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Library Research Guides

Mirlyn Classic

Guide to using Mirlyn Classic, a previous version of the University of Michigan Library Catalog.

Basic Search

The Basic Search screen appears when you connect to Mirlyn Classic. The default search is a keyword search labeled Word(s) anywhere. This will search for your word(s) or phrase(s) wherever they occur - in the author, title, or subject fields, in the publishing information section, notes, etc.

You may also search by title, author, subject, journal name and call number. Use the pull-down menu to the left of the search box to change search type. You may type multiple terms in the search box and combine them using and, or, and not.

Basic Search box

Advanced Search

Advanced searching allows you to combine two or more different types of search terms.  Click on the Advanced Search link in the yellow bar in the banner at the top of the screen.  The three search boxes display three different search fields as defaults but all can be changed using the pull-down menu to the left of the text box.

Advanced Search - Refine Further

In an advanced search you can choose to refine your search further by adding limits:

Hathi Trust Digital Library Only: Check this box if you would like to limit your results to records that have been added to the Hathi Trust Digital Library (and are available as either online full-text or search-only items).

Language: Select the language of publication; if you select English, all of the items in your result will be at least in part in English.

Format: Select special formats, such as newspapers, DVDs, maps, etc.

Range of years: Type in a range of years during which the item or items were published.

Location: Select a library (e.g. Fine Arts, Taubman Health Sciences, Hatcher, etc.) and a Collection associated with that Library Location. For example, select Hatcher Graduate as the Location and Reference as the Collection.

Advanced Search screen

Command Language

Command language searching allows for complex searches that specify catalog record fields and term proximity using abbreviated field tags and logical operators. This type of search is typically only effective for expert searchers.  For help with this expert level of search, contact Ask a Librarian.

Search Tips

- Mirlyn Classic is not case-sensitive.

- There are no words that are excluded from searching (stopwords). Every word will be searched.

- Use quotation marks to search an exact phrase such as "hip-hop music."

- You may search words that are used as Boolean operators (i.e. and, or, and not) within quotation marks; for example, "gone but not forgotten".


The ? (question mark) or * (asterisk) may substitute for any number of characters at the beginning, middle, or end of a word.

Example: gun? retrieves gun, guns, gunners, gunnery, gunning, etc.

Example: ?ology retrieves anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc.

Example: alumi?m retrieves aluminum (American spelling) and aluminium (British spelling)