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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 under the search box in the Library Catalog:

screen shot of advanced search link

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. This is helpful if you want to do, for example, an author search on one line and a keyword search on the next.


screen shot of multiple search boxes in advanced search


There are several options for you to narrow or limit your advanced search, highlighted in the screen shot below, and listed here:


  • Publication date
  • Version (e.g., if you were only looking for a music recording or video)
  • Language
  • Formats and Media
  • Government Publications (both print and online)
  • HathiTrust eResources (find out more about HathiTrust here)


screen shot of narrow/limit options