Other Types of Materials

Statistics and Data Sets

Information gathered together for reference or analysis, or data, can come in many formats.

It includes information taken from surveys, interviews, files of bills, codes of federal regulations, public and private laws, polls, court decisions, letters, newspapers, social media content, image files, geographic coordinates, and much more.

View Get the Data You Need to find out where you can find sources of data for free through the library.


You can access more than 1,000 newspapers at the library — from local and international newspapers to historical and topical publications — in a variety of formats.

Current print issues can be found in Serials and Microforms Services, and are shelved the day they are received. 

To find newspapers available in online databases, see our guide to finding news sources. You can also search for the title of a particular newspaper using Library Catalog Search.

Looking for business resources? Check out research guides from the Kresge Library Services at the Ross School of Business.


Microforms — including microfilm reels, microfiche sheets, and microcards — are very small reproductions of documents that require special viewing equipment to read.

You may come across microforms in your work. They can include older issues of newspapers, manuscripts, maps, and other materials. Many of our microforms are stored in offsite shelving.

If you find microforms you'd like to use in Library Search, place a microform delivery request to have them pulled for use in the Hatcher Library. 

Staff in Serials and Microform Services can also help you find the titles you're looking for and place a request.


Find physical maps, atlases, and aerial photographs in the Clark Library

See our guide to finding maps for help locating materials by subject, geographic location, and historical period. 

You can also explore images of maps in our digital collection, or use the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal to search for digitized maps from U-M and other research universities.


You can look up U-M dissertations using Library Catalog Search.

The Proquest Dissertations and Theses database also indexes most doctoral dissertations and some master’s degree theses in North America, as well as thousands from around the world. 

If you need to consult a dissertation that was not produced at U-M, try requesting it through interlibrary loan.