What Kind of Information do You Need?
What do you need?
General information and a wide variety of books and e-books to get you started on your research
Books and E-Books
MERLIN Classic Catalog
Books and Dissertations
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
1. What's my topic?
2. What are my main concepts?
3. What are other terms or synonyms for my topics?
A search for boys AND China or an "All the Words" search for boys China will only give you results containing BOTH words.
Use AND or All the words searches to narrow or focus your results.
A search for heart OR cardio* or an "Any of the Words" search for heart cardio* will give you results containing EITHER word.
Use OR or Any of the Words for synonyms or closely related words.
In many searches, adding an asterisk (*) to a group of letters searches for ALL words starting with those letters.
infan* will search for:
Enclosing a string of words in parentheses with only return results in which the entire phrase is found. This method can be useful when searching about something very specific when the terms are broad and generic.
Example: As of February, 2017 in Discover @ MU
smartphone battery as a keyword search yields 98,193 results.
"smartphone battery" as a keyword search yields 900 results.
Adapted from Rachel Brekhus's Searching Skills LibGuide
Discover@MU - like a Google for the Library
Discover@MU is a quick and easy way to search all the materials MU Libraries provide.
By limiting your search to eBooks, it is easy to find eBooks with keyword searches.
MERLIN is the shared library catalog of the University of Missouri System.
MERLIN can be used to find books, eBooks, and more in any library on campus or
in any library in the University of Missouri system.
Requests for books held at other MERLIN libraries may be placed in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG. More on requests later...
Searches may be run by keyword, author, title, subject, and many more.
A call number is an address for books and other materials in the library.
PE 1128.A2 J53 2015
PE 1128 .A2 J53 2015
Read letters in alphabetical order
e.g. P, PN, PQ...etc.
Read as a whole number
e.g. 1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 3000, 3400, 3485 ...
Read numbers as a decimal
Read letters in alphabetical order
e.g. A83 comes before A9
e.g. .C65 comes before .65
e.g. C724 comes before .724
Year of publication
Read in chronological order
e.g. 1985, 1991, 1992..
If your search in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG yields results, but the book is not available at MU or it is currently checked out, you may request the book to be sent to you from another MERLIN member library. Click the light blue button labeled request near the top left corner of the screen.
If your search in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG returns no results, try expanding your search to MOBIUS by pressing the blue "Search MOBIUS" button at the top right in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG.
Why search MOBIUS?
To request a book or other material, click the button labeled "Request It" to the right of your desired book.
If a title you are searching for is not in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG or MOBIUS, the next step is to search Prospector, another consortium MU participates in.
Why search Prospector?
If you still cannot find the material you are looking for, file a request through our Interlibrary Loan office.
ILL will submit requests for materials on your behalf to other libraries.
Why use ILL?
After you search and find a book in the catalog, you need three pieces of information to locate your material.
Call Number (2)
Since the book is not checked out, write the call number down (or snap a photo), grab your MU ID and go to Ellis Library to retrieve the book.
If the book you want is at another library, or is currently checked out, click the Request button at the top left of the screen.
More information on Requesting Books
The first one or two letters and numbers at the beginning of the call number indicate which floor and section of the library the book is located.
Since the call number of "The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime" begins with PN, you notice that the book is in 3 Central.
Once you find your way to 3 Central each shelf will be labeled with the a range of call numbers. After you've found which shelf the book should be on, scroll the shelves by the first letters, then the numbers.
If the book is still on the shelf, it can be checked out for a shorter amount of time because of a pending request on it.
|A patron has kept it past the due date.
Checked out until the listed date.
If a book you want is currently checked out, you can learn how request the book from:
Is being processed to be added to the library. It will soon be available to check out.
Not available to check out. It is being transferred between libraries.
|LIB USE ONLY
May only be used inside of the library.
This code is usually reserved for Reference Books and books in Special Collections.
|On a new book shelf in Ellis or a branch library.
|NOT CHECKED OUT
|In the library and available to be checked out.
|Has been recalled by a patron.
|ON HOLD SHELF
|Being held at the circulation desk for the patron who has requested it.
|In the approval room for the Library to evaluate. It will most likely be added to the library and soon be available to check out.
There are three more places the book could be if the status is displayed as "NOT CHECKED OUT". Shelving materials in a library that has so many books is a large, labor-intensive workflow and books don't immediately return to the shelves once patrons bring them back.
Triumphant and proud, take your book to the circulation/reserve desk.
Check out using your MU ID or guest borrower's card.