Michigan State University

We are excited to announce that we are moving to a new catalog from June 27th through the 30th. As we make this transition, some services will be affected.

  • You will still be able to check out books or other library material in person at the library.
  • Requests for pick up at circulation desks will be unavailable during this time.
  • You will have to request materials from other libraries using Get It @ MSU. Note: Borrowing from other Michigan Libraries through MelCat continues to be suspended until further notice.

To learn more information, please see our FAQ page.

Microfiche - Major Collections

All the collections mentioned below have a separate location within the Microforms Library. Additional collections are shelved by call number.

ERIC Documents (Educational Resources Information Center)

Many ERIC items from 1966-2003 are available on microfiche. Microfiche items will be preceded by "ED" in the ERIC citation. These microfiche are shelved in numeric order by the 6 digit number which follows the "ED" in the citation. ERIC articles which are not preceded by an "ED" will not be on microfiche and must be searched by the source, usually a journal title. Many ERIC documents from 1993 forward are also available online. The ERIC database listing provides a link to the full text.

MSU Theses

In additon to the paper copies on Ground West, MSU theses are also available on microfilm or microfiche. Check the catalog for access information.

NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)

These microfiche are shelved in numeric order according to the number that follows the "NCJ" in the citation. Not every NCJ citation is on microfiche. In the case where no microfiche exists, the article must be searched by the source.


These microfiche are generally shelved by the SABIN number listed on the fiche and in the catalog record. In some cases particular SABIN titles have been catalogued and given their own call number. In these cases the microfiche will be shelved in the general microfiche collection by call number.

Other major collections include:

  • CIHM: Pre- 1900 Canadiana
  • PAH: Pamphlets in American History
  • HRAF: Human Relations Area Files
  • National Union Catalog
  • Kew Lists