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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Using the Library Catalog

This guide explains how to log into 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 title, author/creator, call number, or subject (Library of Congress Subject Headings only)
  • Decide whether your search contains, is (exact wording), or begins with the words you type in
  • Limit to material type, language, and date

To do an Advanced Search, start by clicking the Advanced Search link to the right of the catalog search box.

You can also add any additional search lines that you may need from the Advanced Search. Combine your search lines with the Boolean operators of AND, OR, or NOT from the AND drop-down menu.

image showing the advanced search options described above