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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 HathiTrust eResources, Electronic, or Microfilm

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

Multiple Search Bars

Advanced Search gives you multiple search bars where you can search by title, journal title, author, subject, call number, ISBN/ISSN, publisher, series, year of publication and table of contents.

You also have the option of changing how many multiple search terms are used to search the catalog. For example, you can have all search terms used, some, or none. This allows you to narrow or widen your search results.


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:

  • Publication date
  • Format (e.g., if you were only looking for a music recording or video)
  • Language
  • Illustrated (e.g., if the item contains illustrations or not)

You can select multiple formats and languages by holding down the CTRL key.