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IAH 208-007 American Music and Political Cultures: Books

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Finding Books

MSU Libraries Catalog

To search for books in the MSU Libraries on a topic, you will need to use the catalog, which searches for materials owned and located in the MSU Libraries - including books - and also journal titles, government documents, microforms, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc.

What's in the catalog?

  • Everything in the library except for articles.
  • Names of journals, magazines, and newspapers with info about our subscriptions, plus links

What's not in the catalog?

  • Articles. Click on the "Articles" tab for more info.

How can I search the catalog?   

There are several ways to search for information in the catalog - here are just a few examples:

  • keyword search:  art and Harlem Renaissance
  • author search:  steinem, gloria
  • subject search: ragtime music -- history and criticism
  • title search: Posters for the People: Art of the WPA

What if my book is not there?

If the book is CHECKED OUT, try requesting the book from another library:

  • Search U-Borrow to see if the book is available from our 13 partner research libraries and have the book delivered to the Main Library for you

If the book is NOT available in U-Borrow:

  • 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.

*Alternatively, you can place a Recall on the checked out book. For more information about MSU recall policies, please click on the Recall link or call Circulation at 517-355-2333.

Subject Guide

Terrie Wilson
Art Librarian & Head, Fine Arts Library
Michigan State University
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