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About the Library: About the Library

The Walter Schroeder Library is committed to providing resources and services that meet the informational, instructional and educational needs of MSOE’s community. The library is a comfortable, accessible place for the MSOE community to gather and conduct research. We provide areas for quiet study and areas for groups to congregate. We are open late during the school year to accommodate night-owl studiers. Our library collections have strong coverage in business & management, engineering, mathematics, nursing, and physics & chemistry. The library also has an experienced staff of librarians to assist you with your information needs.

Library Information

Contact the Library
Address: 500 East Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 277 -7180

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Information About the Library

Collection Management
An ongoing process conducted in order to ensure our materials support the MSOE Community. Please see our Collection Management page for more information.

The library accepts donations of books, print periodicals, entertainment DVDs, and other materials that are valuable and useful to the MSOE community.

Visitor Information
The Walter Schroeder Library is part of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), a private university. The library can only offer limited access to the general public. No general public access is permitted. Members of the public and visitors who have limited access to the library include those individuals who visit the library for reasons broadly associated with the business and educational purposes of MSOE. Please see the Visitor Access Policy for more information.

Library Collections

Print and Electronic Books

The library has approximately 45,000 print books and nearly 300,000 electronic books, with strong coverage in engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry, nursing, and business management. A majority of the print books are located on the 1st floor of the library. Check the Library Catalog for more information. Electronic books can be accessed from the e-book Databases page.

Print and Electronic Journals and Newspapers
This collection includes access to scholarly articles, popular magazines, and news reporting. Much of this collection is available electronically with a few subscriptions available in print.

Entertainment DVD Collection
A popular DVD collection including current and classic movies, television series, special interest DVDs and more.

Entertainment Book Collection
This collection, located on the 2nd floor, includes best sellers, popular fiction and memoirs, paperbacks, and more.

University Archives and Special Collections
The Archives includes records and historical items that relate to the history of MSOE. The Archives is available for use by appointment only. Special Collections includes books and other university publications that complement the archival collections and a selection of Senior Design Projects. These books and materials are available for use on the 1st floor of the library in room L107.

Resources for Research

Library Research Site
Go beyond Google by using this site to access electronic books, journal articles and more.

Summon Discovery Service
Summon allows you to search for library materials, including e-books and journal articles, in just one search.

Alphabetical List of Databases
Use this list to access databases and other electronic resources available through the library

Library Guides
Subject guides and useful resources lists compiled by your friendly librarians

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and well-being of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities. MSOE complies with requirements set forth in Title 45, Part 46 of the code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46), known as the “Common Rule,” as well as Wisconsin State laws and MSOE policies.

Who Has to Get IRB Approval?

All students, staff, and faculty at MSOE planning to conduct research involving human subjects must submit an IRB protocol application form for review by the IRB. They must obtain approval from the MSOE IRB before human subjects are recruited and research begins.

The purpose of the IRB is to ensure the adequacy of the research plan, to minimize risks, and to maximize the benefits for human subjects who participate in research. If the investigator is a student, the research must be performed under the supervision of an MSOE faculty or staff member who, by his or her signature, assumes responsibility for the conduct of the research with respect to the proper safeguards of the rights of human subjects.

MSOE uses IRBNet to streamline the protocol submission and review process. Log onto to download MSOE documents required in the application package.

Don’t already have an IRBNet User Profile? You can set one up today at by clicking on New User Registration. Learn how to use IRBNet with easy online training energizers at IRBNet Training.
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What is Research

Research is defined (45 CFR 46.102(d)) as “a systematic investigation, including methodology, development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” This definition includes formal investigations from which the results will be publicly disseminated, pilot projects, exploratory research, and educational research.

IRB Approval is required to do research undertaken by students for classroom work, independent study, senior design, nursing professional practice projects, surveys, master’s degree theses, or any purpose not specifically listed. This includes research with human subjects conducted for non-academic purposes, as well.

Who are Human Subjects?

Human subjects are defined (45 CFR 46.102(f)) as “a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual or the collection of identifiable private information.”

Intervention includes both physical procedures by which data is gathered (blood pressure readings, exercising, equipment design, etc.) and manipulations of the subject or the subject’s environment (heat, light, temperature, etc.).

Interaction includes communication or interpersonal contact between the investigator and subject (interviews, focus groups, surveys, etc). Private information includes academic, financial, medical, and other documents about behavior that occurs in a context in which the subject can reasonably expect that no recording is taking place, or information the subject has provided for a specific purpose that can reasonably expect will not be made public.

IRB Forms & Contact Information

IRB forms and instructions are available via download at If you have questions, contact the administrator at