FAQs about Health Science Digital Library (HSDL)
What is the Health Sciences Digital Library?
This Digital Library website pulls together materials and services related to health sciences at the Michigan State University Libraries and serves all faculty, staff, and students in MSU's health colleges and other colleges who are in clinical or biomedical areas. Because there is no separate "bricks and mortar" health sciences library at MSU, books and journals can be found at the MSU Main Library (clinical medicine, nursing, allied health, biological sciences, and veterinary medicine).
For the past several years, the MSU Libraries has focused on acquiring health sciences materials, particularly journals, in electronic form, as our affiliated health sciences faculty and students can be found all over the state of Michigan. Through this site, MSU affiliated faculty, staff, and students can access over 2000 biomedical and clinical electronic journals, databases for searching the research literature and evidence based medicine resources, electronic books, and more.
Six health sciences librarians are available to provide help and services to faculty, staff, and students in the health and biomedical subject areas. We do instruction and consultation in using our resources and can provide help in finding materials for your research, teaching, study or assignment needs.
Where is the Health Sciences Digital Library located?
There is no physical Health Sciences Library location. The collection is housed either in the Main Library. All of the Health Sciences Librarians have offices in the Main Library.
Who are the Health Sciences Librarians?
The Health Sciences Group at the MSU Libraries consists of 5 librarians.
- Susan Kendall is the Health Sciences Coordinator and the Liaison to the Basic Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics.
- Sheila Bryant is the Liaison to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Kinesiology.
- John Coffey is the Liaison to the College of Human Medicine.
- Andrea Kepsel is the Liaison to the College of Human Medicine - Grand Rapids.
- Heidi Schroeder is the Liaison to the College of Nursing.
- Abraham Wheeler is the Liaison to the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Public Health Program and the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
How do I contact a Health Sciences Librarian?
You can contact a Health Sciences Librarian many ways.
- You can use the Ask a Health Sciences Librarian form found on this Web site.
- Call or e-mail your Health Sciences Library Liaison. Contact information can be found in the Liaison list, which can be found under Contact.
What services can Health Sciences Librarians/Liaisons provide?
We provide help and services to faculty, staff, and students in the health and biomedical subject areas. For example, we do instruction and consultation in using our resources and can provide help in finding materials for your research, teaching, study or assignment needs. We purchase books, journals, and electronic resources in the Health Sciences and welcome your recommendations.
How do I access MSU Libraries electronic resources from off-campus?
To access the MSU Libraries' many electronic resources from off campus (including hospitals), you'll need a MSU NetID and password. If you never received or have forgotten your MSU NetID and password, contact the MSU Department or College that oversees your assignment. (See information for MSU affiliates in hospitals) The MSU Libraries do not issue NetIDs and passwords.
If you have your MSU NetID and password and are having problems accessing electronic resources, please visit the MSU Libraries Off Campus Access page, or contact Distance Learning Services at 1.800.500.1554 or 517.355.2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I request material that the MSU Libraries does not own or from the MSU Libraries if I am off campus?
Comprehensive information for MSU patrons about requesting material from other libraries or from the MSU Libraries is on the Requesting Materials page.
What are the MSU Libraries' hours?
During the Fall and Spring semesters, when MSU classes are in session, the Main Library is open 24 hours a day from Sunday at 10 a.m. to Friday at 10pm. Saturdays we are open from 10 a.m. to 6pm.
A comprehensive list of all MSU Libraries branch and unit hours are listed on the Hours page.
For general questions about the MSU Libraries, please visit the FAQ about MSU Libraries.