Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
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Reference and Discovery Services
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Electronic Resource Access From Off Campus or MSU Wifi

Online access to the Libraries’ licensed electronic resources is available to currently enrolled MSU students, currently employed MSU staff, and current or retired MSU faculty. Resources listed with the green IP icon This resource is available only to Faculty, Staff, and Students logged in with their NetID. or available as “Full Text for MSU Authorized Users” require use of EZProxy. If you are off campus or using MSU wifi, you will automatically be prompted to login with your MSU NetID and password.

If you have any problems accessing library resources from within the MSU Libraries website, please call Discovery Services at 517-353-8700 or submit this form.

Who has access to electronic resources?

E-Resource access via the EZ Proxy is available to currently enrolled MSU students, currently employed MSU staff, and current or retired MSU faculty through their active MSU NetID. Students must be enrolled in at least 1 credit in order to be authorized. If you have problems logging in with your MSU NetID, please call us at 517-353-8700 so we can troubleshoot with you.

When do I need to use EZProxy?

You will need to use the EZProxy if you are trying to access restricted resources from off campus or campus wireless.

Which electronic resources require EZProxy?

Resources that have a green IP icon This resource is available only to Faculty, Staff, and Students logged in with their NetID. require the use of EZProxy. Resources that have a globe icon are public resources which do not require authentication. The resources that do require login should automatically prompt you for it when you click on the link.

How do I create a stable link to an e-journal, e-book chapter, or streaming video?

Please see our Stable Links for Electronic Resources guide for instructions on creating a stable link to an online, proprietary library resource.

How do I access MSU Libraries resources when using Google Scholar?

If you are accessing resources through Google Scholar and want to ensure your access to MSU Library resources is seamless, do the following:

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Click the menu to the left of My Profile, in the upper-left corner
  3. Click on "Settings"
  4. Click on "Library Links"
  5. Search for Michigan State University
  6. Select "Michigan State University Libraries – MSU Text Access" and "MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - ProQuest Fulltext" by checking the boxes
  7. Click "Save"
  8. Do your search in Google Scholar
  9. Click on the link for "MSU Access" that will appear to the right of the title of the resource and you'll be prompted for your NetID and password to access that resource. Please Note – if you click on the title and not the "MSU Access" link you won’t be taken to the resource.

Common Problems with Electronic Resources: What should I do if...?

Blank page:

If you see a blank page when accessing an electronic resource through the Libraries' website, check the menu on the right to see if there is a link to open the resource in a new window. If there is no link, please call Reference and Discovery Services at 517-353-8700 or submit this form to let us know what resource you were accessing so we can investigate.

Article does not load:

If you receive a Page Not Found error, a Bad Request or time out error, or you are prompted to pay for the article, it's possible the link has not been updated to use off campus access, or a workplace firewall is blocking access. Please call Reference and Discovery Services at 517-353-8700 or submit this form to let us know what resource you were accessing and the link you followed so we can investigate.

Receive an error about EZProxy:

If you receive an error saying that EZProxy has not been set up for the electronic resource, please call Reference and Discovery Services at 517-353-8700 or submit this form to let us know what resource you were accessing and the link you followed so we can investigate.