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).

Tutorial: Researching & writing a literature review

After completing this tutorial, you will:
  • Understand the purpose and value of a literature review
  • Recognize the procedure behind an effective literature review

Tutorial: Evidence Based Practice: Introductory level

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Identify what Evidence Based Practice is and why it is important
  • Define the strategies that exist for Evidence Based Practice
  • Recognize the five steps of Evidence Based Practice
  • Demonstrate how to ask an answerable question
  • Categorize appropriate sources of information

Find Journal Articles

Reading Research Articles

Literature Review Tutorial from UCLA

Keeping Track of Your Work

Sample Workflow

  1. Determine keywords to search using mind mapping
  2. Identify databases
  3. Look for articles using database
  4. Evaluate results
  5. Select relevant articles
  6. Save references to citation manager

Citing Your Sources

Off-Campus Access to Library Journals & Databases

In addition to going through links on the library website, we have 2 other ways to access resources from off-campus.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2020 4:28 PM