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Political Science 411: Michigan in Washington

Resources for the Michigan in Washington (MIW) program

Contact Me

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Catherine Morse
Government Information, Law and Political Science Librarian

Clark Library

Hatcher Graduate Library 2 South 734-936-2333

Accessing the Library's Resources Remotely

As a University of Michigan student you can use online Library resources from anywhere in the world. If you have any problems or questions please ask! 

Please feel free to contact me (Catherine, info on the left) for any questions specifically about finding statistics, legislative information or political science books and articles. 

Feel free to use the Ask a Librarian chat service for general questions or if you're having access problems

Undergraduate Research Award

Please consider applying to the U-M Library Annual Undergraduate Research Award 

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