About the Library Catalog
On March 23, 2015, the Library released a new version of the catalog, offering the following enhancements and new features to improve your search:
- Basic and Advanced Keyword search forms have merged. The Keyword searching tab now includes an option to switch to Advanced Search.
- Printing and exporting have been improved, including the ability to mark multiple records.
- Search terms are retained when switching to a new search option
- Vernacular character searching for languages such as Russian, Arabic and Koreanis now available in all keyword searches. However, only catalog records that include the vernacular characters will be found when using this search.
- Improvements have been made to call number browse. Call number prefixes (such as f or s) are now ignored.
- Titles that are available online now include more descriptive information, including the ebook platform.
- Many search limits now include check boxes that allow searching for items that match any of the selected criteria (using Boolean OR logic).
- Catalog records can now be formatted into Chicago style for insertion into bibliographies using the “Cite This” feature.
- Zotero support has been greatly improved.
- A link to WorldCat has been added to the header of the catalog for quick access.
In the next few months, additional enhancements will be coming, including:
- Improved access on mobile devices.
- The information in the “Details” tab in the Catalog record will display in the record itself and the tab will be removed.
- More book records will display Tables of Contents information.
For more information regarding the Library Catalog, view our help guide.
Comments and questions about the Library Catalog can be submitted via our Catalog Feedback Form.
With what software is the catalog built?
- The web interface to the catalog is built using VuFind, an open source discovery system developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library.
- Much of the data searched in the catalog resides in Kuali OLE, an open source library management system for which the University of Chicago Library is a development partner.