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Libraries & online resources available during COVID-19

The UMN Libraries spaces are different due to COVID-19 AND we are here to help with your research online!

Studying at the Libraries during Covid-19

Four of our largest libraries are open - Wilson Library (west bank), Walter Library  Health Sciences Library (east bank), and Magrath Library (St. Paul). These spaces are open for current U of M students with U Cards. Per University guidelines, masks are required. We have reconfigured furniture and are requiring physical distancing with one student per table. You can reserve a study room - one person per room. The coffee shops in Wilson and Walter are closed. Read through our FAQs for more details on visiting. 

Getting physical materials from the Libraries

If you know the item you are looking for, search by title or author or search by your keywords in Libraries search. You can go to our open libraries to find your items or browse the stacks. Or sign in to Libraries search and place a “get it” request. You can pick up items at one of our four open buildings — Wilson Library, Walter Library, Health Science Libraries, and Magrath Library — or have them delivered to your office, home, or residence hall. You can also request to have part of a book or physical item scanned and we will send it electronically with our Digital Delivery service. Read through our FAQs including details on checking out and returning materials. 

Get research help online! Schedule an online consultation!

Help isn’t available in our spaces this semester, instead use Chat with a librarian 24/7, schedule an online consultation with a librarian or schedule a 30 minute virtual appointment with a Peer Research Consultant (a.k.a. peer tutor for library research).

Search Tips

Use the Library's Search box to locate quality management materials.

Tips to keep in mind when searching:

1) Searching for "Quality Management"  under the Key Word or Subject criteria will not always give you the best results.

2) Instead, if you are searching for Quality Management materials available in our library's collection, then use one or more of the of the following Subject Headings:

  • Applied Systems Theory

  •  Benchmarking

  • Business Continuity Management (BCM)

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Project Management

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)

  • Six Sigma

  • Kaizen

  • Supply Chain

  • Design Thinking

  • Sustainability

  • User Experience

​These help narrow the focus of the search and can be helpful if you have a specific topic or area you're interested in exploring. If you want to know all of the Subject Headings for a particular item in our catalog, then click the Catalog Record tab in the item's record. You can click on one of the Subject Headings and it will bring up a list of all the other items in the library that have the same Subject Heading.

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Online Resources

Online Tutorials

Tutorial: Creating an effective search strategy

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Use meaningful keywords to find the best sources
  • Apply search strategies like AND and OR to connect keywords

Tutorial: Getting the most out of Google Scholar

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Identify the differences between Google and Google Scholar
  • Understand how to access University of Minnesota Libraries-licensed materials through Google Scholar’s “Library Links”
  • Search more effectively using Google Scholar’s advanced features and settings
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2020 8:57 AM