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MC 367: Global Cities and Urbanism: Finding Books and Articles


SearchPlus provides one-stop access to most of the MSU Library's collections, including:

  • the Michigan State University Library Catalog
  • a complete list of our online journals & databases
  • articles, reference materials, and e-books from various publishers and aggregators



Using SearchPlus is an easy way to start your research.  Just go to, and type your search in the main search box in the center of the page. 


Since so much material is being searched, you will probably end up with an unwieldy number of results.  Please use the facets on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow your results by content type (book, journal article, newspaper, etc.), language, date published, etc. 

Using the Library Catalog to find Books

The Library Catalog is the main access tool for the Library's collections, both print and electronic.   

Great for initial exploratory research. Type your topic as an Advanced Keyword Search.  Keywords can also include your city or country that you're researching in order to help you find more relevant material for your particular topic.


slums Rio de Janeiro
squatter settlements
urban economies
social conditions
urban policy
social change


Use SUBJECT search only if you know the exact Library of Congress Subject Heading. Unless you type the Subject Heading exactly as it appears in the Library of Congress Subject Heading list, you will probably not retrieve anything at all.


Urbanization -- Great Britain.
Slums -- Rio de Janeiro.
Urban poor -- Latin America
Rural-urban migration -- China.
Urbanization -- India -- Bombay.
Shanghai (China) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Cities and towns -- Growth -- Case studies.

You'll need to take note of the location and call number of each item to be able to locate it.

Finding Articles

You can also search individual databases for journal articles.  This can be helpful if you're looking for more specific topics or topics in specific fields since you can choose the exact databases that you are searching as opposed to almost everything that the library owns.

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