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History: Research Basics: How to find Books

About Search Boxes

MU Library Catalog - contains all of the books, journals, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, and some Ebook titles that Marshall owns. Does NOT search within individual journals for article titles, does not include all Ebooks. 

MU Summon - considered the "Google" of Marshall library materials. Searches all of the above but also includes individual articles (full text and citation only). Can be overwhelming!! Make sure to narrow down your search using the options available. 


Search the MU Library Catalog

Seach Summon

Search Summon for articles, books, & more


What if the library doesn't have a book I need?


There are many great Ebook resources at Marshall University. HOWEVER - not all Ebooks appear in the library catalog. The link below will take you to our Ebook resource guide. There you will find up to date Ebook information and links to Ebooks at Marshall as well as freely available on the web. 

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Locate books, ebooks, and materials in Marshall University libraries using the library catalog. Search by keyword, title, author, subject, Library of Congress (LC) call #, dewey #, Goverment Doc #, or ISBN/ISSN. 

The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)

LCSH were developed and are maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC). LCSH is a controlled vocabulary used for indexing, cataloging, and searching for bibliographic records in library catalogs and electronic databases. The following Library of Congress Subject Headings are examples of subject terms that can be used when searching the catalog by Subject Heading 

Additional terms that might be useful



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Lori Thompson
Special Collections Department
James E. Morrow Library Rm 211
Subjects: History