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Resources - articles, books, electronic databases, visual media, music and more - offered by the University Library. Organized by general categories of interest (see "Resources by Subject").

Specialized services

The U-M Library has many specialists with a variety of expertise. Below is a selection of services and support provided:

Subject Specialists

Subject Specialists are the librarians in the U-M Library system who select collection materials for a particular subject area. They are generally the most qualified librarian to ask for help on a specialized area of research and study. Please feel free to contact them directly with any questions.

Handy tips and tricks to help you search more effectively

SEARCH TIPS for catalog search, library databases, and the web (applicable to many search engines, including Google and Google Scholar)



Put phrases in quotation marks:  "hurricane katrina"    "social media"   "campaign finance reform"



Use an asterisk * for truncation (to find any ending of a term):  communicat* will find communication, communicates, communicating, communicator, etc.



Many different keywords may describe the same or related concepts

(movies, film, cinema, motion pictures)

(refugees, migrants, asylum seekers)



To search for ANY  one of a group of terms, use OR and parentheses:  (movies OR film OR cinema)



To search for ALL terms, use AND:  violence AND movies AND children


COMBINE the above strategies 

violence AND (movies OR film OR cinema OR "motion pictures") AND (children OR kids OR adolescents)



To be effective and thorough, go back and try searching multiple times with many different keywords