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If you want to jump into your research, start with the EMU Library's . It is available on the Library's homepage.

Esearch is a portal to locate materials available through the EMU Library - books, ebooks, journal articles, government documents, streaming media, and more.

You can search by keywords or phrases ("reconstruction in the south", for example) or by even by typing in a question ("What were the causes of China's Cultural Revolution?).

At the results page, refine your search by material type, year, library location, and more.

If you would like a quick overview on how to do all this, check out our "How to Use the Library" guide. It has directions, tips, and examples.

If you want to limit your searches to specific types of materials, such as books or journal articles, visit one of the tabs on  the left.


As part of JSTOR's expanded access program, the EMU Library has temporary access to the following primary source collections:
  • 19th Century British Pamphlets;
  • Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa
  • World Heritage Sites: Africa.
These collections are available in "Primary Sources on JSTOR."
Access  to these three collections ends June 30, 2023.

  • American Prison Newspapers
    "On March 24, 1800, Forlorn Hope became the first newspaper published within a prison by an incarcerated person. In the intervening 200 years, over 450 prison newspapers have been published from U.S. prisons. Some, like the Angolite and the San Quentin News, are still being published today. American Prison Newspapers will bring together hundreds of these periodicals from across the country into one collection that will represent penal institutions of all kinds, with special attention paid to women's-only institutions." ‚Äč
  • Student Activism
    The Student Activism collection is intended to serve as a scholarly bridge from the extensive history of student protest in the United States to the study of today's vibrant, continually unfolding actions. The collection captures the voices of students across the great range of protest, political actions, and equal-rights advocacy from the 20th and early 21st century United States. The primary sources are broad-based across time, geography, and political viewpoint — from conservative to anarchist.

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