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Library Research Guides


Guide to using Mirlyn, the University of Michigan Library Catalog.

Mirlyn Mobile

Mirlyn Mobile is designed to work best on mobile devices. It offers a simple, streamlined display, and is great to take with you into the stacks.

Mirlyn Mobile

Mirlyn Classic

Mirlyn Classic is your best bet when searching for Course Reserves.

While Mirlyn and Mirlyn Classic search the same data, each is designed to search differently and offers different functionality. Here are a few tips for choosing which version to use:

Mirlyn works well for:

  • Discovering relationships between items, subjects, and concepts
  • Narrowing large numbers of results down to a manageable set using facets or filters
  • Connecting to online resources in fewer clicks
  • Sorting search results by relevancy
  • Viewing your complete library account, including interlibrary loan requests and your checkout history
  • Keeping up to date with RSS feeds of your searches
  • Using modern features like tagging and favorites
  • Placing requests to use materials in the Special Collections Research Center

Mirlyn Classic works well for:

  • Browsing around a specific call number or a subject heading
  • Finding non-Roman alphabet author names
  • Printing out a 'full record' that includes table of contents, subject terms, etc.
  • Complex or multiple MARC field searching
  • Finding course reserves by course number or instructor's name