These are the major search tools that can be used to find resources owned or licensed by the UM Libraries. If you need help with your searching, please use our Ask A Librarian service.

Find full-text articles from journals and newspapers, plus records from the catalog and digital collections. It is a good place to start your research. more

Tip: Narrow your search results by format, subject, date, etc. by using the filters on the left side of the search results screen. If you already have an article citation, use Citation Linker to go directly to the article.

Library Catalog
Find books, DVDs, music, maps, special collections materials, and other items owned by the Libraries. Great if you are looking for a specific item. more

Tip: Use the search drop-downs to select a search index and limit your search to a particular branch library or format.

Tip: If the Library doesn't own the book you need, use our Interlibrary Loan service to borrow it from another library.

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Citation Help
Use if you already have a citation to an article or paper and want the full text.

Tip: You need to include at least the journal title and start page number in order to look up a citation. Use uSearch if your Citation Linker search is unsuccessful, or if you have incomplete citation information.

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Find the titles of databases, or browse databases by subject or format. This will only identify databases that might be helpful to you, it will not search within the databases themselves. Databases include indexes, abstracts, and full-text articles from a variety of sources and may contain digital images, video, and audio files.

Tip: See Subject Guides for lists of core databases for broad subject areas, or consult with a Subject Librarian.

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Find the titles of e-journals or browse e-journals by subject. This search will not search within the e-journals themselves.


UM Digital Collections
Find digitized images, letters, streaming videos and more from UM's unique & special collections.

Tip: You can browse UM Digital Collections by collection and repository, and narrow your search by subject, creator, format, time period, and place.

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UM Manuscript Collections / Finding Aids
Find manuscript and archival collections owned by Special Collections, the Cuban Heritage Collection, University Archives, or one of our branch libraries. Finding Aids describe the historical context, content, creator(s), materials, and organization of the Libraries' manuscript & archival collections. These collections typically contain papers, correspondence, photos, postcards, memorabilia, etc. from individuals, such as the Margory Stoneman Douglas Collection, or from organizations, such as the Pan Am Collection.

Tip: You can browse Finding Aids by collections, subject, creator, or repository. Click the "Request" link next to each collection title to request materials from that collection. Manuscript & archival collections may only be used within the special collections department/repository holding the collection.

UM Electronic Theses & Dissertations
Find the electronic theses and dissertations written at UM, as well as selected research and scholarly works prepared by UM faculty, students, and staff. Items published in the Repository include published articles, conference papers, proceedings, lectures, projects, reports, and presentations. more

Tip: You can browse the materials held in the Scholarly Repository by collection, discipline, and author.