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Library Research Guides

Aging & Gerontology

Provides research and information resources related to the study of aging and gerontology.


The library offers many e-books which can be read online or downloaded temporarily to your computer. 

Mirlyn - The Library Catalog

Tips for Searching in Mirlyn

Use Mirlyn, the University of Michigan catalog for finding books, DVDs and other materials. 

  • Basic Search lets you enter a few key words to get started. You can also use the drop-down menu to choose specific fields to search; title, author, subject headings, etc.

  • Advanced Search allows you to refine your search even further by choosing a date range, language, format,  and a specific library location or collection. 

Combining Search Terms

Make sure you capitalize any connecter words (AND, OR, NOT) when searching or Mirlyn will disregard the words and assume you want the words connected with AND. See the examples below.

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For additional tips on using Mirlyn for finding books take a look at the Mirlyn Research Guide

Can't Find a Book in Mirlyn?

Can't find a book you need in the Mirlyn catalog? You can request a book from Interlibrary Loan or UBorrow, services which allow you to borrow materials from other libraries provided the University of Michigan does not own the items.

UBorrow Service

For faster service first check to see if the book you need is available through UBorrow. Use the UBorrow link, log in with your Kerboros name and password and search to see if the book is available from one of 14 academic libraries in the Midwest. If you find the book, click on the title and see if there is a link labelled "Request."    You may need to log in but then you will see a form with appropriate information filled in. Simply click on the "Submit Request" button to request this book.  The library does it's best to make materials requested using UBorrow available within 5 business days.

You will receive an email when this book is delivered and available for you to pick up at the library you have designated as your pick-up location.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If a book is not available through UBorrow your next step is to request it through Interlibrary Loan. Follow the Interlibrary Loan link available here and log in when prompted.

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