University of Michigan Alumni Association

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Lifelong Learning

For University of Michigan alumni, learning never ends. And for Alumni Association members—in addition to exclusive career development services, including resume and cover-letter reviews, career-related podcasts and monthly conference calls—you'll also have enhanced access to the Lifelong Learning Catalog, as well as online publications.

Lifelong Learning Online Catalog

The Lifelong Learning Online Catalog conveniently organizes some of the best and varied educational content and continuing education offerings from schools, colleges and units across the University of Michigan campuses. Explore a range of non-degree online and in-person lectures and events for continuing education, personal enrichment, distance education, career development, as well as programs for K-12 students.

If you're an Alumni Association member, you can create an account to select your subjects of interest, receive notification when new content is added, and experience personalized browsing as relevant content is suggested. What's more, you'll have free access to courses from top universities through Coursera, or to research and events from our very own College of Engineering through Mconnex.

Online Publication Access

The Alumni Association has partnered with the University Library system to offer access to Project MUSE and selected ProQuest databases where you can access hundreds of publications, scholarly journals and photographs. Due to licensing agreements, the databases are only available to University of Michigan alumni who are members of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. (Non-U-M alumni are not eligible for this benefit.)

Project MUSE

Project MUSE is the sole source of complete, full-text versions of titles from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies. The complete content of every included issue is online—complete with charts, graphics and images—with articles available in HTML and/or PDF. In addition to access to current issues, MUSE offers users free access to a decade of backfiles for selected titles. And, MUSE is typically online before the print version is available in stores or libraries.


Access to selected ProQuest databases allows Alumni Association members to search multiple databases (listed below) at once, or perform a targeted, narrowly defined search.

Databases Available through ProQuest

  • ProQuest Research Library: Search more than 3,800 journals and magazines covering all fields and topics, academic and popular, beginning as early as 1971. 
  • ABI/INFORM Dateline™: Access to more than 190 journals; providing full text for more than 180, including hard-to-find local and regional business publications with news about regional companies, analysis, information on local markets, and more. 
  • ABI/INFORM Global: Review indexes and abstracts for more than 2,830 business and management-oriented periodicals from 1923-present, with full text for articles from more than 1,850 of the included publications. Features publications relevant psychology, engineering, and many other career fields. 
  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry: Full text access to more than 750 business periodicals and newsletters with a trade or industry focus between 1971-present. Contains publications on every major industry, including finance, insurance, transportation, construction, and many more.
  • Alt-Press Watch: A full text database of over 60 newspapers, magazines and journals from 1994-present published by the alternative and independent press, covering ecology and the environment, grassroots organizing, labor, indigenous peoples, public policy, genetics and more.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch: A full text database of 200 publications from the ethnic, minority and native press from 1960-present in both English and Spanish, with titles in both languages. Features more than 100,000 articles in Spanish and over 400,000 in English.
  • GenderWatch: A full text database of 140 international publications from 1974-present devoted to women's and gender issues, including scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers, plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings.

Other Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Of course, we consider travel excursions with fellow alumni, mentoring experiences with current students, formal career development preparation and guest lectures at your local alumni club to be lifelong learning opportunities as well.

To take advantage of all of the above, become a member today!