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Research Resources at the Michigan Law Library: Non-Law Material

Self-help guide for patrons using the Michigan Law Library.

Interdisciplinary Research Needs Interdisciplinary Collections

The Michigan Law Library collection is focused on all things legal. Material that falls primarily into other disciplines (e.g., economics, business, social sciences, medicine, criminal justice) is more likely to be found in the University Library (aka U-M Library).

U-M Library Search

Search for Anything with Search

"Search" is the catalog for all the other University of Michigan libraries, including Shapiro, Hatcher, and others.

Anything that is not strictly legal may be found listed in this catalog. Subjects covered by the U-M Library include arts, business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, science, social studies, and many others.

Searching in Search

Search uses keyword, author, title, and subject searches, similar to the Law Library catalog, but the terms and connectors used in Search are not the same. Use the Advanced Search option to limit by year of publication, academic discipline, language, format, and other facets.

Check out Tips for Using Library Search to improve your searches and yield better results.

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  Consult with us. Schedule an appointment to meet with a Reference Librarian.

  Visit us at the Information Desk on Sub-1 for immediate in-person assistance. Open 8 am - midnight, Sunday-Thursday, and 8am - 10pm, Friday-Saturday*


The chat service is available to all of our patrons but is designed to meet the legal research needs of U-M students, staff, and faculty.

Chat is monitored from 1-6 pm Monday-Wednesday and 1-5 pm Thursday-Friday on days when class is in session.

*Excluding University holidays and semester breaks--check library hours for more information. The Building and library are available to law school community ONLY after 6 pm, and are closed to all but law school community on home football Saturdays.