How do I search for books on my topic?
To search for books in the MSU Libraries use the library catalog. The catalog is a searchable listing of printed and electronic materials located in the MSU Libraries, including: books, journals, government documents, microforms, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc.
When books you want are not available...
If the item you are looking for is checked out or the MSU Libraries do not own the item, you can ask us to get it for you by:
If the item you want is listed in the Library Catalog as checked out you may also
Recall it so that it will be returned and we will hold it for you. For more information about MSU recall policies, please call Circulation at 517/355-2333.
To search for books that MSU might not own, many people use Amazon or Barnes and Noble, but these sites are focused on currently available books. You might also consider WorldCat, which is a listing of books in libraries across the U.S. and many foreign libraries as well. It will give a broader picture of available information, and you can use InterLibrary Loan to request materials we don't own.