- Boolean Searching
Use AND and OR between search words to combine them with Boolean logic: e.g. (heart OR cardiac). Boolean terms must be in uppercase.
- Plus (+) Operator
Use '+' (plus) immediately before a word to make that word required -- items must contain that word in order to match your search.
- Minus (-) Operator
Use '-' (minus) immediately before a word to exclude that word -- items must not contain that word in order to match your search.
- Phrase Searching
Use quotes to search an exact phrase: e.g. "occult fiction"
- Browsing the Stacks
Books grouped in broad subjects can be found by searching Mirlyn to find a few relevant books, and then by going to the shelves around those call numbers for related books.
If you are looking for an author, there is no need to use last name, first name (shakespeare, william) format. Just enter the name and the catalog knows what to do.
If you are unsure of good keywords for your search, start with a broad term and use the filters to the left of your search results to refine your search. You can pare down your search by language, library location, publication date, to name a few.
- Multiple Filters
Did you know you can select multiple filters? Filters appear to the left of your search results, and you can click multiple filters to refine your search results.
- Subject Searching
If you find a great Mirlyn record for your topic and want to find more like that particular title or item, click on the links in the subject tab from the full Mirlyn record. Clicking on the subject label will run a search in Mirlyn for items with that exact subject.
- Limit to Online
Check the “Limit to Available online” box if you want to limit your search results to book/journal titles available online to UM faculty, staff and students.
- Advanced Search
Use the Mirlyn Advanced Search form to conduct a more complicated catalog search for more focused results.
- Limit to location
Want to search for books in a specific library? You can limit by location using advanced search or by using the ‘Library’ facet to the left of your search results.
- Mirlyn vs. ArticlesPlus
If you want to know what journal or magazine subscriptions MLibrary provides, search for the title of the journal (e.g. Natural Geographic) in Mirlyn. If you are looking for a specific journal magazine article, use ArticlesPlus or an article database.
- My Account
You can find the due dates for books you have checked out, “Get This” requests you have placed, and your (gasp!) library fines by clicking “My Account”.
- Mirlyn Mobile
Mirlyn Mobile is designed to work best on mobile devices. It offers a simple, streamlined display, and is a great way to search when you’re on the go.
- “Get This” Delivery
By clicking on the “Get This” button in a Mirlyn record, you can get items that can be checked out from other campus libraries shipped to your preferred campus library, even if it’s currently checked out.
If the library doesn’t have what you’re looking for in Mirlyn, you can request to borrow it from another non-UM library via a service called interlibrary loan.
- Ask a Librarian
Need help with your search? Ask a librarian. We are available via instant messaging, email, phone, text, or in person.
- Export - RefWorks
You can export Mirlyn search results to RefWorks by checking the boxes next to Mirlyn titles and then by clicking ‘Export.’ Learn more about RefWorks at http://guides.lib.umich.edu/RefWorks.
- Export - Other
You can export Mirlyn search results to a text file or a program like Endnote, Procite, or Zotero by checking the boxes next to Mirlyn titles and then by clicking ‘Export.’
- Keeping Track of Search Results
There are many ways to keep track of your search results. You can save them as favorites, export them to citation software, or send them to yourself via text or email.
- Cite This
Mirlyn offers an instant citation generator called Cite This. Just click on the Cite This link at the top of any Mirlyn record and a citation will be generated in APA and MLA styles.