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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.

Start Your Search

The Basic Search in the library catalog allows you to search for items by all fields (the default option), title, journal title, author, subject, call number, ISBN/ISSN or tag. To start searching:

1. Access the Library homepage.
2. Click on the Catalogs tab under the Easy Search box.
3. Select U of I Catalog (the first entry).
4. Type your search into the box at the top of the screen.

screen shot of drop-down menu where you change search fields

To search the I-Share catalog, which contains collections of university libraries throughout the state of Illinois, click on the dropdown menu next to the search box and choose "All I-Share Libraries":

screen shot of drop-down menu between U of I library catalog and i-share catalog

Narrow your Results

Once you start your search, the library catalog gives you options to filter your results under "Narrow Search." You can narrow by location, format, author, topic, language, genre, era, region, and year of publication. You can also exclude eResources, electronic, and microfilm. When you click on an option you are taken to a new results page.

screen shot showing limiting/narrowing options on the right side of the screen