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Michigan History: Searching Michigan in the catalog

MSU Online Catalog

Subject Headings

The names of states and cities are spelled out 

when used as subdivisions..

Example: Parks--Michigan--Muskegon County

Subject Headings:

African Americans-- [location]

Architecture - [location]

Automobile industray and trade - [location]

Copper mines and mining - [location]

Country life -- [location]

Forests and forestry -- [location]

Frontier and pioneer life -- [location]

Fur trade -- [location]

Hispanic Americans-- [location]

Immigrants -- [location]

Indians of North America-- [location]

Labor unions - [location]

Manufacturing industries -- [location]

Mexican Americans-- [location]

Natural history -- [location]

Ottawa Indians -- [location]

Public welfare -- [location]

Social service -- [location]

Strikes and lockouts -- [location]

Strikes and lockouts -- [industory of occupation] -- [location]

Water resources development -- [location]

Women -- [location]

Women -- Employment -- [location]

Working class -- [location]


Regions and Government

  • Regions, towns, counties, and other levels of local governments are followed by the “old style” abbreviations ( for the state(s) that they are in.. Do not use the Postal Code. Examples:
    • Covert (Mich.: Township)
    • Detroit Metropolitan Area (Mich.)

    • Lower Peninsula (Mich.)
    • Menominee River Watershed (Mich. and Wisc.)

    • Meridian Township (Mich.)

    • Toledo (Ohio)

    • Upper Peninsula (Mich).
  • Government agencies usually folow the jurisdiction's name. Examples;
    • Alpena (Mich.). Board of Education
    • Michigan. Dept. of Transportation.
  • "Department" is abbreviated to "Dept."Example:
    • Sault St. Marie (Mich). Dept. of Engineering and Inspection

Subdivisions for tthe State, Regions and Governments

-- Antiquities

-- Biography

-- Boundaries

-- Civilization

-- Description and travel

-- Discovery and exploration

-- Economic conditions

-- Economic policy

-- Fiction

-- Guidebooks

-- History

-- Intellectual life

-- Politics and government 

-- Race relations

-- Social conditions

-- Social life and customs


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