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Interdisciplinary Research for Law Students and Faculty: Finding Books

This guide provides instruction on the process of finding books and scholarly articles for MU School of Law students and faculty.

Quick and Dirty

  1. Go to Merlin catalog.  Limit to MU for local books.
  2. Do a keyword search for your topic, i.e. memory and conflict.
  3. Look for a book that looks like it is on topic.  Example search: conflict and memory and ethnic could result in Making peace with the past?: memory, trauma, and the Irish Troubles / Graham Dawson from 2007. 
  4. Look at the subject headings.  Click on the subject heading that looks most applicable.  Collective Memory?
  5. Rinse and repeat.

What is the Library Catalog?

The MERLIN Library Catalog is the online library catalog that includes the collections of the University of Missouri libraries including: MU, MU Law, UMKC, UMKC Law, Missouri S&T, UMSL, and the University of Missouri Archives and Western Historical Manuscripts.  Students from any of these institutions can request books online from the other schools and have them sent to their home school for check out.

What is MOBIUS?

MOBIUS is a consortium of libraries in Missouri that includes 62 full members from colleges, universities, the Missouri State Library, and 2 public libraries (cooperating partners). MOBIUS was created to allow students, faculty and staff at member libraries to borrow books from other member libraries. The MOBIUS Catalog is a shared online catalog which allows users to search the holdings of all member libraries. The MOBIUS catalog includes over 18 million items.

Interlibrary Loans

If you need books or articles that are not available through Merlin or MOBIUS, you can request them online:

Student - Book Request Form

Student - Article/Chapter Request Form

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