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Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Finding Books

To find BOOKS, you have several options:

MERLIN : Use the MERLIN Catalog to find books at MU and the other campuses of the University of Missouri. If we don't have the book here at MU or if our copy is checked out, you can request it from another UM library.

MOBIUS: If the book you need is not available through MERLIN, you can request it from MOBIUS, a statewide network of  Missouri college and university libraries.

WorldCAT :  If the book you need is not available through MERLIN or MOBIUS, you can request it via WorldCAT, an international catalog containing over 95 million records of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide.

Finding Dissertations/Theses


If you are beginning work on your Masters thesis or Doctoral dissertation, you may want to look at others that have been completed, both here at MU and at other universities.  It is sometimes helpful to get ideas about organization and see what a finished product looks like. You can also take advantage of the literature review and other information if it is on a similar topic to yours.

Click here  for an extensive guide to MU and non-MU theses and dissertations and the various options you have for getting a copy.

Google Books

Why use Google Books?

Google Books searches the full-text of books.  It lets you search within the text of books--you can see the table of contents, index or a portion of the contents of the book.  You can then locate the book in a nearby library.

Google Book Search

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