Welcome to SAU and Magale Library!
We are glad you chose us and hope that it feels like home for you very soon! We understand that it can be confusing and frustrating when you begin college or change to a new college. Figuring out a new library in person or virtually can be even more daunting. We hope that you will contact us with any questions relating to your information and/or educational needs so that we can help you succeed in your studies. Please, look over the following FAQs and feel free to explore our website any time!
How can I find help when I need it?
You can use the Ask A Librarian button on this website, or call, email, or stop into the library during the times we are open. Our hours of operation can be found on our home page. For a specific librarian or staff member’s contact information, click HERE. or use our Ask A Librarian feature HERE.
I have a complicated question, but I am afraid to ask someone in person, over the phone, or by email. What should I do?
Well, first of all, if you need to know the answer, we are happy to help you! However, we do have online tutorials that may help you, too. Citation help, locating resources within our library and our website, how to use Turnitin, and many other helpful tutorials can be found HERE
I am an online student. Is there a way for me to get a book from the library?
If you are able to come to campus, your student ID is your library card. Just have it ready at the Circulation Desk when you bring your item(s) for check-out. If you are not able to make it to campus because you live too far away, you can request that a resource in our physical collection be sent to you. Click HERE
What are Magale Library’s check-out and database access policies?
We LOVE when our resources get used! Our resources have different policies, but you can find them all HERE
How do I access the eBooks in the library?
You can find our eBook Collections HERE. Once you choose an eBook collection, you will be routed to the page for that collection. You can search for the resources you need by following the instructions on the page.
To find eBooks that are able to be accessed from our catalog, click on the gold Search Library Catalog button on the home page. You will be able to search by author, title, subject, or phrase. Make sure you click on the “Magale E-Book” option under “item cat2” to narrow the hits down to eBooks.
What are databases and why do I need them?
Library databases contain scholarly and peer-reviewed articles. Your professors will require you to use these types of sources for your assignments, research papers, and projects. You can access the Magale Library databases from our website either through our Search Electronic Collections button on the right side of the home page or by looking up specific databases under the Electronic Resources header under the Magale Library title above.
What databases do I use? There are too many to choose from!
This is a daunting task for many people. Don’t get discouraged. If you are looking for subject-specific databases, checkout our SUBJECT GUIDES to find databases and more that will meet your specific needs! We also have a LibGuide that explains how to use our databases to find full-text articles. You can reach it HERE
How do I cite the articles correctly?
This can be confusing with so many citation styles out there. The first step is to know which citation style (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc…) your professor wants you to use. Next, go to our Citation Resources PAGE to find helpful links. We also have online tutorials for several citation styles HERE.
What are plagiarism and academic integrity?
Plagiarism is using someone else’s words and not citing the author or creator. For more information on how to avoid this, see our Academic Integrity PAGE.
How do I register for classes?
SAU provides a service to incoming freshman, transfer, and non-traditional students in the summer called Becoming A Mulerider (BAM). This is an orientation service that helps you navigate around and learn more about SAU. They will also enroll you in classes at that time! You can also contact the Advising Center if you are unable to make it to any of the BAM sessions.
How do I pay for classes?
This is one of the scariest parts of college. However, the people in the Financial Aid Office, want to help you figure this out and succeed! You can reach them HERE. Assistance is available through federal, state and institutional programs which include grants, loans, student employment and scholarships. All programs are administered in accordance with governing regulations.
How do I find my way around campus?
SAU provides an interactive map of campus HERE. The beautiful Southern Arkansas University campus rests on 1,491 acres along the northern edge of Magnolia, Arkansas. Building upon a strong foundation, SAU has continued to grow, constructing new dormitories, new academic buildings, and student life facilities.
Where do I buy my textbooks?
Textbooks can be bought at the BOOKSTORE on the first floor of the Reynolds Building on campus. We do have some available on Reserve in the library for specific classes. These can be checked out for 2-4 hours depending on your professor’s request, but cannot leave the library. You can look up the title in our catalog, or check for your class or professor HERE
How do I get a Student ID?
The student IDs are made on Campus in Room 108 in the Dolph Camp building. For more information click HERE
These did not answer my questions. What should I do now?
Definitely feel free to contact us or look HERE for a list of more FAQs from students!
- The Magale Library User Guide is a general tool introducing library users to Magale’s in-library and online resources. The User Guide includes information concerning Magale’s policies as well as basic information about mySAU, Campus Connect, Blackboard, Mulerider Email, other user services.
Trying to locate a specific journal, newspaper, or magazine in our databases or trying to locate an article using a citation? Try using Magale’s Full Text Finder LibGuide [pdf- requires Adobe Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/]
Resource Guides by Subject Areas:
General Studies and Testing
PrepStep (4-year universities) provides practice exams, preparation courses and guides, skills preparation, and ebooks in centers tailored to specific target audiences. View our PrepStep-Library-Guide View more information about PrepStep [pdf- requires Adobe Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/]
- Professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in nursing (NCLEX), civil service, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, teaching (PRAXIS), and real estate, among others.
- Workplace skills preparation such as networking, success on the job, business writing, and core computer skills.
- eBooks & courses on the art of interviewing for career advancement, career change, or re-entry into the workforce.
- Practice tests and eBooks on preparation for college and graduate school admissions tests including the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT.
- Practice tests, courses, eBooks on GED exam when working toward a high-school diploma.
- Courses, eBooks, practice on basic skills in reading, writing, and math.
- Software tutorials for Adobe and Microsoft as well as Microsoft and MAC OS.
- Computer and Internet basics.
- An interactive guide to preparing resumes, writing cover letters, interviews, filling out job applications
Magale’s Video Tutorials
- Learn about the World of Information! This tutorial introduces the basic concepts of information literacy and their impact on students. The tutorial also includes a discussion of the types of libraries, their resources, and how students’ knowledge and use of these resources affect their academic endeavors.
- Learn about the importance of evaluating information resources! This tutorial introduces the basic concepts of scholarly works, including how to locate and evaluate resources for quality.
- Learn how to find resources within Magale Library! This tutorial introduces the basic concepts of searching and locating resources within Magale’s in-library collections.
- Learn how to find resources within Magale’s electronic collections! This tutorial introduces the basic concepts of searching and locating resources within Magale databases and digital libraries. Attention is given to on and off-campus access of these resources.
- Learn the basics of citing resources! This tutorial discusses the importance of citing resources. Attention is given to the common elements of citations along with discussions of APA and MLA writing styles.
- Learn the basics of Turnitin within Blackboard from a student’s perspective! This tutorial discusses how to submit assignments within Blackboard to Turnitin for evaluation and how originality reports may help you with citation errors.
- Learn the basics of Turnitin within Blackboard from a faculty member’s perspective! This tutorial discusses how to set-up Turnitin assignments within Blackboard to provide easy access for your students. An overview is provided of how tools within Turnitin help you to give feedback and assistance to your students.
- Learn how to directly link to specific items within Magale’s Electronic Resources! This tutorial is especially helpful for faculty members wanting to incorporate items from Magale’s Electronic Collections into their courses via Blackboard.
Academic Integrity –The mission of Southern Arkansas University empowers all members of the University community to develop and encourage learning environments that create, expand, acquire, share, evaluate, and communicate knowledge. Academic integrity at SAU is an organizational and individual responsibility. Students, faculty, and staff share responsibility for maintaining the highest standards for academic integrity. (Policy on Academic Integrity, Approved by Faculty Assembly 2018)
Southern Arkansas University students are responsible for meeting the academic standards and expectations established by each of their instructors. This includes maintaining standards of academic integrity. Students should check their class syllabus to see what are the expectations for each assignment and the consequences of academic dishonesty.
Intellectual Property and Copyright Policies – From Southern Arkansas University Faculty Handbook, 12th Edition, 2010, Section F & G, Pages 40-53
Magale Library’s Webinar Archives
- This webinar covers how to get started in the research process, various types of resources used in academic assignments, how to determine resource quality, use of Magale’s search tools to access electronic resources, and the basics for citing resources using online tools in Magale’s electronic collections.
APA Citation Basics: Citing Books, Journals, and Webpages or alternate format with built-in player (Archive Webinar Spring 2018)
- This webinar provides an overview of the American Psychological Association Style and focuses on the basics of citing books, journal articles, and webpages. Attention will be given to in-text and Reference List citations. Students will also learn about Magale’s APA Style resources and other useful tools relating to this unique writing style. Slides: APACitation.Reference.Basics.BooksJournalsWebpagesSpring2018 –