Research resources from UM Libraries

Today we will look at:

  • Library services during pandemic times
    • Including Document Delivery, HathiTrust
  • Some advanced features of the Library Search

  • Strategies for searching beyond the Libraries’ collection

  • Preparing for Winter 2021 courses: required readings, streaming video, Reading Lists tool, in-class research instruction

Check our updates page for future changes:

(Or pop on the Ask Us chat)

Note - during pandemic times:

  • Online library services are always available
  • In-person services are available in a limited capacity, which may change as the situation evolves.
  • Physical library material are quarantined for seven days before being processed.




Request physical books to pick up at
Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Request scanned portions of books in & outside our collection (up to 10% or 1 chapter)

Study space in Libraries suspended during code red

Accessing Books & Digitized Copies

  • Placing requests for physical books
  • Requesting scanned portions of books
  • Accessing ebooks & articles
  • Accessing items in HathiTrust

Requesting Items

  • Sign in to the Library Search with your umnetID
    • Problems signing in? Staff on the Ask Us library chat can help
  • If the item is checked out, users have at least 7 days to return (we allow more if needed)
    • No late fees during pandemic
  • Check out from Hold Locker using your staff ID card
  • Max 10 holds at a time

(These are at Dafoe Library now!)


  • nonprofit organization based in the US
  • preserving publications in digital format: currently over 17 million digitized items
  • academic research libraries can pay an annual fee to become a member, support the digitization efforts, & gain access to resources & research tools



The UM Libraries became a member of HathiTrust this Summer, which means:

  • 2.4 million public domain documents added to the Library Search (full download available)
  • Emergency Temporary Access Service (only during the pandemic) - digital access to about 40% of our print collection
  • Access to text mining tools via the HathiTrust Research Center
  • Accessible Text service for users with a print disability


If it's a journal article:

  • Search with the name of the journal at
  • Find the volume, issue, & page number for the article
  • Sign in to gain access to anything we have in print
  • Use the Ask Us chat for help at any point!

Document Delivery

during pandemic times



No physical book requests


Request a copy of up to 10% or one chapter of a book


Request journal articles

Requesting a chapter or 10%

Search for the Table of Contents:

  • in the Details area of a Library Search record
  • via Google Books or Amazon (sometimes there is also a preview...)
  • email just to request the Table of Contents
    • Provide at least the title, author, link to the book in the Library Search

Digital Reference Options

for when you miss browsing the stacks:

Virtual Browse

Includes books from all UM Libraries, not just the one where that book is located

Other handy Library Search features:

  • Save queries & set up email alerts for when new records are added that match your search
  • "find sources citing this" and "find sources cited in this" functions for articles
  • New Records filter in left menu
  • Include results beyond UofM (and request via Document Delivery using "Request from another library" link)

Searching beyond the UM Library Collection

Research tip videos for students:

Citation Guides

via the History subject guide

Citation Management Software


  • organize documents,
  • annotate PDFs,
  • produce a bibliography

Software supported by UML:

  • Mendeley (freemium)
  • Zotero (freemium)
  • EndNote (no free option)


  • research data management
  • research impact, researcher profile management
  • GIS & data visualization
  • support for Open Access

...and more

To keep in mind for Winter 2021 courses:

  • No print reserves
    • ask me if there's an ebook available for purchase
    • scan up to 1 chapter or 10% of a book, upload to UMLearn
  • Streaming video: if available, this can take between a few days to a few months to set up - request early...
  • Let me know if you'd like to have some in-class research instruction!


General Library Help

  • Questions about your library account, research tips, or library support for your research? The Help & Services page for faculty & researchers may have the answer.
  • During the Fall term, library staff are available via the Ask Us chat service: 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm Friday, and 1pm-4pm on weekends.
    • Fastest way to ask a general question about the Libraries.
    • If we're not online, your message will be received the following morning.


Research Support


Research Resources for History: Faculty session

By Ellen Tisdale

Research Resources for History: Faculty session

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