Finding Books in the MSU Libraries
To search for books in the MSU Libraries on a topic, you will need to use the library catalog. The catalog is a searchable listing of materials owned and located in the MSU Libraries, including: books, journals, government documents, microforms, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc.
When should I use the library catalog?
NOTE: You cannot use the library catalog to find individual articles within a magazine-you must use a periodical index for that.
2. General Genealogy
The library offers a number of general genealogy resources including:
3. County Histories
The Library has many county histories for Michian and some for other states and countries. Most can be found in Oversize Books and 3 East. Some examples are:
4. City Directories
The library has some city directories including for Lansing, East Lansing, and Michigan State University.
5. Area History Books
Area History Books are books about specific areas. Some examples are:
6. Family History Books
The library has some books on family names including:
7. Maps and Atlases
The Map Library is located on 3 West.
There are county atlases that show rural land ownership and are popularly known as "plat books" or "plat atlases" though that usually isn't in the title. The best catalog search is [county name, county] and real property. You should limit the search to the Map Library in order to weed out records of things at the Library of Michigan. Example:
Barry County and real property (limited to Map Library).
The Map Library has atlases for all counties of Michigan, usually one atlas every 3-5 years; with maybe 1-3 pre-1950 atlases for most counties. The atlases older than about 1930 are in Maps' Permanent Reserves and can be used with staff assistance.
Newspapers can be found electronically or on microfilm. Microfilm readers are found on 2 West.