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Michigan State University

ChE/MSE 802 - Research Methods

Information Resources For Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Graduate Students

Online Catalog

What Can I Find in the Online Library Catalog?

Print books, e-books, magazine and journal titles, newspaper titles, movies, government documents, MSU theses and dissertations, maps, music and audio recordings, music scores, and more...

Books and e-books, magazine and journal titles, newspaper titles, movies, government documents, MSU theses and dissertations, maps, music and audio recordings, music scores, and more...

For example, if you were interested in knowing whether the MSU Libraries owns any books about "polymer composites" you could do a basic Keyword Search using those words as your search terms.   You may need to try different keywords to find books or other materials on your topic.

If you were interested in knowing whether or not the MSU Libraries owns any books written by Craig Gunn you could do  an Author Search by entering his name in the search box as Gunn, Craig

If you knew the title of the book you were looking for you could do a Title Search by enter the title in the search box.  For example: Standard Handbook of Engineering Calculations

Each title in the catalog is assigned at least one subject heading based on it's content.  These subject headings can be used to find more items on the same topic.  It is not always obvious what subject heading(s) will be assigned to particular title.  You can often do a keyword search to find books on a your topic and then look at the subject heading(s) assigned to the useful book titles and then use them to do a Subject Search to find more books on the same topic.  For example the subject heading for the  book Standard Handbook of Engineering Calculations is Engineering mathematics--Handbooks, manuals, etc.  You could use this subject heading to find more books on engineering mathematics.

You can also do an Advanced Search that allows you to take advantage of more search functions.

 

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