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Essentials of Library Research

This guide will help you define your topic, find books & articles, evaluate the information you find, and cite your sources.

About the Catalog

The Library has millions of books and media. To find the best resources for your research, you will need to search the library’s catalog. The catalog enables you to search and browse the University of Michigan Library’s collection of books, journals, DVDs, music and musical scores, electronic resources, and more. The resources on this page will help you get started finding books and media.

How to Search the U-M Library Catalog

Basic Catalog Search Tips

If you know what title or author you are looking for, or have other specialized limiters like date or language, you can use the advanced search option to the right of the search box.


  • Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases (“climate change”).

  • There are no words that are excluded from searching. Every word will be searched. For example, if the words "a, an, the" are in your search, the catalog will look for those specific words.

  • You can use AND or OR (in all-caps) to ensure that both terms must be in the results, or that one or the other term may be in the results.