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France: History and Literature: Online Catalog

Use this guide to research topics in French history and literature.

Online Catalog

It is possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search of the contents of the MSU Libraries' web site, starting at the top left of the Libraries' home page.  The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on:  articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, databases, library research guides like this one, other. Watch a short video about it here. To do more traditional searches, read on.

Use Books and Media (online catalog). It is possible to search by author's name (last name, first name), book title if you know it, call number, author/title combination, journal title, subject, or keywords (any words in your head that might be found in the entry).   Limit search results by date of publication, language, part of the Library system containing the item(s), material type, or keywords.  Search results can be sorted by relevance, date of publication, or title.

Many professors place material on reserve for their classes to read. Look up the material you need using the online catalog and request the items at the Circulation Desk in the lobby on the first floor.

The Library of Congress Subject Headings contains the official subject headings used in the online catalog. Ask at the Reference Desk, 1 East to be shown where this set of red books is located in our Reference Collection at Z 695.... 

In order to find items on the shelves, you need both the call number and the Library location.  Call numbers begin with one or two letters indicative of the broad subject matter, followed by a whole number (may be from 1-9999), a period, and after the period, some more letters and numbers, and, perhaps, a year.  The period after the whole number is a decimal point.  After the decimal point,  the numbers are in decimal order.  The Library location will be either Main or the name of a branch library, inside the Main Library building or in another building.  The catalog records display whether the items are on the shelf or checked out.

Except for Special Collections, we have an open stack library; you get your own books off the shelves.  We have compact shelving in many parts of our Main Library building.  If it does not function correctly or if you can not find the book you need on the shelves, please find a red help phone, usually located near an elevator, or go to the Circulation Desk in the Lobby for assistance.  Circulation staff answer the red help phones.

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