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U-M Debate Institutes

For participants in the U-M Debate Institute, this guide provides quick access to librarian-recommended books, journals, and databases.

Welcome, Debate Institute Scholars!

We are glad that you are part of the U-M Debate Institutes this summer and are here to help you with your research.  This guide will provide you with information about navigating the Shapiro Library, finding and searching library databases, and using the library's vast digital and physical collections.  

2024-2025 Policy Debate Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should significantly strengthen its protection of domestic intellectual property rights in copyrights, patents, and/or trademarks.


Most online library resources require your umich password. If you have trouble logging in, speak with your debate coach/faculty.

Where to Find Help

Be sure to visit the page in this guide titled Frequently Asked Questions for information about general library access and policies, and the Academic Searching for help with searching databases effectively.

To get help or ask questions: