Library Catalog - Searching for Books and eBooks
The Library Catalog is a great way to search the thousands of books and electronic books available through the Alma College Library. In addition, the catalog can also be used to search for video (DVDs and VHS), audio (CDs and records), and other types of materials held by the library!
Search the Library Catalog
Type any word or phrase that might help you find the item (from the title, author, subject, etc.).
Type the title, starting from the beginning. (You can type as little or as much as you like.)
Type the author's name. (Use the author's last name only, or put the name in "Last, First" format.)
Type Library of Congress Subjects. (These are headings are from a limited vocabulary chosen by the Library of Congress.)
What if I can't find it in the catalog?
If your catalog search does not turn up what you are looking for, try MeLCat, a combined online catalog that represents many Michigan Libraries. Borrowing books and movies from other libraries is easy with MeLCat!
- Keyword Search: 'michigan' and limit to Location: REFERENCE COLLECTION
- not every hit is useful, but ... #2, 8, 9, 10, 21, 24, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33, ... might be useful to get background information and to find a topic
Journals and Magazines
- example: keyword search 'michigan' limit by location 'periodical collection'
- Michigan History Magazine (Michigan History)
- not a scholarly journal!!!
- useful for background information
- The Michigan Historical Review
- this is a a scholarly journal
- more print periodicals in our library:
- Michigan -- History -- Periodicals (subject search in the catalog)
- more useful newspapers (for background information):
- Detroit Free Press
- The Morning Sun
- local newspapers available on microfilm in the basement of the library
Online Resources and Databases
- Michigana (Gale)
- Michigana is an archive documenting Michigan's state history. Resources include personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.
- America: History and Life
- example: search 'mining michigan' --> limit by 'peer review'
- Historical Abstracts
- example: advanced search - 'michigan' as geographic term (yes you search "only" for Michigan, but keep in mind it's a database on history.)
- no scholarly articles!!!!
- useful to get some background information