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Tips for Using Library Search

Provides some tips and strategies for effectively using the University of Michigan Library search engine.

Search Results

The starting point at the Library Search page is the Everything search, which shows a small number of results from each of the information categories (Catalog, Articles, Databases, Journals, Website). You can switch to see a specific category of results by clicking the category name below the search box either before you start your search or once results display.

Everything Search:


Catalog Search:



The Everything search display shows you the first few results in each search category but you can always view all results in a specific category by clicking on the "View all [category] results" link.   

When you display a full list of results, the information presented will vary, depending on which category you display. But clicking on the item title or on "Go to database" or "Go to item" will connect you to detailed information or the full access to the resource. Be sure to expand the locations section in a catalog record to display all the access points and locations for a particular title.

Filtering Results

Again depending on the information category you select you may be able to refine or filter your results. For example, a Library Catalog Search may present filters for subject, format, language, publication date, library location, etc. while a Library Database Search may present type of database and type of access. Clicking on the available filters will narrow your final search results. 

TIP: Add the "Available online" filter in the catalog to identify online books.

Catalog Search:


Database Search: