Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The University of Michigan Library has officially launched the new Mirlyn catalog this month. The new catalog is designed to make searching easier and more intuitive.
To search for Clements Library materials in the new catalog, select "William L. Clements Library" from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Books, maps, and some manuscript collections are available through this catalog. To search for more manuscript collections, see the Manuscripts Division finding aids.
In the new Mirlyn, search results are returned in order of relevance, the way they would be in a Google or Amazon.com search. The most relevant results should appear at the top of the page. However, the new catalog will also sometimes return several hundred or thousand results for a search, many of them not what you're looking for. If you have too many results, use the options in the left-hand column to narrow your search. The advanced search feature also provides more ways to specify what you are looking for.
If you prefer the older version of Mirlyn, it is still available as Mirlyn Classic.
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