Using the Library

I Need to Find Books

Mirlyn is the name of the Library's catalog. You can search Mirlyn to find books owned by the U-M Libraries as well as such things as DVDs, audio recordings, and print and online journal subscriptions.

To find books, search Mirlyn using:

  • All Fields when you are looking for books on a specific topic. Type in the keywords you think are most appropriate.
  • Title when you already know the name of a book you want. Type in a few words from the book's title.
  • Author when you know the full name of the author.
  • ISBN/ISSN when you know the international standard book or serial number for a specific title.
Watch our video, Getting Started with Mirlyn:

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information on how to search the library catalog, see our Mirlyn and Mirlyn Classic help guides.

 

I Need to Find Articles

When You Know the Article You Are Looking For:

When you have a citation or reference for an article in hand and want to find a copy of the article, you're conducting what is called a 'known item search.' The easiest way to do a known item search for an article is to use the Library's MGet It Citation Linker. The MGet It Citation Linker gives you a shortcut to online versions (if available) of articles. MGet It Citation Linker is not a complete list of journal subscriptions, so if you cannot locate your article with MGet It, you should still try to look for the journal title in Mirlyn to find print subscriptions.

You may also wish to browse our online journals list.

When You Know the Topic of the Article:

If you are looking for an article or articles on a particular subject or topic, you will use an 'article database or index'. The article databases and indexes offered by the Library often focus on a specific area like engineering, psychology, or historical newspapers.

Finding the right database for your topic is the first step, and Search Tools can help. You can use Search Tools to browse a database by subject or to search for a particular database.

Once you have done your search in a subject database, look for the phrase 'Availability at U-M' or the MGet It button to locate the article either online or in the print at the Library.

 

I Need to Find Databases and Indexes

Books (and CDs, DVDs, etc.) are great sources of information, but there is more to library research than finding information in a particular book. Mirlyn, the Library's catalog, will tell you if the Library has a particular book, journal, CD or DVD, but if you want to know what is in a book, or need an article from a magazine or scholarly journal, or want to know if a person was mentioned in a recording, you need to use databases and indexes.

The databases and indexes the Library offers often focus on a specific area like engineering, or literature, or nursing, or sociology, or many other areas. (This makes them different from Mirlyn, which includes resources on just about any topic you can imagine ... but often only allows you to search what you would find on the cover of the thing you are looking for.) The Library purchases access -- in other words, we offer databases that you cannot see on the free web -- to hundreds of these subject specific databases on your behalf.

Finding the right database for your topic is the first step, and Search Tools can help. You can use Search Tools to browse databases by subject or to search for a particular database.  For additional information on Search Tools, see our Search Tools research guide.

 

Course Reserves

Information for finding books and other materials put on reserve by faculty for use in their courses.

 

Research Guides

Help finding resources on various subjects through subject, technology and class-related guides written by experts.

 

Subject Specialists

Librarians who provide expertise and in-depth research assistance on various subjects are available for appointments.

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Last modified: 01/13/2014