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What you need to access library services:

Some resources are reserved for only Mount students and faculty. You will be requested to login to access these resources.

Online research resources

Login to the Mount Library's online resources using your Mount username and password. This is the same one you use for myMount and Moodle.

Document Delivery
Use your Mount ID barcode (starts with 293590. . . ) and password. (Your Mount webmail login will not work on the document delivery form).
Read more about document delivery.

MSVU ID cards

The library strives to help our distance students succeed in their courses. In order to use our services, you must have a valid MSVU student ID card.

   1. If you live outside of travelling distance to the MSVU campus please request a MSVU ID card by completing the Request an ID card form. Your MSVU ID card is your library card.
   2. Once you receive your card, the barcode on this ID card is your username when logging in to the library online research resources and document delivery services. The password is usually the last 4 numbers of the phone number you provided at registration. Please contact us if you expreience any difficulties logging into the libraries services and resources.

Using other libraries

Within Nova Scotia:
Your MSVU ID card will allow you borrowing privileges for print materials. The MSVU card can be used to order items, to be delivered to the Novanet library of your choice. Follow this link to see a full list of Novanet libraries

BARA - Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere

You can borrow from over a hundred libraries across the province, including public, community college and university libraries. Materials can be returned to any of the participating libraries. It's free, easy and convenient. It's your library, everywhere you are. Mount students can use their student ID cards to borrow from Novanet libraries as usual, and can return these books to the library of their choice, including public libraries. You will still require public library cards to borrow from public libraries. For more information on the BARA pilot project, visit Libraries Nova Scotia at

Within Canada:
Within Canada, your CAUL/CURBA Card will allow you borrowing privileges at most university libraries.(with the exception of the University of Toronto where a fee is charged). The library issues CAUL/CURBA cards to distance students living outside of Nova Scotia. If you live in Nova Scotia and wish to receive a CAUL/CURBA card for your use while traveling in other Canadian provinces and territories please contact  Only one CAUL/CURBA card is issued per student during your time at MSVU. It is presented along with your current MSVU ID card at participating CURBA libraries. Please contact the library if you have any difficulties accessing library services.

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Finding on-line journal articles

Your MSVU ID card barcode and password is required to access most of our journal databases. You may also use your login for your Mount Webmail to access the Library's research resources.

If you do not have a MSVU ID card please view the above instructions on how to obtain one. Please contact the library if you have any questions about the MSVU ID card and access to the online research resources.

   1.      Go to the articles & research web page
   2.      Choose the subject area(s) most related to your research topic       
   3.      Search the database(s) must relevant to your research topic       
   4.      Is the article full text? If it is, you can read/print/email the article on-line.
If not available in full text, click on the 'Check for Full Text' link to see if it is listed in the Mount's subscriptions. If the article is not available online via the Mount you may use the Document Delivery (sometimes called Interlibrary Loan) form to have the item ordered and sent to you.

Not all indexes provide full text access to their articles. If a link does not appear for the full text article try searching for the journal in our list of e-journals.

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E-journals (electronic journals)    

  1. Go to our Journals (A-Z list).
  2. On the journals page you can search for journal names using the convenient search box, or browse the alphabetical lists.
  3. Once you find the journal, click on the link to be taken to the journal.
  4. You can use your citation to find the year, volume and page numbers of your article.

Note: You cannot search for articles from the e-journals page. For articles, you must search the articles databases.

If the journal is not available in our list of e-journals please consult the section below on document delivery service for distance students for suggestions on how else you might locate library materials.

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E-books (electronic books)

MSVU subscribes to selected e-book collections

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Government information and statistics

The Library maintains a list of frequently used Statistical Information, federal and provincial government web pages.

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Document Delivery

If the articles you need for your research are not available via MSVU Library's online subscription you may request the article through our document delivery service. We will do our best to fill all requests although please be aware that some items may not be available through this service.

Document Delivery requests can be placed using the:
  • ‘Request Document Delivery’ link in Novanet Discovery,
  • ‘Check for Full Text…’ link in our databases
  • 'Request Item Through Document Delivery' link on the Check for Full Text page.
  • 'Document Delivery' on the Library Services page.


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Research / Reference Assistance

Please ask our MSVU Reference Librarians for assistance at any time. We are here to help you!

Citation resources

RefWorks allows you to save and organize your citations. It will automatically format your bibliography in citation styles, such as APA, ASA, MLA, Chicago, and various other styles required in your assignments.

When accessing RefWorks you may be asked for the institutional code. The Mount Saint Vincent University code is: RWMSVU. You will then be asked for your username and password. If you have not signed into RefWorks before, you must create your own RefWorks account. You can do this by clicking on the link “Sign up for an Individual Account”

Please visit our RefWorks page for more information, including several online tutorials.     

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