The Library at St. Cloud State University

RN to BSN - Library Tutorial - Module 1



The St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Library is located in the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center. Opened in August 2000, the library collects online and print materials for all disciplines and programs in the university and provides services for students, faculty, staff, and community members in Central Minnesota.

This tutorial consists of five modules including topics such as off-campus access, journal articles, books, interlibrary loan (ILL) etc... Each module contains several boxes of information that you should read and/or watch. Once you have reviewed the material you may proceed to your D2L quiz link.

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Questions?  contact Cindy Gruwell at
Explore Your Library
The Library Website

The Library's website is the gateway to all resources and services available to you for your research and other course assignments including:
  • Books, journals, magazines, videos, and other resources
  • Research assistance from librarians
  • E-Books
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • RefWorks - Citation Management
We will be explore aspects of the Library website in detail throughout the tutorials. In the meantime, click around and explore what's available to you as a student at St. Cloud State University.
Ask a Librarian
It's 2:00am in the morning and you need to know if the library
has a particular journal article.  What can you do?


Use the link above for more information about...
  • Emailing your question(s) to (answered usually within an hour during regular Reference Desk hours)
  • Calling us at: 320-308-4755 or 1-877-856-9786 during reference desk hours
  • Requesting a research consultation  
  • Chatting 24/7
Accessing Resources Off Campus


Use the Books and More Catalog (MnPALS Plus) to find books in the library. You may search by author, title, subject or keyword.  Once you have identified and determined that the books you are interested in are available, you may come to the library locate them on the shelf and check them out or follow the steps below for home delivery.


For home delivery the library will pay for the cost of one-way delivery to your home. You will be responsible only for the cost of mailing the book back to the library before the due date, using the pre-addressed return label that accompanies the book. You will need to make your request through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) page which is available on the library's homepage.  Your request will take at least 2-10 days and possibly longer if you are requesting home delivery.


Journal Articles and E-Books

You have access to over 125 library databases, 20,000 full-text electronic journals, and 13,000 electronic books and reference sources through the SCSU library. All of these resources for locating or accessing articles, electronic books, and statistical data services can be used from any location on or off-campus.

When you are conducting research from off campus you will be prompted to login using your StarID and password. Once you enter this information you will be able to access the Library's online databases, journal articles, and eBooks.

Contact AskRef (320-308-4755 or or HuskyTech (320-308-7000 or for:

  • Problems connecting to a library database, an electronic journal, or an electronic book
  • Prompts for logons other than your StarID and password
  • Assistance with creating direct links to full-text articles


Subject Specialist
Picture: Cindy Gruwell

Cindy Gruwell
Professor, Research Librarian
MC 140D
(320) 308-1508

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