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Elections

Research procedure for identifying books, journal and newspaper articles, campaign finances, campaign ads, political advertising, public opinion polls, and election data.

Finding Books in MIRLYN

COLLECTIONS IN MIRLYN


MIRLYN (http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/) is the catalog for the University of Michigan Library system and its affiliate libraries. It includes:
    • Books
    • Journals
    • Microforms
    • Congressional Committee publications
    • Electronic data files from ICPSR
    • Important web sites
    • Videos at the AskWith Media Library
    • Databases (such as JSTOR)
    • Archival collections (Bentley and Special Collections)
    • Hathi Trust electronic books (digitized by Google)

Logging In

LOGGING INTO MIRLYN


Although you don't need to log in to MIRLYN to use it, using your uniqname and password will permit you to:
    • Recall books checked out to someone else
    • Renew a book
    • Have a book brought to any library on campus for your use (especially from Buhr Storage)
    • Automatically connect you from an off-campus site to commercial journals and databases purchased by the library

Keyword Searching

KEYWORD SEARCHING IN MIRLYN
Words Anywhere


Reasons for Using Don't know subject heading
Subject too specific for subject heading
"southern strategy"
Phrase searching "contract with america"
Truncation "campaign ad?"
AND eisenhower and election?
OR Truman or Stevenson
NOT Truman not Stevenson
Combined Searching eisenhower and (Truman not Stevenson)

Popular Subject Headings

SUBJECT SEARCHING
Subject Begins With



Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1964

(or substitute other years)

Presidents -- United States -- Nomination

United States -- Congress -- Elections, 1994

Governors -- California -- Election

(very few books; use journal articles instead)

Democratic National Convention

Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Third Parties (United States Politics)

Advertising, Political -- United States

Campaign Funds -- United States