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CEM 395/495: Finding Print Books

Finding Books

How do I search for books on my topic?

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 Items you find online are not available...

If the item you are looking for is checked out or the MSU Libraries do not own the item, you may request it from another library (at no charge) by following these instructions:

If the book is CHECKED OUT...

or

If the book is NOT owned by the MSU Libraries:

Search MeLCat to see if the book is available from other Michigan libraries and request it be delivered to the Main Library for you.

You also have the option of Recalling a book if the book is checked out.  Please use this form to request that we recall CHECKED OUT material and hold it for you. For more information about MSU recall policies, please call Circulation at 517/355-2333.

 

What if my book is not there?

If the book is CHECKED OUT:

  • Recall: Please use this form to request that we recall CHECKED OUT material and hold it for you. For more information about MSU recall policies, please call Circulation at 517/355-2333.

If the book is NOT owned by the MSU Libraries:

  • Search MeLCat to see if the book is available from other Michigan libraries and request it be delivered to the Main Library for you.

If the book is NOT available in MeLCat:

  • Request the book through ILLiad.
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