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We have lots of search tools and services to help you find and get the articles, books, and other research materials you need.

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Our main search tools – what they do best

BartonPlus
(mega-search)
Best for articles and e-books. You can also find other e-resources, print books, and content owned or licensed by the MIT Libraries – it can be helpful to use the search filters in order to narrow the results. More about BartonPlus.
Vera Best for e-journals and databases owned or licensed by the MIT Libraries. Don’t search for individual articles here.
Barton catalog
(classic search)
Best for print books or specific library materials owned by the MIT Libraries (especially if you already know the author or title). Includes special searches for course reserves, conferences, theses, and more.
WorldCat Best for books and other items not owned by the MIT Libraries. Using this interface, you can request items from our consortial borrowing partners (Borrow Direct and the Boston Library Consortium) or Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB).

Specialized search tools & guides

DSpace@MIT Search for MIT theses, papers, articles, technical reports, and other research materials in MIT’s institutional repository.
Dome Search for images, maps, and other documents from the MIT Libraries’ collections that have been digitized.
LibX LibX is a browser add-on that lets you quickly search BartonPlus, Vera, the Barton catalog, WorldCat, or Google Scholar; can also be used to authenticate to MIT resources when off-campus.
FullText Finder Enter a specific citation to find the full text of an article.
Research guides There are many subject or content specific search tools that could be best for your research. Our research guides will help you find them (or Ask Us for recommendations).
Examples:

  • Data Guide: Find the best tools to search for social sciences, bioinformatics, and GIS/spatial data, including GeoWeb.
  • E-books Guide: Find e-books available to the MIT community by subject area and by publisher. Also includes tips on how to search BartonPlus and the Barton catalog for e-books.
  • Images Guide: Find the best tools to search for images, including image repositories such as ArtStor, Archnet, and more.