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History, Recent U.S.: Books and eBooks

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

Finding Specific Books by Title

If you already know what book you want then you should use the Book Finder

  • The Book Finder first searches in the MERLIN catalog.
  • If no resources are found in MERLIN, the search moves to the MOBIUS catalog.

Center for Research Libraries

Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. [more]

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Finding Books at MU and Other Libraries

From the center of MU Libraries Gateway page, choose the tab, Books & More.

  • By default you will be searching, by keyword, the MERLIN Cataloga catalog of the books, journals, magazines and other materials owned by the MU libraries.
  • MERLIN also contains records for books owned by the other UM campuses (UMSL, UMKC, MS&T). You can search for books in those libraries by selecting the chosen campus in the location drop-down menu.
  • The MOBIUS catalog contains records of books owned by a variety of libraries throughout Missouri. You can request books from these libraries by using your MU username and password.

You may only request items owned by other MERLIN  or  MOBIUS libraries when:

  • We don't own a copy of the book
  • Our copy is checked out, missing or otherwise unavailable

If MERLIN or MOBIUS does not have the book or article you are looking for, then you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. Access the ILL form by using your username and password.

Finding Ebooks

  •  Go to the MERLIN catalog and select the Advanced search option.
  • Input the title or subject of the book you want at the top of the page
  • At the bottom of the page, select Ebooks from the Material Types catagory.

For more information, visit the Ebooks guide.