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Guide to the U-M Library for New Graduate Students

Use this guide to quickly and easily find need-to-know information when you're a grad student. Includes insider tips from university librarians and staff to help provide you with a unique pool of information and resources.

What's on this page?

You're great at Google--but we can tell you that the library can offer you high-quality information you'll never find there.

  • We have more than 11 million books in our collections, plus access to many millions more via interlibrary loan.
  • We subscribe to more than 130,000 journals and most are available online.
  • We have tons of specialized search engines for almost every discipline and format of information.

Check us out!  And if you can't find what you're looking for, Ask a Librarian.


Research Guides

Not sure where to start your research?  Wondering if UM has some of the databases you used when you were an undergrad?

Look for the Research Guide for your discipline.  You'll find your subject specialist librarian and a plethora of recommended tools that will help with your research.

Odds are you'll find something that you've never heard of.

Other important points:


Question: Where do you go to find books, DVDs, journals & newspapers, music scores & recordings, and the other "stuff" the library owns? Lean more by wathcing the "Getting Started with Mirlyn" video tutorial.

Answer: Mirlyn! 

Use Mirlyn to

  • find out what we have
  • request that it be sent from a distant library to your departmental office
  • renew items that are coming due
  • check on the progress of your ILL requests

Tip: We don't have it?  Try WorldCat, a huge combined catalog of acadademic and public library catalogs.  You can place an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request right from the item record.