2nd floor of B.D. Owens Library and is staffed by graduate and undergraduate English majors.

  1. Locate services for students with disabilities

Many services are available.

  1. Find textbooks for class

Get information.