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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Poetry and Short Stories: Reviews and Criticism: Quick Search

Classic Catalog Quick Search

The Quick Search page offers basic search options for searching through the online catalog.  You can search by:

Any Word Anywhere
Start of Title
Start of Journal / Magazine Title
Subject Headings
Boolean Search
Call Number (available in local catalogs only)
Prolific Author/Composer

See Search By Options for additional information about each. Use Boolean Search to search with multiple terms or if you are unsure about which field to choose--NEVER use Any Word Anywhere.

On the Quick Search page you may also apply limits by selecting from those available in the Quick Limit drop-down menu.

Additional limits may be selected from the options.

To perform a search:

Enter the words you want to search for in the Search for: box.

  1. Select the type of search you want to perform from the Search by: list.
  2. (Optional) Choose what Limits , if any, you want applied to the search by either: 1) selecting a limit from the Quick Limits menu or
    2) by clicking the More Limits button and choosing from the entire list of limits.
  3. (Optional) Use the . . . records per page selector to specify how many records from the search result set you want see on each page your web browser displays.
  4. Click the Search button to begin your search. You can also click the Reset button to clear the search page.

Library Catalogs

Library Catalog

Classic Catalog

WorldCat  --WorldCat allows searches across libraries in the US and abroad.

Catalog Basic Search

The basic search in the library catalog (available on the opening page) allows you to quickly search for items across the entire collection in the University Library:

catalog search

You can type in a title, author, subject term, keyword, or if you know it, the ISBN (for a book) or ISSN (for a journal):


You also have the option of searching only the University of Illinois Library catalog, or the entire I-Share catalog, which contains collections of nearly all college and university libraries across the state of Illinois:

catalog search

For example, if you're searching for works by George Eliot:

You'll get a result list similar to this one:


Notice the right-hand "Narrow Your Search" sidebar: You can use the links in this sidebar to shrink your results list to a highly focused set of criteria.  There are sub-topics for Format, Location, Author, Topic, and more that will narrow down your search results.  For example, if we click on "Book" under Format, we will see only the materials that are books.