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Library Research Guides

Essentials of Library Research

This guide will help you define your topic, find books & articles, evaluate the information you find, and cite your sources.

Basic Search Tips in Mirlyn

If you know what title or author you are looking for you can use the drop-down menu to the right of the search box to select the option and type in the terms. If you are not looking for a specific item, enter your keywords or terms in an “all fields” search.

Mirlyn Catalog Search Box

  • ​You do not need to use capital letters in Mirlyn.
  • Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases (“climate change”).

  • Do not use punctuation; for example, women’s studies should be womens studies.

  • There are no words that are excluded from searching. Every word will be searched. For example, if the words "a, an, the" are in your search, the catalog will look for those specific words.



Refining Searches in Mirlyn

This tutorial provides tips for refining your searches in Mirlyn, the U-M Library's catalog.

About the Mirlyn Catalog

The Library has millions of books and media. To find the best resources for your research, you will need to search Mirlyn, the library’s catalog. The Mirlyn catalog enables you to search and browse the University of Michigan Library’s collection of books, journals, DVDs, music and musical scores, electronic resources, and more. The resources on this page will help you get started finding books and media.