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Research Help for Regional Campus & Online Students

This page provides useful information to help students at SEMO's regional campuses and those taking online courses.

This page contains the following information:

Requesting Books

You can get books from Kent Library, from over 60 Missouri libraries (through the MOBIUS book sharing program), or from libraries across the United States (through MOBIUS/ Prospector or Interlibrary Loan), absolutely free!

Books can be delivered to Sikeston, Kennett, or Poplar Bluff.  They can also be delivered to any of the MOBIUS member libraries across Missouri.  If you are a web only student, we will deliver books directly to your home.

If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from accessing or retrieving materials, please contact the reference desk to request special accommodations.

How to request books

Kent Library Catalog

  1. Begin in the Kent Library Catalog.
  2.  Search for a book by keywordtitle, or author
  3. If you find the item, hit the Request button, located below the title in your search results or at the top of the page after you click the title.

  Images of the request links

  1. In the form, enter your full name and your Southeast ID number (Example: s02345678).  If you don't know your ID number, read finding your Southeast ID number
  2. Choose a pickup location. 
    • Books can be sent to Sikeston, Kennett, and Poplar Bluff.
    • If you are an online-only student, select "Web-Only Student." The book will be mailed to the permanent address you have listed with the university. 
  3. Hit the SUBMIT button. The other information does not need to be filled out. An email will be sent when you book is available to pick up.

MOBIUS Catalog

  1. If you do NOT find the item you want in the Kent Library Catalog, hit the Search MOBIUS button to search the MOBIUS catalog, or click on the MOBIUS link at the top of the page.
  2. Perform your search as you would in the Kent Library Catalog.
  3. Click on the title of the book you wish to request.
  4.  Check to make sure that at least one copy of the book says Available.
  5. If there is an available copy, click on the "Request It" button.
  6.  In the page the opens, choose MOBIUS - Southeast Missouri State University from the dropdown menu as your cluster. Click "Submit Above Information."
  7.  In the form on the next page, enter your full name and your Southeast ID number plus "semo". (Example: s02345678semo).  If you don't know your ID number, read finding your Southeast ID number.
  8. Choose a pickup location.
    • Books can be sent to Sikeston, Kennett, and Poplar Bluff.
    • If you are an online-only student, select "Web-Only Student." The book will be mailed to the permanent address you have listed with the university.
  9. Click "Submit." An email will be sent when you book is available to pick up.

 
Interlibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan ONLY if you cannot find the book you need in the Kent Library or MOBIUS catalogs.

1. At the Interlibrary Loan screen, logon to ILLiad or create an account if you do not have one. You can create an account by selecting the 'First Time Users' option.

How books are delivered

Books sent from one MOBIUS library to another (example: from Washington University to Kent Library) are checked out with a student ID card.   Books shipped to Kennett, Malden, or Sikeston are processed through Kent Library first.  You do not need to check books in or out that are shipped to these locations. They will automatically be checked in and out for you.

All Kent Library, MOBIUS, and Interlibrary Loan books can be picked up at your regional campus main administrative office.  Kent Library will send an email notifying you when your books are sent to your regional campus and are available for pickup. You can also login to My Library Account and check the status of your requested items.

Home delivery of books for web only students -

When requesting books, choose the pickup location labeled 'SEMO -WEB Only Student' *Note you must be enrolled in a designated web only program to have books mailed to your residence. If you are unsure if you qualify, contact your instructor. A postage-paid, addressed envelope will be included with your requested materials for return.

Renewing Books

You can renew your books online.

  1. Login to My Library Account with your name and Southeast ID (S0 number).
  2. If you have requested books, you will need to select the "X items currently checked out link" in the left column. If you have no requests, you should be taken to your list of checked out books automatically. 
  3. Check the box next to the book(s) you wish to renew.
  4. Click the "Renew Marked" button.
  5. On the new screen asking if you would like to proceed, click "Yes" after verifying the correct book(s) are listed.
  6. You will get a notification on the next page if your renewal was successful.

You can also call the circulation desk at 573-651-2232 for renewals.

Length of checkout period and number of renewals is determined by the library circulation policies.

Citing Books

Citing your sources is important because it gives credit to the person who published the idea originally, and allows readers to check your evidence.  Your instructor should tell you which style of citation to use (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

Resources:

Kent Library's "Citation Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, and more" site
Print and electronic resources for a variety of citation styles. 

The Online Writing Lab
Ask a question, complete an interactive tutorial, and more.  You can submit a draft of your paper and receive feedback online.