The online catalog can be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword. Use the author, title, or author/title search to locate a known item. Use the keyword or subject search to locate items relating to your topic. Because libraries assign subject headings to books that may or may not match the terms you are familiar with, it is often useful to do a keyword search using the words you are familiar with and then note what subject heading(s) are assigned to the items that seem to be the most useful to you. Then do another search using those new subject headings.
This section contains links to aid you in doing common tasks related to the services provided by the Michigan State University Libraries and other campus services.