Did you know the MERLIN library catalog will let you limit your search to Special Collections? Here's how to do it.
Get set up to search
Starting from the main MERLIN screen, click on the Advanced tab.
On the Advanced Search page, enter your keywords at the top. You can use the dropdown menu to search within Author, Title, or Subject (Table of Contents and Notes are not advised for Special Collections materials). Or you can leave it open to search all available fields.
Limit your results
Scroll down to Add Limits. Under Specific Library Location, choose MU Ellis Special Coll.
You can use additional limits such as language or year of publication. Because Special Collections holdings include lots of microfilms, it's useful to limit by Material Type.
Hold down the CTRL key to make multiple selections. Some useful limits include:
Check out these MERLIN searches - and be sure to see more about how to search MERLIN in the box to the right.
This is a very broad search that includes a wide variety of accounts, journals, correspondence, and other types of travel literature.
You can easily refine this search. Click on the Modify Search button at the top of the results screen.
Put your additional search terms into the second box (and possibly the third, if you have more than one).
Other Search Terms to Try
Special Collections materials can be used in the Reading Room on 4 West, Ellis Library. You'll be asked to fill out a small form for each item you'd like to see.
You can have a pencil, paper, a computer and a camera with you at the reading tables. You'll be asked to store your backpack and coat elsewhere.
Bring a photo ID! Your MU student ID or a driver's license will be fine.
Most materials cannot be checked out, but you can put them on hold in the Reading Room.
You can take pictures with your phone or a camera. But remember - no flash! If you have Special Collections staff make photos or scans for you, the cost is 50 cents per image.