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Library Research Guides

Genocide Studies

This guide is intended to support the course INTLSTD 401, Never Again? Genocides & Mass Atrocities of the 20th Century.

Electronic Books

All electronic books are cataloged in Mirlyn. The best way to find them is to search within Mirlyn, the same way that you search for print books. If you would like to search specifically for ebooks, you can use the "available online" limit in Mirlyn, or you may try searching within the following ebook platforms:


Finding Books in Mirlyn

All materials cataloged in Mirlyn, the U-M Library's main tool for finding books, are described using Library of Congress Subject Headings. You may find it useful to explore these subject headings and incorporate them into your searches, in order to find relevant materials. You can use the "advanced" search options in Mirlyn to search specifically by subject. 

It often works well to begin with broad keyword searches using the default setting across "all fields." Then, as you find relevant materials, make a note of their subject headings. You can use them in more refined and specific searches.

Sample subject headings that may help include:




War crimes

Ethnic conflict

Ethnic relations

Forced Migration

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923

Genocide -- Rwanda

Genocide -- Cambodia

Cambodia -- Politics and Government -- 1975-1979

Africa, central -- Ethnic relations

Please note that subject headings for wars tend to follow a particular convention, such as:

World War, 1914-1918 -- atrocities

World War, 1939-1945 -- atrocities

Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- atrocities

Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994

Searching for Books in Mirlyn: The Basics

In order to find books in the library catalog (Mirlyn), start at

From the basic search screen, you can search by author, title, keyword (all fields), or subject.

From the advanced search screen, you can combine searches.  For example, you can search for a book by a particular author with a specific keyword in the title.  You can also limit by library, publication date, language, etc.

Search Strategies:

  • An asterix (*) or question mark (?) can be used to truncate search terms, i.e., to find words that have a common root.  Use an asterix for multiple letters (minim* will find minimum, minimize, minimal) and a question mark for single letters (wom?n will find both woman and women).
  • Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases ("ocean tourism").
  • You can use a connector (AND, OR, or NOT) to widen or limit your search.

Mirlyn Book Record

All the basic information about an item is included in the Mirlyn record.