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Our New Catalog is Live!

Our New Catalog is Live!

As of today, the new catalog interface is up and running!

With this change, the Miami University Libraries replaced the homegrown catalog with a new public catalog interface.

The catalog is the tool users search using the Books & More tab on the Libraries’ homepage to find library items such as book, videos, and ebooks. As you’ll notice, the Libraries’ website as a whole did not visually change. The interface change only impacted the format of your search results when using the Books & More tab.

To ensure that this transition runs smoothly, we will continue to post tips and strategies here on our blog as needed. We’ve put together a useful guide to the basics of the new interface, complete with screenshots and instructions. Check it out!

Click here to download the guide.


Questions or Comments?

These first few weeks prior to the start of fall semester are our chance to work out the bugs that come with any change. Please know that we are continuing to refine the functionality of the new catalog and interface in order to maximize user satisfaction. If you have any questions or comments about the new catalog, submit them via the Feedback link at the bottom of our homepage.


Coming soon - our new catalog!

August 10, the Miami University Libraries’ will rollout a new public catalog interface to replace our current homegrown catalog. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting tips and strategies here on our blog to help ease the transition. If you have utilized the folder feature of our current catalog, you’ll need to export this content before August 10 as it will not transfer to our new catalog system. Here’s how:


Export Saved Records

Access to records saved in the current catalog will be lost as of August 10. To view your saved records, please visit Here you will find a list of all items that you have added to your folder. You may choose to export your records to your screen. Please be aware that unfortunately the export records to email or EndNoteWeb features on this page are not functioning at this time.

However, utilizing the classic catalog, it is possible to email and export saved records to EndNoteWeb. Please view the following videos for instructions detailing this process:


Export to Email:

Export to EndNoteWeb:



Submit any questions about this transition via the feedback link at the bottom of the our homepage.

Feedback link

The Intergalactic Nemesis & Graphic Novels

Next Tuesday, February 10, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth, A Live-Action Graphic Novel hits the stage in Hall Auditorium. In its third touring season, this performance has been a hit in the US, UK and Canada, and has been featured on NPR and Conan O'Brien. 

To gear up for this one-of-a-kind show, why not check out some of the Libraries' graphic novels? 

The Art and Architecture Library now houses a new and growing collection of graphic novels. Browse the collection here

Browse the rest of the graphic novels collection in King Library, King IMC and other locations here.

Not sure where to start? Try some of these titles that - like The Intergalactic Nemesis - feature monsters and aliens!


The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple 

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6727.D35 W74 2014


Daybreak by Brian Ralph

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6727.R35 D38 2013


Godland by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6728.G63 C37 2006 v.1


Battling Boy by Paul Pope

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PZ7.7.P665 Bat 2013


The new Deadwardians by Dan Abnett

​Middletown Campus | PN6727.A257 N49 2013


The walking dead: a continuing story of survival horror by Robert Kirkman

​Middletown Campus | PN6728.W35 K57 2011


The zombie survival guide: recorded attacks by Max Brooks

Middletown Campus | PN6727.B7564 Z66 2009


New School by Dash Shaw

King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.S4925 N49 2013


Eathling by Aisha Franz

Copy Cataloging | PN6757.F73 A5513 2014


Juvenile and Young Adult: 


Eek & Ack vs the Wolfman by B. A. Hoena

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy| PZ7.7.H64 Eek 2009


Deep-space disco by Erik Craddock

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy| PZ7.7.C73 De 2009


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv |PN6727.T295 B33 2011


The Twilight Zone: the Monsters are Due on Maple Street by Mark Kneece

​King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv |PN1992.77.T87 K5422 2009


We Kill Monsters Vol. 1 by Christopher Leone

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv |PN6727.L463 W45 2010



Register for Student Book Club!

Couldn't make it to the inaugural book club meeting? No problem! Sign up to attend our second meeting of the year, November 11 from 6-7:30 pm: This time around, in keeping with the YA theme, we’re reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. 
Inspired by The Prestige by Christopher Priest and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke, and beginning as a National Novel Writing Month Project for Morgenstern, The Night Circus chronicles Le Cirque des Rêves, an awe-inspiring circus that is only open at night, and a competition between its two dueling young magicians, Celia and Marco. Celia and Marco soon find themselves falling in love – but, unbeknownst to them both, this is a dangerous game in which only one can be left standing. Lovers of fantasy, magic and romance will enjoy this award winning bestseller and debut novel! 
Register to attend at A limited number of free copies of the book are available, and refreshments will be provided! 
We hope to see you there!
book cover of The Night Circus
Join our group and continue the conversation at
This event is cosponsored by the University Libraries, Second Year Programs, and the Family Fund. 

Alternative Press Index with Archive

One of our newest resources, Alternative Press Index with Archive, is now available for Oxford campus users only. This EBSCOhost resource is a bibliographic database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Coverage in API Archive spans 1969-1990, and API’s coverage begins in 1991. Content comes from 700+ international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. View the complete lists of periodicals in both API and API Archive by selecting the Publications tab in the database toolbar.

Topics covered include theories and practices of socialism, revolution, ecology, democracy, anarchism, feminism, organized labor, indigenous peoples, and gay and lesbian issues. Oxford campus users can access Alternative Press Index with Archives from the following link:

Middle East Online

The Libraries now provide access to original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers through the databases Middle East Online Series 1: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 and Middle East Online Series 2: Iraq, 1914-1974. Series 1 includes content from 1917-1971, containing topics such as Black September, the Border wars of the 1950s, Jewish terror groups, and more. Series 2 includes content from 1920-1974, and is comprised of topics such as the Arab uprising of 1920, Oil concessions and oil exploration, Iran-Iraq relations, and more.

These resources will prove useful for Middle East and Islamic Studies minors and History, Political Science, and International Studies majors alike. Take some time to check them out. Who knows, you may find just what you need to finish up your midterm paper!

Use these links to get connected:

Middle East Online Series 1: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970:

Middle East Online Series 2: Iraq, 1914-1974:

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies

Access to Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies is now available. If you’re working on a research paper for your film studies, theater, or digital game studies class, this is the perfect place to start. This resource offers 70+ peer-reviewed guides focusing on a wide variety of topics. Some examples of topics include: Acting, YouTube, Censorship, Reality Television and much, much more. Each guide is authored by cinema and media studies scholars, and includes a general overview of the topic and detailed list of important related books, articles, and websites.

Access this resource from the A-Z Databases list or the following link:

Other available Oxford Bibliographies Online resources include:

NEW! Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies

NEW! Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Relations

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Communication

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies

NBC Learn

The Miami U. Libraries now offer access to NBC Learn, a news archive of 12,000+ stories from the NBC News archives from 1920-present. It’s important to note that this database is available for On-campus use only at this time.

NBC Learn makes available to Miami users thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more. Browse collections by subject, including the Current Events collection, offering content from 2009-present, and the Decision 2012 collection, providing content on the candidates, issues, and more.

All video, documents, and images are viewed in what NBC Learn calls a “Cue Card” which serves as a video player, image and document viewer, and flash card. Depending on the Cue Card type, you’ll see links on the rights side of the card. Click on the Transcripts link to view a transcript of the video or, in the case of the below Cue Card, click on Activity to view a student activity for teachers in the classroom. Flip any Cue Card over by clicking on the curved arrow in the top right of the card. This is where you’ll find information about the resource, such as source, creator, air/publish date, event date, and much more. For more info about using these features, read the Cue Cards section of the database’s Help tab.

Use NBC Learn on-campus from this link:

New World Cinema

The library now has access to New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present. Currently, the database offers a collection of 182 full-length independent feature and short films, totaling 207 hours of video. Films from 1990-present are included. Many of these films have been presented at major film festivals and have been nominated for or won awards.

Faculty and students will find useful the classroom performance rights that come with the database, as well as the ability to create playlists of videos, clips, or images, and annotate sections of film. These features allow for use of database content in classroom lectures and presentations.

Search by title, actor, award, language, and more, or browse the database by director, actor, genre, country of origin, award, clip, or genre.

Access this database through the A-Z Databases list on the libraries website, or through the following link:

Foreign Radio Broadcasts available with FBIS 1941-1996

The MU Libraries now offer access to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (1941-1996). This database contains the FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974, and the FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996. Full-text, transcribed, and translated radio broadcasts make up the content of this database. These broadcasts have been intercepted from foreign governments and official news services. This database also contains covert broadcasts from occupied territories.

Search database content using phrases in quotation marks and/or use connectors AND, OR, or NOT. Limit by Countries and Political Entities, Article Types (Text, Excerpts, Summary, Highlights/Reviews, Speeches, Interviews), Publication Series Title, or by Events (listed by year). For more about basic and advanced searching, use the Help Index to find answers to your questions. This index also includes helpful Hints for using this database.

This database can be accessed on-campus from this link:

You can also get to the database from this link: