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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Using the Library Catalog

This guide explains how to create an account, search the catalog,and how to renew and request items.

Why Advanced Search?

Advanced Search is useful when you need to use more than one search term or need more detailed search options than those offered in Basic Search. Advanced Search lets you:

  • Search the catalog using multiple key phrases
  • Filter by date, language, and format
  • Choose to include or exclude government documents and HathiTrust eResources

To do an Advanced Search, start by clicking the Advanced Search link under the search bar in the Library Catalog:

Shows the link to get to the catalog advanced search

Multiple Search Bars

Advanced Search gives you four different search bars where you can search by keyword, title, author, subject, or ISBN/ISSN.

You also have the option of changing the Boolean operators on the far left to either narrow (AND/NOT) or broaden (OR) your search. For more information on Boolean operators, check out this MIT Library Guide.

Advanced search boxes


Filters allow you to make your search as narrow and targeted as possible so you can find exactly what you need. In the library catalog you can filter by:

  • Version (e.g., if you're only looking for the e-book of the title)
  • Publication date
  • Format (e.g., if you were only looking for a music recording or video)
  • Language

You can select multiple dates and languages by holding down the CTRL key. To search for a specific publication year, use the text box near the list of dates.

Catalog limits for year, version, and language


To search by format, check the boxes next to the formats you would like to search.

Formats and media limits for the vufind catalog advanced search